How better to begin the new year than with a look back at the last? :) 1. Your main fandom of the year?
I'm a fandom polygamist, always was, always will be. However, I think the fandoms that occupied me a bit more than the others this year were Breaking Bad
and Once upon a Time
. 2. Your favourite film watched this year? Wadjda
, my review of same linked, which was absolutely amazing and would have been even if it wasn't a) the first Saudi Arabian big screen movie, b) the first Saudi Arabian film directed by a woman, and c) all about a girl.
Runner-up: Iron Man III
, which broke the curse of the third movie in a popular franchise being weaker than the previous ones, was highly entertaining and provided a good wrap up to the Iron Man
films while leaving Tony and friends available for Avengers
.3. Your favourite book read this year?
It's a tie between Steel Blues
, which is just the kind of ensemble adventure with great character stuff I love, and the first volume of Mark Lewisohn's monumental Beatles biography
. 4. Your favourite TV show of the year?
It was a very good year for tv, both new (how so awesome, Orphan Black
?), and recurring/finishing, but this, too, is a tie of the two named in 1). Though if you push me: Breaking Bad
. Because it is complete now and thus one can say it really remained and ended as one of the most amazing accomplishments on tv. 5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?
I loved the disussion of The Charioteer
was hosting on her journal, but as far as communities go: 2ceuponatime
, which will resume its s1 rewatch now that the show proper is on hiatus. It makes think of b5_revisited
a few years ago. 6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Considering I didn't discover BB this year but did start to marathon Once upon a Time
after Christmas last year, it's the fairy tale show, together with Orphan Black
which I marathoned in the summer, and Bates Motel
(ditto). Of these three, Orphan Black
wins in sheer quality, but Once upon a Time
in terms of my emotional investment. 7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?Homeland.
Alas. 8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?
Tricky. I don't really have one in the sense the meme means, I suppose, and in terms of my male tv loves of years past (and forever - Londo Mollari, I will never quit you *g*). Not that I didn't like various male characters, sometimes a lot, but never in the sense of crushing on them. Although, you know, if I had
to pick one to have an affair with, well, err, I'd probably go for Rodrigo Borgia, him being Pope not withstanding, in the hope I'd get a graceful exit like Giulia and not a bloody demise courtesy of general scheming in Rome. 9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?
Norma Bates. As she's ever so doomed by narrative, I'm trying to steel myself for the inevitable. But Norma is such a vivid, rich character, impulsive, loving, controlling, repressive, resourceful, mamma bearish, hopelessly damaged, helplessly damaging.10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?The Day of the Doctor
was everything I'd hoped the Doctor Who
50th anniversary special would be. Also, in April I saw Helen Mirren and Judi Dench both on stage in London. Don't make me choose.
(The amazing last bunch of Breaking Bad
episodes, particularly Ozymandias
, certainly left me breathless, emotionally wrung through and pulse racing, but squee
is the wrong term for what I felt.) 11. The most missed of your old fandoms?
You know, I always go periodically back to my old fandoms like Star Trek or Babylon 5 or Highlander, so I can't say I miss them. Writing a Torchwood
story for this year's DW remix made me rewatch a lot more TW than was needed for the story and made me miss the show
, but most certainly not the fandom, the majority which I always remained at a cautious distance from due to my utter lack of Jack/Ianto shipping. 12. The fandom you haven’t tried yet, but want to?
Other than Slings and Arrows
, which the "this year I really will do it!" show to marathon, I'm now tentatively eyeing Sleepy Hollow
and The Americans
. 13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?Orphan Black
, season 2: will it keep up the quality or have a second year downfall? Also, seeing MCU Natasha Romanov again in Captain America II
, and watching the third part of The Hobbit