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My Favorite Forms of Media Besides Books

My Favorite Forms of Media Besides Books

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!


Podcasts

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.

Films

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:

  • Moxie
  • 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.


Television Shows

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
  • Bridgerton**

* 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

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

Youtube

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
  • Watcher

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.


Let’s chat!

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?

32 thoughts on “My Favorite Forms of Media Besides Books

  1. I gotta say I never really was a movie person.. basically because I have trouble sitting still & doing nothing for that long 🤣 especially if it’s more than 3hrs — You can mostly find me multi-task whenever we are watching something.. but I definately prefer tv shows & animes that have a much shorter time to them.

    I’d say youtube videos absolutely count!! omg same- I used to be SO obsessed about needing to watch everything on my “recently posted” videos everyday ;-; and then I got a period where I entirely stopped watching anything than music videos. My favorite is definately the gaming content & true crime!

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    1. I relate to what you said about movies – I rarely watch them on my own, because if I have to sit still without having the chance to discuss it with someone I usually get bored. I think this is why I prefer podcasts to movies and even shows… they make it so easy to multi-task while listening to them.

      Same!! I used to add tons of videos to my watchlist on youtube and always made sure to watch them all, but now I rarely add anything to that list because I realized that I just don’t care that much.

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  2. Recently got into podcasts and really enjoy finding new ones I enjoy. I love reading but often don’t get the chance so audio books are perfect, although they do often send me to sleep!

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  3. I adore Chloe Ting and D’Angelo Wallace too! I can never get into podcasts for some reason, the only one I ever got addicted to was Welcome to Night Vale. I don’t listen to it anymore even though I loved it, and I think it’s just a matter of not having enough time sadly…

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  4. My favourite form of media besides books would have to be tv shows, and more specifically, reality tv shows. My family loves reality tv. They provide me with so much comfort and a great form of escapism. Some of my faves are Survivor, The Amazing Race, and this awesome show called Below Deck.

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  5. I love movies too! I’ve managed to rack up 800 movies on Letterboxd and I’ve watched 79 so far this year 😅 I’ve missed the cinema so much that I’m taking every chance I can to watch movies there because it’s just not the same at home.;

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  6. Definitely TV shows for me! Apart from books, which I grew up with, it was the next type of media I completely fell in love with, and I’m obsessed with so many shows until now. And this love also led me to read fanfiction, which made me stop reading for like 5 years. I consumed fanfiction solely, and it was great!

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  7. I feel as thought I am media averse lately. I still like to go to live music shows, but I seem to be embracing the quiet more and more these days. Stopped watching TV back in 2019, deleted my FaceBook. I am slowly becoming an island.

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  8. TV shows are my favourite type of media. I’m not really a movie person, as I prefer shorter content. (Never mind that a k-drama episode is almost as long as a movie. My brain works weirdly. 😅) I also rarely watch Youtube as I got bored of most of the people I followed. One person I always watch is Ruby Granger. She’s inspirational and her personality is calming.

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    1. Lol, if it makes sense to you then it makes sense. 😅 I definitely feel you about youtube – I feel like it used to be a more exciting place with lots of different creators. Or maybe I’ve just gotten too old for it. 😅 I’ll have to check out Ruby Granger. 🙂

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  9. “I had multiple film classes which means that, to an extent, watching films felt a bit like a chore” Oh no that’s a huge oof, but also I’d feel the same if I had to do that a lot and for classes. 😭 I’m still glad you had positive experiences outside of those classes!

    YouTube definitely has WAY more ads than before – I feel like it’s every other video now instead of every few videos or 30 minutes (I’ve forgotten now). I’m the same way; I now really utilize it for workouts occasionally and music regularly.

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    1. I didn’t hate my classes… but I’m honestly glad they are over. The last semester I had so little interest in the films we watched that I barely participated in class discussions.

      Definitely. I think what’s the most frustrating is when there are multiple ads in a video super close to each other. Not to mention that I’m sooo annoyed by the constant push of youtube premium. The more they push it at me, the less likely I am to ever purchase it.

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  10. I love this post so much!! ❤ I love the idea of talking about non-bookish faves, as there is so much different content as well! I only started really listening to podcasts recently and I can only listen to one (TMA 💕) at a time, but I love it 🥰 I don’t watch much TV, but I like tuning in to Netflix for one episode per day 🙂 (Good Omens is the best!! I need to do a rewatch). I love watching YouTube when I don’t have the concentration for a TV Show but my subscriptions are all over the place, though I love watching vlogs 😄

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  11. I can definitely agree about music and podcasts being my go to the past year. I never used to be a big podcast listener but there’s only so many times you can listen to the same album or radio station as you work so podcasts became the surprise thing for me. I have been loving listening though. And fanfic obviously deserves that honourable mention for all those times I couldn’t settle into reading a book at least I had fanfic.

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    1. Music and podcasts helped me so much throughout the pandemic. I remember at the beginning of the pandemic I was so worried we wouldn’t get any new music for a good long while, but then Taylor Swift came out with THREE albums in a year. The past year or so has been great for music. Fanfic is such a comfort, I’m so glad I caved in and tried it.

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