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Recent reads and TV: royalty, reflections, romance, and hilarity

I’ve enjoyed some fantastic books and TV shows recently, so I thought I’d pull together a couple of each that really stood out for me.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

British royalty, American politics, celebrities, secrets, and big gay dramas. This book is so much fun!

It’s been floating near the top of my reading pile for literal years, and I don’t know why I let it go unread for so long.

You really know you’re late to the party when they’re releasing film set photos from the book’s movie adaptation…

Reflections: On the Magic of Writing by Diana Wynne Jones

Reflections: On the Magic of Writing by Diana Wynne Jones

I adore DWJ. She is possibly most widely known for being the author of Howl’s Moving Castle, the book behind the Studio Ghibli animated film of the same name.

This collection of essays, speeches, and biographical articles was a fantastic insight into her life and writing, with particular emphasis on the value of fantasy fiction and also books written for young people.

Love, Victor (TV series) poster

Love, Victor (TV series)

The third and final season of this teen romantic comedy drama was recently released. After the whopper of a cliff-hanger at the end of season two I was so ready to see how it all ended!

And, without giving away any spoilers, I was delighted with how they wrapped up the stories of the friendships and relationships of Victor and his friends.

Note: I streamed this via Disney+ in NZ.

Four Weddings and a Funeral (2019 TV miniseries) poster

Four Weddings and a Funeral (2019 TV miniseries)

I’m a big fan of the classic 1994 film starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell. So, the title caught my eye when it popped up again and I knew the show would be an automatic watch for me. I have to assume this was the point, but it gave me a false impression of the story and meant I spent the first couple of episodes constantly comparing it to the film. But then, once I got over them being very different stories, I really enjoyed it.

The show was so much fun, and featured very cleverly intertwined storylines for each of the characters.

Note: I streamed this via TVNZ+ in NZ.

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