The Bold Type | Currently Watching ūüďļ

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Last May, I binge-watched the first season of The Bold Type and completely fell in love with it, to the point that I said on social media that it was my favourite TV show of 2018 (so far). Unsurprisingly, I was beyond excited to watch the second season, which finished airing in the U.S. recently. I really wanted to share some of my excitement about it with you today, so I could, maybe, convince you to give it a shot.

This TV show follows three best friends, Jane, Kat, and Sutton, who work for Scarlet, a global women’s magazine. The show explores their lives in New York City, as they learn to find their own voices and explore their sexuality, identity, love, and fashion.

MY THOUGHTS
 

Through every single episode, The Bold Type¬†has been such an empowering show for me, mainly because it focuses on women, whether it was the three main characters, their boss (yay to women of power), the friends they make along the way or the readers of Scarlet. When I started watching it, it felt like the one, the show that was made for me, that would motivate me to fight to follow my dreams and that would be there for me when I didn’t believe in myself anymore and we all need that in our lives.

The Bold Type is a feminist, diverse and¬†topical show, tackling down so many contemporary issues and doing it in such a clever way. Some people might think, from the premise, that it’s gonna be a very clich√© show, all about fashion, women hating on each other and romances worth of eye rolls.¬†It definitely isn’t. The showrunners actually use the fact that it is set in a global women’s magazine to talk about what women (all¬†of them) have to go through in their every day lives, through the articles everyone are working on, or by following different storylines in Jane, Kat and Sutton’s lives.

I had already made¬†a quick list of topics talked about in the first season, but to give you some examples, the second season talked about white privilege, body positivity, sex between women, religion, unemployment, slut-shaming, the #MeToo movement, picking your career over your love life and so on. I could give you a dozen more of examples, but I didn’t write this post so it could be a list. I truly adore this show, because I feel represented in it, because of the representation in part*, but also because it talks about topics that matter to me, that I have to deal with, and that I wish we could see more of.

*Will I ever stop crying when I see a bisexual woman in a TV show/movie? The answer is absolutely not.

Sutton (Meghan Fahy), Jane (Katie Stevens) and Kat (Aisha Dee)
 
The three main characters 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 out of the three was my favourite, I wouldn’t be able to answer, because it changes with every episode and I love them in different ways.
 
> Jane can be my favourite, because she’s a journalist and seeing her finding her voice through her writing is so inspiring. She’s also the type of person who needs to keep her entire life planned out and organized to stay sane, I so feel her on that. At the beginning of the first season, she was so scared to dare and to put herself out there, seeing her pushing herself to become a better person and a better writer has been amazing and motivating.
 
> Kat can be my favourite, because she’s so outspoken and confident, I so want to be more like her. She also works in social media and I adore seeing her working. More than that, seeing her exploring her sexuality hit so close to home. When I started watching the show, I was going through similar events and feelings than she was in the first season, so seeing her embracing it all made me so happy and even prouder of who I am.
 
> Sutton can be my favourite, because she reminds me to follow my dreams and that being yourself is important. I love her because I know what it feels like to be late to find your way in life, to keep going without really knowing where to. She always makes me remember that it’s never too late and that what we truly want is worth fighting for. I’d also give her a special shoutout for the time she said she was all game for a¬†healthy competition against another female character at work, but not¬†for slut-shaming.
 
I love one (1) superior ship
 

Another thing I adore in the first season of this show is that, while there are three romantic ships, each for one of the main characters, the only one you will truly remember is Kat and Adena. Seeing representation of a romantic relationship between two women is so rare on television, but you have it on The Bold Type. Not only that, but this dynamic¬†is¬†the main focus when it comes to romance for the first season (Pinstripe and Richard who?), they’re absolutely adorable and we’re also talking about a romance between two women of colour!¬†This¬†is a TV show that gives you representation and not two minutes just to say that they did it. I’m quite upset with what they did in the second half of season 2, though, I get that they wanted more screen time for the other romantic (straight) ships, but please tell me they’ll go on the right path on that topic for season 3.

