As mentioned in my last post, 2016 was not a great year. We lost many beloved celebrities, saw a ridiculous, allegedly corrupt, billionaire become President-elect (I’m still half trying to wake up from that nightmare), and the UK left the EU (which we still have not even started experiencing the fallout from).
As last year left me disgruntled and extremely deflated, I decided that I was going to take charge in 2017, and make this THE year. The year of reflection, the year of growth and the year of change. I am hoping that 2017 will be the gentle (and much needed) cathartic to calm the pain and stress of the unintentional and unwarranted hangover of 2016.
Now at the beginning of last year, I set my aims high by declaring that I would make lots of New Years Resolutions, and stick to these. I, ashamedly, have not followed through on a single one of these. I quit learning Spanish after my first lesson, I gained weight, I have not become more ‘cultured’ nor confident. Therefore, this year I set myself goals I knew I could achieve (to buoy myself, gain my desired confidence, then aim higher next year). Consequently, (as we are now half way through the first month of the year), I have decided to reflect on my aims of 2017 that I set out a little over 2 weeks ago.
My first resolution is that I want to read 50 books, and my second is to watch 100 new movies (ones that I have never watched before) within the year. The below link (to an Independent article) is perfect, as it combines both of these desires. It outlines 29 novels which have been adapted into film, due to be released later this year. As I have not read any of those listed, I cannot wait to read and watch some of the classics (including Murder on the Orient Express) and popular modern books, by authors like Stephen King (including It and The Dark Tower), that I have been holding off on reading. These release dates will definitely give me a drive to read them before they’re released.
Some of my favourite movies in the world are based on books! These include; the Harry Potter franchise, The Godfather trilogy, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Great Gatsby and Gone Girl. This article made me realise how fantastic both mediums are, and made me so optimistic about my New Years Resolutions. To add to this list, I cannot wait to see the new ‘Blade Runner’ (1982) film (‘Blade Runner 2049’ (2017)). I watched the original last night for the first time (which is based on a book called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), and it made me realise that I am definitely becoming a fan of the sci-fi genre (which I never used to like). This has a lot to do with it being an 80s film (I love this period of film-making), and the fact that the protagonist is Harrison Ford (what a babe), as well as the incredible use of light (Ridley Scott is a visionary). I hope the sequel is as good!
Ultimately, from the above mentioned link, 2017 looks like it’s going to be a healthy, productive year. So far I have read 4 books, watched 9 films, and am highly optimistic about the future of film.