2017: RANKED

by - 12/21/2017




Well, it's been another minute. 

I was sitting here, trying to figure out how to do some kind of end-of-year-post, like everyone does, because it's good to look back at your year, summarize it. But how do you distill a whole year into a blog post in a way that's not boring or leaves out all the good parts? I don't know that there is a way to do that, so I'm going to do the best I can, and right now that's with the power of rankings.

So here you have it. My 2017, RANKED. 


The definitive, objective, 100% accurate top-five rankings of 2017, as compiled by me. 

What a year. 

BOOKS



1. Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor This book is like reading a chocolate cake except every so often the chocolate cake starts bleeding and then it's been fourteen hours since you started and you haven't put it down once and wow you need some water 

2. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte There's really no way to talk about Jane Eyre unless you've read Jane Eyre and if you've read Jane Eyre you are welcome to join me in The Pit of Sadness. 

3. The Evil Hours, David J. Morris This one deserves a serious mention, I suppose. It's a brutally honest look into the experiences and story of someone with PTSD, and as such, deserves a warning that it doesn't pull any punches. If you can  get through it -- which is difficult, sometimes, as it should be -- it's a tragic and hopeful insight into PTSD, mental health, recovery, and how society and history treat mental illness, and it's an important read. 

4. This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab Sometimes I forget about Victoria Schwab. This is a mistake. You should not forget about Victoria Schwab. She will come back and smack you in the face with a story you didn't expect and you will cry.

5. Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?, Lemony Snicket In which Lemony Snicket is charming without being cloying, funny without being unbearable, tragic without being depressing, clever without being pretentious, and altogether splendiferous, a word which here means, "if this series doesn't get its own Netflix run after Unfortunate Events I'm going to be very disappointed indeed."


FILM

(All of these are movies I watched in 2017; three of them are 2017 releases, and two are not, the reason for this being I watched a lot of really good non-2017 releases this year and also there aren't that many 2017 movies I enjoyed.)


1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), dir. George Miller You've heard me talk about this movie before. There's really not a reason for me to talk about this movie again. I love this movie with my entire heart and soul. 

2. Dunkirk, dir. Christopher Nolan You want a historical film, you say? What if that historical film was directed by Chris Nolan, who has never done anything simple in his life? What if that movie was in three different perspectives, over three different periods of time? What if the biggest star in this movie was possibly Tom Hardy and he said like three words you could hear? What if you walked out of the theater deaf because every single gunshot/bomb/plane engine is louder-than-life? You would have Dunkirk and it would be a masterpiece. 

3. Baby Driver, dir. Edgar Wright I went to see this one on a whim, expecting a heist and fast cars, which is exactly what I got, with the bonus of complex characters, interesting moral questions, Lily James in all her grace and loveliness, more explosions than I knew what to do with, and an experience that's devastating and also beautiful to watch. 

4. Alien (1979), dir. Ridley Scott This one has all the things I love: sci-fi horror, AN ALIEN, spaceships, people with guns in spaceships, a breakneck plot, and a good dose of blood. Possibly its only rival for Aimee's Favorite Sci-Fi is now AlienS, the sequel, which accomplishes the same feat but with -- you guessed it -- more than one alien. 

5. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, dir. James Gunn As much as I enjoyed the first Guardians, this one blew me out of the water. Also, more tears. Also, why are there tears over a racoon? All this and more on "James Gunn has delivered us a story that's surprisingly heartfelt and over the top ridiculous in the best of ways", my next novel.


TV


1. Legion (FX) Someone decided to take an obscure X-Men character, a bizarre concept, and in Inception-like plot, and put those all in one show. That was a smart someone. The result is Legion, a colorful, twisty, unreal story about mutants and mental illness and what happens when you can't control your own mind. It's honestly one of the best and most realistic depictions of mental illness I've come across in fiction and beyond that, a fantastic story.

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) Wholeheartedly incredible, a word which hear means, "they somehow managed to turn my favorite series/story into a show that does it justice". 

3. The Punisher (Netflix) It's difficult to make a show about a gun-toting dude who kills bad guys without mercy and also make that show layered and complex and compelling, but Frank Castle is the character to tackle with that and Jon Bernthal is the actor to make it a success. What we get is a tear-fest of a look into a very dark mind, and some good thoughts about justice and who decides it. 

4. Bones: Season 12 (Fox) Bones! Bones! Bones! Bones! Twelve entire seasons of a crime drama about skeletons and with a few weak episodes/plot arcs, for the most part I've loved it. More tears shed on this one. 

5. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (ABC) Essentially a checklist of all the things I enjoy: sassy lady detectives, fabulously rich women in nice dresses solving crime, Australia, Australian accents, period dramas, murder, constables in dramatic coats, slow-burn romance, etc. 


SONGS


1. Young Father, Typhoon 

Now I'm as old as you were when you had me
Should I be afraid? Should I start a family?
Raise them in the wild 'cause up against the city
My love is such a small thing

2. Quiet Americans, Shearwater 

And the only sound
From the lantern-covered hills
The only light
From a day yet to begin
The only signs
Of the guns in silhouette
Are only sound
Are only light

3. Dimitri Mendeleev, Astronautalis

Woke from a dream, hands heavy in cold sweat
Jumped from the bed, snatched the charcoal quick
Sketching frantically upon the bedroom brick
It came together and it fit like this:
"Give me a lever and a place to stand, I'll move the world!"

4. The Projectionist, Sleeping At Last

But even dust was made to settle
And if we’re made of dust, then what makes us any different?
I guess we give what we’ve been given:
A family tree so very good at giving up

5. Morning In America, Jon Bellion

We're secretly out of control, nobody knows it
But my mom's got a problem with oxy's and she's angry
Cause my dad's office door's always closed
But I stopped knocking
Yeah, we're secretly out of control and everyone knows




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6 Comments

  1. Awesome rankings! This idea is so cool, honestly. Also, Jane Eyre is wonderful and hurts a great deal.
    Out of curiosity and also because I love hearing your perspective on things, have you seen The Last Jedi yet? If you have, what did you think? I know a lot of people have Strong Feelings™ on it, so it'd be super cool to hear yours. Hope your past few weeks have been good and that you have a wonderful Christmas!

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  2. You've inspired me to do my own ranking. Let's see...

    Books:
    - The Hunger Games - Martin Hospitality - Unwind (CONNER YOU PRECIOUS CHILD I LOVE YOU DANGIT) - The Maze Runner - If I Run

    Movies:
    - Beauty and The Beast (2017) - Wonder Woman - Spider-Man Homecoming

    TV:
    - Dance Moms - Roseanne - Miraculous Ladybug - Young Justice League

    Bands:
    - TØP - Mark Schultz - Ashes Remain - Tauren Wells - Colton Dixon

    Wow, good year for the entertainment of Me lol.

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  3. I have yet to read Jane Eyre and Strange the Dreamer! I plan to read both next year but I have already bought Jane Eyre because classics are cheap.

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  4. Oh my goodness, I love The Evil Hours so much. It was one of my favorite books of the year.
    All your other suggestions seem so great, especially the books. I cannot wait to see Dunkirk.

    best wishes for the new year!
    k.

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  6. *flails over Jane Eyre for the entirety of forever*

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