The Notables of August

by inbetweenroses

As the 31st day of the month approached, August hurriedly neared its end…And, August, I bid thee an emotional farewell for you were so very kind to me…. Whilst I do recognize that at this point in time we are nearing the middle of September, I’d still like to properly offer my adieu and to do that, it would be only appropriate to round up les notables de August, non? In no order whatsoever and certainly, a mish-mash of randomness (to be politically correct), I shall recount my notables for the month of August:

1. Noteworthy Web Series
Upon watching the finale of Lizzie Bennet Diaries, an Emmy awarding winning web series, I had come to the conclusion that nothing could ever compete… Boy, was I wrong!  Here comes into play (pun unintended!), Nothing Much to DoI have always been charmed by Shakespeare’s play, Much Ado About Nothing. The stark contrast between Don Pedro and his ‘bastard’ brother, Don John, the softness within Beatrice & Hero’s relationship, the witty banter amidst Beatrice and Benedict… oh Shakespeare, how I love thee!

Nothing Much to Do is true to its purpose – a modern, vlog-like adaption of the Elizabethan era play. It ever-so-brilliantly depicts the main motifs within the novel – gossiping, misunderstandings, friendship, love. Certainly, what sets this series apart from others is its sense of naturalness and effortlessness.  Everything about it feels real – and that is the greatest accomplishment in storytelling. Congratulations to the entire team!

2. Noteworthy Book
It is a universally acknowledged truth that mass reading is a summer sport (of mine, at least!).  This summer, I sought to tackle my always growing reading list. A stand out amongst them all was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It’s of the thriller genre – which, admittedly I am not so well acquainted with. However, this book did wonders for me.

The novel’s principal suspense comes from an uncertainty about the main character, Nick Dunne, and whether he killed his wife, Amy Dunne. In my (most humble) opinion, the brilliance of this novel shines bright due to it’s powerful convincing capabilities. With a multitude of twists and turns, Flynn reminded me that ultimately, it’s the author who has the steering wheel. Furthermore, its vivid imagery and effective use of diction, had me utterly captivated. Needless to say, I highly recommend Gone Girl.

3. Noteworthy TV Show
I have done the deed. Yes, dear readers, I have joined the hashtag-team-Netflix-bandwagon. For so long I have avoided the inevitable because I knew that I would succumb to its addictive binge-watching side-effect. Last summer, ’twas House M.D that had me hooked.  This summer, t’would be Arrested Development – an entirely different genre. I had also watched Scandal quite keenly, but Arrested Development’s laugh-out-loud-worthy comedy stole the show.

To put into the knowing words of Wikipedia: Arrested Development is an American television  sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. The show follows the fictitious Bluth family, a formerly wealthy and habitually dysfunctional family, and is presented in a continuous format, incorporating handheld camera work, narration, archival photos, and historical footage.
What has truly makes this show notable are the inside you-had-to-be-there type of jokes. The comedy show truly values its long-time devoted viewers.

4. Noteworthy Words of Wisdom
Through my labyrinthine ventures through Tumblr, I came across a quote that deeply moved and touched me.
Fact: I love words. I love to collect quotations – words that inspire me or simply resonate with me. I also like to share them with others:

The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Someone says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing. -Toni Morrison, at Portland State University, 1975

How incredibly profound, and, calamitous. In essence, any form of bullying stems from the same concept. Distraction. Those who are succumbed by their own insecurities tend to manifest their negativity upon others, in efforts to lead others astray as well. With such conviction, Morrison reminds us all that submitting to such negativity is completely unnecessary – an obvious, but often forgotten truth.

Readers! You are invited to share your notables in the comment section below – because certainly, “Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.” ― Charlotte Brontë.