True Blood

Binge Reading, Binge Watching

Do you ever get so sucked into something like a box set or tv series, or even series of books, that you obsessively read or watch all of them back to back??

I am the ultimate binge reader or film/TV series watcher.

I did it with ’24’ and would sit there and watch a hole series without moving, I did it with Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a teenager, I did it with Prison Break, House, Dexter, Numbers, greys anatomy, Boston Legal, Alias, The L word, The Real L word, Lip service, The list is endless. I obsessively read almost all of Patricia Cornwall’s books,  Jostein Gaarder, all the True Blood novels, Harry Potter, twilight… just some of the recent ones.

I do this thing of finding an author and demolishing everything they have ever written, or made ever!

The problem is, I get so sucked in, that I forget Im living in the real world. I start thinking that I live in their worlds, that I am part of what is happening. I don’t tend to read words, after a couple of paragraphs my eyes switch off and I just ‘see’ what I am reading, its akin to TV for me. So I feel really attached, especially if there were a lot of books, or a lot of series.

When it’s over, I feel like I lost something, a best friend, a group of friends, a home, its like someone died, and I cant go back because if I watch or read it again, it doesn’t have the same effect, I know whats coming.

Well anyway, I have been watching the West Wing, and there are 7 series, and  I am on the penultimate disk… I dont want it to end. I love this series so much!! :*(

If anyone has any decent book, or TV series recommendations to help me through my imminent mourning period… Please do comment.

Vampires, Dead or Alive?!

Little vampire

Little vampire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I want to start a debate.

Who thinks that vampire fiction has had its day??

Had some interesting conversations today, some hard core traditionalists who hate all the new modern vampire literature, and others who like it.

Do you think that the current literary field is too saturated with vampire fiction or do you think there is still room for more?

I personally think there is room for more, it’s popular now yes, and a bit of a fad, but it’s been around for a long time.

You have had so many generations of vampires, from ‘Varney the Vampire‘ and Dracula, to Ann Rice‘s and now more modern literature like the twilight series and True Blood.

I found it interesting, and was slightly irritated that someone thinks a genre that has been so popular for so long has had its day. I don’t see how you can reason that when it’s still so popular and marketable.

What do you think?