I kind of stole this one from Tannya’s blog (with blog-title and all!). I don’t think I’ve ever made such a lengthy and personal post, but it was so much fun to stand still and realise just what sort and how much I like entertainment in this moment in life. It sure felt a little self-centred, but hey! It’s good to become aware of the things we like to do every now and then. Just as a little heads up: it’s a very long post and if you were somehow under the impression I was a high-brow-sort-of-person, think again… hehee~
1. I am a massive fan of Audrey Hepburn
Let’s start out with a semi boring fact, because deep down: who isn’t a fan of Audrey?
But I’m confessing here: I’m a really big fan! I think it was when I was around 14 years old I bought my first DVD box-set ever. It was an Audrey Hepburn Movie Collection. I devoured every single one of them, time after time. And still, I think the amount of times I’ve seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s – I might break a world record. Nowadays I’m more inclined to put up ‘Roman Holiday’ if I’m in the mood for some Audrey.
It was my last year in high school, in Holland we have thing called “profielwerkstuk” and it’s basically the biggest paper you’ve ever written in your life thus far at that age. And mine was about Audrey Hepburn and the imprint she left on the world. I’m still not quite sure how I got away with this topic, when I hear my peers did something that sounded really difficult or highbrow.
I think it was then, when researching her life that she made me realise how admirable I think a person is who is comfortable in his/her own skin. I’m not sure what my point really is here… but I still think Audrey Hepburn is a pretty good person to look up to when you’re young and trying to find your way in this messed up world.
YouTube used to really be my happy place until a few weeks back, I really wondered putting this segment in here. But, alas. I have made it a rule to only follow and watch videos that make me feel more happy in my head and skin. It’s my positive-thinking-well where I can scoop out a little cup of happy to get me through the day. As one of my favourite Youtuber once said: “Life is a real fucked up shitstorm of seemingly controllable and completely uncontrollable moments just stacked on each other, and we’re all trying to make the best of it”. And YouTube is what I go to if life gets a little bit much and I can crawl into my bed with a thousand pillows.
My all-time favourite youtubers? Well, I’d say Dodie Clark, Louise Pentland, Zoe Sugg, Hanah Hart, Mamrie Hart, The School of Life and Wong Fu. There are few more though, but it might be a bit much to list them all.
3. Studio Ghibli
In the world of Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki I found my solace. The worlds they create are so wonderful, sometimes painfully so. I love the heroes and heroines, the fantastical stories and the brilliant music by Joe Hisaishi. But maybe my favourite thing about their work is that every little scene can be framed and put on the wall because it’s just so beautiful and meaningful at the same time.
I won’t be able to name a favourite, I’ve been collecting the DVD’s for a while now and I think I’m complete. I was so sad to hear they stopped making movies to go retire. But I’m very happy they did not only inspire me, but also loads of talented film-makers. :-)
4. Barbapapa, As Told By Ginger…and other cartoons.
Ok, you can scold me for not making Disney a separate topic. But hear me out. Disney is very lovely and all, I just don’t like the damsel-in-distress plots as much as I like Studio Ghibli’s plots. My favourite ‘old’ Disney movies were Pocahontas and Cinderella. A recent Disney: Tangled.
But this one isn’t called ‘Disney’. Barbapapa was my all-time favourite cartoon when I was a little kid. And later on when Nickelodeon was finally a thing I was allowed to watch I think Spongebob made my life a little more complete. Not to speak about the legendary ‘As Told by Ginger’. Man, that show was amazing.
5. Indie Music
I’m not sure what exactly made me so interested in indie music. But it’s definitely something to do with the free spirit I find in wacky music. Music is really comforting. I actually don’t have a lot to say about music, let alone indie music… other than list (and link through) a few of my all time favourite indie musicians?
6. Wes Anderson
Now, I don’t think it was actually Wes Anderson that got me into indie movies. But his films did made me realise just how much I enjoy great indie movies. And when I realised Wes Anderson really just had his own ‘niche’ I realised even more how brilliant the man is.
The thing with Wes Anderson movies is the total package: every scene is delicately put together, in accordance with real feelings, a colour scheme and sweet music.
I have a tendency to put brilliant creatives on a bit of a pedestal. But again, I think it’s really admirable when a person is comfortable in his/her own skin, and creates things accordingly.
7. Video games
My love for video games is probably wholly to blame to my brother. But I’m very grateful to him for that. Ever since my young years I loved hanging out with my brother, and my brother really liked video games. I guess that’s what you get when you have siblings.
The Sims (you know, the first edition… with all the expansion packs) for the pc was the first game I really got into. Apart from Tekken or Crash Bash on the playstation, of course. Then there’s Super Mario, Pokemon, Croc and Tomby. Nowadays I’m really into the cutesy, colorful games: the Katamari franchise, Little Big Planet, Ni No Kuni, The Sims 4 and still, after all those years: Pokemon.
And then there are those indie games… one that most recently changed my life is Undertale. But the games by ‘Amanita Design’ are very high on my list too. I love Machinarium, Botanicula and Samorost. You can still get a taste of their style if you look for the Amanita x Polyphonic Spree colab online.
8. Japanese & Korean drama series
I have a really big love for J- and Kdrama, mostly the romcom kind. It’s kind of my downfall. They’re usually really bad, but I love me a good 12-episode-long-cringe-binge. What’s worse, I usually wait until most episodes are already aired. If I don’t, I’ll grow unreasonably impatient and start disliking the series for silly reasons.
My favourite are: Hana Kimi, Atashinchi no Danshi, Coffee Prince, GTO 2012, The Masters’s Sun & A Gentleman’s Dignity.
I love the smell of books. And I love it when the pages are still crisp. And I really, really love the clothbound Austen books that are standing on my shelves. It’s just that I wanted to read a lot more this past year, and I was working on it a lot in the first few months of the year. And then I was going to travel around and not wanting to carry around all them books…so then audiobooks became my saviour. I’m super picky on the voice, but that’s pretty much the only hiccup in enjoying the book.
Of course, now I occasionally read actual paper books too. My favourite author to read is Haruki Murakami. I love how he is able to transform me and make me feel and think differently about things. If you’ve never read any of his work, I’d describe it a bit Kafkaesque, melancholic and surrealistic. I think his books helped me become a more open-minded person.
10. I only just read the Harry Potter books in 2016
Yeah… please forgive me for this? I owe it to Jim Dale/audiobooks, that I finally gotten around reading the Potter books. I don’t know what had gotten into me when I was younger but I just couldn’t concentrate on any of the potter books. I loved the movies, so I was always that kid. And now I should be really honest with you: I still have to read the Deathly Hallows. But I am going to! I promise!! It’s on my list for 2017!