My favourite TV shows of 2018

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I’m a bit late with all ‘my favourites of 2018’ posts, but better late than never I guess? Anyway, 2018 was such an amazing year when it came to TV shows and I found so many new favourites. Those who made my list didn’t necessarily aired in 2018, but I watched them during that year. I also managed to rank them and I’m so proud of myself, as I’m unable to do that with books and movies for 2018. So without further ado, here are my favourite TV shows of 2018!
10. Peaky Blinders

I finally started watching Peaky Blinders last year* and I fell in love with it, I even watched the first season in less than a day. I’m a huge period drama fan, as you probably know, but I had been reluctant to watch this one, for I was scared it would be a bit too violent for me (I was wrong). The universe kept sending me signs for two days, between seeing articles about the show everywhere or Sam Claflin announcing he would play in series 5 (!!), so that’s how I ended up starting it, and I couldn’t be happier to have watched it. It is full of morally grey characters, which I adore, and I admire the female characters’ of the show so much (okay I fell in love with two of them, but shhhh): Peaky Blinders was one of the reasons I cut my hair shorter in November, I wanted to live the 1920s aesthetic, so yeah. #noregrets

*Fun fact: I finished catching up with it today!

9. The Good Place

Another show I watched after everyone else was The Good Place. I didn’t even know what it was about when I started it, just that people were obsessed with it and I feel that it’s the best way to watch it. I had no idea what was going on at first, but I was so curious and needed to have answers: that’s the magic of the show and that’s how you end up binge-watching it in three days or something. The characters are absolutely hilarious, there are so many iconic lines it’s very addictive and I adore the photography of it!

8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine in 2017, but completely caught up with it last year. I’m usually not a use fan of cop shows, because I often find them repetitive, but that’s absolutely not the case for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. All the characters are amazing and picking a favourite is next to impossible for me: they’ve all helped and inspired me in different ways and I’m so grateful they exist. This TV show is perfect to watch when I’m feeling a bit down, it always makes me laugh a little. I am so excited about the newest season, thank god it wasn’t cancelled in the end! *cries*

7. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is such a breath of fresh air: I started watching it because I wanted a ‘lighter’ period drama to watch… and it ended up in a binge-watch and my boyfriend joining in and falling in love with the show as well. This American period drama, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (who also created Gilmore Girls!!), is set in 1958 and follows Myriam “Midge” Maisel, an upper-class Jewish housewife. After her husband leaves her for his secretary, she delivers an impromptu comic performance in a bar where her husband used to act for fun, and after some time, she is inspired to become a comedian. I adore Midge so much and Rachel Brosnahan, who portrays her, delivers such amazing performances (she won two Golden Globes in the past two years?).


6. Jane the Virgin
I’ve been watching Jane the Virgin since 2016 and I’ve always considered it to be one of my favourite TV shows (even though season 2 disappointed me a bit), so truly, it’s no surprise that it’s making the list. And then, season 4 happened and changed my life. That’s not even me being overdramatic, it’s true. 2018 was the year I accepted myself like never before and the show helped me immensely: if it weren’t for that scene with Petra, I would still be doubting myself… Her dream scene was exactly what happened to me, so when I saw that for a fictional character I loved, it truly meant the world to me. I cannot wait for the last season, I just want to see these characters happy. That’s all I need.

5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars

It’s no secret that I’m so obsessed with The Last Jedi that I watched it eleven times on the big screen. While I was on a Star Wars roll, I decided I would finally get started on the new Expanded Universe, whether it was TV shows, books or comics. I wasn’t too excited about watching The Clone Wars at first, as I’m not a huge fan of Episode II or Anakin, but as the first two seasons were on Netflix, I gave it a go. Little did I know that it would make me love the Fall of the Republic era so much, that I would meet one of my favourite Star Wars characters in the person of Ahsoka Tano, that I would get super obsessed with the show. It’s so worth it and a great place to start if you want to go beyond the Star Wars movies!
4. Everything Sucks!

Everything Sucks! means the world to me, because it’s the show that finally gave me the strength to come out. I’ll always remember how much I cried and how I wrote all the words I had always been too scared to say. Truly, I will always be heartbroken they decided to cancel it. I dedicated a blog post to it if you want to know more about it, but this is the show I had always needed in my life. It’s set in 1996 (the year I was born!) and it follows high school misfits in the AV and drama clubs who brave the ups and downs of teenage life in the VHS era. It is full of pop culture references, it has amazing characters and a great coming out story. I have to admit that it’s hard to watch at first, because there is bullying and homophobic slur, it truly shows how life can be awful in high school, but it gets better and better with every episode. I miss this show so much, I need to rewatch it.

3. One Day at a Time
One Day at a Time already was in my previous favourite TV shows list and of course, it kept its spot.  It is one of the greatest and most important TV shows that was ever made and if you still haven’t watched it, please do. I made all my friends watch it and they all got obsessed, because clearly I have good taste (I’m joking of course). It tackles down such important and contemporary topics, has a diverse cast of characters and it’s hilarious. Most of all, it has Elena, one of my favourite fictional characters ever, she’s so inspiring, she makes me want to fight to get what I want and to be myself, without hiding. No, but really, can you believe that we have a Latina, gay, feminist, vegetarian and super clever main character as awesome as she is? I cannot wait to rewatch the first two seasons to be ready for the third!

2. The Bold Type

When I started watching The Bold Type, it truly felt like the one and it’s definitely one of the TV shows that has inspired me the most. It is a feminist, empowering, diverse and topical show, tackling down so many contemporary issues and doing it in such a clever way. It follows the lives of Jane, Kat and Sutton, who works for Scarlet, a global women’s magazine. There three girls mean so much to me, because not only the portraying of their friendship is one of the healthiest I have seen on TV, but I see myself in all of them, and they all are my role models in a way. They still are at the beginning of their professional lives – they’ve worked for four years or something? – and it’s so encouraging for me, as I’m almost done with my studies. If you asked me who was my favourite, I wouldn’t be able to answer, because it changes with every episode and I love them in different ways. I dedicated a blog post to this one as well because I love it too much. 
I think that it is my favourite currently airing TV show and it could almost have been number 1 on this list as well, if it weren’t for…

1. Parks and Recreation

*everyone pretends to be shocked* I don’t think that my words could ever do justice at how much I adore this show, but just know this: I watched all seven seasons in a month and a half. Parks and Rec is set in Pawnee, Indiana, and follows the team from the Parks and Recreation department (duh) on their adventures. It’s funny, always makes me feel good, has relatable characters and I would almost move to Pawnee to work in the department by day and be a Mouse Rat groupie by night. *starts singing The Pit* My favourite character was of course my wife April Ludgate, she’s the best and I adore Aubrey Plaza, so that’s no surprise! I miss the show so much, I need to rewatch it, I need to buy the DVDs, how have I been holding on without it for the past seven months and six days?? H O W??

