Hello everybody, this is my first thread and I wasn't really sure where to put it. Please forgive me if I have it in the wrong place (maybe it belongs in fluff? Help me out here! ) or if it's nonsense.
I'm aware that the answer to any question beginning with "Am I the only one who..." is invariably "NO!" so I'll try to refrain from that. I am curious, however, to know what people think about this (and, okay okay, I give in.... if anybody else also does this )
I have a bunch of favourite TV shows that I'm very sentimental about - usually sci-fi TV shows that I watched with my old man when I was growing up - and every couple of years I like to go back and re-watch them and there's always something new that I hadn't noticed before. However, for most of them, even though I've watched many times, I've actually only ever seen the final episode(s) once. What will always happen is I will watch them through and then as it gets closer to the end, watch an episode less and less frequently until finally drifting away entirely, usually as the final episode or conclusion to final story arc approaches.
I even do this with "new" shows. I don't like to watch most as they air because, even if they sound interesting, I prefer to wait until I can "watch them through to the end" and yet I very rarely get to the end of them. I have a bunch of DVD boxsets on my shelf and iTunes/whatever downloads on my media PC that I've enjoyed but never seen the end of.
Computer games are the same - my very favourite games I've often only finished once. I'll go back and replay them but always drift away before the ending.
Sometimes I think maybe it's because I like to imagine them just going on forever and watching the ends will ruin that. Or maybe because a lot of the time, the endings are very bittersweet in some way and it's embarrassing to get misty eyed over stuff like that.
Possibly also related - I don't really like films because I find them too self-contained and abrupt, with no real chance to get close to the characters.
So... am I the only...
HAH! Gotcha. But seriously, anybody have any thoughts?