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My All Time Favorite Pieces of Media

At the beginning of the month, Caitlin tweeted something really incredible that ultimately inspired me to write this post. Her tweet, as seen below, compares a person’s all time favorite pieces of media to horcruxes. For those who’re confused: in the Harry Potter universe, a horcrux is a on object in which a wizard or witch has hidden a fragment of their soul in order to become immortal. As such, Caitlin’s tweet effectively asks the question, are there any pieces of media that feel like a part of your soul?

This made me think. I never know what to say when people ask me about my favorite book, movie, or show. If you read and watch many things, it becomes exceedingly hard to point to one or two of said things and say, “that right there, that’s my favorite.” But the way Caitlin puts this question is a game changer. The thing is, I have many favorites, but there are only a few things I love so much that they have become a part of my soul.

Today, I will be sharing seven of my “horcruxes”, aka my all favorite pieces of media. And yes, seven is a reference to Harry Potter. Rowling is trash, but Harry Potter was a big part of my childhood.

The Magnus Archives

The Magnus Archives is my newest and – as of right now – biggest favorite. To be honest, I’m not (wasn’t?) much of a podcast person, but I really trust the opinion of my friend who recommended this to me, so I gave TMA a chance, and you all, best. decision. ever.

For those who don’t know, The Magnus Archives is a horror podcast that’s currently on its fifth and final season. Nearly every episodes contains a supernatural case, and as the series progresses, not only do these cases start to connect, but the main characters become increasingly more involved in them. The podcast is incredibly well-written, well-acted, and is an absolute pleasure to listen to.

The plot is superb, I love how the individual stories have slowly connected and formed a much bigger picture; even so, the best part of TMA is its characters, who I just love so fucking much!? They’ve become some of my favorite characters ever, which means that I’m doing something I haven’t done before – I’m reading fanfiction about them. ๐Ÿ˜…

On that note, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with fanfiction! It’s just usually not my cup of tea; generally, I finish the canon and then I’m good and done with a story. (Although I tend to reread my favorites, but that’s another topic.) Now, though, I need more. Also, on a super positive note, TMA has a canon M/M and F/F pairing as well as an asexual character.


The Les Miserables Musical

I love tons of musicals, but Les Miserables is easily one of the best I’ve ever seen, and the only one that’s music I love this much. I think the movie adaptation of the musical is excellent, but seeing it live in theater was what ultimately helped me fell in love with this production to this extent. I know the words to most of the songs, and I can be found listening to them quite frequently.

The shameful thing is that I’ve never read the book, and I don’t even think I want to? I own it and I was planning on reading it, but (1) a friend of mine really disliked it, (2) it’s bloody long; the audiobook is 59 long. 59 hours! And the truth is, while I love the story and the characters, the real reason why I adore Les Miserables is its music, so the book – or other adaptations – don’t hold much interest for me.


The Eurovision Song Contest

I’m so sorry, non-European readers, but I have no idea how to explain Eurovision, it’s something you have to experience. โœจ I know, that sounds corny… which is actually fitting because Eurovision is a bit corny, but in a good way? The boring, factual explanation is that it’s an annual competition, held since 1956, between European as well as some non-European countries. Each country submits an original song which is to be performed live, so of course, Eurovision has been cancelled this year for the first time ever. There are usually around 40 participating countries, but a total of 50 countries are eligible to participate.

Now, onto the fun part! I’ve been a massive fan of Eurovision for about seven years. I love all the work and thought that goes into the songs and performances, and I’m lucky because it’s mostly pop music, which is my favorite genre, so I tend to find some new favorites each year. Is the whole thing a bit generic? I mean, yes? But that’s what makes it fun, in my opinion.


The Psy-Changeling Series

With that, we’ve arrived to the first book series on this list, and one that’s not exactly going to surprise anyone who knows me. I discovered and fell in love with the Psy-Changeling series ages ago (probably before high school?) but it’s “only” been a horcrux of mine since 2016. That was the year when I went back to reread all the books I’d already tackled, which prompted me to finish the series. Since then, I’ve dutifully kept up to date with each new book; yes, you’ve heard that right, the series is still alive and kicking. (The original series has ended, but the spin-off is essentially a continuation of that, so…)

With a few exceptions, I love each and every book in the series, which is quite a feat for a series with 19 (!) novels and counting. The characters are spectacular, and many of them have found themselves a place on my all-time favorites list. This, by the way, shows what a terrific writer Singh is – each book is led by different characters with previous MCs only popping up as part of the supporting cast, yet, I’ve gotten so attached to many of her protagonists.

I’ve reread my favorites from the series so many times that, at this point, rereading these novels feels like going home; the world, the cast, the plot… everything is perfect, so if there’s one author I stan it’s Nalini Singh.


