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My crisis from this weekend

I've let this mull around my mind, choosing not to share it because part of me believes my conclusion. Stuck at work with little else to do, I can't get away from it.

I think I had small breakdown in a bookstore this weekend. Mike, Melissa, and I were in the new Schuller's in Lansing and I couldn't get excited about anything, I just wandered aimlessly.

Until I saw it. Sitting on its shelf, covered in faux alligator leather, giving me the book equivalent of a come hither eyebrow. The new Sex and the City book. I picked it up, which was a huge mistake, because this book has content! Full of info about episodes, characters, even the men the girls have dated, this is one of the best tv concordances I have ever seen.

And then I panic. I'm standing in the middle of one of the best bookstores Michigan has to offer, and the only thing that gets me mentally erect is a book about television? Does that make me a shallow person? This is my dilemma. People criticize television for being mentally bankrupt, the stupid person's thought piece. I don't want to think of myself as stupid, but does my behavior shout that to the world? Am I stupid?

Television makes me so happy, but I feel guilty about my obsession. I try to tell myself that it's just the extended characterization that excites me, after all, longer fantasy series give me the same feeling, but fantasy novels aren't exactly given critical acclaim, either.

So I put the book back, my conscience and the $40 price tag being two hurdles that I couldn't manage to get over. I wandered around the store until M&M were ready, the only other thing in store that drew my attention was the super cute employee.

Is this as petty as it sounds? Obviously I have to deal with it, because it's bothering me greatly. I need your thoughts. Some of you have witnessed my television obsession, either by discussing TV with me or observing me while I'm watching. Some of you have had social plans changed because I had to watch Seska betray Janeway! Do I need help?

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nickslickerton
Nov. 4th, 2002 06:27 pm (UTC)
Next time you're at the bookstore, pick up The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky. It's cheap and good, and it'll renew your love for non-tv based bookage. And hey, if you still need to connect it to TV somehow, it's published by MTV! =)
hapgood
Nov. 4th, 2002 10:55 pm (UTC)
I read it while I was at Western. I really liked it, even though it was fucked up.
nickslickerton
Nov. 5th, 2002 06:35 am (UTC)
Re:
The best books are =)

Ever read anything by Tom Robbins?
hawthorn_hobbit
Nov. 4th, 2002 07:25 pm (UTC)
mmm long extended fantasy series Dragon Lance drool.

Oh I'm sorry what were we talking about??
Should you worry? NO... NOW if Barbie came out with a complete collectible doll series with ALL the fashions for Sex in the City and you just had to have it, yes worry.

Americans LOVE to be entertained. TV is entertaining. If you understand that you are watching the series RELIGIOUSLY for enjoyment then no you actions aren't wrong. I watched STNG religiously. I watch DS9 when I could. I went to a friends house to see Voyager because I didn't have cable (7of9 kept the show afloat). And now I watch Enterprise. WHY 'cause I love watching the show. I don't subscribe to the fan magazine nor do I read the fiction. I just really enjoy watching the show. Now, IF they make a blueprint book like they did for STNG I might buy it 'cause the mechanics interest me. My sister likes Buffy figs(she has most of them). SO if your a fan and you want to buy a book then go ahead. It's your dollar, you entertainment.

PS having friends coming over the house to watch it with you helps the guilty pains.

Dude ICQ me!

hapgood
Nov. 4th, 2002 10:53 pm (UTC)
My dirty little secret? I never really use ICQ. I haven't in years. I will ask my roomate if I can put it on his computer(my is a major POS). If he's cool, I'll come lookin' for you.
hawthorn_hobbit
Nov. 5th, 2002 06:21 am (UTC)
OR AOL or Yahoo... The more I move around the more IM serives I have to sign up for.
rainbow_jr
Nov. 4th, 2002 09:34 pm (UTC)
Hi!
First, thanks for adding me as a friend. Hope you don't mind that I did the same. Michigan!! I actually know someone up that way. But, anyway....

Television? Love it. People who ignore the creativity and art of television really haven't given it a chance. And it's not all about entertainment...there's a lot on television that makes you think and can bring out the relevance in our own lives...or just make us laugh or cry or whatever. So yeah, I'm all for television and you have nothing to be ashamed of for getting excited over the Sex and the City book....or the cute guy for that matter. ;)

And although I have only been out of the old sexuality closet for a couple of years, I still haven't come out of the Star Trek closet yet. (or maybe I just did) Glad to see there's another fan out there. :)
hapgood
Nov. 4th, 2002 10:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi!
Welcome to the party! Thanks for the comforting thoughts, sometimes I let the literati get to me.
rainbow_jr
Nov. 5th, 2002 03:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi!
Glad to be at the party! :)
hawthorn_hobbit
Nov. 5th, 2002 06:28 am (UTC)
Re: Hi!
Ah... This is why I wish humanity could speak without voice or write without words. Those forms of communication limit the context, feelings, and 'breath of knowledge' behind a single word.

One man's entertainment, isn't another's.
And I SO agree with you.
mister_biv
Nov. 5th, 2002 04:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know why I didn't post this sooner, but this past weekend I made a stop in Borders and briefly picked up the very same pink book you were speaking of. I was completely amused as well, so I can't judge you there. As for your TV addiction, I have come to accept is as part of who you are. I don't see you as an unintelligent person... that's what I have me for, right? The fact that you CAN put deep thought into what it is that attracts you so much about television is enough for me.
steffer71
Nov. 5th, 2002 07:26 pm (UTC)
You could have worse additions...
You're highly intelligent.

You're very intutitive.

You're addicted to TV.

Nothin' wrong with that.

You wouldn't be who you are without your thirst for knowledge, which comes from all forms of media. Your lust for television must be met, but so must your music, theater and literary appetites.

'Nuff said.
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