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Going back to Stockholm tomorrow over Christmas. Been a bit weirdly... not full of anticipation, but definitely preparing for it all week, fretting over what to do with the food in the fridge I can't eat up on time, thinking about what to pack... it takes up a lot of space in my mind. It's gonna be nice to go home and be able to relax for a bit. Today in particular has felt off after six hours of sleep, a trudge through the first heavy snowfall this winter, only to discover that the lecture I was supposed to attend had been moved from nine am to one pm.

As for the talking meme, I don't have much to talk about today-- liadtbunny asked me about my favourite feelgood film/tv series, but the truth is I... don't actually watch that much film or tv, much less when I'm feeling down in the dumps for whatever reason. There are some happy-making tv series out there that I've actually watched though.


Gravity Falls is a cute and hilarious Disney-animated series about the twins Dipper and Mabel, who are staying with their great-uncle Stan in Oregon over the summer, where he runs a tourist trap filled with fake cryptids and overpriced memorabilia. Of course, things turn a whole lot more interesting when a mysterious hand-written journal chronicling the mysteries of the small town is found... Think haunted convenience stores. Think time travel. Think National Treasure-parody episode, boy band clones and dinosaurs. The humour leans towards somewhat absurd as well as 80s and 90s pop culture references.

I think what makes Gravity Falls so great is that while it's definitely a comedy series above all, the characters are as 3-dimensional as this kind of format allows-- they're treated as real characters rather than funny characters, their feelings are taken seriously, and their relationships are allowed to develop throughout the series. The narrative reflects this-- it has an overarching plot, although all of season 1 is mainly build-up to this, and season 2 overall takes a darker turn without losing a fundamental light-heartedness.

The main cast are all lovable in their own ways, and above all really like each other; there's a great feeling of camaradery that just really warms my heart. And, ofc, it's laugh-out-loud funny.

Plus the animation is cute. And it has an awesome intro:



Runner-up is Pushing Daisies-- the colours, the absurd humour and murders, PIES, and sweet characters are just wonderful. Is it even possible not to like this series? I am full of doubt.


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liadtbunny
Dec. 19th, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
You could always give the food away? Grr, to changed lecture times espc after battling through snow.

Thanks for answering:) Gravity Falls looks fun. Dinosaurs turning up are guaranteed to cheer any abode;p
taiyou_to_tsuki
Dec. 20th, 2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
I did end up doing that-- well, sharing ingredients and stuff I'd made too much of with dorm friends. I think the only things left when I went home was some butter and cream...

No prob. It's a delight! The dinosaur episode has an old man punching a Pterodactyl in the face while wearing a baby carrier with a pig in it. How can you go wrong?
liadtbunny
Dec. 21st, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
Sounds totally bonkers!
katje0711
Jan. 18th, 2015 08:12 pm (UTC)
Hey, I was wondering if you ever saw my replies to the questions you asked me on this meme?
taiyou_to_tsuki
Jan. 18th, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
God, I'm sorry! Everything got kind of jumbled once I got home over Christmas-- family gatherings, then I got depressed (I didn't finish writing my own questions, never mind reading everyone else's). I know I saw at least two of the early ones.

(I kept meaning to make an entry explaining why I disappeared but then I. Didn't do that either.)
katje0711
Jan. 18th, 2015 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, gosh. Sorry to hear you're dealing with depression. My last post is about my dealing with it, as well. Seems to be going around! Hope you feel better and I'd love your thoughts on my replies, if you ever get around to reading them.

Edited at 2015-01-18 08:39 pm (UTC)
taiyou_to_tsuki
Jan. 18th, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It got a bit better once I went back to uni, but then I was saddled with the last exam of the term and a ten-page written assignment. Hopefully I'll muster up new posts and replies the coming week.
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