Serious about serials

Feb 18, 2013

Erin and I watched the full 13-episode House of Cards series last week, and enjoyed it. We watched two or three episodes each night, and have had a few conversations about how we feel about the various characters and their actions in this political drama.

Over the past weeks, I’ve been seeing many references to ‘binge viewing’ re House of Cards. Example one: Shark Week. Example two: The Land of the Binge.

I think this complaint is kind of odd. Like lamenting the fact that a Dickens tale can be read in one sitting instead of having to wait for it to be serialized. I, for one, know the joy of bingeing on a great novel over a few days or even in one sitting late into the night.

Perhaps these critics should drop the old binge card and let us enjoy stories at our own pace.

Anton Zuiker

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