Every time I start a book or a game or a movie that’s engrossing to me (and that’s more often than not) I can’t stop reading/playing/watching until it’s over. The notion of pausing, even for a little while much less a day, is not even there. I like to ride it out until the end without losing the momentum.
Example: I buy Stephen King’s “It” and “Needful Things” sophmore year in college. I remembered reading “The Stand” in three days during summer break. I go to bed around nine, figuring I’ll read an hour or two and then sleep. I end up going to sleep around 9 AM since I can’t stop until I finished at least one of the books.
Example: I’ve got Final Fantasy X here and I am LOVING it. It’s like reading a great book. And I just played it for ten hours in a row on the last day of my holiday vacation. (I recall something someone posted in my LJ comments, how the phrase “Another productive day of gaming” is a very fun oxymoron.)
Counterexamples… I’ve got Lord of the Rings on my PocketPC, but.. eh. It’s good, but I don’t feel an overwhelming urge to pick it up and read more, unlike the massive week long consumption of Harry Potter #1 through #4. I just can’t get into LoTR; good example is the opening scenes of the movie (which I loved) where we’re in Bag End with Bilbo taking off and Frodo dropping in, and there’s all this tension about Bilbo leaving the ring behind and Gandalf worrying about it. Then when he returns there’s a sense of urgency to get the hell out of the Shire before Many Bad Things descend upon them! … and in the book, these three scenes are uptight, formal as a proper spot of tea before lunch, have NO urgency whatsoever and despite the terrifying descriptions Gandalf’s laying down there’s no real sense of danger to speak of.
…although technically that’s more an issue of story pacing and taste issues than anything relevant to this post, but…
Anyway, I’ve got plenty of movies from my XMas Haul. I have a jazz loop CD for my music, which I haven’t done in awhile. But I’ll probably watch/fiddle with them later. For now I want to finish FFX. I might employ a GameShark not because I can’t beat the game, since the difficulty level has been fine so far, but so I can get through it faster without levelling up for hours or retrying parts I get killed on. Same enjoyment of the story, and that’s what counts to me.
Tomorrow I go back to work for two days before I get another weekend. Not real worried. Things are flowing along just fine, and oddly I usually work better on my writing on work days than fully freeform days… where games/books can distract me for hours.