Television Ate My Homework

One of the first things I cut back on when I’m in the writing zone is TV. This is what a DVR is for, yes? However, I find that in-between bouts of writer-madness, my DVR is on the verge on imploding or exploding or both, and it takes me weeks to catch up.

So I decided to cut some things.

First Up: Penny Dreadful. I LOVE Josh Harnett and Eva Green. But I could not get into this show. The first reason being: hodgepod. I don’t hate hodgepod shows — shows that take a bunch of different myths and stories and squish them together. It just depends on the execution. In this case, I couldn’t keep up with what was going on and it was too weird for me. (Also, I couldn’t care less about freaking Frankenstein and his nasty-ass monsters.) It just felt like they were trying too hard. Too hard to be deep. Too hard to be scary. I gave up after 2.5 episodes when I realized I was playing with my outline instead of trying to follow the show.

Next Up: Once Upon A Time. I’ve been thinking about ditching this show for awhile. I’m just over it. There is SO freaking much to choose from in the fairy tale and folklore realms and instead of digging into that HUGE arsenal, they’re pulling from a bunch of popular stories (including The Wizard of Oz) and pandering to the audience for ratings. Didn’t work out for them with the spin-off though. I gave up after 15 minutes of that. Wish I had done that with this one as well. And this is really all I can say about it without going off on a tangent.

I wasn’t in desperate need for space this time as part of the reason my DVR was so full was because of all the reruns it was taping. So I took care of that immediately (changing settings and deleting crap) and that took care of the bloated problem right away.

I just figured, it was time to stop wasting my time and forcing myself to watch shows that I felt obligated to watch. Yes. Obligated. Come on. I have a lifelong passion for fairy tales, folklore, and mythology. A show based on that? I had to watch it! But I don’t like it so it’s gone. Penny Dreadful? It’s horror! I LOVE horror! But I didn’t care so it’s gone. After all, I’m a longtime vampire fan, and I still only gave NBC’s Dracula 20 minutes of my time before deleting it.

And it kind of inspired me, you know. I don’t waste time writing stories I don’t want to write, why on earth am I trying to force myself through mediocre books when I have shelves full of amazing crap to read! It doesn’t make any sense, right.

I mean, I feel bad. I feel bad because some of these books should be right up my alley. But I wasn’t expecting them to be that boring. Or that poorly written. Or that annoying. Or that just plain inadequate, you know. Those books can wait until I’m bored enough to read them. I hate to say that, but why drag myself through crap when there are books that I actually want to read right in front of my face?

I still haven’t watched Game of Thrones…but I don’t want to chop that on the basis that it’s actually entertaining, even though I’m pretty sure I don’t like it. (Yep, I said it!) I don’t want to cut True Blood because I genuinely loved the first three seasons, even though it’s majorly gross. I’ve hated the show since season 5, but I can suffer through 10 more hours of bloody crap to see how it ends. And I do really want to know.

The movie Brave…I clearly don’t want to watch that, but I’ll keep it until I need the space. Every time I try to delete it I read the description and it sounds interesting so I keep it, but the thought of watching it…ugh. I’m just so over movies like that. I’m looking forward to Disney’s real-life Cinderella though after the awesomeness that was Maleficient. I didn’t think it would really be that good, but it was! hugs

While I’m at it, I might as well start saying no to all those other time-suckers I don’t want to do. Screw that crap.

Okay, I guess this post was just random. Lol!


  • sandiedocker

    So easy to get distracted, I know. Never heard of Penny Dreadful. I guess it is isn’t on here. And I’m one of the few people left in the world who hasn’t seen Game of Thrones. I do have an 8yr old though, so have seen Brave (and love it), and have the Monopoly version of it too!! Good on you for ditching the time wasters and getting on with writing. You’re a legend.

    • krystal jane

      I’m going to put Brave on my To Do List for this weekend. I obviously want to watch it. Lol! Game of Thrones isn’t for everyone. Most of the people I know haven’t seen it, and they’re not exactly going to get a recommendation on it from me either.

  • authorcrystalcollier

    LOL. We give new series that look promising one episode to hook us. They rarely do. I find myself dropping shows like my kids drop dishes. As in, all the time. =)

    • krystal jane

      Some of those shows are ridiculous, right? I’ve gotten myself down to Dance Moms (which is in danger), a show featuring local people that I actually know (because I’m nosy – Lol!), and the occasional House Hunters or other related show on HGTV.

  • Jodi

    I really enjoyed the first season of Once Upon a Time, but started to drift away after that. It just lost…something.

    I LOVE Maleficent! I was most madly in love with the writers concept of “true love’s kiss.” Sheer brilliance. I thought the ending was a bit rushed (they should have given the princess a wee bit more time to recover from the explosive events at the end before diving head-first into a happy ending), but otherwise, GREAT movie.

    I agree–life’s too short to waste ANY of it on mediocre books/TV shows!

    • krystal jane

      Right?! Maleficient soo good. I agree about the ending. I wouldn’t have complained if it was a few minutes longer, ya know. 🙂

      Yeah, Once Upon A Time did lose something. I didn’t get behind with the first season, but with the second one, I watched a couple of episodes and then didn’t finish that first half until January. The writing on that show is just not consistent. It drove me crazy.

  • Michelle A (@SunflowerRei)

    I feel like scripted television is just one of those things that fell by the wayside for me in favor of writing more. I glommed through Breaking Bad and I actually watched Turn and Graceland as they come on every week, but I used to watch Lost from the first episode and by the second to the last season, I was just done with it.

    On the other hand, sort of bad books…yeah, I’ll still read those. I can learn from those lol

    • krystal jane

      You know, I don’t know if I can learn from them, the editor in me is too busy trying to fix them. Lol! I got disenchanted with a lot of TV a few years ago when I literally had 5 shows get cancelled in a row. Three of them were cancelled so hard they didn’t even finish out the season!

    • krystal jane

      Yeah, seeing the “Storybrooke has frozen over” promos was the last straw for me. I mean, it was probably the Wicked Witch, but seeing that promo spurred me to delete everything. I kept thinking maybe I could do it and with time I would get less pissed about it, but nope.

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