TMP Television Edition: Origin Story

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
As is customary for the last TMP post each month, we’re focussing on TV instead of movies. So, today we’re talking about some shows that give us origin stories!

#1 Bates Motel

Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho is probably one of the most famous pictures in cinematic history. With Bates Motel we learn more about Norman Bates’ life before that particular story.

#2 Merlin

This might be a bit of a cheat, but hear me out! In myth and legend Merlin is always by Arthur’s side and teaches, advises him. However, he’s usually depicted as an old man. In Merlin, however, we learn where he comes from and meet him at a younger age. But, he’s by Arthur’s side nevertheless since the show changed a lot about the original narrative. So, it’s not quite Merlin’s story before the role he plays in mythology but somewhat of an in-between.

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TMP Television Edition: Home and Lifestyle Shows

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
As usual, since this is the last TMP post of the month we’re talking about TV shows instead of films. It’s Home and Lifestyle shows in particular that are on our plate today!

#1 Tidying up with Marie Kondo

I guess despite the overwhelming success of Marie Kondo’s book, the Netflix show was not that popular since we only have one season. But I really like her approach of “Does it spark joy” and try to apply it to many areas of my life.

#2 Interior Design Masters

I think this has more than one season, but over here the first one is all that is available on Netflix, so that’s all I have ever seen. I don’t watch to many reality TV shows, so this week we had slim pickings 😅. Nevertheless, I found Interior Design Masters interesting to watch.

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Book vs. TV Show: Nos4a2 (Season 1)

Hello, my darling readers!
I finally got around to checking out a novel (and its adaptation) that has been on my radar for such a long time. So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son. 

Book vs. Movie:

I’ve had Joe Hill’s novel on my radar for the longest time, even since before the show was announced. However, somehow, I just never got around to reading it, even though I enjoyed everything I’ve ever picked up by him. Well, I finally found some time in my schedule, and all I can say is that I loved the book. It is dark, it is twisted, it is spooky, it is smart.

Joe Hill does an amazing job weaving this story that spans the course of so many years, feeding the reader bits of information, always leaving you wondering, wanting more. Writing horror stories really must be in his genes, but I have to say I think I prefer his writing style of his father’s (Stephen King). Even though the novel comes with quite a hefty page count, it never drags on or feels too long. Hill really enraptures the reader and leaves you unable to put the book down.

I swear, I was hooked from the first chapter on. That was enough to give anyone the chills! The story is super creative and I don’t think I’ve ever read or seen anything quite like it before. There’s also something in the construction of Hill’s characters, something in their development that I really enjoy. I can’t put my finger on it, but he sets himself apart from other writers in that regard as well. Furthermore, I think I need to give him a shoutout for actually writing women well. The protagonist is female and I didn’t have any cringe moments! (looking at you, menwritingwomen reddit)

Reading the book I immediately felt that it would make for a great TV show. There are many elements to the story that I expected to work great on screen, so I was very excited to watch the adaptation.

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TMP Television Edition: Royalty

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
As is customary for the last post of the month we’re doing TV instead of movies, specifically shows focussing on royalty.

#1 The Crown

Let’s start this off with The Crown, probably the most famous show about royalty that has aired in recent years.

#2 The Royals

Next up, we have a show that I never actually finished watching. I managed to catch the first season when it was on German TV but never really kept up with it after that. The Royals is more of a party version of royalty.

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TMP Television Edition: 2021 Freshmen Series

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Since it’s the last Thursday of the month, we’re gonna talk about TV shows instead of films. To be specific, we’re gonna tackle some 2021 new releases!

#1 Midnight Mass

This one came as such a surprise to me! Several people recommended it to me, so I gave it a shot and ended up really liking the show. It’ll give you a lot of food for thought and come with some intriguing twists.

#2 Wheel of Time

I haven’t seen this one yet, in fact I had no idea what Wheel of Time even is until one of my friends very excitedly told me about it. Long story short, I’m not reading the books and once I’m done with that I’m gonna tackle the show!

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TMP Television Edition: Holiday

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
It is the last TMP of the month so we focus on TV shows instead of movies. And since it’s still December, this will be holiday-themed. Let’s talk about some of my favorite holiday-themed episodes!

#1 My So Called Life – So Called Angels (S1E15)

I will never forgive them for canceling this show. Honestly, it was the only series about teenagers that ever felt authentic and relatable to me. The Christmas episode was so profound and touching, a real tearjerker without being cheesy or just copy-pasting what you already saw seven million times.

#2 Doctor Who – Twice Upon a Time (13th Christmas Special)

Doctor Who is somewhat famous for its amazing Christmas specials. There are many great ones but I think my favorite is Twice Upon a time. That episode really got me.

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