2012: Year in Pop Culture Review

It’s the last day of December. You know what this means: obligatory year-end navel-gazing! This being me, I’m doing it with books, movies, TV shows and other pop culture happenings!

Best Personal Pop Culture Thing: getting published in both fiction and nonfiction.
Worst Personal Pop Culture Thing: the closure of Soap Opera Weekly.
Biggest 2012 Crush: Ryan Gosling, Jeremy Renner.
Favorite Duchess: Kate Middleton.
Favorite Non-Duchess: Emma Stone.

gentlemanundoneBest Reads: Riveted, by Meljean Brook; The Killing Moon, by N.K. Jemisin; His Very Own Girl, by Carrie Lofty.
Favorite New Author: Cecilia Grant, Ruthie Knox, Juliana Gray.
Favorite Male Character: Micajah Hawke from Karina Cooper’s St. Croix Chronicles, Winter Makepeace from Elizabeth Hoyt’s Thief of Shadows.
Favorite Female Character: Minerva Highwood from Tessa Dare’s A Week to be Wicked.

kahaaniFavorite Movie: The Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall.
Best Movie: Kahaani.
Worst Movie: Snow White and the Huntsman.
Surprisingly Delightful Movie That The Critics Were Wrong About: Mirror, Mirror.
Most Hyped Movie That I Didn’t See: Jab Tak Hain Jaan.
Favorite Male Performance: Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike, Daniel Craig in Skyfall.
Favorite Female Performance: Vidya Balan in Kahaani, Sridevi in English Vinglish.

IPKKND tanked this year.
IPKKND dropped off my must-watch list.

Favorite Prime-time TV Show: Justified, Game of Thrones.
Most Disappointing Prime-time TV Show: The Good Wife, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
Best New Show: Scandal, the Dallas reboot.
Best Guilty Pleasure: The Lying Game.
Sophomore Slump Award: Revenge. WTF happened, show?

Favorite Daytime TV Show: General Hospital.
Most Disappointing Daytime TV Show: Days of our Lives.
Favorite Character: Hart of Dixie’s Wade, Game of Thrones‘ Tyrion.
Least Favorite Character: forever and always GH’s Spinelli.
Best New Character: Scandal‘s Olivia.
Worst New Character: GH’s Britt and Sabrina.
Most Kickass Character: Dallas’ JR. (RIP, Larry Hagman.)

Scandal's Olivia and Cyrus
Scandal‘s Olivia and Cyrus

Best Villain: Scandal’s Cyrus, GH’s Faison.
Worst Villain: The Good Wife’s Nick.
Best Couple: Once Upon a Time’s Snow White and Prince Charming, Grey’s Anatomy’s Jackson and April.
Worst Couple: Dallas’ Christopher and Elena, Days‘ Dr. Dan and anybody.
Best Twist: Haven‘s Colorado Kid is Audrey’s son.
Worst Twist: OUAT’s Rumpelstiltskin is behind every single major event in fairy tale history; GH’s Johnny caused Starr and Cole’s car accident.

Favorite Celeb Twitter: @FarhanAkhtar, @R_Khanna (Rahul Khanna).
Favorite Non-Celeb Twitter: @BethLovesBolly, @MissMalini.
Best Twitter Bromance: @EvilWylie and @BretEastonEllis.
Favorite Blog or Web Site: Dear Author, io9.

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