Thanksgiving is this week and most of us will spend the next few days stuffing our faces, watching football, and trying to avoid that weird great aunt who’s always asking about your love life. But this is also the holiday where we have a chance to look back over the past year and reflect on what we’re thankful for. Sure, that list includes family and friends and all that, but what about those pop culture moments that we still can’t stop obsessing over? From marriages to movies, here are 10 pop culture things to be thankful for this year:
1. Jamie’s Abs
Some of us have been waiting years, and I mean years, for Outlander to make it to the big or small screen. We would have settled for a movie, but the Starz television show is better than we could have dreamed. The actors are spot-on, the scenery is epic, and Jamie has some seriously awesome abs.
2. Book-to-Movie (to TV Show!) Adaptations Haven’t Totally Sucked
Speaking of Outlander, we’re especially grateful that it isn’t terrible. Book lovers are used to being disappointed by Hollywood versions of their favorite stories (I still can’t talk about Ella Enchanted). But this year has seen a myriad of great book-to-movie-to-TV-show crossovers. The Fault in Our Stars, Mockingjay Part One, Gone Girl, etc., have all shown us that there’s still hope when it comes to adaptations.
3. Kids’ Movies Rock
Obviously there have been a lot of great movies aimed at kids over the years. But this year has been especially good, with Frozen, Big Hero 6, The LEGO Movie, and Maleficent all blowing up theaters. The LEGO Movie was easily one of the best movies of the year, and if you didn’t cry at Big Hero 6 then you basically have no soul.
4. Matthew McConaughey is Cool Again
All right, all right, all right indeed. He was always a little cool, but it’s great to see an awesome actor come back from the land of rom-com purgatory.
5. A New Lestat Novel
It’s been 11 years since Anne Rice last wrote about everyone’s favorite vampire. We thought we’d seen the last of Lestat with Blood Canticle, but thankfully we were wrong. Lestat is once again smooth-talking his way through the vampire world, and we’re eternally grateful.
6. Seth Cohen Married Blair Waldorf
OK, fine, Adam Brody married Leighton Meester. But any child of the 2000s will prefer The OC–Gossip Girl crossover. As far as we’re concerned, there’s only one narrative that matters: the dorky Seth Cohen married the chic, stuck-up Blair Waldorf.
Love them, hate them, love to hate them—who cares? From an insanely over-the-top wedding to gyrating half-naked on a motorcycle, these two are ridiculously, compulsively watchable.
8. Scandal Never Gets Old
This show. Quick-paced, original, and crazy-passionate, Scandal just gets better and better. It’s rare enough to find a show that has one couple with great chemistry, but between the president and Jake, Olivia is practically burning up our television sets.
9. Books Got an Upgrade
I might have slightly mixed feelings about the new Click Lit novel from Hillary Carlip, but even I can’t deny that the future of books is certainly getting interesting. With websites, images and videos crowding the pages, interactive novels are unique, a little bizarre, and definitely here to stay.
10. YA is Still Going Strong
Despite articles attacking young adult novels the genre is still unstoppable. With books like Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars dominating bookstores AND theaters, it’s a great time to read YA, regardless of your age.
Agree or disagree with our list? Let us know what you’re thankful for in the comments!