Monday, August 20, 2012

On Addictions...

For some reason, I have one of those personalities where I easily become singularly focused on one thing just shy of the point of obsession. I essentially get easily addicted. Right now, here are my top three addictions:

Law & Order: SVU



I don't know what it is about this show, but I have probably scene every episode and still whenever I flip the channel and land on a rerun or TNT marathon, I get sucked in and watch all over again. Half the time, I'll even be watching the show thinking, "I'm sure I've seen this..." but I still don't change the channel.

Bejeweled


I was never that kind of kid who played video games. Ever. What I know of video and computer games is next to nothing. (It was my boyfriend who supplied some of the Worlds of Warcraft references that are in Unraveling). But now that I have an iphone, I downloaded a few games to play on the subway. And the one that's sucked me in, is totally Bejeweled. I don't know what it is about those stupid gems but I'm always convinced that with one more game I can score better!

All things


and

Jane Austen


(as played by Anne Hathaway, here it Becoming Jane Austen)

This is one of those addictions that I've had ever since I read Pride & Prejudice, which I read late. I had my masters before I sat down with a copy of the book and started to read, mostly because I couldn't believe I hadn't read it yet. I didn't necessary expect to like it. (There are some classics that I just don't like very much). And I certainly didn't expect to love it, but I did. I promptly read all of her books and her letters and a bunch of Jane Austen inspired books. I watched all the movies and the miniseries and even started to dream "in British." At the time, Jane Austen took over about six months of my life. Then I moved on to a new obsession (I think it might have been Veronica Mars).

But now this obsession is back. It started with Downton Abbey which I watched in two weekends (one for each season). And then it continued with  For the Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, which I read several weeks ago. It's a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen's Persausion which is probably my favorite. The romance is swoonworthy and as soon as I finished, I wanted to go back and read the original. Instead I started watch some new BBC shows that people had recommended like Luther and Sherlock and it's safe to say I am completely hooked.

 



7 comments:

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I've been that way with SVU. I used to watch it all the time. Now I usually have little kids around, so, yeah, not really appropriate. :)

Natalie Lloyd said...

I'm compulsive about TV shows too. Downton Abbey is one of my favorites. Even my dad is addicted now! :) I'll always be indebted to the BBC for the Narnia series they did back in the 80's (the really corny one with the lifesize Mr. And Mrs. Beaver ... I bet I watched it a hundred times..). Their P&P is my favorite version as well. One of my recent favorite BBC finds is a miniseries (maybe? or just a two part movie?) called Neverland - about how Peter Pan got to Neverland in the first place. It was free on Netflix when I watched it, but I want to own it so I can watch it again. I loved it - especially their Captain Hook.

I think the BBC is a maybe bit more daring when it comes to fantasy. And the writing, and even the delivery of certain lines ... it's so good. Sigh. I'm such a fan.

M.A.D. said...

lol I do the same thing, too <3

For me it was the tv series LOST,
pc game Plants vs Zombies
and sometimes I'll go on the occasional crafting *sprees* :)

Sarah Goldberg said...

So glad you liked FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS. PERSUASION is my favorite, too.

@Natalie Ooh, a Peter Pan retelling! I have hunted it down on Netflix and now want to watch it ASAP.

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

Oh my goodness! I'm a BBC/Jane Austen mega-fan, too! And now a Downton fan, of course. I rarely watch TV, but I'm religious about it when BBC historicals and Downton are on. *fans self*

I just read your interview over on Kimberly's blog and stopped over to follow! :D

Heather said...

BBC has THE BEST shows. Doctor Who is a fav in our house. Have you seen Lost in Austen? Also BBC. It's a (made for tv--i think) take on Pride & Prejudice. I LOVED Darcy in it!

Jill Pinnella Corso said...

I am the same way with TV shows. I was addicted to SVU reruns for a while, then House reruns. I think those two shows are particularly addictive because each episode has the exact same structure. (Ha, we're like babies that love repetition.)

I also read Pride & Prejudice late in life, because I wanted to see what the big deal was. It's now my favorite book. I read it once or twice a year, which is huge for me.

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