If you’ve read my recent Twitter status, or saw last week’s post, you’ll see that I’ve got an addiction to get over. A TV addiction.
For 2.5 straight weeks, I watched Heartland from the first season to the end of the last season, all 122 episodes or so, all in order to catch up before the new season starts this upcoming weekend.
This isn’t the first time I’ve done this. Once I start a TV show and love it, I have a hard time concentrating on anything else, especially when it comes to books or other TV shows.
Remember that sickness that is the book hangover? Well, I have a TV hangover and while I’m trying to get over it by getting back into reading or catching up on other TV shows (I’m two weeks behind on Doctor Who!) all I can think about when I read is that what I’m reading is not Heartland. I go to bed and I dream about ranches and horses. I go running errands and I see horses in the fields and want to go ride them. I want to go search for Ty Borden or Jack Bartlett (which might not be too hard since some of these actors live in the province!).
It’s ridiculous, I tell you.
And with one of my new reads, Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, I’m reminded again about my current status since the story seems to revolve around a letter found at an estate sale for an actor who was most known for his cowboy roles. When the main character, Emi, talks about the buckles this actor had from sets, or watches Western movies, I’m reminded again about all the characters I fell in love with and once again am saddened that these characters aren’t those characters.
In other words, this is not that.
But I’m trying. I’m also rereading a favourite of mine, playing music, watching those TV shows I need to catch up on and trying not to think about the 2.5 weeks I spent glued to my TV during all my spare time.
I’ll get over it, I know. At least until the next TV show or book addiction comes along.
Have you suffered from book or TV hangovers? How do you get over them?