I have a reputation for not watching anything, ever. I hate going to the movie theater. I’ve never had a Netflix subscription. And I was one of the first people I know to cancel my cable TV.
But I have a secret: I watch stuff from the library all the time.
Right now I’m in the middle of a Terminator marathon. I’d already seen The Terminator and Terminator 2, but last night I watched Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines for the first time. I’m going to stick it out and watch Terminator: Salvation, for completeness’ sake. After that my queue includes refreshing my memory of Ghostbusters, catching up on the Harry Potter movies, and revisiting the current Batman arc before the next one debuts.
I also feel like I watch a lot of TV, even without cable. Slowly but surely, I’ve been working my way through Mad Men. But now I’m waiting for the most current season, so I have to decide what to order next. Before Mad Men I was on a Big Love kick, but I ran out. There’s finally a new season, so I might go back to it. And before Big Love, I was about halfway through The Sopranos, but I lost interest. I had just watched The Wire, which was a tough act to follow… and okay, perhaps I was getting a little violence fatigued.
And here’s my biggest confession – I’ve even been to the theater recently, to see X-Men: First Class (which isn’t available from the library yet, but you can read the comics while you wait). But it was only for the air conditioning, I swear!