Choose your time wisely
Photo Credit: Marcus K. Dickerson – Bird A Day Art
Binge watching on one or over several of the screens available to you has been much in the media lately. I saw a TV ad the other day that was amusing. A man discovered his wife was cheating on him. She had watched ahead on a series they had both agreed to binge watch together. He was devastated.
While we all read at different paces book aficionados can face a similar result. As a quick reader I have waited in anticipation for someone to reach a specific part in a book that grabbed me to see if they have the same reaction. Sometimes the wait seems eternal only to have the result be deflating.
I am a binge watcher and enjoy it immensely. Immersing yourself in someone else’s world in a way you don’t manage to when viewing on a weekly basis is freeing. However, binge watching is just a knock-off of binge reading. What! Yes, of course it is.
Long before there was quality serial TV we were well into book series’. We sat deeply absorbed by the current novel with the next one at our elbow. It was a given that if enthralled, you were at the author’s mercy until the release of the next book. Just like waiting for the next season of your favourite screen series.
Readers stole time in the dentist’s office, on the subway/bus/streetcar and coffee breaks, and we lunched with our books. Now we sneak this time with our mobile devices. Oh yes, we were bingers long before the phrase “binge watching” was coined. We feel asleep with the light on and glasses askew on our faces.
I am a binge watcher but in a modified way. Usually three episodes a night is my max, several nights in a row. Depending upon the length of the series there will be a break of a few days to catch my breath. After all there are so many great books to read many of which (not coincidently) we now watch on-screen.
Perhaps this makes me a qualified screen binger: a semi-binger, or a half-binger? However, never am I a qualified book binger.
Are you a binge reader? Are many spare moments spent squeaking in quality reading time?