The Bold Type¬†is definitely one of my favourite TV shows and I cannot wait for the third season to air next year. I’m not sure how much of a good idea it was to write about it, considering that now, I want to rewatch it even more, but I hope that I managed to convince you to watch it, if you haven’t!

 
Have you watched this show or are you planning to? 
What’s your favourite TV show that’s currently airing?
lots of love

Mr Selfridge | Currently Watching


Hello, beautiful people!


Yesterday, I finished a period drama¬†that I have been loving for the past year, Mr Selfridge. I’ve come to realise that I really wanted to talk more about period dramas¬†or TV shows in general on here and I’ve said that several times, but I haven’t done so that much. So, I decided to start to fix that, which is why I wanted to talk about this show specifically today!

To be completely honest,  I started Mr Selfridge because it was set more or less in the same time period that Downton Abbey, which is my favourite period drama. I did put it on the back burner for a little why because I was actually rewatching Downton Abbey last summer, but the more I watched it, the more I adored it.

WHAT IS MR SELFRIDGE ABOUT?

Mr Selfridge¬†is a TV show made of four seasons (each of ten episodes) that tells the story of Harry Gordon Selfridge,¬†the founder of the Selfridges department store, starting in 1908, when the store was open. Each season follows a different time period and the fourth and final one finishes twenty years later. It follows Harry Selfridge’s story, as well as his family and his employees.

To get a better idea of what to expect, here’s the trailer of the first season:

MY THOUGHTS ON THE SHOW

As I’ve said, one of the reasons I started this TV show was because it was set more or less in the same time period than Downton Abbey, as it runs from 1908 to 1928. Not only that, but as the show followed the insides of a store, it follows the Selfridges, the family of the infamous owner, as well as the employees, which is a little reminiscent of the upstairs/downstairs dynamics in Downton Abbey. Throughout the whole show, I’ve loved learning about the store, how revolutionary it was at times, about the way it was handled, the employees treated, about the different departments and how they grew. Of course, I imagine that a lot of it is fictional, but I found that a show set around a specific place, a store that was in the middle of London, was really interesting.

The Selfridge family in season 3

One of the perks of having a TV show set on twenty years was the possibility to make its characters grow, to introduce new characters and to give importance to characters that were younger at the beginning of the show. Even if a character I loved was leaving the show, I would always end up adoring another one that didn’t use to be there/that I didn’t use to love, which always kept me invested in the different storylines. For example, the Selfridge children used to be mentioned here and there, because they were quite young, but they became such a huge part of the show, especially in seasons three and four. They were some of my favourite characters, because they were the new generation and brought some perspective their father didn’t necessarily have, they also were so different from one another, yet I loved them all.¬†

Agnes, Kitty and Dorice, who worked in the fashion department, in season 1

Seeing the development of characters that were there for the course of the four seasons was so interesting and it made me look up to them, because I could see how much they had achieved in twenty years and how much their career meant to them, the best example of that being Kitty, whom I didn’t like very much at first. As the show has such a big cast of characters, it also helps you to be invested in some storylines more than others, especially if there are characters that you don’t like that much, as you’ll always have the others (let’s face it, Harry was quite irritating and that’s part of his character, but still).

Moreover, I found that this period drama tackled down so many important subjects, whether it was self-made fortunes, drinking, racism, sexual assault, PTSD and many others. I particularly loved the way it portrayed women, talking about how married women, then mothers were supposed to leave their jobs at the time, but also showing women putting their careers first, not letting anyone bullying them into being wives and mothers, as well as women who did both. I thought it did a great job at showing all the possibilities, never saying that one possibility was better than another.

An example of costumes in Mr Selfridge. Also look!!
 Daisy Ridley guest starred in that episode and I screamed when I saw her, I had no idea.

