As I mentioned in my retrospective post last year, I'm not really one for "best of" lists, because for that to work the completist in me would need to review everything on the blog, and that just hasn't happened. *wink* I want to once again take the opportunity to look back on the year as I experienced it in books and film. The following lists are not comprehensive or ranked, but rather the books, films, and television shows that left the most lasting impression on me this past year whether through a hard-hitting emotional read or sheer FUN. Inclusion on this list just means that I read or viewed or finally talked about the item in question during 2011, not that it was necessarily released this past year.
Movies: This year was clearly the year of Michael Fassbender. :) In addition to the above listed films, there were several movies I saw in theaters that I never got around to blogging about (I can hear the shocked gasps! *wink* Maybe some of those will make the 2012 list...), such as The Eagle, The Help, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two. Honorable mention of films seen that made it to the blog include Water for Elephants, Cowboys & Aliens, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Three Musketeers(click the title to be taken to my review).
Television: Honorable mention goes to Doctor Who, which I rarely blog about (namely because once I start I'd NEVER STOP) and White Collar. This year was most remarkable for being the year that American TV really stepped up and delivered shows that I liked so much I couldn't resist blogging about them (Grimm, Once Upon a Time, and Pan Am).
Looking forward, I'd like to resurrect my All Things Jane series of blog posts -- yes, there is still plenty of Jane Eyre-related books and films to talk about. :) I'd also like to host a few more book giveaways, so keep an eye out for those! And I'd like to do a better job blogging about classic film, since that is one of my passions.
I realize I'm posting this a few days early, so any books or films I post about between now and January 1st will have to content themselves with honorable mention status if the situation warrants it. :)
I'd love to hear some of your 2011 favorites, so please chime in with your take in the comments section, or a link to your own blog post if you've blogged about your favorites already. :)