For those who know me, this won't come as a surprise, but I have been a fan of The Walking Dead since the first episode aired. I waited impatiently for that first episode and when I saw the half zombie on the ground trying to get to Rick, well, I was hooked and have yet to miss a single episode.
I love the basic premise of the show, how we are all "the walking dead", and how do you manage to create a society we want to live in with these huge challenges (personalized by zombies).
Now I have a new show, The Handmaid's Tale. I've read the book a couple of times (yes I read 1 to 2 books a week - recommendations always welcomed - I finished Dean Koontz's Frankenstein yesterday - not one of his best) but I find the show goes beyond the book in telling a story of what society can become if we let it. Frankly, this story scares me more than zombies.
However, this is not a post about society, but about what we take from the entertainment we watch. I'm looking for insight into what I can do to improve myself and become a better person, and identify what is really truly important to me. I think that is why I like 'end of the world' stories so much. How do we survive and make this a better world? I watch shows and movies that make me question something about myself and society and challenges me to think.
But how does that explain all the sappy love stories, romantic comedies I watch? Yes, I watched P.S. I Love You - again - last night. What again? You've seen it at least 10 times already. I love that movie, it always makes me cry. But it makes me think about the impact love can have upon us. Love between partners, parents, and the love between friends, and how can I better bring more love into my life and the life of those around me.
That is why I watch my favorite shows - what about you? What are you watching and why?