Oh yes, we did have one just like this.

Do you remember in Back to the Future when Marty says he “saw that on a rerun” and his mom’s little brother asks, “What’s a rerun?” Now you can find the definition in an online dictionary. How weird is that (Rerun: The act or an instance of rebroadcasting a recorded movie or a recorded television performance.)?

When I was a little girl, there were three channels on the television and the “season” ran from September 1 to the end of May.  I think they got a break at Christmas. And I don’t remember what was on television in the summer, because we were usually outside playing until the sun went down (at ten) and then it was hit the sheets because the sun rose again at six (and televisions stations quit broadcasting at midnight anyway….)

Fast forward to this brave, bold now, with it’s DVD’s, NetFlix’s and DVR’s…and rediscovering some old favorites television shows and discovering some I missed because back then everyone thought watching too much television was bad for you, possibly even dangerous to your health. We also weren’t allowed to sit too close for fear of ruining our eyesight, though we had to sit close enough to function as the “remote” when the channel needed changing.

I’ve mentioned my love of re-reading in previous blog posts. I also like re-watching favorite movies (and Tremors. Not sure how to classify it, because I don’t love it but can’t help not watching it when I see it is on) and lately I’ve added re-listening to my repertoire. I have some favorite audio books that soothe me to sleep at night (though sometimes I still manage to get caught up in the story and get hosed from staying awake too late O.O).

Then I noticed a sort of semi-trend around the blog-0-sphere. People were posting their favorite posts from 2012 and I got to thinking about my favorite blog posts from last year. So I thought I’d do a mashup of my reruns:

In books:

  • The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell (there are eight, I think now, so I have to read fast or skim)
  • Miss Buncle’s Book by DE Stevenson (like running into an old friend to find this book re-released…)
  • Harry Potter by JK Rowling

In movies:

  • Harry Potter appears here, too. It pops up on Family channel and the next thing I know, I’m pulling them out for a re-read and/or rewatch.
  • You’ve Got Mail – I see it on and I have to stop and watch. Same for While You Were Sleeping…
  • Stargate: Continuum (I have blogged previously about my fascination with time travel.)

In television:

  • The Dick Van Dyke Show – totally classic television that endures the passage of time very well, IMHO
  • Star Trek Next Generation – Was delighted to find it on Netflix…
  • Big Bang Theory – Okay, not classic television just yet, but I can’t pass up the reruns already…

In audiobooks:

  • Venetia by Georgette Heyer, narrated by Richard Armitage. (huge sigh)
  • Girl Gone Nova by me, narrated by Brad Langer (yes, I do re-listen to my own books. I know how they end and it’s just kind of fun to listen and think, wow, I wrote that.)
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, narrated by Rob Inglis (this one should have been on my re-read list, too. I wanted to be ready for the movie and have not seen it yet! How lame is that?)

And in blog posts:

So, this concludes my rerun mash-up. But blogging is no fun if you’re just talking to yourself, so talk back, okay? Did I miss something that should be mashed into my reruns? Do you have favorite re-discovered reruns? Something you can’t help re-visiting? Or maybe you hate the concept of reruns? Can’t stand to go back? Can only press forward? I won’t judge, I promise.

All comments are entered into my monthly drawing for a $10 AnaBanana gift card. Winner is announced in the first blog post of the new month.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, Project Enterprise

In not re-run news, I should be releasing a new-to-everyone-but-me book soon! Relatively Risky will be the first book in a new, romantic suspense series set in New Orleans. It has been uber fun to revisit both the genre of romantic suspense and New Orleans in my imagination, while writing this book. Updated info and the upcoming cover reveal will be seen first on my website at paulinebjones.com.

Perilously yours,

Pauline

Pondering Reruns, Re-watches, Re-listens, and Re-visiting…

4 thoughts on “Pondering Reruns, Re-watches, Re-listens, and Re-visiting…

  • January 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm
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    What a lovely stroll down re-run lane, Pauline! Thank you for that. Although I would have never suspected it, I have fallen in love with Netflix. I believe I may have to guard against addiction…. It is so great for shows I haven’t seen for years and especially series of which I missed episodes.

    Really enjoyed your re-runs list, especially your blog posts.

    Karen

    • January 18, 2013 at 9:14 am
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      I did not expect to fall for NetFlix either, Karen. I resisted it for a long time, but now I’m hooked. And it saves me when there is nothing on our many, many channels. (Funny how I found more to watch on three channels back in the day! LOL) thank you so much for the kind words. My stroll down memory lane was rather fun. Glad you enjoyed taking it with me. 🙂

  • January 14, 2013 at 10:24 am
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    I love watching reruns and I too was happy to see the Star Trek’s on Netflix. I am currently watching the original series. That is one of the best things about Netflix, my ability to watch shows that I loved as a kid that never made it big enough to be back on television now.

    • January 16, 2013 at 9:11 am
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      I feel the same way about Netflix. I browse it for (new) old shows. My favorite original ep is, of course, the tribble one. And I loved the way DS9 wove that story into an episode. Such fun!

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