What a year 2016 has been. For better, for worse. I think next year will be MUCH BETTER. In the meantime I am fully prepared to shut off my brain and allow the reward chemicals to seep out and gently buffer in the new year.
I’ve learned a lot about bingeing this year – a sport I am fully prepared to participate in on a moments notice. It turns out bingeing helps release those chemicals that make you feel happy. Makes sense right?
You know that feeling you get when you finish a really good book or show? How you sort of feel like you are left hanging or miss the store so much you grieve a little? I also learned that people, me included, have a fairly predictable habit of going from a series to a movie then back to a new series. According to research, after finishing a series, people take a few days off before committing to a new show. During that break, more than half of us watch a movie. This little video explains this in a cute way:
When I first learned about this I was like – OMG that is totally me! Anyway, it’s much easier these days with Netflix than in the ‘olden’ days when we had to wait a week at a time to see what was happening in the next episode after that cliff hanger – or more if there was a holiday or (g’aah!) a big football game on.
And then there was the minor detail of waiting until the NEXT SEASON to see what happened next. Did Mulder survive? (X-Files) Who shot JR? (Dallas) Did they finally find a way to get off the island? (Lost) Sometimes you had to wait until fall, sometimes until the new year. TORTURE! Our kids have no idea how good they have it now.
And don’t even get me started on commercial breaks!
According to research conducted by Netflix on viewers around the world, this graphic shows some of the patterns of a mere 30 million of us:
Anyway, I’m truly grateful for all the great new shows Netflix has pumped out this year. It has amped my addiction tendencies up to professional status.
Over the holidays, if your family is anything like mine, you will probably be re-watching some old favourites. We usually do something like Star Wars, Star Trek, Jason Bourne, Mission Impossible, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter series.
I will also be re-watching my official new favourite Netflix show OA with my kids. If you haven’t heard about it watch this trailer.
Watch this show. Seriously. I just finished last night and really need to talk it through with someone. This should be one of the shows high schools make kids write essays about. The symbolism in it is out of this world. The questions it raises – HOLY SMOKES! I can’t say enough but don’t want to ruin it for you. Watch it and let me know what you think.
Also make sure to catch The Crown, Stranger Things, Wentworth, A Year in the Life Gilmore Girls, How to Get Away with Murder… to name a few I’ve fallen for this year.
My final recommendation is that you join me on the 23rd to watch this new animated feature from Dreamworks called Trollhunters. I love a little animation to shake things up now and then and I am really looking forward to this show. It is suppose to be good at helping people feel better about themselves and I think that will be a good thing for the teens and adults too.I’ve included a cute graphic below explaining why that is so. Plus it sounds like there are some double meaning moments included – those are always fun. (I found a bunch of those in their show HOME – another cute animation.)
In the meantime, I hope you keep warm over the holidays and also, keep your sanity – remember to take care of yourself. I’m off to binge and wrap presents now!
I am a member of the Netflix Streamteam. That means I get to find out about some shows and production details ahead of time. I also get to go to cool events sometimes like the release of the Crown a couple months ago. I was not compensated to write this post and of course I post only things that are true for me. I LOVE being a part of this group and am happy to share things I learn with you here and on my social media channels. Happy watching!