Thursday, November 6, 2008

Obsession

Ok, this isn't necessarily about historical romance--but I want to talk a little about obsession.

Right now I'm obsessed with True Blood, the new HBO series based on Charlaine Harris's "urban" fantasy/mystery/romances. Sunday night, time must be set aside to watch this show, no matter what. Fire, flood, deadlines, rushing to the ER, doesn't matter. I. . . must . . . watch.

I've been reading the books since they first came out. I already know what happens and who does what to whom. I quibble about some of the things I didn't think they translated well from the books, I even complain. So why am I so adamant about snapping on the TV every Sunday at 6 (my time)? I even added HBO to my cable so I could see this show.

It's not like I don't have a life or anything else to do. I have plenty to keep me busy, books to write, a husband with a fractured wrist, demanding cats, parents who need me. (I don't include cleaning the house . . . )

I guess I'm just giving in once in a while to pure enjoyment.

So . . . what's your obsession? What will you do week in week out without fail? When you know deep down inside you don't really need to do it? But you just . . . can't . . . stop . . .

17 comments:

Cindy Holby November 6, 2008 at 7:38 AM  

Chuck! I love Chuck. I absolutely have to watch Chuck every week, more to see Adam Baldwin than Chuck. I've been trying very hard not to add more TV shows to those I have to watch because I just don't have enough time. Monday nights my dvr is set for 4 shows because I have to be somewhere on the very night Chuck comes on. Plus I have to keep up with Prison Break, Sara Connor and Heroes. Tuesday night its Fringe, Wed. is Pushing Daisies. After that I'm wide open.

I have to give kudoes to True Blood for sucking people in. (no vampire pun intended) I have a non reading friend who is obsessed with the show also. I don't have HBO. Guess I'll just wait for the DVD package.

Bonnie Vanak November 6, 2008 at 7:44 AM  

Sniff, sniff. I don't get HBO. However, I did see that my local Blockbuster is now carrying the first few episodes. Must check it out.

I do adore sexy vampires with long, thick, big...

Fangs!

C.L. Wilson November 6, 2008 at 8:17 AM  

Hmmm...obsessions...other than reading and writing romance...that would be the Lord of the Rings movies directed by Peter Jackson (a cinematic tour de force!), Star Wars, and Star Trek.

And I confess, I have a collection of every version of Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility ever made. Trying to get my daughters hooked...but they are resistant so far...

EmilyBryan November 6, 2008 at 9:11 AM  

If we define obsession as something that has no real redeeming quality, I have to classify my growing HOUSE addiction as an obsession.

I can't explain it. He's without a doubt the most obnoxious primary character I've ever seen in a series, but I find him . . . weirdly fascinating. His pain and obvious deep unhappiness are the only things that save him (along with being a relentlessly stellar doctor). I keep wondering just how far beyond acceptable behavior the people around him will allow him to go.

Talk about a tortured hero . . . House is a truly bad boy.

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner November 6, 2008 at 9:22 AM  

Emily: I'm there with you on House. I started watching because I liked Hugh Laurie (I'm a Brit com nut as well). I keep on watching because it's such a great character, well acted.

I can also go for Pride & Prejudice, though I have to say my favorite version of Darcy so far is Colin Firth's. Oh my, he's just nummy. But I liked Keira Knightly in the movie that came out a few years ago.

Bonnie and Cindy--see the difference between normal people interested in True Blood, and me, is that I willingly upgraded my cable and paid the extra $ for HBO so I can see the show first run and not have to wait for the DVDs. I am twisted and need help.

But it's fun. :-)

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner November 6, 2008 at 9:24 AM  

Oh, and Hugh Laurie was in the version of Pride and Prejudice that starred Colin Firth as Darcy. Wow, everything's just . . . connected.

EmilyBryan November 6, 2008 at 10:52 AM  

Colin Firth---oh, yes! I love the new cover for my VEXING THE VISCOUNT (Coming Feb 24, 2009) because the guy has a bit of a Colin-ish look about him.

