Hello friends, Vera here with a discussion about forms of media (besides books!) that I enjoy consuming. Some of these media types and titles (because of course I brought you some recs) will be familiar to you while others I haven’t really talked about on the blog before.
Today’s post is heavily inspired by / is a more detailed version of today’s topic of Tell Me Something Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Berls at Because Reading Is Better Than Real Life, Jen at That’s What I’m Talking About, Karen at For What It’s Worth, Linda at Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell and Roberta at Offbeat YA. This week’s topic was submitted by the radiant Roberta!
Is anyone surprised by me talking about podcasts at this point? I honestly doubt it as (fictional) podcasts have overtaken my life in the past 1+ year and that can definitely be felt on the blog too. I started listening to fictional podcasts in March 2020, basically right when universities closed in Hungary due to the pandemic. At the time I really needed something to distract myself with and podcasts came in handy. Not only do podcasts calm me down by taking my mind off of everything bad, but they have – alongside audiobooks and music – become my trusted companions for my daily walks. There are so many incredible podcasts out there; I genuinely think that there’s something out there for everyone. If you are interested at all, I recommend looking a bit into podcasts and trying one that seems up to your taste.
Some of my favorites:
- The Magnus Archives, a horror anthology podcast that slowly builds its underlying plot.
- Wooden Overcoats, a dark comedy podcast about a pair of siblings who own a funeral home.
- Wolf 359, a sci-fi podcast with a morally gray cast of characters.
- Old Gods of Appalachia, a historical horror podcast with fantasy elements.
Truth to be told, during my last two semesters I had multiple film classes which means that, to an extent, watching films felt a bit like a chore for a while. The fact that cinemas were closed (and even when they were open I didn’t feel comfortable going due to the pandemic) didn’t really help the lack of enthusiasm I’ve felt towards films during the past year or so. That being said, even during this time I had some incredibly positive experiences while watching films which, more than anything, shows that despite these ups and downs, films are still a form of media that I love consuming. The best experience I’ve had was watching films with my friends – including Sabrina – online but still “together,” which has helped us stay connected through the pandemic.
Some of my favorites buddy-watching experiences:
- The Old Guard*
- Jojo Rabbit
- Mad Max: Fury Road
*The Old Guard is definitely a highlight. I watched it with one of my “real-life” friends, then with my mom, and finally with Sabrina. In between these, I may or may not have watched it a few times on my own.
I have much the same to say about television shows that I had about films – I had a lot of fun watching shows with my friends (or, occasionally, by myself) throughout the pandemic. Truth to be told, I’m not great at watching shows as I tend to give up on them after a couple of seasons, but I discovered a lot of good ones during the past one to two years.
Some of my favorites since the pandemic started:
- The Haunting of Bly Manor (out of these, this is the only one I watched alone)
- Good Omens*
- North and South*
- Shadow and Bone
* These two were actually rewatches, but I’ll include them because they were just as good the second time around.
** Bridgerton became a bit of a hate-watch after a while, but my friend and I had a lot of fun watching it together nonetheless.
Music has always been a really important part of my life as it always helps me find a peaceful mental space even when I’m sitting on a crowded train. Alternatively, music can also give me confidence before an exam or cheer me up when I’m sad. Since the start of the pandemic, I haven’t been commuting, but despite that I still listen to a lot of music. Like I said above, alongside podcasts and audiobooks, music has kept me company during my daily walks. Something cool about the past year or so is that some of my favorite artists released incredible albums and I’ve also discovered new favorites to listen to.
My favorites since the pandemic include:
- Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia
- Taylor Swift: folklore, evermore, Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
- Raye: Euphoric Sad Songs
- Olivia Rodrigo: Sour
- Miley Cyrus: Plastic Hearts
The final type of media I really enjoy is youtube videos, although I do wonder if they even count as a form of media? In any case, I definitely don’t watch youtube as much as I used to, but there are a few channels and youtubers I really appreciate, so I thought I should highlight them here. If you are wondering, the reason why I don’t really watch youtube anymore is twofold; (1) I got bored of by some of the creators I used to follow, and (2) I find all the ads excruciating. I swear to god, they did not used to be this frequent. (And no, youtube, they will not make me subscribe to premium..)
My favorites include:
- Jessica Kellgren-Fozard
- Chloe Ting
- D’Angelo Wallace
Two equally important shout outs
It’d be remiss of me not to mention what a great help fanfiction has been in helping me get through the pandemic and my last two semesters of uni. I’m so thankful for fanfiction writers and I will die on the hill that they deserve more love and appreciation. The other thing that has been helpful was, surprisingly, the theater. Throughout the pandemic, I had the chance to watch many-many plays – some for free, others for a fee – online. That is something I’m eternally thankful for. I’ve always loved the theater, but what I could go and see was always limited due to (1) Hungary being a small country with a limited selection of plays, and (2) the theater being somewhat pricey even over here. Having this chance to see so many plays made me really happy.
What are your favorite types of media besides books? Which type of media do you prioritize? (My answer is books and podcasts, if you are wondering!) Have you consumed any of the titles I recommended?