I did it. I binged watched Season 4 of Arrested Development. The whole thing. In three days (and I’m a working mama with three kids). Now that it’s done I want more. More dysfunctional families! More disturbing sexual humour! More of the beautiful sadness between Michael and George Michael. A lot more GOB! Just plain more. And I can’t have it, because there isn’t any more. Not yet. Spending time online reading other people’s reviews of S4 is satisfying to a point, but it doesn’t compare with the enthralled glee of puzzling out the dizzying web of jokes for myself. So what do I read or watch or whatever now? What do you read, if you’re in the same spot?
I’m thinking the answer is something completely and totally different. Something not set in California, something not funny, something that bears no resemblance to Arrested Development as all. (Cue Prince singing Nothing Compares 2 U).
I’m thinking you read Dan Brown’s Inferno.
It’s the S4 of the Robert Langdon books. It’s set in Florence Italy. It’s about a successful professor of symbology (note to self: must Google and find out if that’s a real job; it sounds cool). And, thanks to 3-page chapters that unfailingly end in cliff hangers, it is perfect for binge-reading.
So, in the interest of better blogging, that’s what I read. And again I’m stuck wanting more. More sinister conspiracies. More is-that-for- real art history. Just plain more. So what do I read or watch or whatever now? What do you read, if you’re in the same spot?
I’m thinking the answer is something completely and totally different. I’m urging you to abandon readalikes like Steve Berry and Robert Massello for the moment. (Cue Prince singing Nothing Compares 2 U).
I’m thinking you re-read Bret Easton Ellis’ first novel, Less Than Zero.
Okay, so no we’re back to California. The families are once again dysfunctional. The stories are sick and borderline unbelievable. We’re basically reading Arrested Development in an alternate universe. With a lot less laughter. Throw in Imperial Bedrooms, which catches up with the characters 20+ years on and we’re back to the newest incarnation of AD in an alternate universe. Plus, Imperial Bedrooms is very meta.
So, in the interest of better blogging that’s what I binge read.
Now, if I could only figure what to read next.