This Week's Favs: November 17
We're now halfway through November and my writing everyday juices have been depleted.
I'll still be trying to write a few days a week, but with 50k words by the end of the month now looking more like a 5-year-old's dream as opposed to reality, I'm thinking I'll be failing NaNoWriMo once again. I don't feel too bad about that, though. I'm still planning on continuing with and finishing my current project.
I came across a lot of new favorites this week. I also got reminded of a few old classics that I'd forgotten about. Enjoy!
Beautiful (Movie Ver.) - Wanna One
This is an 8-minute music video that managed to give me all the feels. The prologue to the story was released as a teaser, telling the backstory of how the two brothers ended up separated. The story, while a little confusing at first, is actually a rollercoaster of emotions that'll leave you asking what happens next. Not to mention the song the music video accompanies is absolutely stunning. If you can't focus on the song, or the occasional breaks bother you, try watching one of their music show performances, which show off their choreography and the song in its uninterrupted entirety.
Les Choristes (The Chorus)
I don't even know how many times I've watched this movie. I binged it like you wouldn't believe when I was in high school after my French teacher showed it to us once my freshman or sophomore year. It's been quite a few years since the last time I watched it, but I can still listen to the soundtrack and sing almost every song from memory. While the premise—a former choir teacher comes to teach at a school for trouble children and helps give them a purpose through the power of music—might seem a little boring, I can guarantee it's a movie that will resonate with just about everyone in some way, shape, or form.
DamDaDi - Golden Child
Talk about an upbeat song that just makes you want to smile. This is Golden Child's debut song and, while I don't remember liking it as much when I first listened to it, the song's come back into my playlist and now it's going to be forever stuck in my head. Something about the catchy, super positive vibe behind it pulls me in, but it's really the harmonies behind the entire song that keeps my attention. You can hear more than just one or two of the voices at a time, and that's amazing and, surprisingly, very rare in k-pop these days.
Will Be Back - Im Sun Hae
If there was a song that could signal imminent heartbreaking death, this is it. One of the tracks off of the Scarlet Hearts: Ryeo OST, Will Be Back played every time a character that you as a viewer had come to love is about to die. And, let me tell you, there are a lot of deaths in Scarlet Heart: Ryeo. It's a beautiful song, though. I love listening to it when I want something a little calmer, even if it does remind me of all the suffering I went through watching that show.
Scythe - Neal Schusterman
This book's been on my to-read list for a while, but when I started listening to audiobooks on my way to and from work, I decided it was finally time to give it a shot. Scythe's basic premise is that, in the future, mankind has overcome natural death, instead entrusting keeping the population under control to a group called the Scythes. They are in charge of killing (or "gleaning", as it's called) a certain number of people every year in order to maintain the world's population.
The Scythehood is exempt from the rule of the Thunderhead, the evolved version of the cloud that has become the world's governing force, and instead lives by their own rules. The story centers around Citra and Rowan, two teenagers who are taken on as Scythe's apprentices, and the troubles they immediately face. It's a great read if considering the morality of things and wondering what you would do in certain scenarios is your kind of thing. I've read a few reviews complaining about how the characters are "morally black or white", but I don't think that's further from the truth. Scythe is definitely an intriguing read (or listen, in my case). I can't wait for the second book, Thunderhead, to drop in early January. I also highly recommend the audiobook, which is narrated masterfully by Greg Tremblay.
Man, have I got an eclectic collection to share this week! From the top left, we've got Kravitz from The Adventure Zone: Balance Arc, Yato from Noragami, Zenyatta from Overwatch, Aomine and Number Two (Kuroki's dog) from Kuroko no Basket, and Human Kite and Toolshed from South Park! I also wanted to include something from malgang's Kuroko no Basket x Alice in Wonderland crossover, but I couldn't pick just one picture.