What were your favourite TV shows of 2018?
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My favourite books of 2018

Now that 2018 is behind us, it’s time to share with you my favourite reads of the year! I didn’t want to write this post while we were still in 2018, just in case my very last read of the year became a new favourite, and in the end, that was a very wise decision! For this post, I ordered my favourites through chronological order, because I couldn’t choose between some of them, but also because chronological order reflects my reading year more. That being said, let’s jump right into it!

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier might be my favourite author, but I waited for as long as I could before diving into Rebecca. It’s her most famous work – with reason -, but she wanted to be known for more than *just* that one, and I wanted to respect her in that. I had also watched 1997 mini-series years ago, so I already knew everything that happened. Yet, nothing can ever prepare you for the beauty of du Maurier’s words. Rebecca is intoxicating, with an amazing gothic atmosphere and a fascinating plot. Like all of du Maurier’s works, it made me want to visit Cornwall so much and I’m aching for the day I’ll finally be able to go there. While I already knew the story, it still took me by surprise and upon finishing it, I had to go back to reread the first chapters of the story. Daphne du Maurier, I love you so much.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

At the time I read Renegades, I hadn’t fallen in love with a young adult novel in six months. However, from the moment I picked that one up, I knew that my problem was fixed, because Renegades was everything I could have asked for. As I adore slow-paced plots and super abilities, this one was perfect for me and I couldn’t get enough! This novel is about people you’d call superheroes, villains, but also secret identities and humanity, while giving you the points of view of characters who belong to two different sides. It has a very rich world, full of politics, and you’re left wondering who the villains of the story are, which is something I adore. I have yet to pick up the sequel, but I’m so excited to see where this story is going!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Ah, Children of Blood and Bone. One of the two books that put me in a fantasy slump for most of the year, because I loved it too much. I am often scared of the hype, but Children of Blood and Bone amazed me. The world-building was spectacular, it flew perfectly and introduced everything you need to know about Orïsha, where the series takes place. This book focused on racism, fear and hatred of people who are different from you and how those feelings can lead to prejudice, violence and even slaughter; it echoes our society, especially the stories about unarmed black men, women, and children shot by the police and it makes the story even more important. I also fell for all our main characters, without being able to pick a favourite and I’ve been missing them for months. 

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass is the second book that contributed to my fantasy slump. After these two, I couldn’t read fantasy anymore without being disappointed, because they were too good. This novel is a Middle-East inspired fantasy novel (it’s set in 18th century Cairo at first!) with a very dense plot and so many layers weren’t revealed until the very end, which made me love it even more. I couldn’t catch my breath because I always wanted to know what would happen next. As I have a soft spot for morally grey characters and The City of Brass had several, I couldn’t help but love them. Moreover, I loved how it didn’t make it easy for its characters mastering new abilities, because it can be the case in fantasy, but The City of Brass didn’t suffer from it at all! It was such an amazing fantasy novel.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Sometimes, you are lucky enough to find a book that feels so much like you and you can’t get enough of it. You know that this book and you will stand the test of time. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is one of mine. To be honest, it never is a good idea to make me talk about it, because that’s it: I want to reread it again, as it feels so much like home. This book introduced me to one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read, as well as to one of my favourite fictional characters, Juliet Ashton. She inspires me so much and we share many similarities! Besides, I loved how much this novel was about reading and loving books, how books can bring us together during tough times. It also had so many different book references and I loved it all the more because of that: from the fact that Juliet was a writer who published a biography about Anne Brontë to the fact that it was set on Guernsey, where Victor Hugo was exiled (and wrote Les Misérables aka my favourite book), I couldn’t have been happier. 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo at the right time in my life and from the very beginning, I already knew it would end up being one of my favourite books ever and I already wanted to reread it. This book is about Evelyn Hugo, a very famous Hollywood actress, her life from the 1950s to today, her career and her seven husbands. I can’t say too much, but I am thankful I’ve read this, I am thankful for what it brought me and I will reread it for the rest of my life. Evelyn Hugo was such an interesting character, she was ruthless, ambitious and so inspiring, she will stay with me for a very long time. I’m not saying anymore, but anyone who has read this will know what I’m talking about, but just thank you for it all Taylor Jenkins Reid. I reread it just recently, and I want to do so again.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Alice Oseman’s books were so special to me this year, I binge-read them all back to back in a week (I rarely ever do that for a series or an author) and Alice Oseman became my newest favourite author. I read this one in June, when I was terrified of what my future would hold and it helped me so much. Frances Janvier became one of the characters I relate to the most and I am beyond grateful she exists in this amazing novel. Everyone has read this one years ago, so I’m very late to the party, but I am so thankful for this book, how nerdy it is, for Frances and Aled and for what it brought me. I adore Alice Oseman’s words so much and I would read her grocery shopping list. It’s been months now and I still can’t put into proper words how much this means to me. That’s just about it.

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

What. A. Surprise. I have two of Daphne du Maurier’s novels in my favourite books of 2018 list. I just couldn’t help myself. I have often written that Daphne du Maurier was probably my soulmate and have always meant it: no one gets me as much as she does and I will forever be heartbroken not to have lived at the same time as she had. But anyway. In this novel, I fell in love with the descriptions of Cornwall, with the atmosphere, with the way the pirate’s life was described. I adored Dona St Columb, because I could relate to her so much, she felt so modern, was so smart, witty, independent and fierce, she also needed more from her life, and I get that. Frenchman’s Creek is a story about finding who you are after having to hide it for so long, about sexual awakening, about duty, about family, about passion. It’s very far from the “silly” love story some people want to make of it. It means the world to me, feels like home, and I’m so glad that Daphne du Maurier wrote it.