This period drama¬†was also so visually pleasing to watch. As it was set in Selfridges, it focused a lot on exhibiting the products of the store in the best way, for fashion or grand-themed displays. The costumes were absolutely stunning, whether it was those from the beginning of the century or those from the Roaring Twenties, that’s something I always love about period dramas. Seeing the window displays was always such a delight as well, because Harry Selfridge always wanted to do spectacular things, so his customers would remember that, he was quite the showman and the show showed that in the best way.¬†It also guest-starred several historical figures and it was so much fun to see them from time to time, take for example Elizabeth Arden, Anna Pavlova or even A.A. Milne.

Overall, I would definitely recommend you this period drama, whether you have seen many of them or not, it’s so easy to get invested in the different storylines and to pick it back up after not watching it for a while, as there are time jumps for each season. My favourite season was the third one for sure, I have to admit that I have a soft spot for the Roaring Twenties and I loved Violette Selfridge so much, but I loved every single episode of it! I’m in such a mood for period dramas¬†right now, so I’ll make sure to watch more before the summer ends.

Do you watch period dramas? If so, which ones are your favourites? 
Have you watched this one?


Lots of love,
Lucie

Everything Sucks! on Netflix // Currently Watching



Hello, beautiful people!


Yesterday, I started watching Everything Sucks!¬†on Netflix, which is made of ten episodes of about twenty-five minutes. Little did I know I would end up staying up late to binge-watch the whole season, yet, I couldn’t stop myself. In the middle of binge-watching it, I learnt that Netflix had announced the show’s cancellation last week, when it hadn’t even been on their website for two months (I don’t get why they did that after two months when they wait forever to renew their shows??). After finishing the first and apparently unique season we’ll ever get, I just didn’t understand, especially since it was a show so full of hope. Why does Netflix keep cancelling (most of) their diverse shows? *cries forever* Let’s hope the social media campain #RenewEverythingSucks will work…


WHAT IS EVERYTHING SUCKS! ABOUT?

It’s 1996 in a town called Boring in Oregon (yes, it’s a real town), where high school misfits in the AV and drama clubs brave the ups and downs of teenage life in the VHS era. The show mainly follows Luke O’Neil (Jahi Di’Allo Winston), an aspiring filmmaker and Kate Messner (Peyton Kennedy), the principal’s daughter figuring out her sexuality, who both come from single-parents households, trying to discover out who they are.




MY THOUGHTS ON THE SHOW

I knew I would end up loving Everything Sucks¬†from the very first minute, when it started talking about the Star Wars¬†prequel movies and how the characters were pretty sure they wouldn’t be good. I was born in 1996, so I thought it was a funny reason to watch it: it felt so nostalgic of that time. It was full of pop culture references (from movies to items such as Tamagotchis!) and¬†had an amazing soundtrack (not to be clich√©, but Oasis? HELL, YES). It does use ’90s clich√©s, but that’s all the fun. Once I finished it, I just wanted to get to the nearest store to dress like the characters (but it might be because I adore Emaline).

It’s not the type of show that will necessarily enthral you right in, it took me a couple of episodes for that to actually happen, which is also linked to the fact that there was bullying and homophobic slur (which was the point) at first, it made it a bit hard to watch. Like I’ve read in some reviews that I agree with on that, the show is a bit all over the place, like teenagers are, so that felt realistic, but because of that, it took me a bit of time.¬†


THEN
I
FELL
FOR
IT.


Everything Sucks! is a coming-of-age story that felt so authentic: it reminds you how awful high school sometimes was when you weren’t popular or things like that, it navigates relationships, heatbreaks, unrequited love, figuring out your sexuality, trying to find your voice and what you love in life. Yes, everything does suck, but that’s reality. Yet, it’s also so full of hope. It’s funny, it’s heartfelt, it’s relatable. More than that, it has amazing representation¬†and that’s why it’s even more heartbreaking that it got cancelled.

