To complete my recap of 2017, I present to you my favourite stories told through a medium other than books. When I first thought about doing such a list, I had in mind films, TV series, magazines and newspapers features, etc. that I loved during a year. However, 2017 was definitely the year of TV series for me, as none of the films I watched for the first time or features that I read stood out from the rest.
So, without further ado, these were the favourite TV series I watched in 2017:
Game of Thrones – Season 7
I can confidently say that Game of Thrones is my favourite TV series ever. It’s exciting and keeps me on the edge of my seat. It’s not only visually astonishing, but it also features complex and memorable characters. Season 7 felt a bit different from the previous ones, because many of the characters were now at the same locations, whereas before their paths didn’t cross. Some people complained about how everything seemed to be happening really fast with not much regard for the needed time to travel from one place to another. But, as the characters are more than developed now, in my opinion it would have been extremely boring to follow them during their travels. And we, as viewers, are supposed to know that time passes off-camera, not everything is shown.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Season 1
The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, is quite a powerful TV series, in the sense that the subjects focused on are both thought-provoking and heart-breaking. At first, I was watching one episode every day, but mid-way through the season I had to take a break, as some of the scenes were too overwhelming. Although I was familiar with the plot, having read the book previously, seeing it acted on screen was still quite disturbing. If you’re not familiar with the plot, The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian, repressive and puritanical state established in the US, where some women are used by men who are part of the elite to breed.
Stranger Things – Season 2
Stranger Things is quite a good show to binge-watch. As soon as I finished one episode, I was eager to know what was going to happen next. It’s a mix of science fiction and horror with a sparkle of funny moments. The actors who play the younger characters give fantastic performances.
The Crown – Season 1
I know I’m a little late to the party regarding The Crown, but for a long time I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy it. To be honest, it hadn’t crossed my mind that a series based on the royal family could have such interesting characters and a gripping plot full of so much intrigue. I watched the first season in less than a week before Christmas, and I’m now watching the second season, which I don’t think is as good as the first so far.