I think it goes without saying that I love books. People who work in publishing certainly don’t do it for the money or for their health! But I also love television. A lot. I’m a fan of new TV, syndicated reruns, classic television, campy television, shows from my childhood, shows from long before my childhood, and new shows that only children should be watching (where are my Spongebob fans?). Work keeps me on a pretty strict TV diet, so I’ve got time for about an hour of TV, not including my going to sleep with Friends on in the background. Seriously, I have a hard time sleeping if Joey, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Monica aren’t there. Sad, but true. And, a couple of times a year, I get together with some publishing friends for a little outing we call “TV Night.” We don’t watch TV–that would be too easy. Instead, we endlessly analyze the minutiae of Battlestar Galactica, try to untangle the meaning of LOST, recount just how many times we cried during Friday Night Lights, and debate the merits of Cougar Town (which may be the most divisive show on TV). We also have some drinks, chicken wings, french fries, and if we’re lucky, pigs in a blanket. What can I say? It’s an exclusive club.
So when our TV Night founder sent us all a link to this clever blog which combines images from iconic TV shows with oddly appropriate quotes from books, I felt vindicated. All that time we spent talking about TV was not wasted, and in fact, we were clearly intellectuals for taking the time to dissect it. Our TV watching was not rotting our brain, but was rather teaching us new things about storytelling. We finally had some blog confirmation that we were as smart as we thought we were.
Now if only we’d come up with the idea for the blog!