(Sorry for the shade thrown on 13 Reasons Why with this tweet, even though I 100% agree with it) 
I adored so many of the storylines, and as all the characters came together in the second half of the season, it became better and better. While some of the secondary characters felt two-dimensional in the first half of the season, they all had their own stories in the second half and I came to care for them all. Most of the characters started off a bit two-dimensional because of the ’90s clich√©s, but then the show went way farther than any ’90s TV shows would have gotten away with and that’s why it’s amazing. It also followed some of the characters’ parents and while they didn’t have a lot of screen time, I came to root for them as much as for the kids.¬†
My favourite story arc was without a doubt Kate’s, who was coming to terms with the fact that she was a lesbian and I can’t say anything without spoiling, but the way they did it felt realistic, especially for the 1990s (the concert scene was amazing, I’m still crying). She’s the type of character that everyone can relate to, that’s supposed to be YOU¬†and it worked. She’s such a teen icon and we need more characters like her on television. The award for best character development goes to Emaline, my personal favourite, she goes from being this arrogant theatre teen to a kinder and more romantic young woman, figuring out how to be her own person, because she needs no man (spoiler alert: the type of character I love the most).

I really love Emaline. UGH I miss her so much already.

Overall,¬†Everything Sucks! isn’t a perfect TV show, but it deserves so much more publicity than it got for the past two months. It’s nostalgic, authentic and has great representation. I truly couldn’t stop watching it, because I was holding on to hope that it would go the way I wanted, it more than did, and if Netflix truly doesn’t pick it back up again, I’ll never get over it (the only show I feel like that about is Agent Carter¬†and I’m still bitter after two years), because I need more, I want to see my favourite characters grow together. Please, Netflix.


Have you watched this show or do you want to?
What’s your favourite TV show at the moment?


Lots of love,
Lucie

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On the Greatest Showman


Hello, beautiful people! 
Last Friday, I finally went to see¬†The Greatest Showman¬†‚Ästit only came out on Wednesday in France ‚Äď because I was curious: I had first been very excited to see the movie, then heard about problematic elements, but as I have an unlimited movie card, I decided to go and make my own opinion¬†about¬†this movie and oh my, did I have a lot of thoughts in my head when I left the¬†theatre. I’ve been debating whether or not I should write a blog post about it, because it came out more than a month ago in the rest of the world and most people have already seen it, but well, that’s what blogging is for: sharing your opinions, the good, the bad, and to write about what you want.¬†Let’s just address the elephant¬†in the room right away: I have a very mixed opinion about this movie.¬†

What is The Greatest Showman about? 
Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. [Synopsis taken from the video below] 

What I liked 
I’m going to ramble a lot during the second half of this blog post, but I have to confess that there were elements I liked¬†in¬†The Greatest Showman.¬†I totally understand why so many people are obsessed with it, so let’s start with the positive.¬†
The songs¬†are absolutely amazing¬†‚ÄstI’ve been listening to the soundtrack of¬†The Greatest Showman¬†ever since it was released at the beginning of December and I’ve loved the songs from the first times I’ve listened to them. They were written by¬†Benj¬†Pasek and Justin Paul, who also worked on the songs of¬†Dear Evan Hansen¬†(one of my favourite musicals) and wrote the lyrics for the songs from¬†La¬†La¬†Land¬†(and we all know that it’s one of my favourite movies). I think that the songs and most importantly,¬†the musical numbers, are the best part of the movie and if it could have been made exclusively of them, I would have taken that. From the moment¬†A Million Dreams¬†started¬†(and that’s the second song), I cried during every musical number, because the songs are¬†THAT¬†good.¬†(Also,¬†I really love¬†Rewrite the Stars¬†and I’ll be crying about it for a long time)¬†
The movie is so¬†aesthetically¬†pleasing¬†‚ÄstThe musical numbers, the costumes, the production design, the cinematography… My eyes really loved watching this movie.¬†Despite the¬†problems I had with it,¬†I have to confess that¬†it was absolutely stunning and I didn’t know where to look, because I wanted to look¬†everywhere. Like I already said, I loved the musical numbers, but they did such a fantastic job.¬†Wow.¬†
The casting was on point¬†‚ÄstHugh Jackman,¬†Zac¬†Efron, Zendaya,¬†Michelle Williams,¬†Rebecca Ferguson and so many other amazing actors were in¬†The Greatest Showman¬†and they did a fantastic job (I only mentioned¬†fivenames¬†because those are the actors I already¬†knew prior to this movie). It’s quite funny, because as I adore Hugh Jackman and would want to trust him, I was always torn between my¬†hate¬†for¬†Barnum’s character¬†and the fact that he tried to make him more relatable, which almost made me want to like him.¬†¬†
*Daisy Ridley’s voice* I feel¬†the conflict in you. It’s tearing you apart.¬†¬†
The messages they tried to get through ‚ÄstThis movie celebrates diversity, embracing who you are despite what society would want you to be. Those are great messages and¬†This Is Me¬†was quite an empowering song in that sense. I would have loved for them to go even farther into this, but sadly, there wasn’t enough time in the movie for that.¬†

