I’m going to talk about two shows and two book series that I’ve really enjoyed. I would have normally added Harry Potter and Brooklyn 99 to this list, but I will be keeping it out due to recent events and my own changed mindset.
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Bob ‘s Burgers:
This show has been my most recent obsession. It’s a great show! The wit and humor, on top of just the crazy family dynamic is everything I love. Each MC compliments each other while being able to be their own person with a completely different style and mindset.
Bob: the dad, the cook, the man of burgers. I want so bad for there to be a place that actually makes the burgers off this show, because each one sounds interesting and delicious! This man not only runs a restaurant and makes amazing burgers, he’s also just the best dad. I love his parenting skills so much it’s ridiculous.
One of my favorite examples of Bob being a great dad is the episode ‘The Ring (But Not Scary)’. Tina, Gene, and Louise find an engagement ring that Bob bought for Linda, and Gene decides to put it on. Only problem is he can’t get it off. They end up losing it at a public pool, and when they go to sneak out that night to go look for it, Bob stops them.
Now, most parents in this situation would probably yell, scream, punish, etc after finding out what their children are up to and have done. Bob is angry, yes, but instead of lashing out, he goes with them to try and find the ring. It’s a great moment where the parent not only helps the mistake his children have made, he never once makes Gene feel guilty about it. Really his only problem is the money he spent on the ring, which is understandable since they don’t make that much money.
King of the Hill:
Yes, I like this show. Yes, there are things about it that I get annoyed with. Overall though, I really think that this show can be quite amazing at times. Although Hank Hill and his family are clearly conservatives and I definitely wouldn’t be the kind of person they would like in real life, I enjoy their family dynamic as well.
Bobby: the son of Hank and Peggy Hill, Bobby is a young preteen just trying to live his best, funny life while navigating through middle school, friendships, and even young love. Bobby is the kind of kid that I would have probably enjoyed being around at that age, because he’s not only funny, but he’s truly kind.
One of the episodes that I think capture a moment of Bobby’s kindness is ‘The Son That Got Away’. In the episode, Bobby and friends, Connie and Joseph, run off into a cave and get lost. Towards the beginning of the episode you see Connie and Joseph not really getting along, only to become close as the story moves along.
This leaves Bobby feeling like a third wheel and instead of being butt hurt about it, at one point he says he’ll let them eat him to survive because they’re his best friends. Now, of course, that wasn’t going to happen, but even though he’s felt left out throughout the majority of the episode, he still loves his friends enough to set aside his insecurities to help them live if need be.
I loved Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and his journey got even better in The Heroes of Olympus! Watching not only Percy, but Annabeth and Grover grow and mature was just so great, especially when I was growing up with them in a sense. I started reading these books in middle school and continued into college. It’s also a series I want to reread through again next year.
One of my absolute favorite things about this series though was watching the friendship turned relationship with Percy and Annabeth. Though obviously there is SO MUCH to these series’s, that character development and progression was just one of my personal favorites to read. It wasn’t an instant love, it wasn’t a forced love, it was a pure love built on friendship and I am HERE FOR IT.
The best example that has stayed with me of their amazing friendship and relationship is at the end of The Mark of Athena when Annabeth falls into that pit leading down to Tartarus. Percy keeps hold of Annabeth, and when he realizes that he can’t save her, he decides to fall with her. This is the kind of relationship I want to see more of! Pure, kind, makes you want to cry from how sweet the love is. I need more Percy/Annabeth love in novels.
The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices:
I’m choosing only these two series out of Cassandra Clare’s world for two reasons. The first being I haven’t finished The Dark Artifices series… I KNOW, crazy right? I’m hoping to get to it by the end of the year though! And second, because The Last Hours only has the first book out. When that series is done, I’ll make sure to cover it.
The Mortal Instruments was one of the first series that had more of a teenage vibe compared to some of the other series I’d read up to the point of finding The City of Bones. The only other series I can think of being more teen/adult that I’d read is the Alanna series by Tamora Pierce, and I only think of it as more mature because there was sex in those books.
Following Clary through the new world of the Shadowhunters in The Mortal Instruments was one of the best things I read throughout my high-school, college, and adult years. It’s such a creative world, that somehow only seems to get better (for me) with every book that Clare creates. The twists and turns throughout those books always have me questioning what’s going to happen next, which I love! I usually hate figuring out what’s going to happen.
Then when The Infernal Devices came out, I was ecstatic! But I’ll be honest, when I first tried to read it, I didn’t like it. I was so use to the world through Clary’s eyes that it was strange getting use to new characters. It took me so long to pick it up again after not liking the first little bit, but I’m so glad I did. This series has been my favorite one out of all that I’ve read of Clare. And there’s a ton of her books now.
These books had such an excellent balance of world building, character development, friendship, and love. There is so much to these books, honestly it’s way too hard for me to pick one thing that I like. So just go read them if you haven’t!
Well, I hope you enjoyed reading reasons why I enjoy these shows and book series! I have so many shows that I love that I really want to cover here, but since I’d done all book related posts before this, I thought this may be a good way to ease in more of what I love into my posts.
Again, hope you enjoyed! Thank you for reading!