The reason I got to thinking about all of this is that I was flicking through the Comcast On Demand shows and realised that I don't particularly like the same TV shows that everyone else does. I've dipped in and out of Mad Men but just can't find anyone in the whole show who is particularly likable. I can't even find anyone I'd love to hate. I can see the appeal of the series, the behind-the-scenes machinations of an ad agency, the interaction between partners, the schmoozing of clients, but I find it all a bit stilted - short scenes, clipped conversations, and now we have the interesting but awful 1960s furnishings and clothes. I watch a few episodes, I miss a few. Life goes on.
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Same with Game of Thrones. We don't get HBO but I kept hearing about this TV show everyone was crazy about. A few weeks ago, Comcast had a week of HBO On Demand free, so I watched the whole of the first season, over just a few days. Coming from the land of regular cable channels, I was surprised at the nudity, sex and violence, but that wasn't the main reason why I feel I can take it or leave it. I'm not saying it wasn't a good program to watch, but I just don't get ALL the hype about it. Actually, I'll confess that the one thing I loved about Game of Thrones is the opening title sequence (as it is in Season one, maybe it's changed by now). I was fascinated by the map showing the locations of all the main cities and the mechanical buildings made of cogs and towers. I could watch that over and over again.
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I have enjoyed Game of Thrones, although I've only seen the first series, but I think some of that interest is in the costumes (I loved the blue dress Sansa wore in season one, with the knots at the neckline), the scenery (Ireland and Malta), and the history, which is pretty much medieval Britain, even down to the wall separating the north from the south. Maybe it's because I used to work in television, so I know what goes on behind the scenes. I just don't get the whole frenzy about these shows. Maybe it's just that I'm disagreeable!
I saw that Kindle had a deal on the five books by George R R Martin, so downloaded them and started reading. Not surprising, they're more interesting than the TV show as you get a better insight into the characters, the relationships between the Houses, and the social commentary. Surprisingly, the nudity and sex scenes are covered (.. so to speak) in just one sentence, no big deal. So far, anyway. I'm only half way through the second book - maybe it gets more graphic.
Understand that I'm not saying that these are awful shows, or that those who enjoy them are equally awful. They just don't hold my interest like they do for other people.
American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, the Kardashians, Survivor (watched the first season, couldn't be bothered after that) ... I find them all a complete waste of airtime. Now, I'm all for TV having something for everyone, so I'm not saying they shouldn't be on TV at all, but it all seems to come down to ... different tastes.
I know I'm sounding defensive about this but I have no problem being different - isn't it what most people secretly strive for? I don't mean it in the way that I'm so special and amazing that I'm different from the riff raff. I mean it just in the everyday, ho-hum world of different choices. I should point out that I don't think all different choices are good choices, but not everyone has to think that blue is their favourite colour, or pizza is their favourite food or The Voice is their favourite TV program.
Dare to be different ...