Philip Carlyle and Anne Wheeler¬†– It’s interesting, when you do some research on this movie, to discover that these two didn’t exist and yet, they had one of the best storylines. It is already established that I hated Barnum for many reasons that I will explain after, but Philip had such an amazing character development. He was a privileged, white able-bodied man who had everything and decided to invest in Barnum’s show. He truly found who he really was during the movie and he was so much more of a redeemable character¬†than Barnum could have been.¬†If we have to see the movie from the point of view of a privileged white man, I would rather have it from Philip’s than Barnum’s.¬†
He also had a romance with Anne, a trapezist from the show, and they used quite a few of my favourite romance tropes for them, so I was 100% there for it (highlight if you want to see the small /spoiler/ they touched hands and I almost fell off my chair). I have a little reservation though: they showed that their romance was frowned upon, but it felt more like they were saying it was because Anne performed in the circus, when it also was because she was bla
ck when Philip was white. They never said that clearly and I think that some of the audience might have missed the point with that (but I might be wrong). I wish that aspect of their storyline had been explored further, but other than that, I really loved them and 
Rewrite the Stars is perfect. 

What I didn’t like¬†
Before I start ranting about what I didn’t like: we’re all different and that’s just my opinion.¬†I’m not saying that everything I write is¬†the truth and no one should question it,¬†I’m just talking about¬†what I felt watching the movie and when I did a little bit of research on Barnum. Many people loved this movie and I’m so happy for them, really.¬†If I sound a bit harsh, it’s because I really dislike Barnum and all my hate is directed towards him.¬†
The movie was too short for the plot to go in-depth¬†‚Äď The thing is, this movie is¬†105-minute¬†long. I should have been happy about that, because it meant I wouldn’t be bored, but in¬†The Greatest Showman‘s case, I believed that it would have been way better for it to be longer. I needed more backstory on the characters to understand them more and it was filled with plot holes. Everything was rushed, because there were the musical numbers to consider and they’d be three to five minutes long (which I didn’t mind, considering they were my favourite part of the movie), but because of that, the plot was put to the side, in my opinion. It was all over the place and they couldn’t go in-depth.¬†¬†
I would have loved to see Charles or Lettie’s points of view more. I would have loved for them to go in-depth about the racial issues when it came to Philip and Anne’s romance. We didn’t know Anne or W.D.’s stories and it bothered me, because Anne was such an important character in the movie.¬†They tried to do so much with this movie, which is a good thing, because the idea behind it was great, but they couldn’t talk about everything and we stayed on the surface for most topics.¬†I just needed more.



