After a long wait in which A&E dropped one of my favorite television shows–Longmire–and fans scrambled to find it a new home, a new season just debuted on Netflix. (Thanks to Netflix for picking up this wonderful show!!!) All ten episodes at once. I eagerly await my hubby’s arrival so we can binge. (Cowboys and horses…so sue me.)
Which brings me to my, erm, guilty pleasure. After a long day of writing, I love to binge-watch streaming shows, especially since I cut cable. (And don’t miss it!) There’s something about being able to watch all the seasons at once that is satisfying. Also, for me, knowing what I can look forward to watching when my work for the day is done. The more seasons the better. Some of my current favorites are Longmire, Heartland (more cowgirls, cowboys and horses!) Gilmore Girls and The Adventures of Merlin.
I always suffer from a moment of panic when I reach the end of a show (Lost, anyone?), much like I feel when I finish an outstanding book. What’s next for me? What can possibly compare? How can I leave these beloved characters behind? There’s a big, gaping hole that isn’t easy to fill. I’m not quite ready to let the story go and even if I was, what should I choose next? I’m admittedly picky, so it sometimes takes many suggestions and a lot of painful trial-and-error pilot episodes to find my next binge-worthy show.
As an author, I hope my books create that same warmly vacant space when the reader is finished with it—not really wanting to move on from the characters and their story quite yet. I know that’s how I feel when I finish writing a book.
I’m anxiously anticipating this evening and watching the new season of Longmire. How about you? Do you binge-watch shows? Or perhaps you binge-read book series? Or both? What shows are you looking forward to on television or books from your favorite author? Any suggestions for me?
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Yuletide Cowboys is available October 20th from Harlequin Love Inspired.