Truce~ In Which 2020 Happened, And I Regale You With Praises For My Newfound Favorite Stories
Greetings, my dear bloggerly chums!
Well. What a year it has been. Good grief.
I know it’s been rough, but stories still exist. And they are beautiful. I don’t know about you, but I find comfort in that.
As is my custom, this post is going to be about all the books, movies/TV shows and musicals that I have discovered this year.
Look at me, putting TV shows as a separate category.
Well, obviously this happened:
Avatar: The Last Airbender
THESE CHARACTERS. I’m still not over it.
I’ve talked about how wonderful this show is in this post, which you should all read obviously, and then you should go watch the show because trust me it’s great.
And then…this happened:
The Promised Neverland
So… the only anime thing I had seen before this was Howl’s Moving Castle (does that count as anime? I’m not exactly knowledgeable about these things) and I never would have watched this if a trusted friend had not recommend it to me. But she did, and I did, and now…I’m slightly obsessed.
It’s definitely a style that takes some getting used to, the dialogue is often stilted/cringe-worthy, and it’s a bit scary at parts, but I absolutely love the characters and the plot and I mean somehow you learn to overlook the flaws because it’s SO GOOD.
I mean, PHIL though. You are required to love Phil.
I’m adopting all these kids. Try and stop me.
Obviously I didn’t go to Broadway this year because it’s closed (also I have no money and I wouldn’t have gone anyway), but fear not because sometimes Broadway can be brought to you.
The following is a list of shows I got to see live recordings of via Playbill, Youtube, and Disney+.
THIS SHOW. It is criminally underrated. Set just after World War II, it deals with the heatrbreaking traumas of war while also managing to be super fun and humorous and it’s great. Spectacular acting, music, dancing, etc.
I had no idea this existed and it’s not like it’s the most amazing show ever, but it was surprisingly funny.
Overrated? Perhaps. But still a really solid and powerful show. George Washington and Eliza Hamilton are my heroes. (Up there with Dobbin and Phil.) Everyone else is a total mess.
Okay, guys. There you have it. Good stories restore my faith in humanity, even at a time when humanity isn’t at its finest. We make mistakes. Sometimes colossal ones. We disagree about things. Sometimes violently. But in the end, we are more alike than we think, and the stories bring us together.
2020 is almost over, which I cannot deny is a relief, but… we will carry our problems with us into 2021. I think we can beat them though. For now, please listen to this beautiful song and know that you are not alone in this crazy world:
I wish you all the very best until we meet again in the coming year!
What are some of your favorite story discoveries from 2020?