As a teenager I as much as I read books one of my mains things was TV & Film. At uni I was box-setting a TV show most weeks making great use from our local DVD rental shop (RIP Hags, Lampeter) which was not only cheap but I could get a disk a night. There are still plenty of shows that are on my list of things to watch, and that I keep meaning to watch but in the past year or so I’ve fallen out of love with the screen and back in love with the written word.
Reading has always been my thing, it was easy to shut me as a child – all you had to do was hand me a book and I would be quite happy reading in the corner. So even when I was watching plenty of TV I was still reading. But since getting a ‘proper job’ and spending my commute and lunch times curled up with a book, I’ve definitely stopped watching as much TV. I’m much more likely to continue my book when I get home or to play on my phone, play a computer game, write my blog (in an ideal world), or do a bunch of tidying/admin/guiding prep. If I’m tired I’ll flop in front of the screen, but in those moments I don’t want something that takes a lot of energy or concentration (i.e. a series that I want to watch.) I’ve been halfway through series 1 of Agents of SHIELD for a couple of months, and have only watched the first episode of Les Miserables, even though I’m a massive Marvel MCU fan and have seen Les Mis on stage 13 times. It’s not that I don’t care about these shows but actively watching it takes more energy than I’m willing to spend watching TV right now.
There’s something about watching TV that feels like it takes a lot of energy that I just don’t have right now. I’ve got so many things I want to do and they include shows that I want to watch, I care about these characters and I want to watch them. I’ve not seen any Doctor Who apart from the new episodes on release day even though I’ve been an active part of that fandom since the show came back in 2005 and one year I gave it up for Lent as it was such a big part of my life.
I’m not a visual thinker, in fact I’ve got aphantasia which means I don’t have a ‘mind’s eye’, I can’t see images if I shut my eyes and imagine, it’s just black. This means I get a different experience from most people when I read books, I’m not seeing images. I’m simply reading the words on the page. And yet there is still something magical about it, these words on a page are still an adventure and after spending all day at work staring at a screen it’s a way to explore new worlds and give my eyes a rest.
For me right now, TV is a way of completely switching off so I stick to quiz shows or shows that take no brain power and I can still follow while looking up from my book every minute or so. My list of things to watch is growing and I’m sure at some point I’ll suddenly decide to make a start on the list and get bored of things only being half done. But for now I’ll stick to my TBR and the adventures in the written word.
Let me know what you think, and if you’ve gone through the same thing as me. It’s like reading slump but with the screen instead. Saying that I’m planning on seeing ‘Lego Movie 2’ this week and ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ the week after.
I might not be watching much on the small screen but I still love a trip to the cinema and the big screen.