This tag is very simple- choose books and netflix shows (or movies) that fit the prompts. This may prove difficult as we, as a couple, don’t watch many of Netflix’s major successes. However we have decided to silently struggle anyway. If you have recommendations on what we should watch then please leave a comment! We are hoping to watch some of Netflix’s well-loved shows soon and perhaps write a blog post dedicated to our opinions. Part Two of this tag will also be coming soon so stay posted.
1.Unlikeable Characters- How I Met Your Mother
I hate How I Met Your Mother, I also hate Twilight by Stephenie Meyer which happens to be the corresponding book for this prompt, who would have guessed? I assume I don’t need to explain myself here, moving on…
2. Best Cast of Characters/Friendships- The Fundamentals of Caring
This movie is based on the novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison which I am now really eager to read!
We watched this movie recently and we really loved it. Watching how the characters come to meet and how their relationships form was such a joy. It’s a road trip movie unlike any we’ve seen before. Paul Rudd is great in these more serious/indie roles although the movie is still packed with humour.
Jonathan Evison has crafted a novel of the heart, a novel of unlikely heroes traveling through a grand American landscape, and most of all, a story that offers a profound look into what it takes to truly care for another person. Bursting with energy and filled with moments of absolute beauty, this bighearted and inspired novel ponders life’s terrible surprises as well as its immeasurable rewards
3. Hate That You Love or Guilty Pleasure- What to Expect When You’re Expecting
I know this movie is not great but I can’t help but like it, it makes me happy. Luckily, its very difficult to make me feel embarrassed #noshame. In doing my research for this post I have discovered that my guilty pleasure novel was actually adapted into a lifetime tv movie haha! I may have a look for it. I remember enjoying Ebershoff’s novel when I read it a few years ago though it is definitely a guilty pleasure!
Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense. It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family’s polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.
Soon after Ann Eliza’s story begins, a second exquisite narrative unfolds–a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. Jordan Scott, a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier, must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father’s death.
And as Ann Eliza’s narrative intertwines with that of Jordan’s search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith.
4. Long Series You Loved- The Big Bang Theory
We both love both of these series and we actually have a review of the first half of the Darren Shan saga here. I read the series last year for our annual reading challenge as it is a childhood favourite of Danny’s. I loved it and we are also long time viewers of The Big Bang Theory which I am sure you are all familiar with.
5. ‘All the Feels’ (silently judging)- Copenhagen
I recently watched Copenhagen on Netflix featuring Gethin Anthony of Game of Thrones fame. The simple movie making works well with the complex plot and I loved the main characters. It was a new favourite from the beginning and I am now dying to visit Copenhagen and cycle around its streets as it truly looks beautiful. We have decided to choose The Book Thief by Markus Zusak as the novel for this category. The Book Thief is extremely popular but in case you are in the dark I will insert the blurb anyway. It is famous for pulling at its readers’ heartstrings.
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
6. Bad Ending- The Returned
Perhaps it is not so much a show with a bad ending but a show that seems to end very quickly. We both enjoyed the series and maybe we were simply expecting the ending to be less expected? nevertheless the ending did not ruin the series for us unlike the trilogy I have chosen for this category. Having read The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace I was excited to read more of Atwood’s work. I was extremely disappointed and the quality of the series decreased in every instalment. Maybe Oryx and Crake should have been a standalone as it was definitely the best of the three. Here is the blurb of the first book in the trilogy:
Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.