Taylor Swift: Reputation

I wasn’t sure if I should include anything music related on this list, but the thing is, I love music. Not a day goes by when I don’t listen to at least a couple of songs and, more often than not, those songs include music by Taylor Swift. I started to fall in love with her music during her Red era, but what sold me on her stuff completely was 1989. (I told you, pop is my favorite.) Even so, my top favorite by her remains Reputation, which might be an unpopular opinion, but I 1000% stand by it.

I mean, that era gave us some of her best videos, not to mention the Reputation Stadium Tour, which is the single best thing on Netflix. On top of that, this was the era when Taylor became more outspoken about politics, and we can actually watch that process in her Miss Americana documentary. But even without these things, the album is incredible; I love each and every song on it, and I genuinely cannot get bored of them.


The Diviners

I’ve thought long and hard about including The Diviners, because – as you’ll see in my review of the whole series, coming later this week – the final novel was somewhat disappointing. Even so, this series and its characters have meant so much to me through the years, and the books remain the only ones I’ve ever annotated, because I wanted to be able to go back and revisit my favorite parts. (Okay, so, it’s not “proper” annotation, I didn’t really write into the book, just used tons of tiny post it notes, but shh.)

On top of this, Evie and Sam are one of my favorite couples, so seeing the gradual, incredibly well-written development of their relationship was a great experience. Another great thing about the series is the way the cast forms a strong, supportive friendship group, which functions much like a family by the end of the series. The found family trope is one of the best tropes ever, so it automatically makes any book better.


Gravity Falls

Oh man, I nearly forgot about Gravity Falls, which would have been such a mistake. I adore this show, so much so that I’ve rewatched it multiple times. The animations are gorgeous and the plot is incredibly captivating even if this is originally aimed at children. Interestingly, it gets somewhat dark and creepy towards the end – not to mention emotional.

Dipper and Mabel, the main characters, are twins and their relationship is so well-developed and smartly portrayed. I loved seeing the way they supported each other and the way they worked out any disagreements or issues they had. The show also offers fun family dynamics, as well as really epic friendships. Oh, and Mabel gets a pig relatively early in the show, and man, Waddles is an adorable pet.


Honorable Mentions

The Green Bone Sage is one of my favorite new series, which is the exact reason why it hasn’t made it onto my official list. My love for it is kind of new, and I haven’t had the chance to reread it yet, but I will absolutely do that before the third and final novel is released. I think after that, the series has a big chance of landing on the official part of my list.

Rebecca is a weird one. I love the book, but I’ve only read it once, so again, it has no place on my official list. With that being said, I saw a theater adaptation, a musical, of it earlier this year and that made me fall in love with the story even more. I really hope I’ll have the chance to see it again in the future.

Act Like It was also close to making it onto the official portion of my list, however, I felt a tad bit weird including one book? I feel like, compared to series I’ve been following for years, it hasn’t yet earned its place there. As for the series it’s a part of, while I love London Celebrities, it’s not such a big favorite. I’m planning on rereading all the books one day, which could potentially push it onto the official list.

Let’s chat!

What are your all time favorite pieces of media? Would it be difficult for you to make a final decision about them? Do you like any of mine?

Also, don’t forget to give Caitlin a follow, she’s a great blogger!

44 thoughts on “My All Time Favorite Pieces of Media

  1. I read Les Misrables a few years, ago it was one of the best and at the same worst books I have ever read at the same time. For example, there is a chapter on the history of the Paris sewyers, and the Bishop who is in the book about the same length as the musical, has about 100 pages devoted to his life story. Which is why films and the musical work so well, you can take 75% out and still have a great story.

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    1. That’s exactly what I heard from my friend!! I don’t have a problem with long books, though they ARE intimidating, but I do hate when a book has long parts that feel unimportant or like filler content. I’m sure the author thought they weren’t fillers, buuut… ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  2. Veronika, I totally relate to this! There are some pieces of media that I am so passionate about, that they literally act as therapy for me in a lot of ways.

    You told me about the Magnus Archives a while ago, and I need to give it a listen! I am so into podcasts lately and just finished one series, so I am definitely looking for more rec’s lol.

    Also, Les Miserables is definitely one of my horcruxes as well. My family and I all share a love for this musical, and I don’t think we would ever pass up an opportunity to see it live. I actually got “one day more” tattooed on my arm in December. It really is such an incredible musical with deep emotional meaning. As for the book, I really liked it because it allowed for me to fangirl, but I wouldn’t call it a must read. It really is too long, and I just felt like maybe I could have been doing other stuff with my time. (Like listening to the soundtrack lol).

