Gradually, over the last four or five years, I've starting watching television in "binge" mode. That is, I hardly ever watch a series until it has been around for at least a couple of years, much preferring instead to watch the shows one after the other over a period of just a few weeks. The chief benefit of binge-watching is that the storyline remains so fresh in the viewer's mind throughout the experience that it is much easier to appreciate the intricacies of plot and the evolution of characters over the span of the series than would otherwise be the case.
Right now, for instance, I'm working my way through the wonderful PBS series Downton Abbey (I'm half way through Season Three) and enjoying it immensely. I really doubt that a weekly viewing of the shows, followed by a gap of several months between seasons, would have convinced me to watch much past the mid-point of the first season.
But I never expected to become the binge-reader that I am today. When I discover a worthy series of novels that I've come late to the party for, I find myself reading the entire series (be it three books or a dozen books) in relatively short order. That's how I read Timothy Hallinan's great Poke Rafferty series and his shorter Junior Bender series. Now I'm in the waiting mode on those. That's how I read Crag Johnson's whole Longmire series, and now it appears that will be the way that I read Elena Ferrante's four-book Neapolitan series. In Ferrante's case, I finished the first book in the series a couple of days ago, have the second one on order from a bookstore, and have placed holds on the last two at my public library.
I wonder if that type of reading is a trend among avid readers around the world. It is, I suppose, another reflection of how technology has managed to alter past behavior and habits that have been entrenched for decades. And this is a change that I like.
Anyone else out there doing this kind of reading/watching?