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Remember when I mentioned my fantasy slump? Well, I eventually got out of it and it’s all thanks to the Farseer Trilogy. Special thanks to my parents and my boyfriend for making me read it, even though I got a book hangover from it. This time, I’m not talking about one book, I’m talking about the trilogy, because I think about it as a whole and it’s spectacular throughout. If I had to choose, Royal Assassin would be my favourite, but I just love the trilogy more, if that makes sense? This series is a medieval fantasy following FitzChivalry, the illegitimate son of a prince, who comes to co
urt and secretly learns to be an assassin for his king. The Farseer Trilogy is full of court politics, has such a spectacular world-building, fleshed-out characters (I feel like I know them all by heart!) and while its slow pace isn’t for everyone, I didn’t really mind. I haven’t been able to get this story out of my mind ever since I started it in November, even though I’ve tried. Even today, weeks later, all I want to do is dive into the next trilogy, The Liveship Traders. I’m so happy that Robin Hobb’s world is made of so many series, I wish they could last forever.

A Game of Thrones by by George R.R. Martin

Last, but certainly not least, A Game of Thrones was the last book I read in 2018 and it became one of my favourites. I’ve been watching Game of Thrones (the show) for years, sometimes I adore it, sometimes I’m feeling a bit meh about it, so I was always unsure whether I wanted to read the books or not. However, everyone kept saying that the books were way better, so I gave in… And while I only read the first one, I’m already in agreement (it might also be because I like fantasy more in books than in movies/TV shows). I already knew most of the story, but it’s a complete different experience through George R.R. Martin’s words: the world is richer, the characters more fleshed out and I just appreciate it more? I’m not quite sure I can explain, but I was so excited to go back to it every time (even though I read it slowly) and I need to buy A Clash of Kings tomorrow so I can take it to Algeria with me the day after. Oh, and while we’re at it, I need all things Westeros, thank you very much.
So that’s it for my favourite books of the year! I’m so happy I got to discover all the books I mentioned in this post in 2018 and I already miss them, I cannot wait to reread them over and over again. If I had to pick just one favourite, I could almost do it… I’d just have to pick two instead, aka The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but I’m sure most of you knew that already. 2018 was such an amazing year for me and I’m sad to see it go, but having all those books to look back on is everything I need.
What were your favourite books of 2018?

My favourite movies of 2017

Hello, beautiful people!

After writing about my favourite books and TV shows of 2017, I am concluding this list with my favourite movies of last year. True, we’re already January 12th (wait, my birthday is in exactly a month), but it’s never too late to talk about what you love, right? Now, I don’t watch that many movies, because I have a limited attention span when it comes to them, I don’t fall in love with that many of them, but when I do… It lasts for years. While I was writing this post, I watched all of the trailers of these movies again, considered changing the order so many times (except for #1) and wanted to rewatch them again. It surely shows that I really adore them and I’m so excited to talk about them!

(Side note: If you’re interested in any of them, I linked all the trailers with the titles of the movies.)

6. Paterson, dir. by Jim Jarmusch (2016)

Paterson is the most surprising of my favourite movies of the year and it also was one of the last movies I watched. Had I watched it last year, I might have been bored, but it was exactly what I needed when I watched it. Paterson tells the story of a bus driver who loves to write poetry, whose life you follow during seven days. 

When I rewatched the trailer, it said, at some point: “Beauty is often found in the smallest details” and I couldn’t sum up the movie any better. It’s quiet, it’s poetic, it’s about the triumphs and failures of daily life, it’s about escaping through what you love. The only thing I didn’t really get was Paterson’s wife, she really annoyed me, but it couldn’t prevent me to fall in love with this movie. I have to confess that yes, I did watch it for Adam Driver (I’m very predictable, aren’t I?) and he was so brilliant in it, I loved how it focused on his voice when his character was writing poetry, it’s one of my favourites of his performances for sure. 

5. Wonder, dir. by Stephen Chbosky (2017)

Wonder was originally a middle-grade novel written by R.J. Palacio, that tells the story of Auggie, a young boy who has a rare facial deformity and has been homeschooled his entire life. At twelve, he’s finally going to school for the first time, where he’ll be cast away, before slowly being accepted. It also has  the points of view of different characters, such as his sister Via, other students and so on.

As a matter of fact, I haven’t read the book (*audience gasps*), but I absolutely fell in love with the movie. I thought it delivered so many beautiful messages, I loved watching the characters and their dynamics develop, as well as the story that made me cry quite a few times. I also really loved the cast, the kids were the absolute cutest and it had Daveed Diggs (aka the original Lafayette/Jefferson from the musical Hamilton). I’m already looking forward to watch this wonder again (yes, that pun was intended, because it truly is what it was).

4. Beauty and the Beast, dir. by Bill Condon (2017)

I am pretty sure I don’t have to tell you what Beauty and the Beast is all about, since it’s a well-known tale written in the 18th century, the 2017 movie being a live-action version of the 1991 version. Before finally watching it, I had been anticipating it for such a long time, I had pretty much lost it the day it was announced that Dan Stevens would be the Beast (once again, I am very predictable). 

I was a bit scared, but well, of course I loved it. The cinematography is absolutely stunning, adding new details to give more depth to the story was quite a wonderful idea – especially for me, who is obsessed with the 18th century -, it made us have some new content. Hearing the songs again – in English and not in French, as I have grown up since the animated version – was absolutely wonderful and I completely fell in love with one of the new ones, Evermore. I can’t even tell you how many times I have listened to it since March, how much I adore it. I also loved the choreographies of the musical numbers so much! It is now one of my feel-good movies, it always puts a huge smile when I watch it (except that I cry at the end and make comments about Dan Stevens the entire time, but it’s fun, I swear).

3. Hidden Figures, dir. by Theodore Melfi (2016)

Hidden Figures is about the untold story of black female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race, more specifically focusing on Katherine Johnson, who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury, Dorothy Vaughan, a NASA supervisor and Mary Jackson, NASA’s first black female engineer. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name written by Margot Lee Shetterly, that I read afterwards and absolutely adored (I cried several times).

This movie means so much to me, because it’s so inspiring. Seeing these women fighting to have as much as everyone else made me want to work hard to follow my dreams as well and they all became my role models (even more after I read the book). It was infuriating at times, because of the way they were treated, considering it was set in 1960s America, but it was so full of hope by the end and things were starting to be as they should be. The entire cast did an amazing job, I wanted to wear the same outfits than the characters, I still listen to the soundtrack when I study, I just adore this movie so much.

2. La La Land, dir. by Damien Chazelle (2017)

La La Land tells the story of Seb, a jazz pianist, and Mia, an aspiring actress, who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles while following their dreams. There was so much hype around this movie, considering it came out right before award season and it got so many of them (I stayed up all night to watch the Oscars for it, that’s how obsessed I was). I saw it the day of its opening in France, because I was way too excited and I wasn’t disappointed at all. To this day, I have a poster of it on top of my bed as well as a sticker that reads: ‘here’s to the fools who dream, foolish as they may seem’ on my bullet journal.

