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Did your parents ever tell you that your brain would rot if you watched too much TV? My parents did. The threat of brain-rot must not have deterred me because I watched more Kenan & Kel than any normal child should.
Since we’re near the end of this blogging challenge, and I’ve run out of memories, we’re going to talk about TV, movies, and squirrelyness. (That last thing is totally a word, despite what Microsoft Word claims.)
I love to read. I can happily lie in bed and read for several hours without getting bored. But, I have a really hard time watching TV or movies. My mind starts wandering; I get anxious; my legs get restless; I suddenly crave nachos. My brain is thinking about everything except the show/movie. The only time I can watch TV is when I’m multitasking. Right now, I’m watching Chopped and writing this blog post. Earlier today, I watched My 600-Pound Life while running on the treadmill. I have no problem watching TV while doing something else, but I’m incapable of sitting still and watching a show.
I’m hopeless with movies. Films usually have fairly complex plots, so if I multitask while watching a movie, I lose track of the plot. Then there’s no point in watching the movie. It’s rare that I can sit through a whole film without feeling squirrely.
None of this makes sense to me. What’s the difference between a book, a movie, and a TV show? Why can I sit still for a book but not a movie?
Did I somehow internalize my parents’ warning that TV rots brains?
Maybe I prefer books because they require more concentration? I know a lot about books. When I read, I’m not just enjoying the story. I’m analyzing every choice the author makes. I can’t do that with TV and movies because I’m clueless. I don’t know anything about acting or cinematography. (I didn’t even know how to spell cinematography until right now.) Maybe I’d have more appreciation for TV and movies if I knew what I was looking at?
I have slightly better luck with movies and shows that are based on books. I like Game of Thrones and the Harry Potter films. Still, I prefer reading to watching.
So, Internet doctors, am I normal? Does anyone else love to read but lack the patience to sit through a movie? What are your favorite movies and TV shows?