Thursday, March 26

Binge Worthy



You gotta love Netflix.

Last week, I started rewatching Lost on my Kindle Fire. I have to admit, I loved Lost from the get-go until the ending—even if I’m not sure I understood the ending completely. Maybe this time I will. I looked forward to each episode and loved the way they told their stories.

It’s funny to think that when Lost premiered, that sort of layered storytelling was a new device and now we see it everywhere.  J.J. Abrahams and Company brought the extended flashback to the forefront. And now, other shows use that technique on a regular basis.

One of my favorite shows of the past couple of years, The 100 on CW, used it quite frequently in the first season to explain character motivation—like how Octavia was hid from security because she was an illegal birth child and how her brother, Bellamy was sworn to protect her and inadvertently was responsible for her discovery. 
Or the new show Forever uses it to explain Henry’s past lives and how they relate to whichever case he is working on.

Romance writers also use this story-telling method. I’m writing a reunion romance right now and it wouldn’t have as much impact if the reader doesn’t know the back story of these two characters and their romance.

My other obsession this week is the Enchanted, Inc series by Shanna Swendson. I think Amazon recommended them to me based on previous purchases. Which is very nice of Amazon to think of me in the wee hours of the morning.

Anyway, I read the summary of the first book and thought, “Why not? I’ll try it.” I'm always up for a good "magic" book.

That was four books ago and six days ago. I cannot stop reading them. I think the author put a compulsion spell within the pages.

Because I keep thinking I’ll do something else after “this” book, like read Nan’s book which is at the top of my list. Or you know, write. But then I get to the end of the book and I “have” to get the next one. 

 Again, I think that Amazon place is so nice to stay open 24/7 for reading emergencies like this.

So, those are my binges this week. What are yours--and it doesn't have to be this week, any binge will do.

8 comments:

  1. LOL. I think Amazon's nice that way, too, Margie--I know they're thinking of you the whole time!

    I haven't binged much (at all) lately, but Pam Tracy mentioned Jame's Herriot's books on another blog the other day and I'm thinking I need to read them again. All of them. Start to finish. With lots of tea.

    Enjoyed your post as always!

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    1. I remember those! I've never read them, but I remember them.

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  2. Totally get the binge-watching thing--I just finished season 7 of Mad Men and I'm so into Damages, it's not even funny. Glenn Close is amazing and the storytelling is outstanding. I'm also reading like crazy right now. My editor refers to that as absorbing narrative--it's a good thing. Oh, and yes, Margie--read Nan's new book! ;-) Hugs, baby!

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    1. I'll have to try Damages some day. Soon. I've heard good things and I love Glenn Close. I don't know why I never watched it before, but it just never seemed to get on our radar.

      Soon, I will read Nan's new book. I promise :)

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  3. Totally get the binge-watching thing--I just finished season 7 of Mad Men and I'm so into Damages, it's not even funny. Glenn Close is amazing and the storytelling is outstanding. My editor refers to this as absorbing narrative--it's a good thing. Ooooh, Liz--James Herriot! Yes... Oh, and yes, Margie--read Nan's new book! ;-) Hugs, baby!

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  4. No idea why you got two from me--the first said it came back in error, so I reposted and you got both. Now you've got three. Aren't you lucky? Sheesh!

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  5. I've been bingeing on Charmed and Supernatural lately ... and I finally have all 3 of the new Nora/witchey trilogy, so I'll probably binge on that this weekend. :D

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