It was quite the movie for me, because it’s a musical, has a stunning cinematography (I’ve been saying that for most of the movies, I love when they’re aesthetically pleasing for sure), is poetic, makes me dream and inspires me to be the best version of myself (and not to listen to everyone else, because like Seb said ‘F*** ’em’). It’s another of those movies that I watch whenever I feel down, whenever I need to find motivation. I can’t put into words how much it brought me for the past year, but I really love it.

Just like with my favourite books of 2017, my favourite movie of the year was La La Land, until I saw…
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1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, dir. by Rian Johnson (2017)

As I’m writing those words on January 9th (yes, I’m back at scheduling my posts), I have seen The Last Jedi six times. As you’re reading this on January 12th, I’m probably at my seventh round or will be after this weekend (thanks to my unlimited movie card, I can actually do this, otherwise it wouldn’t be possible). I can’t exactly tell you what it’s about, as it’s the second movie of the sequel trilogy (if this isn’t confusing for someone who doesn’t watch the movies) and it might be my favourite (don’t kill me, I totally stand by what I just wrote, I grew up with Star Wars, but “this is something else”*).

The Last Jedi is the right movie for me. That’s the only way to put it. I watched it that many times because I need it, because it always makes me feel better, because it gets me (I’m not going to explain, but it really does). Every time I go back, I say that I’m not ready, sits on the edge of my seat because I’m completely engrossed, discover a new detail I hadn’t seen before. I know all of Kylo Ren’s lines, smiles like an idiot, always cries/gets teary-eyed at the same parts. I’m realising that I’m not even explaining what’s so good about it, but per usual, I loved the cinematography (still screaming about my favourite scene), the actors (okay, well, Adam Driver, but also Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and everyone else), the plot and most of all, the characters, because I relate way too much to them. Some people didn’t like it, or The Force Awakens for that matter, but I adore the sequel movies so much and I stand by that statement and I’m so thankful to have The Last Jedi in my life now.

*yeah, I’m quoting the movie for literally anything…

So there you have it, here are my six favourite movies of the year! Don’t hesitate to tell me what your favourite movies of 2017 were!

Lots of love,

My favourite books of 2017

Hello, beautiful people!

With only two days left of 2017, I thought now would be the perfect time to talk to you about my favourite books of the year. It was actually quite easy to make the list for once and I can say that I truly adored them, because upon writing this post, I wanted to reread them all. This post is a bit long, that’s for sure, so let’s start it right away!

10. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

I don’t read a lot of YA contemporary novels, but sometimes, I stumbled upon some that gets me. Tash Hearts Tolstoy was such a novel. This novel is about Tash, the creator of a webseries that’s a modern take on Anna Karenina, who finds herself in the spotlight after a shoutout from a famous YouTuber. When her webseries is nominated for an award, the perspective that her flirt with a fellow award nominee might become something more IRL dawns on her, because she has to figure out how to tell her crush she’s romantic asexual. It might not be the greatest novel, I do realise that, but before I met Tash (and Molly from The Upside of Unrequited), I had never met another character I could relate to that much, which is why this novel will always have a special place in my heart. 

9. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s almost unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.” 

I read Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda when it came out two years ago and loved it, but not as much as everyone else. I went into The Upside of Unrequited without any expectations and ended up reading it in one sitting, because I found so much of myself in Molly. My sixteen years old self was so much like Molly, with a million crushes without doing anything, self-conscious, suffering from anxiety and weird around boys. Sometimes, I was reading her reactions, thinking: “Well, if this isn’t me”. The Upside of Unrequited is the book I wish 16 yo me could have read, for it would have made her love herself more and stop caring about getting a boyfriend before the end of high school (I’d like to scream at myself that it was very stupid haha).

Me @ 16 yo me
(someone is way too obsessed with Kylo Ren, but I’m not even sorry)

8. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
“He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn’t sleep at all.” 

I discovered Laini Taylor through her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy a few years ago, and I had fallen in love with her writing style as well as her unique universe. Like so many readers, I anticipated Strange the Dreamer for two years, being a bit sad when its release date was pushed back at the end of 2016, and yet, it did not disappoint. Once again, I loved Taylor’s writing style, the world-building of this new world, and most of all, Lazlo Strange, one of the most relatable characters for us bookworms out there. He read all the time and that was his strength. He even broke his nose because a big book fell on him once. Strange the Dreamer was quite an adventure and it swooped me in from the very first line. I haven’t talked that much about it on social media, but this very poetic story is quite special to my heart and I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel, The Muse of Nightmares.  

7. Making Faces by Amy Harmon

“Everybody is a main character to someone…” 

I am so happy I finally started reading Amy Harmon’s books this year. Like I said, I don’t read a lot of contemporary novels, and yet, this is the third one that won its place in this top. From the first moment I started reading this book, I fell in love with Harmon’s writings, put way too many post-its because there were so many quotes I wanted to remember. Everything the author wanted to talk about was very important and done in the right way, I know this one left a lasting impression on me. The main characters were absolutely amazing, in their different ways. I can’t tell you who I loved the most between Fern, Bailey or Ambrose. I went into Making Faces expecting another romance, got out of it having read one of the best contemporary novels I had ever read. I see myself rereading it years after years, falling in love with it every single time.

6. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

“There is music in your soul. A wild and untamed sort of music that speaks to me. It defies all the rules and laws you humans set upon it. It grows from inside you, and I have a wish to set that music free.”

Wintersong has a lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads – some of them from fans of Labyrinth, because it’s not really a retelling of it apparently, but I haven’t watched the movie, so I don’t really mind – but this is another book that spoke to my soulWintersong the story of Liesl, whose sister is taken underground by the goblins. Liesl goes there to rescue her and makes a pact with the Goblin King: a life for a life. She agrees to marry the Goblin King and the more time she spends underground, the more her life fades away and the more her musical talents grow.

It is set in 18th century Austria, the main character’s full name is Elizabeth, the Mozart family is mentioned a few times, music plays an important part in it and it might have my favourite cover ever (go check what it looks like, please). One of the scenes gave me strong Evermore vibes, because I’m very obsessed with this song (a new song from Beauty and the Beast), but you know. Now, all of those elements seem very random, but they all mean something for me in different ways, and it’s one of the reasons I adored this book so much.

5. Tess of the d’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

“Did it never strike your mind that what every woman says, some women may feel?”

