In a world with Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and everything else, it’s easy to find yourself binge-watching another show. I remember when you’d only watch a handful of shows and you’d have to wait for them to come on tv at a certain time. Now it’s all available to us whenever we want it. Oh how quickly life changes.
These days, we have multiple shows we are in the middle of and a watchlist that is too long. But what if we want to watch tv but do something else at the same time?
Here are some things that you can do while watching tv.
Sometimes we come across a character whether that’s in a book, film or any other form, and that character inspires us to be a better version of ourselves.
Finding a character who makes you feel like you can be the best version of yourself is a great feeling. So here are some of my most inspiring fictional characters..
There was no way I could write a post about inspiring characters and not mention Anne from Anne of Green Gables. Anne teaches us to use our imagination, be okay with making mistakes, and to appreciate the little things in life.
This choice is probably a bit of a controversial one in the Gilmore Girls community. Sure, Rory makes mistakes and can be incredibly annoying. However, early-season Rory inspires me to read more, educate myself, and be a kind friend. While we are on the topic, are you team Dean, Jess, or Logan?
Éowyn is a fictional character in The Lord of the Rings. She’s unsatisfied with her life and decides to go about changing it herself to live the life she wants to. She’s the ultimate badass who rides into battle and kills the Lord of the Nazgûls, the Witch-King of Angmar once and for all. Éowyn doesn’t get as much credit as she deserves.
Being the younger sibling of Sherlock Holmes, it’s not surprising that Enola is smart, observant and has great sleuthing skills. She defies gender norms and set out to live her life the way that she wishes.
Beth is one of the four main protagonists in Little Women. All four of them are inspiring to me, but for this post, I decided just to mention Beth. She’s known for being musical and extremely pleasant. Although Beth is shy and quiet, she is also sweet, kind, honest and gentle.
Who wouldn’t be inspired by a kind, book loving girl who can move things with her mind? Matilda teaches people that kindness, friendship, and love are some of the most important things in life. Even in hard times, Matilda tries to see the positives and I think we can all take a little something from that.
Belle from Beauty and the Beast is another character who loves to read. She teaches us to see inner beauty and not fall for a pretty face. She’s also willing to sacrifice herself for her father which inspires us to be selfless and love the people around us.
No matter what Jane went through, she was always determined to live the life she deserved. Throughout her life she suffers quite a bit, but no matter what Jane finds a way to get back onto her feet and keep going. Jane is independent and knows what she deserves, and doesn’t settle for less. I think we should all live like that.
I love animations. I don’t watch much tv but when I do it’s probably an animation show.
I wanted to talk a little bit about my top cartoons/animations. I thought it would be fun for you to find some to watch too through my recommendations.
This is definitely my absolutely favourite animation show. It follows the story of Mable and Dipper who go to stay with their Uncle Stan for the summer. They get up to all kinds of crazy things and they discover that Gravity Falls is not normal at all.
Mable is the cutest character ever and I would love to cosplay her one day. She has an adorable fashion sense and is super kind and funny. Uncle Stan is grumpy which brings a lot of humour to the show. Dipper is funny too but in a completely different way to Uncle Stan.
I only started this show a few months ago but I’ve already watched it all… twice. Hilda, a fearless blue-haired girl, travels from a wilderness full of elves and giants to a bustling city packed with new friends and mysterious creatures. We follow her adventures and it’s just so fun.
‘Weeeeee… are the crystal gems….’ But anyway, I adore this show. The animations are adorable and everyone can relate to a different character in some kind of way. I’m definitely a combo of Steven and Amethyst but maybe with a bit more Amethyst.
The Crystal Gems are a group of magical bearings who’s job is to save the universe. They have a half magical being called Steven who is like the little brother of the group.
I finished season one of this show just the other day and I loved it. With each episode only being 15 minutes long, it made the show easier to digest which was good for my short attention span.
Aggretsuko follows Retsuko ass she deals with her accounting day job and her horrible boss by singing heavy metal karaoke.
Now, I wasn’t sure if I should include this show in my list as I only just started it but it was so much fun during the first few episodes so I wanted to include it.
She-Ra, Princess of Power, leads a rebellion to free her land of Etheria from the monstorus invaders the Horde. My favourite character is Glimmer and she is fun and adorable.
If you know me then you’ll know that I love Gravity Falls. Sadly, I’ve watched all of Gravity Falls a lot of times now so I’m always on the hunt for similar things to watch.
I was scrolling though the internet when I noticed a show that was similar to Gravity Falls. That show is called Hilda!
