LIW Recommendation:Middlemarch: The Series
Too many colons in that title. Oh well.
So I hadn’t wanted to watch Middlemarch: The Series before reading the book, but then I caved, and boy am I glad I did.
My mom once told me I should read everything else George Eliot ever wrote and then read Middlemarch, and I’m still pretty committed to doing that, but the series looked so good I just couldn’t resist.
This series is SO good. It’s a little unclear at times how the whole thing is working – who exactly can see the footage in-universe? What exactly is happening with the timeline? But that’s a very small problem.
The premise is the college sophomore Dorothea (Dot) is making a documentary about herself and her friends at Lowood College in Middlemarch, Connecticut. Dot is oblivious, her roommate Celia is lovely and slightly awkward, and everyone else keeps surprising me.
It’s lovely to form expectations about a character and then realize that they’re completely wrong. That’s happening to me with both Lydgate and Jamie right now, and I couldn’t be happier. These people are all so flawed and yet also loveable and just generally three-dimensional.
The diversity in fantastic in this, both in the ethnic and LGBTQ+ departments. Gender and sexuality are both discussed/clarified and just not made a big deal of, which I think is definitely the way to go, and the protagonist is an intelligent, beautiful, flawed girl of color. Need I say more?
People also actually talk about money and careers, which is a nice extra layer above just “what are you studying?” or “what are you interested in?”
New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.
Also: Fred and Max are so perfect. I ship them so hard. I have a ship type, and they are fulfilling it better than almost any other pairing ever has. More please.
***If you share my ship type, just know that Fred is basically a mix between George Bates and George Gleeson (so George Squared as one person), and Max is like a less shy, less musical, less white Balthazar Jones (relationship wise, that is).***
Go watch Middlemarch! I swear you won’t regret it.
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