Last year, I discovered Thomas Hardy with Far from the Madding Crowd and it was my favourite book of the year. In 2017, I read a lot more of Hardy’s novels and he became one of my favourite authors, I’d trust him with anything. Tess of the d’Ubervilles was the second of his novels that I read and it left me speechless. Thomas Hardy, while being a Victorian era (aka from a totally different time) writer, stood up for women in his writings, showing how much men could be at fault and should be held accountable for their actions (we still have a long road to go, even though we’re almost in 2018). In Tess of the d’Ubervilles, he portrays two men in a completely different way while showing all of their flaws, and makes us wonder what is right and what is wrong, in very specific situations. I cannot express how much I loved this book, but Thomas Hardy definitely is one of my favourite authors and I need to read all of his books.

4. The Loving Spirit by Daphne du Maurier

“High above the clustered houses and the grey harbour waters of Plyn, the loving spirit smiles and is free.”

I first read Daphne du Maurier’s novels this year and she quickly became one of my favourite authors. I had put My Cousin Rachel in this spot at first, but realised it wasn’t right and almost didn’t put anything by her in here, because I hadn’t rated The Loving Spirit five stars, at least not at first. Then, I remember how much I loved this book. It was du Maurier’s debut, it’s a family saga on four generations and it is set in Cornwall. I could feel the sea whenever I was reading the book, it became an actual character in the novel and I loved it so much, since I’m obsessed with it. The characters were so interesting, complex and deeply flawed. Every time I finished reading about one of them, I became so sad, because I didn’t want to say goodbye, and then I read about the next generation and felt for them. 

In a way, the Coombe family became mine, as I was along them in their hardships, their joys, their pains, their dreams. From the second I finished this book, I started missing it. I badly want to reread it, because it somehow feels like home. Du Maurier gets my feelings for the sea, as we have the same ones, and I’m so grateful I realised that while reading The Loving Spirit. 

3. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

“My heart is too thoroughly dried to be broken in a hurry, and I mean to live as long as I can.” 

Anne Brontë is often seen as the forgotten Brontë sister, but she might be my favourite. I read Wuthering Heights by Emily and Jane Eyre by Charlotte a few years ago, but never got around to read anything by Anne, until this year. I didn’t know what I expected, but I completely fell in love with this novel. I had only started getting back into classics, but it’s definitely the book that made me realise I never wanted to stop reading them. Victorian England definitely wasn’t ready for Anne Brontë and that’s one of the reasons I admire her so much. I absolutely adored reading about Helen, the way Anne portrayed relationships and the darkness of the human soul. She was much more of a realist when you compare her to her sisters, and it might be why her books aren’t as talked about as theirs. In any case, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is one of my favourite classics ever.

Actual footage of me with The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

2. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

“Everyone is afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don’t wish you didn’t fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn’t feel anything.”

You probably all know I adore Cassandra Clare’s books and that they mean the world to me, as they made me read in English. Lady Midnight, the first book in The Dark Artifices trilogy, was the book I waited the most on in my life, and I completely fell in love with it. Lord of Shadows didn’t disappoint me either: I absolutely loved how Clare talked about topical subjects, wrote amazing characters, plotlines and relationships once again. As I’m writing those words, I’m reading this book for the third time of the year, and there couldn’t be any better way to end the year. I can’t put into words how much I love this book and I still haven’t been able to write my review. Nevertheless, it’s absolutely amazing and the Shadowhunters books only get better and better with every single one of them.

Lord of Shadows was actually my favourite book of the year for a long time, until I read…

1. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.” 

I’m sure most of you won’t be surprised, considering I’ve been talking about this one a lot and told everyone it was my favourite book of the year anyway. *Ahem* Les Misérables and I actually have a lot of history and you can read about that here. It’s one of the best books I have read in my entire life, I read it in three days. I put way too many post-its in it, loved the characters and all the historical details, ‘accidentally’ fell in love with Marius Pontmercy (which makes absolutely no sense, but anyway), laughed, cried, gasped. I own a 1662 page long edition and yet I want to reread it again and again. It’s nothing to say that it is a masterpiece, but it is a masterpiece and it changed my life.

So there you have it, here are my favourite books of 2017. I hope you had an amazing year reading-wise. I’d love to know what your favourite books of the year were!

Lots of love,

My favourite TV shows of 2017

Hello, beautiful people!

As the end of the year is coming to a close, it is time for many of us to write a lot of blog posts about all of our favourite things of the year. I am personally planning on making a list of my favourite books, TV shows and movies of 2017. Why am I starting with TV shows two weeks before the end of the year? you will ask. Well, I’ve already watched a lot of TV shows this year and while I’ll probably catch up on some shows for the two remaining weeks of the year (read: Brooklyn 99 and Doctor Who), I really need to focus on watching all the movies I still haven’t watched. Which is why you’re getting this one quite early!

10. Harlots (2017)

This period drama is set in 1763 London, where one in five women makes a living by selling sex. This show follows Margaret Wells, a brothel owner, as well as her two daughters, Charlotte and Lucy, all of them trying to get better lives for themselves. Margaret Wells decides to move her brothel in a new street to thrive, which makes her in conflict with Lydia Quigley, the owner of a high class brothel.  

Now, from this summary, you might be unsure about this show. I know I was. Yes, there are sex scenes, but it is to be expected. However, it is an amazing and very addictive period drama that slays everything, even one of my favourite authors says so:

The first season aired this year and the second one will come out next year, I cannot wait.

9. Friends (1994-2004)

It might be shocking to most people that I started watching Friends in December 2016, but well… I did. It’s the whole reason I got a Netflix subscription in the first place, because I really wanted to know what the hype was all about and to understand all of the references. To say the least, I wasn’t disappointed. I watched it in ten months, because I needed it to last. It was the show I turned to when I needed to feel better or to laugh, and it never failed me. Friends truly deserve all the hype, the entire world was right about it. My favourite character was Chandler for sure, but I have a little bit of each character’s personality within me, like everyone. I already know that when I feel down, I will rewatch it, because it truly helped me to go through 2017.

8. The Crown (2016)

The second season of The Crown was released last week on Netflix and yes, I already binge-watched it. The Crown already was one my favourite TV shows of last year and this second season did not disappoint. I loved that we got to focus a bit more on Elizabeth’s family, with entire arcs on Margaret, Philip, the duke of Windsor or even Charles. Once again, it was very informative, while never being boring. The cinematography was stunning and once again, the actors did an amazing job. I really hope it’ll get six seasons like they planned, and while I’m a bit sad to say goodbye to Claire Foy and Matt Smith as Elizabeth and Philip – they have planned to replace the actors every two seasons, so they actually have the same age that the characters they portray – I cannot wait to see how season 3 will be.   