I decided to throw myself into the show without watching the trailer because I feel like trailers often ruin a show for me.
Hilda is based off the graphic novel series by Luke Pearson. Both the graphic novels and the show follow the story of Hilda; a fearless girl who lives with her mum and her pet Deerfox names Twig. Hilda and her family lived in a forest cabin. That is until certain events happen which force Hilda and her mom and a little elf named Aulfur to move to the city of Trolberg and the show follows Hilda as she learns to adapt to city life, meet new friends and discovers all sorts of weird and mysterious things along the way.
Sound familiar? If you’re getting Gravity Falls vibes I do not blame you!
Hilda is being compare to Gravity Falls by many. Hilda herself is in a way, a mix of Dipper and Mabel. She has Dipper’s interests in the wilderness and the unknown. She also gets along with people and has a personality that is just like Mabel’s when it comes to being caring to others.
But as you all know, Hilda is a whole other show and sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t be comparing all shows to Gravity Falls. While it is nice to compare the showers, I feel like you should watch tv shows as if Gravity Falls never existed.
Not only does Hilda have great characters but it’s visually breathtaking. The animation flows beautifuly, the backgrounds are stunning and the scenery is perfect.
Hilda has me sat watching with a huge grin on my face. Hilda’s humour is pretty straight up and sophisticated. The humour is very ‘British’. The show is absolutely full of tea jokes.
Out of all the animation shows that I have watched thanks to Gravity Falls, Hilda is a person favourite. It is even pretty close competition with Gravity Falls for my all time favourite animation show. It’s full of nostalgia, pretty visuals, fun characters and amazing stories to top it off.
If you’re in need of something to watch and you’ve already watched Gravity Falls, I definitely recommend that you check out Hilda. It is worth watching even if you didn’t like/haven’t seen Gravity Falls.
A couple of days ago, I was browsing the anime section of Netflix when I discovered that Glitter Force was on there. I love magical girls so I thought that I would give it a go. Glitter Force is the ninth instalment of the Pretty Cure franchise. Unfortunately, it is dubbed on Netflix and I prefer a Japanese anime with subtitles but I decided to try it anyway.
What I’ve Heard
I’ve heard of Pretty Cure before and knew a little about it but I hadn’t watched many episodes. Pretty Cure seems to be very popular in Japan as most magical girl anime shows tend to be. I had no idea that Glitter Force was on Netflix though so I was pretty happy when I stumbled upon it by accident.
Based off the the adorable imagary from the anime, I thought that it would be a magical girl anime that is similar to Sailor Moon. The girls all wear a different color, suggesting that they all have abilities dealing with different elements. I expected that the anime would greatly revolve around the themes of love and friendship.
Thoughts while watching it
As soon as the episode started, I noticed that they had jumped straight into the plot by introducing all the magical girls in a dream of the protagonist. She often has dreams of being a magical girl, fighting crime and is often dreaming of fairytales. Emily, who is the protagonist, compared a lot of her life to fairytales.
We follow Emily to her first day of school and I honestly thought that she was adorable. She may have had an over optimistic view of the world but I think that’s a good trait to have anyway. A lot of the time, protagonists that like fairytales can be a little daydreamy or obsessive about fantasy but I didn’t find that with Emily. The producers and writers definitely didn’t over do it like in usual shows. I was in love with Emily as a character straight away!
I am a twenty-two year old so I expect that the anime was aimed for younger people. I realised this a few minutes in. All the characters seemed to be younger and have higher voices than myself. I wish I watched this show while I was growing up as I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more than but it was definitely still enjoyable as an adult.
Emily has to introduce herself to the class but her anxiety makes her struggle to get the words out and she forgets what she wanted to say, so a very loud girl named Kelsey takes over and introduces Emily to the class. Then, some other female classmates speak up and compliment Emily. These students then introduce themselves in front of the class to Kelsey and Emily and Emily realizes that these girls were the other magical girls in her dream. I found this part funny but also a little awkward. In reality, no new student would have to introduce themselves nor would another student be allowed to go to the front of the class to shout about the new student. Maybe I just went to a really strict school but in my school, we had to raise our hands before we could speak.
After Emily’s introduction, Emily stumbles upon a fantasy land in the library. While in the fantasy land, Emily learns that a group of girls were prophesied to to defeat the evil Emperor Nogo, who wishes to take all happy endings from the world.
After she leaves the library, Emily heads home but notices a wolf in the sky named Ulric who is sucking all the hopes, dreams and happy ending from the civilians. Emily then transforms into a magical girl and fights Ulric. This was my favourite part as I like watching a magical girl do her stuff!