nerd diaries: January 2020

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

In 2019, I started keeping a log of all my media consumption. I thought that you might just enjoy the absolute nerdiness of seeing what I've been watching and reading. This is just the sort of thing I would love to nosey into on someone else's blog, so I'm hoping you feel the same.


Bear in mind in January this year I had no idea that I would start a blog, so these notes are strictly for me and me alone, thus no filter or lipservice whatsoever. The first photo is books; films and telly are below.

I've just realised, as I write this entry, that I grade the books I read out of 5, but I don't pass any comment on films or telly. I've never realised this. I wonder why? Analysing film and television is my day job, so I'm usually trying to turn my head off with viewing for fun (which is hard enough anyway).


So there's that.


But also with books, I want to know if it is worth going back to an author or series - and grading makes that easy. but I don't seem to need to do that with films and telly - do they stay in my head because the audiovisual elements stick more? Hmmm.


I made a key for the films I'd watched - because I am that into film that I want a record of how I watched it as well. (what's that? don't leave! please, we can still be friends. I'll be cool one day). The key is below.


I also started including any television series that I watched that I properly watched, i.e. not just in passing cos it was on, not randomly, but sustained choices, and that I stuck with.


With the exception of the BBC Dracula, that I listed here, if I watch a series and give up, I don't write it down. And the BBC Dracula was definitely one to abandon.


I should also point out here that January was not a normal month for me at all. This is at least triple, maybe four times the amount of films I'd normally watch. I got pleurisy and breathing complications right at the beginning of the month and was off sick, then working part time remotely for three and a half months. For the first month I could barely get off the sofa. So, as you can see, I had to soothe myself with the Bette Davis horror cycle. That's what most people would do.


Key:

ip: BBC iPlayer

N: Netflix

BoB: Box of Broadcasts

YT: YouTube

AP: Amazon Prime

NMM: National Media Museum, Bradford

Anything with an 'R' added = paid rental

Anything with a 'K' added = watched with my kids (hence why Basil the Great Mouse Detective is on here, that's my story and I'm sticking to it)


So, we can see that in my truly awful January, Dorothy L. Sayers' Gaudy Night smashed the book opposition, and without a doubt, my favourite viewing was Succession and The Running Man.


My favourite viewing is always The Running Man.


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