7. Poldark (2015)

Poldark is based on Winston Graham’s novels and follows the story of Ross Poldark, a man who returns from the American War of Independence to Cornwall to discover that his father is dead, his estate in ruins and the woman he loves is engaged to his cousin. He decides to take control over his own mines again while helping the people of the village. I absolutely love Poldark because it is set in the 18th century in Cornwall, which means the scenery is absolutely gorgeous and I listen to the soundtrack all the time. I have to confess that while I loved the first season, I disliked the second one so much (Ross was the worst and it felt repetitive), to the point that I didn’t want to continue. I decided to watch the third season for Dwight Enys because I adore him* and it was so worth it. The third season had new characters such as Morwenna and Drake and it was absolutely amazing once again. I spent most of it
suffering (because some awul things happened, but it was so good) and binge-watched it in three days, as I couldn’t stop. So yes, it’s back on my favourite shows list, and I have great expectations for season 4.

*What do you mean, it might be because I think that he looks like Matthew Crawley? I have no idea wha you’re talking about.

6. Victoria (2016)

When I watched the first season of Victoria last year, I completely fell in love with it and it became my favourite show of the year. I was a bit scared the second season wouldn’t live up to it, but it still was amazing! This show follows the reign of Queen Victoria, as well as some secondary storylines about people close to her and the servants of the palace (did they try to make it a little like Downton Abbey? I guess so). I’ll always have a weakness for Prince Albert (especially portrayed by Tom Hugues), because he truly was amazing and it is shown in every episode. Everything was absolutely stunning, we even got an episode set in Scotland! I’m still waiting on the Christmas special episode that will be released in a few days, but I already know it’ll be amazing. 

5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015)

Another show that completely took me by surprise. It follows Rebecca Bunch, a top-notch lawyer living in New York city, who panics when she’s offered a partnership. When she bumps into Josh Chan, her first love from summer camp, she decides to move to West Covina, California where he lives, in search for happiness and to become his girlfriend. This show is a comedy-drama series with amazing musical numbers and the more episodes I watch, the more I love it. Rachel Bloom, who created it and plays Rebecca, is an absolute genius and I have nothing but respect for her. This show is hilarious, sad, serious and unexpected. It is hands-down the best TV show on the CW right now, in my opinion.  

4. Stranger Things (2016)

I’m pretty sure that Stranger Things needs no introduction, considering that every time a season is released, it’s all over the Internet – and with reason. The first season is set in Hawkins, Indiana, in 1983, where Will Byers, a 12 y.o. boy mysteriously disappears. His family and friends never give up on trying to find him, which might lead to strange discoveries… And it only gets strangers (#original). I absolutely love the retro vibes from this show and I think that the cast and their characters are fantastic! I binge-watched both seasons, because it’s quite an addictive and quality show, which made it into my favourite shows very quickly. It’s just perfect. 

3. One Day at a Time (2017)

One Day at a Time is a Netflix sitcom loosely based on the 1975-1984 show of the same name. It only has one season so far, but a second one is coming and it couldn’t make me happier. Sadly, this show is very underrated but it is everything. It follows the Alvarez family, Penelope, a single mom who used to be in the army, her two children Elena and Alex, and her mother Lydia, a faithful Cuban. It’s absolutely hilarious as well as clever, feminist and diverse. It only has thirteen episodes and they last about thirty minutes, so you’ll probably end up binge-watching the whole thing. Please, watch it.

2. Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)

Another show I only watched in 2017… I know, I’m late to the party. * hides in a corner * My best friend made me watch the first few episodes at the end of September, but I accidentally got way too addicted and binge-watched the whole thing (revival included) in a little less than three months. I’ve loved a lot of shows, but Gilmore Girls now has a special place in my heart. Before watching it and meeting Rory Gilmore, I had never related to a show that muchThere were so many similarities between my life and Rory’s that it sometimes hurt me… But also did me some good, I guess. If I hadn’t watched the show that’s number one in this list, Gilmore Girls would have been my favourite show of the year. It certainly is in my top 3 favourite shows of all times anyway. Also, can someone tell me we’ll someday get a second season to the revival? PLEASE.

1. Legion (2017)

Last but not least, my favourite show of 2017 is Legion. *shocked gasps from the audience* I already talked about it way too many times and even wrote an entire blog post about it, so you might want to read it if you haven’t yet. It’s better not to know much going into Legion, but it’s somehow a spin-off of X-Men. If you don’t understand what’s happening most of the time, it’s normal. To sum it up, this show is brilliant, has amazing actors, gorgeous cinematography, you will never know what to expect, and Dan Stevens is portraying the main character (you know how much I love Dan Stevens). Oh and it is seriously underrated, so… GO WATCH IT, OKAY? I’ll leave you with Leigh Bardugo’s tweet:

So there you have it: my top 10 favourite shows of 2017! Do let me know if you’ve watched any of them, or what your favourite shows of the year were.

Lots of love,


Les Misérables: a book, a musical, a movie, and what it means to me

Me hugging Les Misérables, because hugging your favourite books is good for the soul.

Hello, beautiful people!

As you probably already know, I am completely obsessed with Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, as well as the musical and its movie adaptation. I had read the abridged version of the book when I was twelve and absolutely loved it, but this year, I decided it was time to read the unabridged version. I finally did so this month, and I fell in love with it all over again, except that it’s even more powerful than it used to be. Today, I just wanted to talk to you about my story with Les Misérables (it’s been thirteen years in the making. yup.) and to try to tell you why I love it so much.

What is Les Misérables about?

Les Misérables is a French novel published by Victor Hugo in 1862 and it’s really emblematic in French literature. It describes the lives of miserable people in 19th century France, both in Paris and the countryside, following more specifically Jean Valjean’s life, a former convict.