Once again, it’s just the story of a white able-bodied male¬†saviour, when this movie was supposed to be about people who were different.¬†‚ÄstI am sorry, but this movie is just about Barnum creating the show, messing everything up, to be forgiven everything at the end of the day, because he gave them a¬†family*.¬†It’s the story of a man who thinks he’s different, when he truly wasn’t and just uses people who are different to get as much money as he can. The movie is told through¬†his¬†eyes, tries to present him as a man who helped people finding their places in the world and embracing who they really were, and that’s about it. I don’t care about him, I care about the secondary characters and they were the ones I wanted to hear the most.
If you want to make a movie about people who are different, why do you have to make it through the perspective of the white able-bodied man? WHY?¬†Granted,¬†This¬†is me¬†was an empowering song and I adore it, but even then… It’s just in reaction to Barnum’s behaviour.¬†it truly made me sad, I so wish this movie had included more of the characters’ points of views and hadn’t been so much about Barnum ‘saving’ them, when he didn’t do such a thing. While we’re at it, I’d also like to point out that of course (I’m being sarcastic, I’m sadly not surprised by this), except for Sam Humphrey who portrays Charles Stratton (known on the stage as General Tom Thumb), none of the actors have the conditions of their characters.¬†
*Now, I realise that they weren’t accepted by society, that their families hid them away and that for the first time in their lives, they felt like they belonged and I’m very happy about that aspect of the movie. But it’s not because someone helps you at a moment in your life when you have nothing (especially¬†to exploit you) that they should be forgiven everything.¬†
The portrayal of P.T. Barnum¬†‚Äď Okay, I know what you’re about to say: ‘but this movie wasn’t historically accurate! They just used his name because he invented the circus!’ The thing is, that’s what I thought, at first. However, they used one of his quotes at the very end of the movie, right before the credits, so yes, it was about the real Barnum anyway. They also used quite a few details from his life (except that he didn’t come from nothing, they just wanted us to¬†have empathy for¬†him), so I’m sorry, but they didn’t just use his name:¬†they romanticized P.T. Barnum’s life to make him sound much nicer than he actually was*.¬†¬†
Barnum bought some of the people he put in the stage, some of the performers were given by their parents at nine months old or four years old. Barnum mistreated animals, made people pay to see an autopsy on a slave he claimed to have been the George Washington’s slave (she was supposedly 161 years old), he was a conman and not the nice¬†man¬†the movie made him to be.¬†I wasn’t completely sure I would ever end up posting this, until I had an argument with someone at¬†uni¬†who said: “but I don’t mind if they were enslaved/exploited, at least they got to perform” and I was completely shocked. True, the performers didn’t have a lot of options in their lives, but they weren’t treated well anyway and you can’t just igno
re that they didn’t completely come from their own free will.
  
In the movie, you see¬†some moments where¬†Barnum¬†was ashamed of them and how he just wanted to use them to gain as much money as he could and didn’t actually care about them. In my opinion, the movie manipulates us into liking Barnum, because Hugh Jackman seems like such a nice guy and you want to trust him.¬†I understand that¬†The Greatest Showman¬†is a musical, we want characters to be nice, to be redeemed, but I feel like I’ve been manipulated and I do not like that¬†at¬†all.¬†I¬†rewatched¬†the trailer while I was writing this post and the way Barnum is presented is so misleading, it got on my nerves even more.¬†¬†
*I am very aware that¬†The Greatest Showman¬†is fiction, but if it’s to romanticise the life of an awful man and make people like him, I can’t be there for it.¬†
Overall, I don’t think that¬†The Greatest Showman¬†was a bad movie per se, it had quite a few good elements and I genuinely understand why people adore it so much. However, I had so many issues with it that¬†in the end, the more I think about it, the more disappointed I am. I think that I suffered from my usual history major curse and I was so sick to see the same overused tropes when this movie was supposed to be different. I’ll still listen to the songs, though, because I want to support the songwriters who worked on them and they were the best aspect of the movie.¬†If you’re curious, I got most of my informations from all the links I put right below and once again, I wrote this to share my opinion on The Greatest Showman, we all think in different ways, we can’t always agree and that’s great!

To go further: 
Thank you for reading, 
Lots of love, 
Lucie 

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.


