This “best of” list is not typical of end of year lists; it doesn’t necessarily have any grounding in things that happened in 2011 (just things I happened to learn about in 2011)
Best TV series:
Game of Thrones
The first season covered the first book of a seven book series. Four intertwined plot lines reveal different ploys to capture control of the Seven Kingdoms, a mythical but vaguely medieval alternate universe. There is lots of gratuitous sex and violence – don’t watch it with your parents – and it is awesome.
Best Guilty Pleasure:
Made in Chelsea (TV) and Friends with Benefits (movie)
Tintin (but it was slim pickings this year)
See this review that I did in October for more info.
Best Book (that I read):
The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch
Like Game of Thrones, it creates a rich alternate universe that is both relatable and unpredictable.
Best Museum Exhibit (that I went to):
Vermeer’s Women at the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge, UK
Best Internet Meme:
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, pt. 2
“treats and snoozin’, snoozin’ and treats”
Best Food I Made:
khouresh (North African Lamb Stew)
This isn’t the one I made, but it sure sounds tasty…
What categories did I miss?