Tuesday, 6 September 2016

What I'm watching and reading right now


Oh autumn, I see you creeping up on us with your amber leaves, darker nights and cosy blankets. I always seem to seek out new shows to watch and books to read at this time of year to maximise the snug factor as much as possible and entertain myself in the evenings. Here's what I'm currently reading/viewing!

Stranger Things

There seem to be very few people left who haven't been sucked into this Sci-Fi Netflix original, and I can totally see why. The series has a real 80s Spielberg vibe (I couldn't stop thinking of E.T.) but also elements of horror that had me with my hands over my eyes. The series is really nostalgic and has themes of friendship, not fitting in and family bonds at its core. It also stars Winona Ryder who I adore. The only downside is that there's just one series until the next is made!

Peaky Blinders

Oh Cillian Murphy, how could I not watch anything you're in! Peaky Blinders has been shown on the BBC since the start, but I only discovered it this summer after finding it on Netflix. Set in post-WW1 Birmingham and featuring a family of wheeler dealer bookies, this show is so much fun to watch. It's a gang drama, and has been made really stylishly - Rock 'n' Rolla in the 1920s anyone?

High Rise

This short novel by JG Ballard has been haunting me ever since I first picked it up. I really couldn't get into it at first as the writing is quite plain and matter-of-fact, so I put it down for what must have been about three months. Last weekend though out of sheer determination to finish it I chomped through almost the entire book and now have just a few pages left.

After taking a fair few chapters to build the plot becomes exciting and violent, sometimes horrifying. The story centres around a huge high-rise block of apartments that becomes shut off from the world and sends it's inhabitants stir crazy. It's heavy going but it explores the way our animalistic nature comes out to play when social constructs are removed. Scary stuff.

What have you been reading or watching lately? Let me know in the comments below!
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  1. These books look great. Have you watched any of the adaptions? Do they hold up?

    Lisabeth
    https://lisabethwestwood.wordpress.com

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  2. Loooved Stranger Things. And there is def a series 2 coming #happydays!

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