Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Now I get it!

Current Project: Derby book
Status: Can't see past my thesis right now!

Last week I canceled my television service because the compelling need to keep up with TV shows I liked was overwhelming and time consuming. I finally admitted to myself that I don't have the willpower to just not watch TV, so drastic measures were used, thus the cancellation (even before my contract was up, ouch $$). I know feel like I have a lot more time in the evening, which is great. I want to be better at writing and thesising (I've deemed that a real word, it dang well should be). I still have the same problem of being exhausted after work, which doesn't help me actually *do* the things I want to. But I digress.

I still watch movies or TV shows through Netflix watching instantly (which comes to my TV through my Xbox 360, fancy technology), but there's not the compulsion of watching things to free up space on my DVR. The Netflix stuff is always there. So what did I start watching yesterday that I'd never seen before? Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I'd never felt interested in watching that show, which may surprise many of you because you know how much I like vampire stuff. Not sure why, just never felt the urge. Well dang it's good! Now I understand why people like David Boreanz! And I now understand what spawned this vampire wave and the types of heroes within it. Fortunately for me, Netflix watching instantly has the entire series of Buffy and Angel (yay). What does that mean for my writing time and thesising? It won't suffer, the shows will always be there for me!

Watching Buffy just made a lot of things click in terms of the romance novels I've read. Sort of like how CSI kicked off a cluster of romantic suspense books. Is there a TV or movie series that you can see connects to a trend in fiction?


Piper Lee said...

I'd like to see the TV show "V" turn out a bunch of interesting Sci-Fi books that aren't your typical freak Sci-Fi books. I love stories about aliens, but I've not really read any. Mostly just watched movies about them. I'd love to read about them, but I think I prefer books about 'aliens' who are like humans, not reptiles like the aliens on V. Too gross. I prefer aliens who could mix with humans and not have a lizard/human child together. LOL

Glad to hear you're saving money by canceling your TV service and going with the net instead. I love HULU!! I love that I can watch TV shows when I choose to and it's free.

And speaking of Buffy; this is what miss Katie got for her Christmas present last Christmas. The entire series of Buffy. I know she'll want Angel next Christmas. LOL

Good luck with your 'thesising'. I know you can do it!

Kendra said...

Wow. I'm impressed. Canceling TV? I haven't watched evening TV for a few years. I'll watch the news but not much else. Sounds like you're taking drastic action to dedicate time to your writing. Congrats!

Paty Jager said...

Congrats on taking steps to get your life on track of where you want to be.

I tend to shy away from anything alien or ghoulish.

The trend I'd like to see... westerns! ;)

Though I'm hoping since the last two weeks there have been Mayan influences in several shows I've watched that means the story I'm working on will be hot. LOL

Happy thesising!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

I agree...DRASTIC! I don't know how you're living w/o Blue Mt. State.

I'm really not a TV watcher. I could take it or leave it. The only things I watch consistently are the Today Show in the morning while I'm drinking tea, ignoring the Gremlins and trying to wake up, and the evening news. Other than that my TV watching is sporadic and hit or miss. There are shows I enjoy (like Friday Night Lights) but the season is so short, I DVR them and watch at my convenience.

My hubby couldn't live without TV. He watches sports constantly. And the kids? I think they'd die without cartoons. For the most part though, I'd rather pick up a good book than watch TV.

I never watched Buffy either. Someday I'll have to give it a try to see what the whole "craze" is about.

Alice Sharpe said...

Lisa -- welcome aboard the Buffy train. I boarded the first season, the first show and was totally hooked. I think you're spot on when you say it spawned so many waves to come. Watch the movie sometime -- Joss Whedon wrote, etc, it, as well but wanted to do the series because the movie presented such a limited amount of time to accomplish all the things he had in mind. It's still fun when viewed through the lens of evolving creation. And hint, hint, don't start watching Angel until you've watched all of Buffy. MPO.

I like TV and without kids at home, a thesis to write or a day job that means I have to work in the evening, can pretty much watch when and if I like. I watch the food channel and some reality shows and some series and some PBS and some of this and some of that. The dh could take it or leave it except when fall comes and football season starts...

Good for you for being so pro active and understanding yourself.

Katie said...


I LURRRRRRRRVE BUFFY!!!!!! I BREATHE that show. It's so amazing! I got the entire DVD set for Christmas. Yeah, I totally freaked out.

Buffy fans FTW!

Ooh, Mommy: Get me Angel, do!

(Wow, I am SUCH a teenager...)

Genene Valleau said...

I'll add my kudos to you for taking action to control something that was sidetracking you from your goals. Very cool!

I haven't watched TV for years, so am obviously not going to see a series that spawned a trend in fiction books. But I've heard before that if you want a peek at the next market for fiction, watch the TV shows that are hot. Don't know if that's always true, but the infamous "they" think there's a connection.

Hooray for taking action on your writing and "thesising" goals!

Lisa Leoni said...

Piper - do you like V? I haven't watched it. I've heard it started off great but has fizzled a bit. I agree with what you said about aliens who look like humans. Have you read Susan Grant's books? Seems to me you said you'd read one a while ago.

I love Hulu too!! Unfortunately two of my favorite shows don't replay online (legally) :\ Hahahaha! Yay angel!

Kendra - thanks!! I should watch the news...I'm a bad PR person lol.

Paty - thanks! Hahaha! Yes! Go Westerns!!!! Yes, with 2012 right around the corner, I imagine that Mayan things will be all over the media for the next couple of years :)

Eli - Don't remind me of Blue Mountain State. I MISS IT!!!!! Well we know how long it took you to read Twilight, so I'm sure it'll be a few years until you try Buffy ;)

Alice - I'm impatiently awaiting the arrival of Spike. I know some of the Buffy lore through observing pop culture and I'm a bit nervous about how the series concludes in terms of Buffy and Angel. I know they...part, but not how. I will probably google it before I get too far. I'm that type of person.

Katie - LOLOLOL!!!! You crack me up!!!!

Genene - thank you! It truly does seem that trends in fiction follow popular TV. I guess that's an immediate way to see what people are interested in, especially since there are so many pilots that fail each year. Those that do succeed really have wide interest, translating to book ideas it works.

Lisa Leoni said...

There's Spike! FOUND HIM!!! :D

Katie said...

AGH! Angel, why did you have to go!? Don't get me wrong, I love Spike and Riley, but still.......

...it's so painful. :'(