I didn't even realize Hugh Laurie was a Brit. House is the first thing I remember seeing him in. He's just so horrible, honestly, sometimes I just want to smack him (if I didn't think he'd like it!).

And yet . . . I have hope for him. Heavy sigh. Guess that's why we write romance.

MsValerie November 6, 2008 at 11:48 AM  

Oh gosh...with ADD, the list of things I do obsessively, week in and week out, that I shouldn't is...enormous.

How about reading books and writer blogs???? I spend WAY more time doing that than I should; can't seem to help myself.

Leah November 6, 2008 at 11:52 AM  

Emily - You know I'm with you on House, too! If you get a chance, check out Hugh Laurie in the Bertie & Wooster series that the BBC did based on the PG Wodehouse books.

Cindy - Hooray for Pushing Daisies! Talk about a quirky romance.

And, Jennifer - As we discuss (practically every Monday), you know I'm a bit addicted to True Blood as well, though not quite as bad as Dexter (figures that my first love is a serial killer). I find it really interesting in True Blood to see how they tweak the characters and the tone of the whole story. I've read the Charlaine Harris novels as well, but to be honest, I don't remember what happens in the first one. So I'm having fun being taken on the ride all over again.

Leah November 6, 2008 at 11:53 AM  

Sorry - that should be *Jeeves* & Wooster from the BBC! I need to edit myself. ;-)

SavvyChick November 6, 2008 at 12:04 PM  

I went out and read the Sookie Stackhouse series after the first episode of True Blood. I read them all in 4 days (Viva la Kindle) so I too, know what is going to happen but I still enjoy how they are adding the new storylines and such. Like Cindy, I try to keep my tv addiction down and Monday nights are a killer because I love Chuck, Sarah Connor Chronicles and Big Bang Theory and How I met your Mother. We tivo and watch them. I gave up on Heroes three epidsodes ago. They lost me. I also gave up Desperate Housewives for True Blood.

C.L. Wilson November 6, 2008 at 2:05 PM  

TV show addictions include House (Me too, Emily! OMG, I'd kill him in real life, but what a hoot of a character), The Closer with Kyra Sedgewick, Bones, NCIS and all the CSIs. CSI NY is my favorite, because I adore Gary Sinise.

Natale Stenzel November 6, 2008 at 5:17 PM  

Eating my vegetables
Flossing
Cleaning
Hoarding money

Yes, I'm lying. Currently, I'm obsessed with Heroes if we're talking TV. Otherwise, I spent almost twelve grueling hours today trying to wean myself off my recurrent sugar obsession. Um, that's actually an addiction, I guess. I fell off the wagon about an hour ago at Starbucks. Try, try again . . .

Cool blog, ladies! I love the pics*g*.

Vivi Anna November 6, 2008 at 7:09 PM  

Supernatural and Battlestar Galactica. I have all the seasons on DVD, plus a few companion guides.

I'm also becoming obsessed with True Blood. It hasn't become all consuming....yet.

Darlene November 7, 2008 at 1:34 PM  

Obessions? that is so easy, books books and more books. My hubbie usually controls the remote so TV has become a thing of the past for me but I am finding a whole new world in computers and cyperspace aka blogging and discovering new websites.

Gerri Russell November 7, 2008 at 9:09 PM  

I'm not much of a TV watcher . . . but I do love House. Usually watch it on DVD. As Cheryl said, I'd probably kill him if he were my real doctor, but I love the character. He's so multi-dimensional!

My three biggest obsessions: castles, tea, and walking. Hmm. I need to try harder at this obsession thing.

ddurance November 11, 2008 at 6:12 AM  

I'm watching TrueBlood too because I am a hard-core Charlaine Harris fan. I've read all of her books, even the stand-alones and her other series. She is amazing. The show is not quite what I expected. Sometimes it's great and sometimes it's mediocre, but overall I like it. I also don't miss Supernatural, love those Winchesters! LOL

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