Seriously I have not watched a lot of TV in over a decade. I can’t remember the last time I had a set show I watched weekly or anything like that and the number of shows I have never scene is astronomical. Sex in the City? Heroes? House? American Idol? Survivor?
Never saw a single episode of any of those.
I do see an extraordinary amount of Nick JR and Boomerang, courtesy of Damien and the Omen but Sponge Bob does nothing for me.
Let’s not even go into the movies I have never scene. (The Godfather, Star Wars, etc)
I never followed soap operas or the like either. Damn, the Neilson board would hate me. On the rare occasions I do sit down to watch television, I usually turn to the Food network, Discovery or the History channel. I like learning. I enjoy new things. I use it as research and brainstorming times.
If I have free time (rolling on floor and laughing at this point), I write or read. I have a total of 19 ebooks I have yet to read and am working my way through four hard copy books ranging from slice of life,police drama to romance. I read most any genre and LIKE IT.
Maybe because my eyesight has always been so poor (glasses at age three, now wear reading glasses on top of contacts), I have never been that into visual stimulation. I prefer to see with my mind.
I love radio for that reason. You hear it but your mind processes it YOUR way. Over 20 years ago, the radio industry had an advertising promotion where they challenged you to SEE it on the radio. The commercial described ten thousand maniac bananas running down the street or some other nonsense.
Tell me you didn’t just get a mental image of a banana. Of course you did. The power of suggestion.
Isn’t that what writers do? They suggest a character’s description, you see it. They suggest a scene location, you see it. They suggest an emotion, you feel it. The best writers do it in the lest amount of words. Personally i don’t use famous people comparisons often. Why? One who knows if in 15 years anyone will remember or care who Matt Damon is? And I don’t want to TELL you what my character looks like, I want to suggest it and have you see it for yourself.
Is your guy going to look exactly like mine? Nope and I am okay with that. Your guy means something to you in your head and that is good enough for me. Classic example, JR Ward’s BDB Baddie Zsadist. He has a brush cut, dark hair. Not to me. Remember Spike from Buffy? (I saw a few episodes). That is how I see Zsadist. Does it match? No, but it fits in my head. She suggested characteristics. I SEE him. I love him. She did her job well enough.
So go ahead and plot your TV viewing week. Mark off a time slot, sit and veg. Enjoy it. Me, I will be practicing my powers of suggestion.