Fandom Favorites Volume 1

Looking for a new TV show to watch, podcast to listen to, or book to read? We’ve got your back. Here’s what we’re into right now at Fantastic Fandoms.

Serial (Podcast)

ALL OF US say: EVERYONE IS LYING. But about what–and why ?? There’s definitely a huge conspiracy buried deep in this story and that everyone is complicit in the lie. There has to be. What secrets are worth the shoddy cover-up? That are worth Adnan spending a lifetime in prison?? Also, we want to hear more from Hae’s diary–but with the Amy Dunne Caveat that it can’t be trusted either. Bonus : this mashup of Wrecking Ball with the Serial intro music. I never meant to start a war, but did you know there’s a shrimp sale at the Crab Crib??

Gilmore Girls (the Jess Mariano Era) (TV Show)

Proma: I thought that watching Gilmore Girls almost ten years after I first caught it on ABC Family every day would offer some grown-up perspective. Turns out I am just as susceptible to Milo Ventimiglia’s forearms and superior scowl as I was as a teenager–in fact, it’s only gotten worse. This is why our mothers warned us about bad boys: We will never get over them .

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Book)

Hannah: I picked up this book because the cover was pretty (and honestly even if the book had sucked — the cover is gorgeous ). The story follows a blind French girl, and an orphan German boy before and during WWII. Yes, it’s another WWII book, but as someone who has read a ton of those, I highlight recommend you add All The Light We Cannot See to your list. Doerr describes it as “a metaphorical suggestion that there are countless invisible stories still buried within WWII” and he tells this small one beautifully. The chapters are almost lyrical. It’s scientific and poetic, hopeful and heartbreaking. One of my favorite books of 2014!

A Very Postmodern Christmas (Music)

Olivia: From Scott Bradlee and his team of endlessly talented musicians in YouTube sensation Postmodern Jukebox comes yet another genius re-remixing, this time of classic holiday tunes. AND IT’S EVERYTHING I’VE EVER WANTED. I have been searching high and low for the perfect jazz/swing/big band holiday compilation album, and Scott Bradlee NAILED IT. Go give it a listen here .

A Brony Tale (Documentary)

Hannah: Full disclosure, I cried while watching this documentary. I could make up some excuse about allergies or whatever but I’m a sucker for people living out their fandom dreams. I was watching my story told through a different medium, and if you’ve ever been to a convention or listened to music about your favorite book/tv show/movie, you’ll relate. There’s this moment when one of the bronies, a military man, pauses and then says “it’s not about my little pony, it’s about ‘friendship is magic’” Boom. Fandom explained. You should watch this, it’s on Netflix.

Friday Night Lights (TV Show)

Proma: All of my friends who like this show are utterly devoted to it. My roommate has a poster over her bed, and I think she not-so-secretly hopes that one night the adhesive will wear out and Smash Williams will float down onto her sleeping form and become the world’s best blanket. I watched four episodes and was ambivalent. Then I watched about ten more in a jet lag-fueled binge watch and now I am hooked. Sometimes I cry and I don’t even know why. Tim Riggins makes me feel feelings. Tyra is amazing. Coach Taylor is a bastion of human masculinity and I want to touch Minka Kelly’s skin.

Camp Takota (Movie)

Olivia: Okay, I literally am wiping away the feel-good tears from this movie as I write this. I watched for the first time tonight. This movie has a relatability level on par with Mean Girls.  Love, romance, break ups, vodka, inside jokes, bad singing, cute boys, funny Hannah Hart puns–this movie had everything I wanted for a sunday night date night with myself and a frittata. Though I never attended camp, I have been hung over at a Harry Potter convention, wondering what the hell I’ll do with myself when the summer ends, so I uh, definitely knew where Mamrie, Hannah and Grace’s characters were coming from.

What are you loving this month? Comment below, or tweet us @FandomMatters!

4 comments

  1. Dude. I started watching FNL on Saturday (no joke) after being sick in bed all weekend. I don’t think I have ever fallen in love with a show this fast. I’m at work and thinking back to my TV and why I’m not there at this moment binge watching this show. But of course this comes to no surprise to everyone, considering you love it.

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  2. Dude, I started watching FNL on saturday (no joke) after being in bed sick all weekend. I don’t think I have ever fallen in love with a show this fast. I’m also in love with football so that’s no shock to anyone. And also when Proma loves something that’s a 100% guarantee for me. This show has so much heart I don’t know what it’s doing to mine.

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  3. I’ve been slightly obsessed with Brooklyn Nine-Nine this month. It took me a few episodes to get into the show, but after that I was binge-watching. I absolutely love Andy Samberg, who plays a character in the show similar to all of his others.

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  4. I absolutely adore that show.

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