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Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Blame Ava

Back in June, our very own Ava Stone blogged about her Game of Thrones obsession. This wasn't news to me. As a follower of hers on Twitter, I was already well aware of the disease that had taken over her mind and life the last few months as she watched the first season.

I hadn't watched yet, though, so I could only be an outsider looking in.

Now, I knew this was something that had all the makings of a potential obsession for me as well. A series of books turned into a TV series (or movies). An intricately crafted, rich, deep world. A new take on medieval history. A retelling of the War of the Roses. It has all the elements necessary to take over my life for a certain amount of time, so I knew that once I got started, I wouldn't be free from it for quite some time.

You see, I know myself pretty well. With most books or movies, or even series, I can read and move on with my life or watch and the world doesn't stand still. Note the word most in that sentence, though.

When I discovered Harry Potter, there were already four books and one movie out, and I became a zombie for a time, devouring everything that was available to me as fast as I could, and then reading and watching again. Each time Rowling put out a new book or a new film installment was released, the Harry Potter Trance ensued again, as I delved back into the world she'd created to fully immerse myself within Hogwarts. I couldn't help it. It's a sickness I've got.

The same thing happens with Lord of the Rings. I admit, I never read the book before I saw the first film (same as with the Harry Potter series). But that first film was enough to convince me that this was a world I needed to discover. After watching the movie, I went out that night (I'd screened the film at midnight in Juneau, Alaska, and the only place open was the 24-hour Kmart) and bought a copy of the book. I stayed up all night reading, and kept reading through the next day and the next night, and I didn't stop until I'd finished the whole thing. Yes, the whole thing, including all the various appendices and whatnot. I read it again before the next film was released, and again before the final installment. Since then, it has become an annual obsession of mine, extending to include so many of J. R. R. Tolkien's other works. And much like the Harry Potter Trance, I go into a LOTR-induced Zombie-like trance. The outside world ceases to exist.

Since I knew that this sort of thing tends to happen to me, I was very, very cautious when I first started hearing about the Twilight books by Stephanie Meyer and the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. I thought it might take over my life like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings have done. I was right to be cautious. When I finally gave in to the temptation (only after the final installments of the books had been released), the Zombie-trance obsession was activated. Thankfully, those two have not taken over my life as completely as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings have done. I read through all of the Twilight books and the Rick Riordan books once, but haven't (yet) found myself going back to them.

All of this is to say that, before watching or reading even the tiniest bit of Game of Thrones, I knew I might be a wee-bit obsessive about it.

And I was.

I watched the first episode Monday night, intending to watch one and then move on with my life. Yeah. Well. That didn't quite happen. I watched three episodes before forcing myself to go to bed at sometime well after midnight (which is VERY late for me). And when I got up Tuesday morning, I started watching episode four before I even put the coffee on to brew. I don't ever do anything before I start my morning coffee. Ever. Anyway, I finished the entire series before going to bed on Tuesday. Wednesday arrived, and I went to the bookstore.

I don't think I have to explain to you what I bought. ***

Do you ever get so caught up in a fantasy world that you forget about real life? Have you ever called in sick to work because you couldn't put a book down? Do you suffer from a similar obsession to the point that you forget to eat/drink/use the restroom/shower/get dressed? Please, tell me I'm not alone in this.

No matter what, this time, it is all Ava's fault. If she hadn't been tweeting/blogging/obsessing about it all, I might not have noticed. (Yeah, I know. I'm kidding myself. Still, let me have this one, okay?)

***Please note, if I don't respond to your comments right away, it is probably because I've got my nose buried in a book.


  1. Hahaha, that post could have been plucked right out of my head.

    I'm reading book three in the series right now. And the same exact thing happened to me with Harry Potter. I have the same feeling about the LOTR movies, but I haven't read the books yet (maybe I should after I finish the fire and ice series).

  2. LOL! I would say "Sorry." But I'm not. ;) One more convert...er...I mean addict I can discuss GoT with!

    But, seriously, isn't it the best series EVER!?!? I cannot wait until Spring 2012 for season 2. And I am so glad that you have enjoyed Game of Thrones as much as I did.

    **All hail the King of the North**

  3. I will admit I became addicted to the books when a friend of my husbands recommended the series. Book 1 and 2 had been released and Book 3 was coming out shortly. I read all three but then had to wait years. Years for Book 4 and a few more for book 5.