    Would it be ok if I shared my own post of my favourite media? I will totally give credit. This was an awesome idea! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Yes, they can be so calming and just make me happy. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Let me know if you ever start The Magnus Archives!! I love that podcast to pieces, and I would love to talk about it with even more people. ๐Ÿ˜…

      Wow, I’m glad you share this with your family! Also, that tattoo sounds so incredible. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ugh, that doesn’t sound too good about the book. :/

      Ooh, of course you can make a post like this!! I’d love to read it. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. Massive Les Mis fan- my love for it came from the the movie after giving it a 2nd chance and the rest is history. I actually did read the unabridged book and loved. Love the musical for its songs, characters, and plot. I still can’t put into words why I love it so much. Seen the stage show six times

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    1. I love Les Mis so much, and this comment section has been such a pleasure, because its seemingly full of Les Mis fans. ๐Ÿฅฐ Hm, you’re the first who loved the book. I do own it, so I might get to it one day, especially after your comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Yesssss, I totally agree with Les Mis! The movie was my first introduction to the musical, so it has a soft spot in my heart even though most people don’t like it lol. But that was the first musical I became truly obsessed with, so I will always love it in all its forms. And I’m not brave enough to read the full book, I just read the abridged version and called it good. xD

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    1. I’m so happy, it seems like everyone in the comments loves Les Mis. ๐Ÿฅฐ I feel you on the full book – it’s not only long, but I’ve heard a lot of negatives about it, so I don’t think it’s for me. Haha, I think the abridged version works fine.

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    1. The Magnus Archives is incredible!! The characters have my heart, and ah, the story is just so damn good! The Rep Tour really is one of the best things on Netflix – I adore it so much, and I really wish more artists would share their tour on Netflix. (I did really like Beyonce’s Homecoming, as well.)

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  5. Oh, I love this post!! ๐Ÿฅฐ I have been wanting to start The Magnus Archives podcast because I have heard so many things about it on Tumblr! I have been a bit unsure though because I’m not really a horror person ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I personally love Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and Good Omens ๐Ÿฅฐ

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    1. Thanks!! The Magnus Archives is EVERYTHING, Caro, I do hope you try it! The friend who recommended it to me doesn’t watch horror, but she loves this, so I think you have a solid chance of enjoying it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t heard of Dirk Gentlyโ€™s Holistic Detective Agency, but it sounds GREAT, added it to my Netflix watchlist. I absolutely adore the tv show of Good Omens!! The only reason its not here as an honorary mention is because the book wasn’t as good as expected. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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      1. I’m definitely going to be giving it a shot! I can do a few scary things and I heard it’s so good ๐Ÿ‘€ I’m so happy to hear that you added Dirk Gently’s to your watchlist! It’s so perfectly weird, I hope you end up enjoying it ๐Ÿฅฐ
        I love Good Omens!! But I agree that the book was a bit hard to read and had sooo many details.

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  6. First of all, I need to give you a round of applause for being able to tackle this challenging question. I am terrible at doing these sorts of things. With all the love I am seeing for the Psy-Changeling series, I really should be giving these books a look

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  7. I really need to get on with listening to more Magnus Archives!

    This is such a great post, I think everyone has those things that mean everything to them. I can definitely relate to loving a really long series – my favourite the Morganville Vampires has 15 books and there’s only a couple I don’t really like. You develop such a connection to characters and settings when you’ve read that many books!

    My current favourite is She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on Netflix. It may be a children’s cartoon but it has the most amazing LGBTQ+ rep and honesty I just love watching sparkly Princesses fight bad guys. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s so totally, wonderfully queer ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒˆ

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    1. Yes, you do, and keep me updated. ๐Ÿ˜‚

      I used to be such a big fan of those books!! I think I binged them too fast or got a little bored by the end, because I never finished the series, but I’m glad you love it so much! And I agree. Especially when you follow and love something for a longer time, you really start to feel connected to it.

      I’ve heard a lot of good things about She-Ra, I might have to check that out. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Oh my gosh, you’ve read Morganville?? I’ve never managed to find anyone else in a year and a half of blogging ๐Ÿ˜‚ I agree it drags a bit towards the end of the series so I can see why you didn’t finish it, but I still love it and I always reread the first one.

        It’s so great, I love all the characters in it โค

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  8. AWW, Les Miz is so addictive!I’m obsessed with the song One Day More and I can sing every last line from it, hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also haven’t read the book but, one of these I planned to!

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  9. First of all, yes, I completely relate to the feeling of my favorite pieces of media being part of my soul.

    I loved reading about all of your media horcruxes!! Itโ€™s got me thinking hard about what mind would be ๐Ÿ˜€ Les Mis the musical is amazing, though I can completely understand why you wouldnโ€™t want to read the book XD That would be quite a commitment.

    As a non-European, Iโ€™ve never felt like I fully understood what Eurovision is, beyond it being a song competition. But I love that itโ€™s among your favorites!

