Succumbing to TV Series

I was never really that interested in any US TV series besides CSI, Big Bang Theory and somewhat with Ghost Whisperer. I was definitely more of at Taiwanese drama fanatic.

Back when I was in my last year of university, the fad TV series then was GLEE. Every one was so hyped up about the newest episode, and the characters, and whatever drama was happening inside the GLEE world. Back then, I was a tumblr newbie and I didn’t really understand the reblogs people did of GLEE. I knew the characters more or less, or was at least familiar with how they looked. I probably watched one or two episodes but didn’t really get hooked on them. Back then, I was grateful I wasn’t addicted, it would probably have interfered with my thesis paper and I know myself well enough to know I get addicted to things I become fond of.

When I got to Beijing, I brought with me an external HD with some TV series episodes on it. Most of what I was interested in then was really mostly the CSI trio and Ghost Whisperer. My roommates were big fans of GLEE at that time though, so when the first episode came up and they were all frantic about downloading the newest episode, I tagged along since it was fun to watch along with friends, and really fast download speeds were just awesome. I got hooked on GLEE soon after, though I didn’t bother watching the entire Season 1 (though I had watched some S1 episodes), and persuaded my roommate to give me her entire copy of the GLEE song list.

Soon after I finished off all the Ghost Whisperer episodes I had on me, I was looking for something else to get hooked on. And that’s when I found and fell in love with Castle.

A couple of my friends would fondly mention Castle on twitter, but I never really started taking interest in it till I looked around the web and read the description. I tried one episode to see if it was okay. I mean, the plot looked interesting enough, I related enough to Castle (to a certain extent) since he was a writer, and I needed something to keep me going. After the first episode, I was in love. It was comedic, it had drama, and I was in love with series that involved solving mysteries (Yes, CSI and Ghost Whisperer), not to mention that the main characters clicked and you just had to see how things would turn out. Some days later and with all the current episodes available downloaded, I was on track and watching Castle. About a week later, I had watched all the episodes and was already up to date with the current episode. My roommates never stop telling me how addicted I am and that I should slow down with my series. At that time, they were into their series like Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Nikita and Pretty Little Liars.

Somewhere along the way, I got my friends hooked on Merlin, which my British classmate constantly tried to recommend to me.  I had always been a fan of European-related stories but when my friend first recommended it to me, I was a bit doubtful that I would actually get into the series. A few episodes later, watching with my roommates who were curious as to my dramatic gasps and sighs while in front of my laptop, I was totally into the series. At the beginning, we would watch Merlin together, but as our times together were not always in sync, we ended up watching Merlin at our own leisure times. It even got to a point that my 2 roommates got ahead of me and finished watching the series before I did. With not that many episodes per season, as it only airs from October-December, the episodes were soon finished and I was left looking for something new to watch.

So until recently, I was reviving my childhood with cartoon shows like “As Told by Ginger” and the like when, during finals week of all times, my roommate goes and tells me to download Game of Thrones. Now, this wasn’t the first time I had heard of the series, my friends on twitter who usually talk about Castle and the like had also previously mentioned Game of Thrones but I was at that time, preoccupied with something else so it didn’t really catch my attention. So, besides starting the downloads, I read up a bit on the story on the net and found it was quite interesting. The plot looked like it would catch my attention, and it takes place in a setting kind of like Merlin, I am really fond of these kinds of times.

We finished watching all 10 episodes of the first season and are awaiting the release of Season 2. Now, both me and my roommate are reading the first book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. though she bought her book ahead of me and she’s further into the book than I am. And we’re both reading the UK version. So far, the read has been interesting and I’m actually imagining the actors in the series while I’m reading through the book. The TV series is not exactly truthful to the book, word by word, but as far as I can see, it’s done a good job portraying the book.

Now, for the rest of the book, that’s for another blog entry…..

With September just around the corner, I can’t wait to see the upcoming episodes for the series that I’m waiting for. Can’t help but wonder if there are any new series that’ll be interesting to watch.

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