Monday, May 25, 2015

Let's Discuss...(2)

Let's Discuss...
Let's Discuss...is a new feature here on Lunar Rainbows Reviews, inspired by many of my fellow bloggers and their discussion posts.  For my posts, I'll be discussing random bookish and fandom topics.


Hi everyone! Look at me, already back with my second discussion post *pats self on the back* As you guys are reading this, I'll be busy taking part in my annual roadtrip to NYC to attend BEA'15. Eeeep!  I'll be checking in when I can and updating as I go, so if you don't follow me already via Twitter and Instagram, you can do so now for news and general fangirling. Anyway, let's get to discussing! If anyone missed my first discussion post and would like to check it out, you can see it here. And if not, no worries :) let's move on to today's topic. I want to know:

Are you a fan of rereading and/or rewatching?  

In case any of you didn't already know, I am a HUGE fan of both rereading/rewatching and today I want to tell you why. To be honest, I've never really understood people who are totally against rereading and rewatching because there are SO.MANY.REASONS. why I love it! When you experience a beloved story a second time (or third, fourth, fifth...) you get to appreciate the details of a beloved story so much more. It allows you to:

You catch details, plot points and all the foreshadowing that you probably didn't notice the first time because you were too excited/nervous.


Funny story: When I first finished the last book in the Harry Potter series, I immediately closed Deathly Hallows, walked over to my shelf and picked up Philosopher's Stone and started the whole thing all over again. I NEEDED to know if all the twists and turns that went down in that last book had been hinted at beforehand.  I also WANTED to see how many hints I'd missed. It's like a had a glorious puzzle solved before me but I had to go back and investigate every single piece and make sure it all fit juuuust right. Of course it did, but it was so much fun seeing those hints a second time around and being like: A-HA!

You get to relive all the feels-y moments and shatter your soul all over again. You know, if you're into that...

There's something you all should know about me: I have a very hard time letting go of the things I love.  And after spending so long with Harry and the gang, or Celaena or those Raven Boys well, I really struggle with saying goodbye and moving on with my life. I miss the characters and the world terribly. A part of me always longs to torture myself all over again with the good, the bad and everything in between.

You could just be masochistic and enjoy making yourself suffer. I know I sure do!

It might be just me, but I find that a lot of the time, when you revisit a beloved story through books, television or film, the emotional impact is even stronger the second time around.  You'd think that because of part of you knows what's going to happen you'd be prepared and just go with it. Well, you'd be wrong.  I didn't cry the first time I read through the Harry Potter Series, or the first time I watched Doctor Who or Sherlock or Supernatural.  But let me tell you that the next time(s), I bawled like a baby.  For some reason, knowing what's going to happen makes it worse and I love that a story can have that kind of an effect one me. 


Revisiting favorite fictional worlds, because reality sucks.

I don't reread as much now that I have the blog, for lack of time BUT I have been craving a Harry Potter reread something fierce.  I haven't gone back in like 5 years, which is unheard of, since I used to reread the entire series every year.  I do know that when all the books in my current favorite series are out (namely Throne of Glass, The Stormlight Archive and The Raven Cycle) that I WILL sit back and reread them in their entirety. And if there are still too many feels, I'll just start up all over again. It's the next best thing to being able to cross over and live in their world.  If I can't up and head for Hogwarts orAdarlan or Roshar, well you can be sure I'll revisit their worlds the only way available to me.


You ALWAYS miss things the first time around....and I don't want to miss a thing!

As I mentioned above there, to me stories just pack a bigger emotional punch the second time around, when you know the characters better and care for them more. There's a bit more to it than that though.  And it's quite simple: No matter how diligent and attentive you are, you always miss stuff the first time around. In the case of a book, well you can be eager to see how a big twist is going to play out and miss some small detail or hint of something to come. If you're watching a show or movie, well you can start talking about what just went down and then you miss something else, or your phone goes off or what have you.  In those small moments you can miss A LOT. A clue, a joke, a stolen moment. Anything. I can't count the number of times I reread/rewatched and gone: OMG I totally missed that last time!  It's such a treat...if you're geeky and obsessive like me, anyway.


So for all of those reasons and more, I am a huge fan of rereading and rewatching.  Now I want to know: Do you reread/rewatch? If so, what are your reasons for doing so? Did I miss any good ones? And if you don't reread/rewatch, let me know why in the comments below :)

24 comments:

  1. HAVE FUN AT BEA, MICHELINE!! PICTURESSS WE WANT PICTURESSSSS

    I love a bit of rereading every now and again but I admit, it's not something I indulge in very often, just because I'm low on time as it is and a lot of my newer books aren't getting read you know? But I do two rereads a year! I already half of that this year with a reread of the All Souls trilogy which was SO SO GOOD. I'm planning my HP one next! I love rereads, you just get to pick up all these details that you never quite noticed before!

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    1. THANK YOU JESS!! I'll be posting updates with pictures soon-ish^^

      YAY FOR HP re-reads :D I'll admit that I don't reread as much as I used to, but I'll forever be a fan of revisiting beloved stories, worlds and characters ♥ I still NEED to read the All Souls Trilogy but (another) HP reread is surely in my future too!

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  2. I used to reread a bit when I was younger, but don't do it now because of blogging and the lack of time. I still rewatch my favourite TV shows and movies though (e.g. Friends, Lord of the Rings, The Notebook, etc.).

