I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t indulge in a little fiction in order to relax; whether it is watching/reading it, or creating it. For me it’s what I have dubbed ‘Bad Telly’. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t for a second think it is bad; in fact the exact opposite, its TV I watch to either completely switch off or become well and truly enveloped by.
Examples of this would be Family Guy, American Dad, and South Park as my zoning out telly. Something I can watch and truly appreciate for the talent that went into them. Seth MacFarlane (the creator of Family Guy and American Dad) and the cast of voices behind both shows and not forgetting the writers; brought to life two bizarre and outrageous yet strangely relatable families. Now Trey Parker and Matt Stone (joint creators of South Park) are and always have been completely off their rocker which is always fun when it is channelled into something as creative as South Park. I grant you all three of these shows are designed to be TV to switch off to (not to switch off) but that’s what I like about it, after I spend all day and sometimes night writing I need to just turn off my brain and laugh; all three push the limits of what can be done and said on TV, Family Guy has been cancelled twice! Yet it keeps coming back. I think that is why I enjoy them; “Either everything is funny or nothing is.” Hell they take the piss out of each other!
As for the TV to get enveloped by; well apparently this is a ‘grey area’ for some it is an “abortion of franchise” for others (including myself) it is one of the most incredible works of Sci-Fi that was cut well before its time. For those who are familiar with the StarGate Franchise you will know what I am talking about. Of course I am talking about StarGate Universe. I have seen both series through twice and could still watch it again.
I guess what I am trying to get at is this is my ritual, my own little escape from when I am writing. If you find yourself stressing then find your own escape, get into a good book (If you enjoy crime fiction may I suggest Tess Gerritsen) and extremely talented novelist who makes entwining plots, suspense and romance into an art form; or for an all rounder which is extremely rare Matthew Reilly, finally for the romantic comedy Fiona Gibson.
We each need to make time to unwind; to escape the trials of life and find solace in the creativity of others; in artwork, books, comics, TV, films, music, and so much more.