I recently watched the first two episodes of the Office. And I HATED it. Couldn’t even get through an entire episode. I posted on FB how much I disliked it, and the responses were interesting. Predictably, many people loved the show; it was popular for a reason. One person mentioned that they didn’t like it at first, but then watched it again later and started liking it.
The TV Guy always gives shows a chance. You’ll hear him say it from time to time that he watches the pilot plus a few shows to see if he actually likes it.
I don’t do that.
I avoid things I don’t like. If I read a book and can’t get into it, I put it back down. With TV, I’m even less patient. You can’t capture my attention in the first 10 minutes? We’re done.
When it comes to entertainment, I have a super short attention span. If I’m supposed to be entertained, then entertain me! I love stuff with a message, as long as they don’t forget the primary directive of entertainment. V for Vendetta is one of my favorite movies. Entertainment comes first, message is a part of the movie, not the reason for it. Same with Fight Club (book and movie). Entertainment first, message second.
I keep that in mind when I’m the one doing the writing. It’s ironic then, that my first chapters always need the most work. I can start right up with short stories, but for some reason, with novels, my beginnings drag and I don’t seem to know how to jump right in.
At least I know it’s a problem, right? And I’m working on it. I have to keep in mind:
“Books aren’t written, they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it…” – Michael Crichton