As you may have surmised from my last update, I’ve been a little overwhelmed of late. Things are changing way too fast. More often than not, I feel like this sea turtle:
Crawl across the sand. Only to be hit by a wave. (Waves??? What the fuck are waves doing here??? I thought this was supposed to be the ocean!)
And in times of stress, I seek out comfort food. Mac and cheese, Nutella. Wine.
But comfort food for my expanding waistline isn’t the only way I cope with stress. I’m also a big fan of intellectual comfort food, and for me, that means reruns.
I don’t know why, but there’s something incredibly soothing about watching or reading something I’ve already experienced a million times before. If I’m reading it again, it must be good, right? And there’s no worrying about what’s going to happen at the end.
I’m not the only one who does this, either. This American Life did a segment on reruns back ages, including an interview with Starlee Kine, who likes reruns of bad TV better than new TV. The first time I listened to it, it was like a lightbulb went off over my head. I wasn’t alone in loving the rerun.
So it’s no wonder that in the last few weeks, I’ve rewatched all of the original Star Wars movies (episodes I-III never happened. Do not even think of trying to tell me different.), X-Men 1, 2, and 3, the episodes of Friends when Monica and Chandler are getting together, bits and pieces of the Twilight movies. Buffy. I’ve even dipped into my cheesy romance flick collection, from Kate and Leopold to While You Were Sleeping.
And it’s the same when it comes to books. I’ve re-read my favorite Black Dagger brothers (all of Zsadist, and bits and pieces of Rehvenge, V and John Matthew), Eidolon and Lore’s books from the Demonica series, and my favorite M/M romance ever, Admit One. Even a few books that aren’t romances. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Water for Elephants, Ender’s Game.
The only problem is, I’ve got a few more weeks of upheaval ahead of me, and I’m running out of reruns. Which means…I may need to read/watch new things, in order to have more things to re-watch/re-read.
So I’m taking suggestions. What’s your idea of intellectual comfort food? What movies and books could you go through over and over and over again?