My Netflix Binge

I joined Netflix the other month. Did I ever think this would happen? Not particularly, yet alas here we are, and I kind of like it!

I was always under the belief that I ‘didn’t have enough time to watch tv series,’ yet I’ve definitely made time since I joined Netflix. I didn’t know I would avail of paying the money monthly, but I can 100% confirm; it is definitely being availed of!

Particularly now while I’m on my Summer break! I’m telling myself all this binge-watching of Friends and Gossip Girl is for the benefit of my blog, and don’t get me started on what I say when I’m in the midst of convincing myself to watch a movie!

I always thought I’d get by fine without Netflix in my life. But going about my day-to-day life was proving more and more difficult, as I couldn’t join in conversations quite a lot when the topic of Netflix, movies or tv shows came up.

So, I bit the bullet, and I signed up and claimed my one month’s trial, and then I came back for the second month!

I’ve added so much onto ‘My List’ and I’ll probably be forever and a month getting through, as I continue to add to ‘My List’, and watch things that aren’t even on the list before those on the list, but I’ll get there…

 

TV Shows

As soon as I joined Netflix, I recruited my dear friends to recommend their favourite TV shows, and I proceeded to add each and every one to My List- even the ones I was rather doubtful on! The first season of 13 Reasons Why is the only series I’ve ever finished… It took me ages to settle on a show to start, but I started with Gossip Girl.

Gossip Girl

Yes, I’m a gazillion years behind, but I’ve finally started following the Queen Bees that are Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf. The first episode I was cynical and very unsure about how I was feeling on the series. I really did not like Chuck or Blair and couldn’t imagine watching all 7+ series and enjoying them. I gave the second episode a go, knowing that some series take a few episodes to get in to, and was hooked. In a matter of days, I was moving swiftly on to the second series, and following the several different love affairs! I’m about halfway through Series 2 now, and I’m so hooked!

I love Serena- she’s definitely my favourite, and I have been adding all the Blake Lively movies on Netflix to My List. I haven’t read the books, but I can promise they are definitely on my ‘To be Read’ list as I watch more and more of the love affairs of all the characters.

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Friends

Under the advice of Eimear (who else?), I decided to start another series, as it’s okay to have a couple of series on the go (apparently) so you have a few to choose from dependant on your mood. I’ve watched Friends loads and loads before, and I daresay I’ve seen all nearly all of them- but never in order! I loved Friends before I started watching it in order on Netflix.

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I have been growing increasingly fond of it! I think the second series is way better than the first, if I’m honest! I’m almost done series two, and I don’t believe it took me half as long as the time it took me to watch series 1. It’s probably because I’m so hooked on this whole Ross & Rachel storyline! As I watch more and more episodes, my favourites keep changing, and I really don’t know who my favourite is! All the friends have such different personalities, and different reasons to be your favourite! I love Rachel’s style, and Chandler’s humour- I’ve definitely got the most laughs out of him so far!

13 Reasons Why 

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Though I had been warned and warned through social media about not watching a certain part, I went ahead and watched said part, and was immensely disgusted at the imagery and how graphic the scene was. I watched it on my own free will, but I pose the question to the producers: What was the need?

I had been a big fan of the first season, up until the last episode the second season was fine; but I don’t think I will be returning for the third season when (if) it’s released next year.

 

Movies

 

Love, Rosie

Starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, Love, Rosie is one of my favourites of the movies I’ve watched on Netflix to date! It’s the perfect rom-com, in my opinion, and I love a happy ending! The movie follows childhood best friends Rosie and Alex, who are in love with each other, but have faced many obstacles over their lives that have separated them.

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Alex and Rosie’s relationship is beautiful, and underneath it all you can tell they are both destined to be together, no one is more perfect for the other.

I really disliked Greg, I felt like he was with Rosie and Katie just because it was the “right thing to do”, but I feel perhaps it wasn’t, he was the wrong person for them.

The Kissing Booth

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The Kissing Booth is another book to movie adaptation, adapted from a Wattpad book, which I feel in itself is a pretty cool achievement from then teenage, Beth Reekles.

This is a typical high school movie (my favourite kind of movies!) which follows the childhood friendship between Elle and Lee, and the problems that occur when Lee realizes Elle and his older brother, Noah are in love.

The movie is a typical high school movie, but Reekles makes it different in her own way, with the idea, concept and importance of the kissing booth, and its significance in the movie!

