Confessions of a Story-aholic

All binge-watchers please rise.

You get up in the morning to watch an episode of a new favorite show and next thing you know its 1 p.m., you’re emotionally latched onto at least three characters and your coffee is still sitting under the Keurig. I’ve been there, have you?

I have been one of those TV/movie junkies since I was little because more than anything, I love stories. In fact, that’s the reason these shows and movies keep coming out. Most of the population world wide loves a good story. Now, there are other ways to get your fix like reading the newspaper or a good book (I still love that page turning thrill of getting to the next plot twist) but let’s face it, technology has given us something beautiful. Stories on demand.

Movies and TV shows have become so accessible with Netflix and digital renting. I particularly love getting involved with these types of media because of the show’s ability to cast a story that can make you learn or feel differently after you watch it. For example, one of my favorite TV shows is One Tree Hill which I am currently re-watching. (Naley, anyone?)

My SIGNED copy of The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks, one of my favorite authors. 2013.

My SIGNED copy of The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks, one of my favorite authors. 2013.

This show has drama, deceit and even some action all wrapped into a neat bow. The best part is that at the end of every episode you always end up learning a mini lesson. You get so emotionally attached to each character and feel such hatred towards others that you feel like you need to know what happens next and when they learn from their mistake you think, huh… that makes sense. Isn’t it beautiful how a story can affect you that way?

Obviously, these movies and shows are scripted. Unless you are a reality TV fan in which you mostly watch people scream at each other. P.S. I love Dance Moms and the Bachelor. Anyways, when writers are creating these scripts, they go off of real life experiences and realistic ways to handle problems and life. Unless you’re a herd of zombies. Or a sparkly vampire.

What I’m trying to say is that I love a good story that can make you feel something. When you can relate to someone in the story for even just a scene, it makes the whole experience just a little bit more personal. A lot of people preach about the negative effects of TV which I can agree that way TOO much can be harmful. On the other hand, to get lost in a story on screen can be one of the best ways to relax and let your mind go.

So now I have to ask, what are your favorite stories? Favorite movies, books, TV shows, anything!

A few of my favorites are The Last Song (book), The Fault in our Stars (both), Hunger Games Trilogy (both), One Tree Hill, Dance Moms, Bachelor, Chasing Life, The Host (book).

Tell me what you like and let’s bond over storytelling.

Until next time,

Anna Marie

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