    I moved on and the obsession dimmed. Seeing the HBO series is thrilling. But it hasn't activated an obsession. Good because I tend to give in to book obsessions.

    Instead I have to prod myself and have picked up the latest book from the talented Lydia Dare. Except I can't read it until I finish my two short story wips. So I'm torturing myself with Sorcha's story until I get my butt in gear and write.

    Sigh. Can't afford to fall prey to any obsessions. I want to read Lydia's book.

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Bircheeta. Yes, if you love the LOTR movies, you should definitely read the books. They take you so much deeper into Middle Earth than the movies can, though Peter Jackson and company did a fabulous job making the films. Still, there's only so much that they can include in three 3-hour-plus long films. LOL.

    And Ava, trust me, I know you're far from sorry. You might be sorry when I can't bear to lift my head from one of the books long enough to respond to your emails. Well...nah, probably not. LOL. Yes, All hail the King of the North! Because, you know, Winter is STILL coming.

  5. Beth, this newest obsession for me has really poor timing. I need to work! I need to write! But all I want to do is read. *sigh* But yes, I can totally understand. (And enjoy Sorcha's story! It's fabulous. :) But I'm sure you already knew it would be.)

  6. Aww, Beth! That's so sweet! I hope you'll enjoy Never Been Bit (and I hope you'll get time to read it soon. )

    And, Catherine, thank you so much for saying sweet things. Now my ego will be huge the rest of the day.

    As for Game of Thrones... LOVE IT! Go ahead and be obsessed, I am. :)

  7. I really, really enjoyed Game of Thrones,and I'm looking forward to the next season. However, I don't tend to get obsessed with tv or book series. Music is another story. I get stuck on a band or artist, and I want to listen to them all the time for a while. I think the thing is I don't like anything that keeps me tied down too long. I can take my music with me and still be active.

  8. As Ava likes to tell the world, "Jerrica doesn't like GoT!" LOL! Hubby and I watched the first half of the first episode and weren't thrilled for different reasons. However, we hear the rest of the series is very different from that first episode, so I *might* be willing to give it another chance…if I ever get a spare moment. lol.

    I've had a few obsessions in my day, but let me say that I *never* re-read a book. I've tried - even my most favoritist books in the whole world - and I can't do it. It feels like I'm wasting time, especially since I remember all the important details of the books. lol.

    I think my biggest time-sucking obsession was Twilight. Hubby read book 1, then I read it while he read book 2 and so on…and when our friend came to visit in the middle of our read-a-thon, we made *him* start the series, and we all just sat by the pool for 3 days reading. lol.

    I love HP, but I can put it on hold for life.

    And I think the second closest I ever came to obsession was with Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series. I started them right before the last one came out and read them all in 3 or 4 weeks *sigh*

    Great post! :)

  9. Lydia, you're obsessed with GoT, too? *shocked*

    Samantha, I can do the same thing with music. I've got a couple of bands that I own everything they've recorded, including b-sides and the like. Thankfully, I haven't gone that far with too many bands. It might break the budget. :)

    Jerrica, I soooo wish I could put these books on hold for life. LOL. And with most books, I would be fine with never re-reading them. Like you, I remember everything and reading them again feels like a waste of time. There are certain ones, however (such as those named above, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, etc.) that I'm fine with reading multiple times...and actually feel that I gain more with each reading. It tends to be this group and only this group which brings on the Zombie-like trances. LOL.

  10. LOL - Ava doesn't LIKE to tell the world "Jerrica doesn't like GoT!" Saying that makes Ava sad. And why am I all of a sudden talking about myself in third person? ;) I wish Jerrica liked it, because I'd love to discuss it with her - but then she can't discuss musical theatre with me...so I guess we're even.

  11. LOL! Ava, the first time you stay awake through a musical, I'll watch the *entire* season of GoT! Hahaha!

  12. LOL I really need to watch this series! I know I'll be addicted so I keep putting it off. And I blame Ava, too!!!!! =P

  13. Hehe. Ava, I just got on my son for speaking about himself in the third person. Matthew is hungry should not come out of his mouth. Driving me crazy the way he is speaking right now.

    Is this a middle school thing? Or just his thing?

    There be dragons coming. There be dragons coming. What's not to love about GoT.