My story with Les Misérables

I remember hearing about Les Misérables for the first time when I was about seven or eight. A teacher in elementary school once said ‘Come on Cosette, go fetch us some water’ as a joke, before explaining where the reference came from. For some reason, it always stayed in my mind, until I was twelve and had to read the abridged version for a class. We were supposed to read it for January or February, but once my parents bought me the book in October, I devoured it, stayed up way past my bedtime to read it, and became completely obsessed. My schoolmates complained a lot about having to read it, and I went through it twice. I fell in love with Victor Hugo’s writing, the characters and the story. Now, as you probably already know, I’m French. What most of you don’t know is that I come from the north of the country. The first book of Les Misérables is set there, most of it in Montreuil-sur-Mer (my actual hometown is the place where the fake Jean Valjean’s trial takes place, it was fate). I’ve been to this town for as long as I can remember, walking along the battlements and the old castle. Every year, Montreuil-sur-Mer has a sound and light show, a sort of reenactment of Les Misérables, as part of the story is set there. I begged my parents to go the year I first read the book and they took one of my brothers and I. It was a very cold summer evening (it’s the north of France, after all), but while I was freezing, seeing the characters alive in front of my eyes amazed me and I have such a fond memory of it. That’s how I first became obsessed with Les Misérables.

As you can see, I definitely didn’t know about the musical… Until they decided to adapt it into a movie. I saw a lot of gifs on Tumblr and decided to start listening to the songs, which I completely fell in love with. I didn’t see the movie right away, because I’m not sure they showed it in my hometown or I had someone to watch it with me, and it was years until I finally did. I was already obsessed with Eddie Redmayne by then and you know… He’s playing Marius’ part in it (hence 60% of my love for Marius). Anyhow, I watched the movie and fell in love all over again (it was also a weird experience the first time, because I started watching it in a train with lots of noise…). I listened to the songs for months on end and I still listen to them at least once a week. 

Then, back in September… I saw the musical live in West End, in London. It was one of the best moments of my entire life and I cried most of the time, because it was a dream come true. I can’t thank my boyfriend enough for buying us these tickets, I thought it would be way too expensive and didn’t dare to dream going for at least a few years. Now, I’m planning on going back again and again, I know I’ll never be tired of it.

Last but not least, this month, I read the unabridged version of the novel. While it’s 1662 pages long… I read it in three days. I still don’t know how. It is one of the best books I have ever read and it made it into my top 3 books of all times, without even needing to try. I’m already thinking about rereading it over and over again. After I finished it, I rewatched the movie again, have been listening to the songs on repeat again, and it’s not going away anytime soon.

Why do I love Les Misérables so much?

Now, that is a complex question, because Les Misérables is a book, a musical, a movie, my entire life. I will never be able to do Victor Hugo’s words justice, nor the musical’s.

I love the book in all its complexity. I won’t lie, it’s not for everyone, because it has long descriptions, a lot of historical facts and it can seem boring sometimes (I guess?). Yet, I love history and being so engrossed in a book that I feel like I time-traveled in a different era. With Les Misérables, I time travel and for me, there aren’t too many words, it’s just fine. Hugo describes everything perfectly to give you a sense of what early 19th
 century France was like, of why these characters act like this or why the plot is going that way. He’s always going back to give a backstory to his characters and because of that, they’re perfectly developed. You all know how obsessed I am with Marius Pontmercy, and I feel like I know everything I need to know about him. He could have been a real person, for all I know. Victor Hugo’s characters are perfectly fleshed-out, he shows you the good, all of the bad, he doesn’t try to sugarcoat anything. I got something out of every character in this novel. Les Misérables is about the hardships of life, how you can make the right choices and yet seem all wrong in society’s eyes, how you can still dare to hope and fight for your dreams, to be recognised and even if it didn’t work, at least you tried (that last part isn’t so happy but hey, it’s life). Les Misérables is the story of a society that is still relevant today, a heart-breaking tale, an adventure, a sum of knowledge, a romance, and so much more. For me, you can’t fit it in one genre (it’s considered to be a historical, social and philosophical novel), unless you consider ‘a literary masterpiece’ as one.

One of the other reasons I love Les Misérables so much can seem pretty random, but it’s relevant to my life. Like I told you, I come from the north of France, which always made the first part of the book important to me, because it was set home, in a way. For a long time, it was the part of the story I knew the most, I didn’t know that much about Marius, or Cosette when she was older. Recently, it struck me. I moved to Paris for my studies, to begin my adult life, four and a half years ago. The second part of the novel is set in Paris, Cosette is older, like I was, in a way; the friends of the ABC meet in the Latin Quarter, so close to where I live. It might be one of the cheesiest things I have ever written, but the geography of Les Misérables is the geography of my life, somehow. This story will always be even closer to my heart for personal reasons I can’t exactly explain, but it makes me love the book even more.

For me and many other people out there, Les Misérables also means the musical. I discovered it later, but it’s a masterpiece on its own as well. All the songs are absolutely amazing and now that I’ve read the entire book, I can tell you that all the lyrics have twelve times more meanings than you might think. Every little thing is a reference to a detail of the book. Every time I listen to the songs, I discover a new one. The songs of the musical are moving, unforgettable and even iconic today. The musical has run continuously in London since October 1985, it’s been thirty-two years and the theatre is still full whenever they play it. I first saw the musical as a movie and I love it with all my heart, but when I was about to see the musical on stage… I wondered how they would do it. Let me tell you that the staging is genius, the costumes, amazing, the actors, so talented. It’s perfect. It’s my favourite musical by far, and I’m a huge lover of musicals. I’m sure the musical will still run for a long time, and I know that I’ll go back to see it as many times as I can.

I can’t convey all of my thoughts into proper words, but I do love Les Misérables with my entire body, soul and heart (I’m being overdramatic, but I couldn’t care less). It’s a story that has been following me since my childhood and will never truly leave me. My words will never be able to do it justice, but at least, I tried. Writing this post was a cathartic experience for me, because I know that my words are stocked somewhere and that I will always be able to reread them. If you read this entire post, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your time means the world to me.

Lots of love,

A love letter to Fantastic Beasts

Dear Fantastic Beasts movie,

A year ago today, I went to the movie theater to watch you. I didn’t have any expectations. Not exactly. I had never been a fan of the additions to the Harry Potter franchise, and yet, I was curious of what they had done with the wizarding world.

I didn’t see time pass. I was speechless. I fell in love with you (and yes, I know I’m in love with about a hundred things, but you know what I mean). You brought me so much and you became the movie of my soul.

When you think about it for two seconds, you have everything I need to fall in love with a movie. You have magic, a historical setting, Eddie Redmayne, gorgeous cinematography and a soundtrack I still listen to, after a year. I’m not even sure I need more in a movie.

