Hi, my name is Aimee and I’m a binge-aholic.
It’s a big claim but I swear it’s true. It’s a concept that’s not new, we all know those people (hell who are we kidding, we are those people) who binge entire tv show seasons. I’ve definitely done that, it’s the best way to enjoy a series in my opinion. But I recently came to the realisation that this need for a prolonged experience isn’t new to me
I’ve always been a reader, as long as I can remember. Sitting next to my Private School Blue bookshelf, in a little rocking chair working my way through Golden Books. Then as I got older longer, more challenging books and finally chapter books gave way to sagas. I loved the immersive nature of fantasy worlds, how the real world would fade into the background around me.
The first series I read would have been the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton. A few years later, John Marsdens Tomorrow Series. By the time I hit high school I knew single, stand-alone novels wouldn’t sustain my needs so I sought out authors who had multiple series. I’m at the point now, twenty years later where I don’t bother with single novels any more and often resort to rereading the same books over and over again.
It’s difficult to put into words but the feelings are the same as when you binge a tv series. It’s a sneaky indulgence, you know you should be doing other more constructive things but you get sucked in and can’t help yourself. As you near the end of a chapter/episode you furtively glance at the clock to see if there’s time for JUST ONE MORE. Never mind that it’s 2am and you need to be a fully functioning human in a few hours. Maaaaaybe just half? Or to the next scene change? Or my favourite in a book- the end of the paragraph.
It turns out I just have no self control. I also read fast. My Kobo app tells me I read on average a page a minute. When I’m stuck in a good series I read everywhere- while cooking, as a passenger in the car, feeding the children dinner. Belle in Beauty and the Beast gave me permission to read when I walk around doing other tasks.
I’m at the point now where I’m restraining myself from starting anything new, either book or tv because I know I can’t control the urge to get to the end. I started watching Poldark a few weeks ago, thinking it’d hold me until November when new Outlander is due but instead I pushed through four seasons in three weeks.
Gone are the days of the DVD box set, we can download onto our devices and watch on the go, and nothing feeds with addiction more than subscription services like Netflix which drop a whole season at once.
What do you enjoy more, scheduled viewing or are you a glutton like I am?
Top five binge-worthy reads
- Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
- Tatiana & Alexander (Paullina Simons)
- The Obernewtyn Chronicles (Isabelle Carmody)
- Harry Potter (J K Rowling)
- Anything Tamora Pierce (perhaps more appealing to 13yo girls though)
Top five binge-worthy views
- Outlander (obviously)
- Game of Thrones
- Stranger Things
- The Sinner