Have you ever had that certain thing, the one that even if you know you don’t like it, you still can’t help but watch it or read it or get it? It may be force of habit, or maybe a guilty pleasure, but somehow, you just can’t stop yourself. It’s like, an unstoppable force, something you are not supposed to like, or have sworn off but you can’t help but still check it out every once in a while.
I just got to that point. But first, some examples!
Exhibit A: A couple of years ago, TV 5 came out with a localized version of Gossip Girl. It wasn’t exactly promoted that way, but as a fan of the TV series, I knew that Lipgloss was based on that with its first plug. It was bad, really bad, and I hated all their acting and script and editing…but did that stop me from watching? Of course not! I still watched! I stopped watching after a month, though…but still, I knew what was happening for that month. Hah.
Exhibit B: I’m not a fan of Twilight anymore. I used to be, at least until the disaster that is Breaking Dawn. I watched the first movie and found it lacking, but did it stop me from watching New Moon? Of course not! I still watched, and I was willing to watch it the second time if only to see Taylor Lautner again. Of course, I was only staring at Taylor Lautner the entire movie, but New Moon isn’t like, say, Star Trek or other good movies out there. Eclipse is showing soon, and will I pass it up? No! I will still watch, again if only for Taylor Lautner.
Exhibit C: Today I found myself buying this off Amazon:
I’ve been contemplating buying this since I heard it was about to be released, not because I like it and would die if I don’t read it, but because I knew it’s something I should review for my writing gig. I was doubtful, because I feel like it’s a waste of money to get this. It’s $9.99! It’s P450 in bookstores! It’s more expensive than the single books in the saga!
But did that stop me? No. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is now in my Kindle for iPod, waiting to be read and reviewed for this week. I can’t bring myself to buy an actual copy of the book, because I didn’t want to put make room for the book on my shelf (all my Twilight books are lost somewhere, eep), so I just splurged on an ebook.
Sometimes I don’t know when to stop.
But as I reasoned with my friend, I will have ROI on this anyway. I think. And I hate to admit this, but I am strangely curious over this book. The Host failed to make me curious enough to get a copy, but this one is a part of a big following, and I’m wondering if Meyer’s writing has improved, and if she’ll still make Edward and Bella all sparkly and perfect even in the eyes of another character. (If so, then gag me. I’d rather read about sleep aids than that again. Heh.)
I don’t know if it’s worth it yet, but you’ll definitely know soon. Wait for it!