HALLIE: Here we are at the end of 2010, a year when Twitter took off, Facebook took off again (for the middle-aged and electronically challenged), smartphones were everywhere, the E-reader hit its stride, and it got even harder to reach your kids if you don't text.
Taking a look back at the lighter side of 2010, here's my list of hits:
TV shows...Mad Men, The Good Wife, Castle, Masterpiece Mystery Sherlock, Life on Mars
Movies...Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, Winter's Bone
Books... Room (by Emma Donoghue); Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (by Tom Franklin)
Food... fish tacos, bacon
Cocktails...vodka and pomegranate juice
Stores...I finally visited Target and Costco: I get it now
Games...Catch Phrase, and still as always bridge
Conveniences...Online restaurant reservations
And misses. I'd like to see a lot less of...
Dancing with Stars
Purses the size of dirigibles
What are your hits and misses of 2010?
ROBERTA: TV show...Friday Night Lights, really you must go back to the beginning and watch this. The drama and characters are top notch.
Movies...I know I must have liked some but I can't remember what they were!
Books...thumbs up on CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER, THE HELP, THE SCENT OF RAIN AND LIGHTENING by Nancy Pickard, BORN ROUND by Frank Bruni, SPOON FED by Kim Severson Game...Bananagrams
Trip out of the US...Rome
The farmer's market
Food...Yes! all of it!
Snow and ice
RHYS: Oh definitely squabbling politicians to top my miss column.
And all those samey reality shows-- Biggest Loser, Survivor 29, Endless talent or non-talent shows...
And I could do without Lady Ga Ga.
Olympic games in Canada
Fun and chunky bling
Two weeks in Nice
Twenties Girl (loved it!) and I've just seen a fabulous production of the Nutcracker today
I'm sure more will come to me the moment I sign out.
JAN: Hits were--
TV: Madmen, The Good Wife, The Sing Off, the conclusion of the Tudors, Empire Boardwalk, Craig Ferguson.
Movies: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, the The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest.
Books: The Well and The Mine by Gin Philllips, The Creative Brain by Shelley Carson, All Souls by Michael Patrick McDonald, Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
Jersey Boys on Broadway
The fabulous weather this summer
George, my first experience with a cat
Screaming talk show hosts
Red Sox season of injuries
Sex and the City II
Return of the oxford shoe
ROBERTA: Oh yes, I'd like to pile on for 3 of Jan's--my iphone, Jersey Boys, and a cat in the house!
HALLIE: And I second screaming talk show hosts and their screaming guests
TV: The Good Wife. Masterpiece Sherlock. Brilliant.
Fashion: you can wear anything you want. I love that. Wearing stuff that doesn't match. Wow. (I learned that from my idols Heidi and Tim.) And, Hallie, I like leopard.
HALLIE: I knew you'd say that. That's because you can off pull of leopard print (and 4" heels).
HANK: Books? I judged YA for the Edgars. More I cannot say. I'm fascinated by the growing realization that ebooks are real, and not a work of the devil. This is truly a time of transition. (I do worry for independent bookstores though. We'll see what happens this year.)
Gosh, I just dont get the wii.
Or xbox, or whatever those things do. Sorry, I'm old.
The vuvuzela, SO annoying. Except that day they put it behind everything on YouTube, whch was so hilarious and so meta.
Bedbugs, puh-leeze. But Roberta taught me how to look.
Food? Well, of course, bacon. And vodka, champagne and elderflower liqueur. (One.)
Movies. Huh. Did we see any good ones?
Annoyances: People who are ALWAYS on their phones, talking, texting, whatever. People are making themselves alone even when they're with you. Worrisome.
Guilty pleasure? Watching the singing flashmobs on You Tube.
So excited for the year to come!
HALLIE: Elderflower liqueur -- Really? With champagne? Sounds like something to try on New Year's Eve. And interesting, isn't it, how much this was a better year for TV than for movies. Go figure.
I agree on flashmobs. I love the one where everyone froze in Grand Central - in fact, I used something like that in my new book (March 22!)
So what are your hits and misses for 2010? Please, dish!!
(And stay tuned! Later this week:
Tuesday: Are you as intrigued as I am by Patricia Highsmith? She invented the villainous hero and the suspense novel. Meet Joan Schenkar who wrote the definitive and fascinating biography, The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith. She says writing it nearly killed her, and it's easy to understand why.
Wednesday: Meet Mike Wiecek who just sold (at auction!) his thriller Clawback and a sequel to Viking.
Thursday: I'll be talking about my new writing book, just out.
And we have special treats in store for New Year's Ev en and New Year's Day!