Confession: Binge-Watcher

I’m a binge watcher. Apparently this is a problem? It’s on the news lately. I don’t know. The first time I saw a segment on “binge watching (ers) I was excited. They gave it a name. “Hey! That’s ME.” Imagine my shock to learn this isn’t a healthy behavior. *sarc* Whatever. I love television and I really really really love technology for making any show I want available RIGHT-FLIPPING-NOW and in bulk. *beams* *rejoices* I can try a new pilot, love it and immediately settle in for 72 hours of non-stop, back-2-back awesome. I never have to wait a week or worse – all summer for more. It’s *magical*. As a result, I have a real attitude when watching television like normal people. I’m spoiled. I want it ALL and I want it NOW. I once watched ten seasons of Lost in two months. I should point out the scary nerd rage I exhibited after the finale. It still makes me mad, but whatever…my therapist says I have to let it go.

My television obsession is pointed down the road to Out-of-Control, but I don’t mind. I like it. I embrace it. Television gives my brain things to do. My grandparents called television bad names back in the nineteen hundreds, like “boob tube” and “idiot box.” I can’t even. I mean, what? My shows, plots and characters are stimulating, intriguing, inspiring and wildly entertaining. And I’m not a boob or an idiot… I don’t think. But, I love my shows. They’re real to me. They are my people. Like books, but that’s another post all together. Ahhhhhh. Books.

Because summer messed up my regularly scheduled programs,  I’m rewatching things I love, plus meeting new series. I’ve hit it off with a few. I’m not sure what YOU watch, but here’s a random selection of television things I love:

  • The Walking Dead
  • ARROW <– zomg this all day. this. this. this
  • Teen Wolf
  • Orphan Black
  • Justified
  • Vampire Diaries
  • The 100
  • The Originals
  • Awkward
  • Haven
  • Castle
  • The Flash <– hasn’t even started and I already love it
  • Supernatural

See what I mean? And you don’t want to see what happens if I’m channel surfing and find a Veronica Mars or Gilmore Girls or Buffy marathon. Goodbye Julie.

And when things don’t go my way during my shows, I write fanfiction. Is that taking it too far? Have I crossed a line to obsession? Is binge-watching the gateway to a personality disorder? If so, I have that. And, I don’t immediately write the fanfiction. I *try* giving the screenwriters a chance to do fix it, but if they don’t, I have no choice. Then, I yell and throw popcorn at the screen, wailing “NoooooO! You’re doing it WRONG!” Then I write fanfiction.

I sometimes draw pictures of my shows’ characters, too. I’m a terrible artist, but it’s still true. I buy fangirl shirts and go on twitter rants. Apparently, I also blog about it. What can I say? I’m an obsessive fanner. Binge-watcher. Happy lady.

How about you?


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