Unlike last year, where I was just getting started, all of these have been previously mentioned. Some in the round-ups earlier this week. So I’m linking to everything. I’d originally started this blog as an experiment, a 365 blog, post something every day, but it’s become enough a part of me that I think it’s just… going to have to become a 730 blog, or something like that. You’re stuck with me, world.
10. Sucker Punch
As evidenced by last night’s tl;dr. I severely, severely adore this movie in all of its wtf-ery and stylized awesome. I love Jon Hamm’s random appearances. I love Emily Browning’s giant eyes all over the place. I love Jena Malone (well, that’s an always, but still). I love that I arbitrarily decided that I was Amber (Jamie Chung), emotionally, at the film’s beginning, and by the end she’d racked up more of my “I’m this in fiction” B’s. I love the killer soundtrack. I love the steampunk Prussian zombie soldiers and the giant fighting bunny robot. Etcetera, etcetera.
I’m not biased ’cause it’s, regionally speaking, one of “my places.” I’m not biased because as much as I love the city, I also love making fun of it. I just love this damn show. It’s so ridiculous and yet so true and perfect and hilarious. And I can’t wait for the next season (so soon!) because it will be just more amazing.
7. True Blood season 4
As if it weren’t obvious that this would be on here. Especially given the almost-solid week of True Blood posts there. I started the show before I read the books, so my loyalties did just sort of follow the show a bit more strongly; most of the changes that were made were made for good, in my opinion, and I enjoy most of them. Some of them (Eric [Alexander Skarsgard] and Pam’s [Kristin Bauer van Straten] vampire breakup) make me cry inside, but some of them (Jessica [Deborah Ann Woll] existing) make me really happy. It’s a give and take, but even though it’s gotten to the point where the only thing the books and show have in common are the character’s names and (usually) species, I enjoy it.
6. my first Comicon
I know that Comicons happen every year, in multiple locations and at multiple times, but 2011 marks my first time braving those waters. I thought it would be scary and intimidating. It wound up being the most friendly, amazing, perfect day of ever. So there’s that.
5. Game of Thrones
If I haven’t also made this abundantly clear, I think Game of Thrones is brilliant. I know the books date as far back as 1996, but I didn’t know about them. And because of the show, I picked up the book, and the book is brilliant too. But — I just fell in love with the show. It’s a world of epic fantasy, and apparently one that’s very pseudo-period accurate, which is good. It’s a world of epic characters. Of men who kick ass (oh Jon [Kit Harrington], rest in peace Ned [Sean Bean]) and women who kick just as much ass (among them Daenerys [Emilia Clarke] and Arya [Maisie Williams]; in her own evil way, Cersei [Lena Headey] has kicked some ass in a way, too). It’s a world of epic epic. I say again, BABY DRAGONS. April 2012, baby.
4. The Civil Wars
Not just their album Barton Hollow. Them as a whole. They were introduced to me, and I’ve since been given so many live recordings and found so many single songs and listened to everything obsessively. They’re too beautiful.
3. Dollhouse comics
The ends of anything in the Whedonverse have made my heart ache, and keep on doing so every time I rewatch. (Which is admittedly a lot.) But the end of Dollhouse hurt in a special way, because it’s the only one I’ve experienced in real time. So the also real time arrival of Dollhouse comics in my life was very, very welcome. I feel like if I was characterizing my July-to-November time, saying “that time that I was waiting with baited breath for the next Dollhouse comic” wouldn’t be an exaggeration. They’re brilliant comics, in basically every way, and I adore them. Did they help answer questions about the overarching continuity of the series? Not really. But they answered a lot of little character questions, especially about Alpha and the actuals. And I do love the actuals. It didn’t close up the hole in my heart, but it was a very satisfying bandaid.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Part 1 was before, and I loved it dearly, but again I point out that Part 2 actually made me cry. It’s a chapter of my life closing, but like the Comicon chapter opened this year, this one closed this year, so it’s noteworthy. Also noteworthy, because I finally pulled a proper Ravenclaw outfit out of thin air for this last premiere like a boss.
1. The Valley, Eisley
And my first time seeing these kids in concert, that too. I just can’t think of a way to express how brilliant I find them, I really can’t. Theirs are really the only music videos I watch, with the exception of the one to “Remains” of course, and that too is lovely. I just. They’re so perfect and amazing and weird and different and not quite like anyone else.
–your fangirl heroine.