Yes. I’m a writer. And yes, I watch lots of television

Your television is calling you

This started off originally as something I sketched out on Facebook after I stumbled across a very cool post by Catherine Caffeinated that really kinda touched on my feelings about my shameless TV viewing habits. Because, as a writer, I’ve heard more than a few fellow authors spout off about the evils of television and how television dulls sharp minds and more or less assassinates the creative instinct.

I disagree.

I suspect some of this concern stems from the fact that when you’re reading a book, your imagination is required to kick into gear. Unless you’re reading a graphic novel (comic books is actually the term I’m more familiar with, and yes I’m that old), there aren’t any pictures to show you what the scenery looks like, no way for you to hear the actual voice of a character or see a definitive portrait of how that character is supposed to look. It’s all projected onto the film screen inside your head, and the clarity of the images is dictated solely by the descriptiveness of the words and phrases passing in front of your eyes. There’s no question that reading a novel is a uniquely wonderful experience, and it explains why there are so many books stacked around our house to the point where we can’t even unpack them all without setting off alarms because there’s no space – and we’ve lived here for 10 years. There’s something about disappearing into a good story that just…wow.

But I’ve had similar experiences with really good television showsHonest. And after all these years of watching TV, I still read about one book a week on average, which I think is pretty good, especially when you add in all the magazines, newspapers, and other stuff that I read as well. But when I watch Game of Thrones (I’m on Book 4 of the actual print version), hey, I’m sorry, but this is great stuff. For one thing I love dragons. Always have. Plus the acting, the storyline, and the amazing detail are spectacular. But I also love (or loved, in case of dearly departed favorites) Hannibal, Scandal, Homeland, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Veep, 24, Mad Men, Revolution, and a whole lotta others. Can’t wait for Penny Dreadful  to begin after I got a chance to view the first episode last week.

So how do I convince myself that television is not the death of the creative mind? Well, for one thing television has been a fixture in the American home for quite a few years now, and I daresay there remain quite a few intact creative minds that may even watch a show or two. Like Catherine Caffeinated said:

As you may or may not know, I love TV. Good TV that is. I have no time for people who are happy to stick their nose in a book but only look down their nose at television. I love stories and I love writers, and that’s what’s on and who’s behind TV. Yes, there’s bad TV, but there’s bad books too. If your argument is that TV-watching is too passive an activity, turn on your TV’s captioning service. There. Sorted.

Yep. That about does it for me today.

 

 

 

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kaoblues
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2 Comments

Jodecy

2014-10-02 21:24:47 Reply

You can always tell an expert! Thanks for cotbuitrning.

    kaoblues

    2014-10-02 21:58:19 Reply

    Thank you for stopping by Jodecy!

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