Blackfish 

I’m not big into documentaries normally, but I bit the bullet and decided to watch Blackfish, as I had been told how good a documentary it was.

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This documentary follows killer whale, Tilikum (amongst others) and the story of how SeaWorld held the orca, and other killer whales! Tilikum was involved in three individual deaths and was held captive by SeaWorld. There is evidence within the movie that points to the fact that Tilikum and the other orcas would have been extremely stressed. The documentary follows how SeaWorld covered incidents like this up for such a long time, in a bid to make money off the large orca.

Mind-blowing would be an understatement to describe the documentary. I found it highly interesting, and it has sparked my interest in more documentary-style movies!

 

Next on My List

  • The First Monday of May
  • La La Land
  • Brooklyn 99
  • Riverdale

 

Have you seen any of these movies/ shows? What did you think?
What have you been watching lately?
Let me know in the comments!

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34 comments

  1. I rewatched all of Friends on Netflix too! And I totally agree about 13RW, not sure I’ll watch season 3. Blackfish is amazing! If you are ever in the mood for other documentaries, Making a Murderer is a true life case about a man in prison who it looks very much like the police framed!
    You’re gonna LOVE Riverdale and Brooklyn Nine Nine, I’m obsessed with both!

    Rhianna x
    http://www.tsundokugirl.com

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  2. Glad you joined, I absolutely love binging Netflix! I highly reccommend checking out the shows Gilmore Girls and The 100. What’s been your favorite show you’ve watched thus far?

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    • I know for a fact that once I finish Friends, I’m just gonna go straight back to episode 1 series 1 and start again! It’s very interwsting to get a teacher’s perspective on 13RW! I sure will x

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  3. I’m not gonna lie, I LOVED reading this post as I love all these things too!! Serena was my favourite at first too but my opinion started to change as the series went on. I love Blake Lively as an actress though, she’s gorgeous and so fabulous! I have watched every Friends episode like 10 odd times and I still watch it before bed every night, the series get better and better as they go on! And Monica reminds me so much of myself.
    Alice Xx

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    • Thank you so much! Yeah, I love Serena now, but I’m only going onto S3 like! I’m obsessed with Blake Lively ahah! I know I’ll definitely restart all of Friends as soon as I finish! I think I’m definitely Phoebe!x

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  4. I LOVE Gossip Girl, it’s so good! I’ve even rewatched it because it’s so enjoyable haha. I’m tempted to watch it again soon, as it was ages ago I last saw it. I recently watched The Kissing Booth too, it was a nice film to watch with my sister – we had quite a few laughs at it!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

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  5. I love Gossip Girl I hope you enjoy it all! I watched all of Season 2 of Thirteen Reasons Why and although I’d seen a little bit online about something happening with no trigger warning I didn’t have a clue when it was going to happen and honestly that last episode traumatised me I thought it was disgusting and completely agree that there was no need for it! I haven’t seen The Kissing Booth yet but I’ve heard good things about it and I absolutely love watching Blackfish I find it so interesting although I did still visit Loro Parque after watching it (am I a terrible human?) I just couldn’t resist seeing the dolphins they’re my favourite animals ever!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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    • I’m so obsessed with Gossip Girl. 13RW was very difficult to watch, I still feel uneasy at even the thought! I can only imagine what people felt when they had no warning- I, admittedly ignored it and watched it anyway.. The Kissing Booth is a great movie to watch if your just looking for something easy to watch, it’s lighthearted and has a good storyline to it! I don’t think that makes you a terrible human- I can’t say I blame you for going, it is a huge point of interest! Thanks for the comment! xx

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  6. Netflix is soooo addictive, as you have no found out! I’ve watched basically everything on your list, it looks like we have very similar taste! I know that it’s already on your list but PLEASE watch Brooklyn 99, it’s such a great show!

    Jas xx

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  7. Netflix is amazing! I’ve done the one month trial but I really want to get it permanently! I’ve heard a lot about the Kissing Booth. I had no idea the story was from Wattpad! That’s so cool!

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  8. I’ve rewatched all of Friends and loveed it, so glad they put it on Netflix! La La Land is one of my favourite films ever, I went to see it three times in the cinema and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve put it on Netflix haha I hope you love it! You should watch Jane the Virgin! Such a funny and easy show to binge watch.

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

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