As much as we may not want to talk about it, media burnout is definitely a thing. Well, it is for me at least. There can definitely be too much of a good thing, and I definitely go through wee little phases where I watch too much TV or I read too much too fast and I just end up getting sick of it and feel bored of everything.
Obviously this is a mental health thing along with going through everything too fast, but I do still think it’s very possible to get burnt out by being bombarded with too much entertainment. Movie bloggers and critics talk about “superhero fatigue” a lot (although i refer to it as marvel fatigue because it’s usually their stuff that people get burnt out on, that’s not a rant for now), so I feel like it makes sense for book fatigue to exist. We can only be excited for so much, after all.
So today I decided that I would attempt to impart some wisdom by sharing three ways that I deal with media burnout.
REVISIT AN OLD FAVOURITE
I will hold my hands up right now and say that I am not one for re-reading, but I will do it if I’m really in the mood to reread an old favourite of mine. If I’m in a gigantic bookish slump then I definitely won’t reread because forcing myself to read when I’m really not in the mood for it will only end up ruining the book for me, but I will consider picking up an old favourite if everything that I haven’t read before is looking a little stale to me.
As for movies and TV, I will definitely watch the same things over and over again. I have watched the first three seasons of SpongeBob Squarepants, the first ten seasons of The Simpsons, and the original run of Futurama more times than I can count because they never get old to me. Sure, I could probably recite the scripts from memory, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them because they’ll always be there for me to come back to when everything else just doesn’t interest me.
DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW-TO-YOU
Something that’s amazing about literature is that there are works out there from hundreds or even thousands of years ago that we can still find and read today. And although the same can’t be said for movies and TV, we can still find old things that we’ve never heard of to experience for the first time. These days, I’m definitely more likely to pick up something old than something brand new, because I’ve never been the kind of person who feels the need to see or read every single thing as soon as it’s released. My uncle somehow manages to find the time and the money to see every single movie that is released in the cinema and I don’t know how he does it because I only go see things that I actually want to see, just the same as how I only read books that I want to read, not what other people tell me I should read. Recommendations are great things, don’t get me wrong, but reading or watching something just because everyone else is and you don’t want to be left out isn’t always the best thing. Most of the time, if you go into something with a solid “I’m not going to enjoy this attitude” you’ll end up not enjoying it because you’ve already convinced yourself that you won’t.
BLOCK OUT THE NOISE
I understand how easy it can be to be swept up in news about upcoming things, but it can eventually get way too overwhelming to handle. So many things come out at the same time that it can be difficult to find something that actually means something to me. And then there’s also the chance that you could be looking forward to something that everyone around you just doesn’t seem to be for some reason. That’s what’s happening with me right now with the Birds of Prey movie. A lot of people are hoping that that movie fails spectacularly to the point that someone actually published a fake article claiming that “nobody” is buying tickets. But anyway, I’ve managed to keep my excitement up by blocking those people out. We just don’t need that kind of negativity in our lives.
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Do you ever experience media burnout? If you do, how do you deal with it? What are some of your favourites that you revisit often?