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Best of 2010

10. Oxford Flats

The Return of the Oxford Flats - A much celebrated event in fashion this past year. I threw some confetti and blew a kazzoo or two.  Feminine, sexy, and smart - All the shoe needs is a froyo consuming, blonde-haired with a pink stripe Shakespeare major and oh, it is love.

9. Alex Reads Twilight, YouTube series

 A YouTube series so good I've enjoyed it thrice. Highlight: When he consults an Amy Pond lifesize cut-out. Twilight mockery at it's best. And with a British accent.

8. Pacey Con, Funny Or Die Video
This Funny Or Die gag proved Joshua Jackson to be my favorite man celebrity ever, minus Dan Rad of course. He reads Pacey and Joey fanfiction and walks through the Comic Con lines with a boombox blasting "I Don't Want To Wait" by Paula Cole. The fact that he plays Peter Bishop on Fringe only increases my undying love.

7. Doctor Who Series 5

 If Jerry had Dorothy at "hello" then Eleven had me at fish custard. He's my TLFF (Timelord friend forever). We swim laps in the Tardis pool on the weekends and explore all of time and space on the week days. He is the perfect rebound Timelord BF after DT's tragic demise. Thank you, Stephen Moffatt. Bow ties really are cool. 

6.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

A breathtaking and beautiful portrait of the book. This was the first Harry Potter film where you could feel the intense love the trio has for another in this very  real and tangible way. The relationship between Ron and Hermione was portrayed with so much love and gentleness, I was amazed. Their romantic relationship didn't feel as forced as it did in the other films, instead it grew naturally from the performances. There was very little of the whimsical gimmick and, "I love magic" moments of the previous films. Instead of the Wizarding World being a wonderful place to escape to with flying golden snitches, chocolate frogs and Quidditch it became a nightmare. And the nightmare ultimately paved the way for a very moving and powerful film on love, friendship, and hope in an oppressive, grim world. Plus, did you see Rupert Grint's shoulders and biceps through his pajamas in that one scene? HOT.

5. "The End," Lost Series Finale

The ending embodied everything that Lost was always about - people finding themselves and their "destiny"  through  the help of strangers. There were so many beautiful parallels, that helped tie up Lost into a nice, neat bow, which when realized, warmed the heart. In a cynical world, it boldy embraced human sentimentality. Lost may not have answered every question, but it proved itself to the decade's most innovative television show. I love, I loved, I will love Lost always. Live together, die alone. It only ends once, everything else before that is just progress.

4. Inception

Christopher Nolan's summer smash hit about planting an idea within another person via drug induced dream levels satisfied my long time craving for a technically beautiful fiim with a strong, original story to guide the visual eye candy.

3. Tangled 
Zachary Levi proves in this film that he is capable of transferring his general awesomness to animation by voicing my new Disney crush, Flynn Rider aka Eugene Fitzherbert. Rapunzel is a delightful new Disney princess, who apart from having magical, healing hair, a girl can relate to. The lantern scene melts my heart every time. I laugh every time Flynn says, "You broke my smoulder." I sing every song in the shower loudly and off-key. I own two coloring books and a poster. It's a beautifully simple, but sweet story with genuine charm and heart. A real gem. Definitely my new go-to happy movie.

2. Fringe

The finest hour on television! An original combination of tragedy, romance, social commentary, humor and crime drama with a cool sci-fi twist! This show never ceases to amaze me with it's ingenuinty and heart. The characters are as rich as the developing mythology. Believe in the impossible. Embrace it. Have fun with it. Make something beautiful out of it. That's what Fringe is all about. BONUS: You get to say fun words like "Walternate", "Altverse" and "Fauxlivia."  

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

There is a special beauty to this book, this conclusion, that left me speechless (Literally. I hyperventilated for five minutes after reading those last four words before the epilogue) The book is bleak and contains grizzly, uncomfortable elements, but Suzanne Collins handles these elements with such raw power and honesty that it illumiates the eventual silver lining with such sincerity, eloquence and tenderness that I was close to tears. Katniss is now my favorite female heroine ever, because she's imperfect and awkward without being an anti-hero cliche. She struggles with issues of morality/ethics more than typical heroines to the point that it almost makes you uncomfortable to call her a heroine sometimes. It's all about her trying to work out what's right and wrong from the gray area (and you're not always sure whether Katniss's selections are right, but she tries and that's what truly makes her heroic) The book wasn't anything like how I expected it to be, it was better.

Honorable mentions: Never Let Me Go, Florence and the Machine's Lungs, The Social Network, Taylor Swift's Speak Now, PSYCH, Modern Family, Sherlock, The King's Speech

Tags: deathly hallows, doctor who, fringe, harry potter, lost, matt smith, the hunger games
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