When I was in college, I had tons of reading to do for class, and I used to get headaches from it. Most of it was so boring and tedious and there were always huge chunks of pages for each class. As a result of this (when I actually bothered to do my assigned readings), I gave up reading for pleasure.
Now that I’m 3 years out of college, I’ve started reading again. I joined the NY Public Library. I’m reading all sorts of things- music books, non-fiction, Sookie Stackhouse. I’d forgotten how much I love reading, how fast I am at it. If I love what I’m reading, I can breeze through a book quite quickly.
I’m reading “The Secret History” right now, and I can see a lot of Daniel Handler’s “Basic 8” in it. I wouldn’t be shocked if DH was influenced by it in some form. I’m totally engrossed in this fictional world, though, and I always find it amazing, the power of books. Sometimes I think it’s silly that we pay people to entertain us, whether it’s by sports or movies or books, but then I push those thoughts out of my head and remember how much I do enjoy these different modes of entertainment. If there was no football or no great books to read, life would be boring indeed. I certainly can’t write a novel on my own!
Young folks aren’t digging the “Megan Wants a Millionaire” style of reality? Score one for us! I’m sick of the constant parade of “let’s go crazy” shows. I recently read somewhere that even the so-called “high caliber” reality shows like “Top Chef” and “Project Runway” really shouldn’t pat themselves on the back too much for being better than “Charm School,” but I think they absolutely deserve those pats. Yes, there is drama and manufactured stuff, but at least it’s not full of over-dyed, over-tanned boob jobs, and impending roid rage and dumbasses. At least on RUNWAY, you can get a dumbass who knows how to sew, yes?
Truthfully, the differences are really closing in lately, with a few exceptions here and there.
For example, comedy used to skew heavily male, but that’s not really the case anymore. Drama still tends to skew female and action is fairly neutral.
This is also good. I’m sick of people dividing shows up by gender lines, even though I know it makes advertising easier.
Among females, the best positioned include “Gossip Girl,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Top Chef,” and “House.” And among the guys, the top returning favorites include “The Office,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “30 Rock,” and “South Park.”
I find it interesting that this article alleges “The Office” skews more male. I know a lot of females who love it. Same for “House”- I thought that skewed more male, but apparently not. “30 Rock” should also be pretty even, I think. I don’t know that anything makes it more boyish or girlish.
Above all, I am all for a return to legitimate, creative programming over the likes of “Celebreality.”