You made me discover all those amazing creatures the wizarding world has to offer, and I’m already looking forward to see more of them in the next movies. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be Pickett, but it’s no surprise… Newt Scamander is partial to this small cinnamon roll of a bowtruckle as well. You made me see the wizarding world in a new way: exploring beyond England, beyond Hogwarts, discovering new characters and a new society (I love the Roaring Twenties and their doubts about magic), and I left craving for more. I’m mad at you for having Johnny Depp, because it makes no sense to me, so I guess I’ll do my best to ignore him, because while I wouldn’t want to support him… There are other actors I want to support and they are in this movie (try to pretend you don’t know who I’m actually talking about)(I’m losing my train of thoughts here)(wait now I remember)

Most of all, you made me discover Newt Scamander. I had always been curious about him, because he saw the whole wide world and so many amazing creatures, because he must have been so interesting, because his grandson married Luna Lovegood aka my favourite character in the Harry Potter series. Then, I saw him for real, and I fell in love (yes, again, I told you I was in love with a hundred things, duh). He’s such a caring, selfless, generous wizard, he likes animals better than he likes humans, he’s adorably awkward, he’s a Hufflepuff, he’s not the guy you’d expect to be the hero, and yet, he saves the day. He’s one of these everyday heroes we can all aspire to be. Oh, and he’s portrayed by my favourite actor, which helps as well. I loved all of the characters, but Newt Scamander won my heart.

I wish I could find all the right words to express my love for you, but I’m not sure I can do it the right way. You brought me so much into my life and you probably have no idea.

I need to thank you. I remember going through one of the worst days of my life, then deciding to go rewatch you… And it calmed me down. It pulled me away from reality and I felt at home, walking alongside the characters in the streets of New York. You saved me. I know you’re a movie I can turn to when I feel like everything around me is crashing dow, when I’m sad, I know that you will always bring me happiness.

I’m already looking forward to rewatch you over and over again, just like I did in the past year (you’re one of the movies I saw the most in my entire life and it’s only been a year). More than that, I’m already looking forward to your sequels, even though I still have another year to wait. I’ll try to be patient, because I know it will be worth it.

Lots of love,

WATCH LEGION, or where I finally tell you why I’m obsessed with this show.

Hello, beautiful people!

If you follow me on social media, you might already know that I’m completely obsessed with a TV show called Legion, for which the first season aired earlier this year. This past week, I rewatched the whole thing and it made me the happiest girl in the world (this is already a twisted Legion reference, I’m lost to the world). If I only had one show to remember for this year, it would be this one. I’ve been fangirling a lot about Legion, but as I want the whole world to discover it… I needed to write a blog post on the subject, so I could try to convince you to watch it (please).  However, before I really start this post, I would like to warn you that I would put a trigger warning for suicide attempts for the first season of the show. Now that I’ve told you this, let’s get right into it.

What is Legion about?

David Haller was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals since. After he has an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness.

My thoughts on the show

Every time I watch an episode of Legion, I’m absolutely wonder-struck and my eyes are glued to the screen. For me, it means a lot, because I have trouble watching TV shows/movies and always end up doing something else on the side. When I watch Legion, I can’t do anything else… Up to the next thirty minutes after finishing an episode. This is a show that stays with you while you’re discovering it and even afterwards, because you can’t stop thinking about it, nor can’t stop trying to figure out what exactly is going on. 

The most important sentence of the whole show is “is this real?” and it makes so much sense, as during the eight episodes, you will always have doubts, just like the characters. I know that when Stranger Things came out, many viewers developed an addiction of sorts to it, by not being able to stop watching it. That’s what happened to me when I started watching Legion. The show’s creator, Noah Hawley (Fargo), managed to find the right pacing in order for the show not to be too obscure to the viewer, who has no clue what is going on, all the while intending to lead him astray.

Dan Stevens as David Haller and Rachel Keller as Sydney Barrett.

The cinematography of the show is magnificent, with futuristic and retro vibes at the same time. The scenery is stunning and I was gaping at quite a few scenes, because they were so unexpected and yet felt right. I love Marvel and DC Comics and watch a lot of their TV shows, but for me, Legion is stealing the show and I would trade them all for it (yet, I adore them).

Legionis set in the X-Men universe and follows a secondary character you probably never heard of, which gave so many possibilities to the show and is one of the reasons it is such an original and different TV show from others. The characters are far from being the superheroes we know, which makes them so relatable. They are flawed, they have complicated pasts, they mess up and nothing comes easy for them. Some scenes of the show can seem quite… Weird, but the plotlines definitely allow them and it makes the show all the more complex and interesting.

David Haller is an unreliable narrator, so the viewer will never know what’s true and what isn’t until the very end, which is why he will always want to watch more of the show. Legion talks a lot about superpowers and mental illnesses and while it’s a complicated thing to do, the showrunners managed to do that splendidly. Now, some aspects of the show can be very triggering (I’m thinking in particular of suicide attempts scenes, take for example the beginning of the first episode), which is why I can’t say that Legion is for everyone. Nevertheless, I think the team did an amazing job on those topics.

The plot is always moving forward and never has a dull moment, which means you won’t see time passing by, until the end of the episode you’re watching. It might be a shame that the first season is only eight episodes long considering how thrilling it all is (can you believe I have finished my rewatch, but still have to wait until February 2018 for eason 2?), but I might be saying that because I’m obsessed with this show and I really don’t want to wait for so long. In the end, while I’m complaining, it can also be seen as a token of the show’s qualityBesides, the last scene of the season, delivered after the end credits (it’s Marvel, y’all!), is absolutely cruel and a huge cliffhanger.

The actors’ performances are astonishing and I really wish they will get awards for them (
they weren’t nominated for the Emmys, I’m still upset). I adore Dan Stevens, you probably know that by now, and still, his work in Legion left me speechless. The role of David Haller probably is one of his best performances yet, because David never really knows what is true, because the show always go in unexpected directions. 
The show made him do everything and he did all of them brilliantly. The other shining star of the show is Aubrey Plaza, who has a mysterious and oh so interesting role. When she’s on the screen, you can’t keep her eyes off her, trying to understand what will be next and how she’ll surprise you. She’s so excellent, I really need to watch her in something else than Legion. The other characters are also very good in their roles and I absolutely loved the dynamics between their characters. 

Overall, I love Legionwith all my heart and it definitely is my favourite on-going show. It is the best show I saw in 2017 and it means so much to me, which is why I have already rewatched it, when I almost never rewatch anything. It is such an addictive and breathtaking TV show, with very talented actors. I can’t wait to see what’s next for the show!

I really hope I managed to show you what an amazing show Legion is, and if you’re planning to watch it or have already watched it, please let me know, I would love to know your thoughts.

Lots of love,