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Two great tastes that go great together

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!

4 Responses to Two great tastes that go great together

  1. I am a writer and an avid reader, but I, too, love TV. I don’t follow trends like the supposedly unscripted reality shows that only strengthen the image of the idiot American & I find most sit-coms to be maddeningly stupid, though Modern Family is an absolute riot. I tend to enjoy smartly written shows but admit to recently becoming addicted to Spartacus. I think most people enjoy TV and likely watch more than they admit to. How else could a program like Cougar Town enjoy such high ratings? I always look forward to the new Fall lineups, setting my DVR to record everything that looks interesting. Unfortunately, most of those end up disappointing me. But through all my TV watching, I always keep an open book in my lap because that’s where the best entertainment always remains & it rarely disappoints.

  2. Joelle says:

    My TV is not hooked up to anything. We have it for DVDs which we watch about…oh, maybe four times a year (we have to dust it off first). However, I know I could totally get hooked on TV if I had the BBC and then who would do the writing?

    The comment I left on the post above this one is about acting and writing and how they are connected, so it’s no wonder writers and people in the publishing biz tend to love TV.

    I’ve always thought you are as smart as you think you are.

  3. Brodi Ashton says:

    Okay, I admit I get so much inspiration from watching tv. We don’t watch an inordinate amount, but the shows we do watch, we’re pretty enthusiastic about. And how did I not know you liked Battlestar Galactica? Just another awesome thing we have in common. Or dorky thing. I guess it depends on your perspective. :)

  4. Rachel says:

    “Seriously, I have a hard time sleeping if Joey, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Monica aren’t there.”

    That’s just perfection…

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