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    1. Thanks! I’d love to read about yours if you ever decide to share them. ๐Ÿ‘€ The Les Mis book is SO LONG, and I’m fine – though, admittedly scared – of long books, but people also find it boring at parts. So uh, I need to think this through before picking it up.

      Haha, I get that! I feel like it’s something you have to watch to fully understand, and then it might or might not work for you. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. Iโ€™m not even surprised to see TMA on here. I am pretty sure Iโ€™d have to include it if I was listing my absolute favourites. In fact, itโ€™s already going to be included in my May wrap up post as a favourite itโ€™s just so good. And no shame in reading some fanfic, I am a massive fan of it but I suppose I read fanfic for so many different fandoms, itโ€™s good youโ€™ve a fandom youโ€™re invested enough in you want tor dad fanfic.

    And I love Taylor Swiftโ€™s music too. Reputation may not have been my favourite album but I did really love it and there are so many good songs on it. But I got to go and see her on that tour and so for that Iโ€™ll always have a soft spot for that album. The tour was so good!

    Iโ€™d have totally included the whole of the London Celebrities series on my list, I love that whole book series, Act Like It is probably my favourite (Iโ€™m a sucker for a fake relationship book) but seriously, I adore all of Lucy Parkerโ€™s writing.

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    1. Yes, I’m so glad you love TMA this much!! TMA fanfic has been such a great help for me recently. It makes me so happy to see Martin and Jon happy, especially when bad things are happening in the podcast.

      Oh my god, it’s so incredible that you got to go to the Reputation tour!!! That tour looks epic even on screen, I can’t imagine how great it was live. I badly want to reread the whole series, in a big part because I’m relatively sure they would make it onto the proper part of the list if I did. I love those books and characters so much.

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  11. I read Les Miserable in school, but tbh I barely remember anything.. Lol. it’s definitely on my list of book to re-read in the future ๐Ÿ˜€ I just started The Diviners, read the first book in March and hopefully will pick up book 2 very soon.

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  12. I’m not a podcast person but if I did listen to any podcast I would choose a horror one too. I love music so much as well and I guess one of my favourites if I had to go music related would be Beyonce’s Homecoming Coachella performance. Ah, I love watching that and listening to the live album SO MUCH. I like that there were books on this list and I am not surprised about the Rebecca mention. My sister loves Eurovision but it just isn’t something for me… and everyone loves Les Mis but it just wasn’t for me either even though I love musicals ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I’m going to try the book but I am doubtful…

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    1. I wasn’t a podcast person until mid-March, and now I’m flying through them. ๐Ÿ˜… I realized that they are a bit like audiobooks but better!? So damn good. Also, it’s relatively easy to find one with LGBT+ rep, which is great. I *love* Homecoming – the live album is INCREDIBLE, and the Coachella performance was out of this world good. I’m so happy she chose to record it and share it. Oh, I’m sad you dislike Eurovision and Les Mis, but I guess they’re not for everyone. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  13. I love this post so much, Vera!! It was so fun to read about your favorite pieces of media! I’m so, so honored that I had a part in inspiring you to do it ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿค๐Ÿค Omg, I’m so excited to learn about the narrators in TMA. I’m only in episode five, and I’m kinda tired of all the random stories lmao :””) Also, I really need to continue The Diviners series. Lair of Dreams was kinda disappointing, ngl, but it was probably because I was expecting something different from it. I’m so sad because I’ve heard that a lot of people were disappointed in The King of Crows, but maybe that’ll help me lower my expectations when I read it. I’m so sad that I rated Jade City 3 stars, but I’ve literally heard the BEST things about Jade War, and I’m definitely gonna continue the series!

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    1. Thank you!! ๐Ÿ’œ I’m so glad you tweeted that, because it was a lot of fun working out my horcruxes. ๐Ÿ˜€ Damn, that’s not a good sign for TMA. ๐Ÿ˜… I love the stories, but it was really when the characters started to appear more than I fell in love with the podcast. That said, the stories do remain, so uh, now I’m scared you won’t like it at all. ๐Ÿ˜… I love The Diviners so much, so I hope you’ll continue the series. As for King of Crows, yes, it was disappointing, but still enjoyable. Still, it’s hard not to feel let down when I’ve been following the series for years. I hope you’ll enjoy Jade War more than Jade City! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. My friends are obsessed with TMA and I really need to give it a listen. Oh my I have read the Les Miserables book, but it was the summer of 2013 or 2014 I believe and baby me didn’t care about the length. Can’t say I remember much of it, and to be honest I probably didn’t understand all that much of it either, especially the subtext. I find it so difficult to pick all-time favourites, thanks for sharing some of yours!

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