“The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke’s house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.”First line in Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Since we’re not done with January yet, I’m still allowed to look back on 2021 so that’s what I’m doing. As the title suggests, this post isn’t going to be about books but about all the other things that made my life a little bit better in 2021. And that’s about all the introduction you’re gonna need, so let’s get into it.
- The Green Knight. This was the first movie I went to the cinema to watch since the whole Covid-thing started and man, it was weird! In a good way, I should say. I’ve never seen a movie like that before and watching it in the cinema was an Experience.
- Dune. Movie of the year. That was just amazing! The casting alone feels like a dream because how do you get so many great actors in the same movie? Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa. Even though the plot moves quite slowly, I think their performances just made sure I was so into it. I have re-watched it several times already, and have even doubted my decision to not read the book.
- Spider-Man: No Way Home. What can I say? Dune might objectively have been a better movie, but No Way Home gave me the best movie-watching experience ever. I have always loved Spider-Man so if you’ve seen the movie, you know why I loved it. I can’t believe a movie like that even exists.
- Eternals. I had absolutely no expecations for this and only watched it because it’s the MCU, and maybe that was why I really liked it. A lot of different characters that each were given their time to shine, and a plot that might not be the most unique thing but still managed to keep me hooked. And then those action scenes!! And the visuals!!
Honorable mentions: Tick, Tick… Boom! and Ron’s Gone Wrong
- It’s a Sin. A mini-series of only 5 episodes that made me ugly-cry like never before. It follows a group of friends during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in London, so I probably should have expected the ugly-crying, but the series just managed to do something different with this part of our history.
- WandaVision. The show was just my thing and so well-made. So much of it was just making me think “WTF is going on?” and that is my favorite thing to watch/read. It became a very emotional show as well, and Wanda in the MCU became much more interesting because of it. I’m so excited to see her again.
- Young Royals. A Netflix series I didn’t intend to watch because it’s Swedish, but then I couldn’t resist and now I’m desperate for season 2. It’s been compared to the Norwegian show Skam a lot because it portrays teenagers more accurately than most American shows, and I really love it for that. It’s also just nice seeing it set in Scandinavia because everything is suddenly much more relatable.
- Smallville. This is an old one I’ve been re-watching because I was obsessed with it when I was younger. And apparently, still am. I had kind of expected my nostalgia to excuse a lot of its flaws but it’s actually a really good show. Despite being based on a very basic formula, the acting and the dialogue makes it very enjoyable to watch. Also, my teenage-crush on Tom Welling is definitely back.
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Did I love this show because it gave us so many golden interview-moments between Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan? Maybe, but the show itself also became an obession of mine rather quickly. It was so emotional and so deep, and I just love that we got more of these two characters. I’m also still not over the opening to episode four, by the way.
Honorable mentions: Shadow and Bone, Y: The Last Man, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Love, Victor.
- The European Football Championship this summer proved that I’m way too emotional and empathetic for my own good. I’ve never experienced anything so worhty of the term ’emotional rollarcoaster’ as that tournament which started with Christian Eriksen’s heart attack. It was truly horrifying to witness but then I’ve also never experienced anything as heartwarming as people’s reactions the days and weeks afterward. It was like it became our entire country’s mission to support the rest of the team and help them through that trauma. It carried them all the way to extended time in a semi-final where the referee decided they weren’t allowed in the final. Still, I’m never forgetting Euro 2020, and most importantly, Eriksen will return to playing football.
- The absolutely insane Formula 1 season! I’ve casually been watching the sport since 2014 when Danish driver Kevin Magnussen got a seat, but even though he isn’t there anymore, I still kept half an eye on what was going on. I didn’t have any favorites besides thinking it would be great if someone other than Lewis Hamilton won. Cut to the last race of the season where I have anything but a normal heart rate because Hamilton and Verstappen go into that completely tied, and apparently, I’m a massive Formula 1 fan now. There was so much drama all season, legal and illegal, but ultimately, Verstappen won and I’m very happy about that.
- I might have listened to way too much Måneskin this year. At least, that’s what my Spotify Wrapped was trying to tell me, I think. They were my top artist of the year and my most listened song was Zitti E Buoni, their Eurovision-winning song. Other songs of theirs I listened to a lot were I Wanna be Your Slave, Torna a Casa, Immortale, and Mammamia.
- With two songs in my top 10 of the year, Danish artist Christopher was also a big part of my 2021. I don’t think he has ever been my artist of the year but he has consistently been in my top 3 since 2016, so 2021 was nothing out of the ordinary on that front. My favorite songs were Just So You Know and If It Weren’t For You.
- Because of the aforementioned Euro 2020, I also went a little crazy with the football songs in 2021. So much that two of them managed to sneak their way into my top 10 of most listened, which was the biggest surprise for me. But they’re also very catchy and comforting which was just what I needed this summer.
I guess I can’t exactly hide that I’m an MCU fan. But let me know what you enjoyed in 2021? Did you fangirl over some of the same stuff I did? Or are you sick of hearing people talk about Måneskin?