Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 Favourites


After Christmas dinner and all the festive fun, one of my favourite things about this time of year is the influx of roundup posts and top pick lists that flood the internet. As always, my favourites are mostly films, TV shows, books and productions that were released or opened during the year, however some were things I finally managed to catch up on in 2017. Thank you, Netflix.


Television addictions


A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events was one of my favourite childhood book series, so I had lofty expectations for Netflix’s adaptation. I loved the stylised approach and Neil Patrick Harris’ take on Count Olaf. Here’s hoping Season 2 follows suit and makes it into my 2018 list. Read my full review here.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, is another book adaptation I was excited to watch. This gritty and eerie adaptation pays perfect homage to the original text, though it will be interesting to see where the announced second series goes, given that the first covered the entirety of the book.

Girlboss

#Girlboss was a book I mentioned in my 2016 Favourites post, and I’d heard very mixed opinions about Netflix’s series adaptation. Although Britt Robertson’s portrayal didn’t seem to match with the impression I had of Sophie Amoruso, I actually preferred the series to the book.

Riverdale

As with most TV shows, I was late to the Riverdale party, but eventually watched the entire first season in two sittings. It’s your classic high school drama but with a few dark twists. I should add that this entry is strictly the first season only. Season two has lost the plot. Literally.

Doctor Foster

I missed the Doctor Foster hype the first time around, so as the show returned to BBC One, I caught up on the first series on Netflix, shortly followed by the second. Doctor Foster is a gripping drama about a doctor as she discovers her husband’s affair. The end of the second series left me a sobbing mess.


Top reads


Blame – Paul Read

Although it takes a few chapters to get on board with the protagonist, Blame is an intriguing novel comprised of intertwining narratives from Lucas’s life. Read my full review here.

Talking As Fast As I Can – Lauren Graham

I read Lauren Graham’s book just after finishing all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls plus the four-episode revival, and it was the perfect way to end an era of sorts. Graham writes exactly as she speaks, and her collection of personal essays reflects on the warmth and humour of the show and her character through a bunch of endearing anecdotes.

Wildest of All – P. K. Lynch

P. K. Lynch’s novel about grief across three generations was not only one of my top reads, but it was also one of my favourite reviews to write this year.

Before the Fall – Noah Hawley

This one was a little different to the kind of books I usually pick out, due to it being part of a Book Club. I’m already looking forward to discovering more books I probably wouldn’t read otherwise in the new year.

Shifting Bone – Alison Malee

Alison Malee is a poet I discovered on Instagram, and having fallen in love with her writing through the platform, I had to add her book to my poetry collection.


Favourite films


La La Land

La La Land fast became one of my favourite films of all time. I wrote a full review of the film back in January, which outlines what I adore about this film.

Manchester by the Sea

I caught up on most of the year’s award-winning films on my flight to New Zealand in April, and Manchester by the Sea topped the list for me.

Lion

An incredible true story, Lion is one that sticks with you for a long time. One hundred percent worth the buzz.

Dunkirk

War films aren’t usually my thing, but Dunkirk had me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning. I’m so glad I saw this one on the big screen.

Paddington 2

It wouldn’t be a list reflective of my taste without a children’s film thrown in for good measure. This one is sure to become a true British classic. Perhaps even more so than the first.


Best theatre


Waitress – Brooks Atkinson Theatre (Broadway)


I saw Waitress on Broadway at the beginning of the year, and not a week has gone by since when I haven’t listened to the cast album. Read my full review of the show here.

An American in Paris – Dominion Theatre

An American in Paris is the epitome of a stunning production. From the set to the music to the dancing, it sweeps you along on an enchanting journey. I wrote a full review back in June, which you can read here.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour – Duke of York’s Theatre

I’m very happy that I managed to catch Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour before it closed. This explosive and outrageously hilarious play is one I would have loved to watch again. Check out my review of this production here.

Hair – The Vaults

I have reviews on their way for my final two theatre picks, but in the meantime I would highly recommend seeing Hair at The Vaults before it closes on the 13th January.

Hamilton – Victoria Palace Theatre

The cast recording of Hamilton was the highlight of my 2016 Favourites, and this December was the month I finally got to see it on stage as it arrived in London. All I could manage with my post-show tweet was ‘SPEECHLESS’ and that pretty accurately sums up my feelings on this production until my full review.


Most played albums


I wrote a whole post on my favourite albums of the year; head over to find out what made the list.



I’d love to know what topped your favourites lists this year. Let me know in the comments if there was anything I missed out on and need to see, read or listen to in the new year.


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