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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 ‚Äď they have planned to replace the actors every two seasons, so they actually have the same age that the characters they portray ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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 much.¬†There 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,

Lucie 

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Les Mis√©rables: 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 Mis√©rables 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 Mis√©rables (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 Mis√©rables¬†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 Mis√©rables 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 Mis√©rables 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 Mis√©rables, 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 Mis√©rables.

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 Mis√©rables 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 Mis√©rables, 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 Mis√©rables 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 Mis√©rables 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 Mis√©rables 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 Mis√©rables 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 Mis√©rables 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 Mis√©rables 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,
Lucie

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,
Lucie

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 ‚Äúis this real?‚ÄĚ 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 quality.¬†Besides, 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,
Lucie

My Cousin Rachel // From page to screen



Hello beautiful people!


I’ve been thinking for a while about new content for this little blog and I realised that I truly wanted to talk about book adaptations, especially when it comes to classics because a) I love period dramas b) I think adaptations are a great way to keep you motivated when you’re reading a classic and it’s a little dense. This new feature is called “from page to screen”, because my blog name is ofwishesandpages, it was absolutely fitting.¬†

Anyhow, I wanted to start this series of posts by talking about My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, for the movie was recently released.


What is My Cousin Rachel about?

Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries – and there he dies suddenly. Jealous of his marriage, racked by suspicion at the hints in Ambrose’s letters, and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin’s widow with hatred in his heart. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious Rachel like a moth to the flame. And yet… might she have had a hand in Ambrose’s death?

My thoughts

In My Cousin Rachel, Daphne du Maurier creates a gothic atmosphere filled with tension and anticipation, for it takes the first half of the book for the reader to finally meet Rachel.¬†Despite her physical absence, she’s everywhere, a mighty being the reader can’t help but try to picture, until she ends up being human. This novel is gripping and keeps the reader on the edge of his seat, for he wants to know the truth behind all the deceptions. While the characters are deeply flawed, you can’t help but emphasize with every single one of them in turn and that is the genius behind the novel. You have to think for yourself, because du Maurier doesn’t hand the truth to you on a silver platter: it’s up to the reader to make his interpretation.

When it comes to the movie that was released this year, I thought that it was such an amazing adaptation of the novel. The atmosphere created there reflected the book so well, with the music filled with tension and a spectacular scenery. It was so¬†Daphne du Maurier when they were in Cornwall, I was speechless. I thought it went a little fast in the beginning, as it is a short movie and we don’t have the luxury to wait for Rachel for a long time. Because of that, Philip’s obsession with her and how he tried to picture her was a little lost on me because I kept comparing it to the book and I’m not sure it was seen the same way by an audience which hadn’t read the book. Nevertheless, it made more sense to do it that way, I’m just a little bitter because I wanted to see Florence more, but as I recognized all the places they showed, I was quite pleased.


The main actors of the movie did an amazing job of carrying it on their shoulders. I love Sam Claflin and was very excited to see him play Philip and I thought that he did a very good job, he acted Philip’s obsession and infatuation with Rachel so realistically, while Rachel Weisz portrayed a clever, manipulative and frightening Rachel. Their relationship jumped back and forth, made the audience doubt of Rachel’s feelings and it was so well-done. Secondary actors, I’m thinking about Holliday Grainger (Louise Kendall) and Iain Glen (Nick Kendall), also delivered a very good performance, but Rachel Weisz obviously was the real star of the movie. Moreover, can we talk about who they cast as Ambrose? They are so clever.

The movie was very good at creating doubt in the mind of its audience. Several times, it was asked: “did she, didn’t she?”, to remind us that there wasn’t only one solution. I actually liked that one interpretation hinted in the book was made a little clearer here, especially at the end of the movie, because you leave the movie thinking about it.¬†

Overall, My Cousin Rachel is one of my favourite books of the year and its adaptation was very good at recreating du Maurier’s atmosphere as well as the doubt. I’m not sure how it stands for itself when you haven’t read
the book though, but it made me want to read all of Daphne du Maurier’s books, even more than before.



Have you read My Cousin Rachel? Seen the adaptation?

Lots of love,
Lucie