By Ivy Seraphin
When I feel, I feel things deeply. When I find an album, book, movie, tv show or musical that speaks to me, I feel it to the point of where oftentimes it just about consumes my life.
There are a few pieces of media that I have gotten basically obsessive over, that have consumed my days and nights and thoughts for years. I would stay up far too late reading, watching or listening. I would only want to talk about it, find online communities that also felt the same as I did, and buy as much merchandise related to that piece of media as I could.
When I fall, I fall hard. I have fallen in love with so many books, movies, albums, musicals and TV shows that every time I return to them (no matter how long it has been since I last listened, watched or read them) I am always filled with so many memories and feeling of coming back home.
These are just a few of the albums, books, movies, TV episodes and musicals that feel like home.
Spice world // Spice Girls (1997) – The first album I ever bought, which taught me a lot about girl power.
Long Time Gone // Dixie Chicks (2002) – The album that made me fall in love with singing the harmonies instead of the melody.
Everybody // Ingrid Michaelson (2009) – The album that made me feel love, sorrow and everything in between.
Ceremonials // Florence and the Machine (2010) – The album that made me feel ethereal and powerful.
Every Kingdom // Ben Howard (2011) – The album that can cause me to cry tears of both joy and pain.
The Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling) – The series that captivated me, gave me my love for reading, made me believe that good can come through darkness, and that shaped me into who I am today.
The Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket) – The series that taught me that while bad things can happen to good people, it is still important to believe in the best of humanity.
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) – The book that taught me that the monster isn’t always who we expect to be.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower (Stephen Chbotsky) – The book that made me laugh, cry and believe in the power of friendship, love and resiliency.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Foyer) – A book that is filled so much beauty that nearly my entire copy is underlined.
Beauty and the Beast – the beginning of my love for Disney movies and my affinity for bookish female characters.
The Princess Bride – There is power in love, in silliness, in the magic of story telling.
The Lord of the Rings series – Where I discovered my love for well choreographed battle sequences, New Zealand landscape shots, beautifully dressed elves and Orlando Bloom.
Mean Girls – The film that gets funnier (and has more lines memorized) with every passing year.
(500) Days of Summer – Not only an incredible soundtrack and an incredibly visually pleasing movie, it also offers an important reminder of how we can make the mistake of loving the idea of someone instead of the person themselves.
Lost, S1:E1, Pilot – What began my long and continuous love for engaging and enthralling television shows.
The Office, S3: E22, Beach Games – Not only is this episode filled with great Harry Potter references, but it also has my favorite moment of courage and strength in the entire show.
Parks and Recreation, S3: E13, The Fight – An episode that makes me laugh without fail, every single time I rewatch.
Master of None, S1:E2, Parents – There is something incredibly powerful and heartwarming about seeing your grandparents immigration story from India to the United States represented on screen.
The Sound of Music – The soundtrack and movie of my childhood.
Wicked – What began my love for modern musicals and continued my love for strong female characters.
Les Miserables – A show that continues to be powerful, impactful and make my mother cry every time she sees it.
Spring Awakening – A show and soundtrack that encapsulated my adolescent angst and longing.
Hamilton – The phenomenon that made me obsessed with modern musicals again.