Netflix has long been ahead of the pack when it comes to feel-good festive movies. With classics like The Princess Switch and Holidate (opens in new tab), they know how to make us laugh and cry. And now we no longer have to wait and wonder what's coming to Netflix (opens in new tab) next that will get us in the holiday spirit.
They’ve done it again with their new Christmas (opens in new tab) series Dash & Lily.
Starring The Walking Dead’s Austin Abrams and Good Boys star Midori Francis as the titular roles, this new Christmas rom-com already made its way onto Netflix’s top 10 trending list.
WHAT IS DASH & LILY ABOUT?
Based upon the novel Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, the Netflix series follows New York city dwellers Dash and Lily. The two begin exchanging dares, dreams and desires in a notebook which they pass back and forth across the city.
The two characters couldn’t be more different: Dash is cynical, whilst Lily is eternally optimistic. And when it comes to their feelings about the holiday season, they start off as polar opposites too.
However, as the series progresses, it soon becomes clear that the two have far more in common than they first thought. Some viewers might even compare the story of these two souls to those of Joe and Kathleen in You’ve Got Mail.
It’s got all the warmth of this classic, with an extra festive touch that adds to the magic.
HOW HAVE VIEWERS REACTED?
The show may have only just been released, but already it’s clear just how much we needed this uplifting festive romance.
Dash and Lily on @netflix I LOVE IT pic.twitter.com/CqKJMh68afNovember 12, 2020
This sentiment was shared by another user, who applauded it’s classic rom-com elements.
Omg it's like an extended version of the cheesiest teen Christmas film of all time AND I LOVE IT. pic.twitter.com/EZxXcLqb0LNovember 10, 2020
And another user confirmed that the series was just what she was looking for.
dash and lily is the kind of romance im looking forNovember 15, 2020
Whilst many elements of this new series are undoubtedly a little cheesy, it seems to be this quintessential rom-com element that is hitting the spot with viewers.
Coupled with the festive setting, it makes for truly binge-able viewing and is the perfect choice to get you in the holiday spirit.
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And with a second book from Levithan and Cohn, Twelve Days of Lily & Dash, there’s still extra material yet to be brought to screen, who knows?
We might even be looking forward to watching a season 2 this time next year.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.
Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com.
After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!
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