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    1. Forgot to add: I hope you have an awesome time at BEA!

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    2. Yeah blogging has seriously cut in on my rereading time but I do want to get back into it. Rewatching is always fun though, I've rewatched Friends, LoTR and Notebook too many times to count (among others) LOL Thank you, we had a blast :D

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  3. I totally agree with everything you've said! I love rereading/rewatching for all of the reasons you've listed. Whenever I really love a book I always re-read it. I just love revisiting the world and characters and I really love seeing all of the foreshadowing that I missed the first time around. I don't really rewatch tv shows a lot because it would take a long time to rewatch a tv series or season. I will rewatch individual episodes, but never a whole season. Movies are different because they aren't;t as long as seasons.

    Great topic Micheline =D and have a great time at BEA!

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    1. I'm so bad though, my need to rewatch is just as strong as my need to reread so even with super long series (like Supernatural, with 10 seasons...or even Doctor Who with 9) I rewatch them IN ORDER nonetheless. Me and the bf pretty much marathon them in the evenings, so on a good night we can rewatch like 4-5 episodes, so it progresses fairly fast. And in any case, I love being lost in those worlds so the time it takes is more of treat than a hinderance for us XD

      Thank you so much Kimberly!! And we had a blast!! x

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  4. MIND TWINS. I've been working on this post where I confess I'm a serial re-watcher and re-reader. I also don't get it if people say they never do it, mainly if they talk about 'having no time for it.' Because.. you do it for your enjoyment, so you make time for it, right? I love it when I find little things I didn't notice before. Even with HP I still pick up new things and I've re-read them countless of times. Revisiting is awesome :)

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    1. YES. I can't wait to read your post then Mel!! For real though, if you love a series, once is NEVER enough. You HAVE to make time for that stuff! Discovering those little details that you missed the first time around is the best. Makes me wonder how many details are missed by those who only read/watch stuff once D: Likewise with HP^^ with seven pretty big books, there's always something I notice that I didn't before and it makes me happy :)

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  5. Enjoy BEA, have fun there ! I'm not a huge fan of re-reading, simply because I yet have so many books to read, how will I ever finish that to-be-read list ? (well, the answer is simple : never). I re-watch, though, including that episode of Dr Who where you can't blink - one of my favorites, I sleep in the t-shirt "the angels have the phone box !". That said... I read Jane Eyre 8 times since I was a teenager, soooo... you never know, I might change my mind ;)

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    1. Thank you!! I can kind of understand that - thinking of the books I won't get to in my lifetime because of lack of time is a very serious concern. But at the same time, there are literally NO stories out there that will measure up to something like Harry Potter, so I'll never stop myself from revisiting it when the need/urge arises. Oh and I NEED a The Angels Have the Phone Box T-SHIRT!!!

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  6. I hope you have a blast at BEA! I do both re-watching and re-reading, I tend to re-watch more since it's easier, but I do read my favorite books a lot. I agree with Mel up there, it's always great to refresh the details of the book :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. Thank you Benish, I had a whole lot of fun but I am exhausted beyond belief. It's true that rewatching is easier, especially now that I have the blog, but I'll always go back to my favorites when they call my name ;)

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  7. Love this post! I never used to be a re-reader (too many new books to read!) but now I really love going back and enjoying all those little details and foreshadowing I missed the first time around. And yes, the FEELS are always stronger the second...or seventh...time around :)

    So much love for the Stormlight Archive and Throne of Glass Series! I'll definitely be rereading those over and over again.

    - Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider silk

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    1. I never used to either, but that all changed when Harry Potter came into my life! And the feels. OMG the feels!!! Gah!

      Oooh man ToG and SA will get reread until I'm old and grey, I can feel it. SO.MUCH.LOVE for those books ♥♥

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  8. I was a big rereader when I was a kid, to the point where my mom would be like, are you reading the same book AGAIN? XD Nowadays I reserve rereading for my absolute favorite series, like HP. Deathly Hallows was a book that I HAD to reread from the beginning as soon as I finished it- could not. Let. Go. I've been itching to reread The Raven Cycle and will probably do so once it's complete. ❤

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    1. LOL^^ That's great! I actually wasn't a rereader as a kid but then again at the time, I mostly read historicals and cheesy contemporaries like Sweet Valley High >.< I definitely reserve my rereads for all time favorites too! I've been craving a HP reread since I've never gone so long without doing one. ToG, RC and SA will SO BE A MUST TO REREAD though. ♥♥♥ Again and again. And again and again LOL

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  9. I am a huge fan of rewatching movies and TV shows, but I don't reread a lot of books. With movies and TV shows, I only like a handful of them, and I am super picky. With books, there are so many that I want to read, that I find it hard to snag the time to reread books.

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    1. SAME.HERE. I am super picky with tv shows and films so the ones that I do end up hooked on, I want to LIVE in. Hence the compulsive rewatching and marathoning :D I need to make more time for rereading even though I have the blog though, because to me it's worth missing out on other books to relive the favorites.

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  10. Yes YES I'm all about the rereading/rewatching!! Though I admit I don't do nearly as much now that I'm inundated by all sorts of new books and tv shows that I want to watch. BUT I still absolutely make the time for my favourites for all the reason you mention above! Some things just BEG to be reread/rewatched because the author did such a brilliant job at crafting such a complex storyline and it's almost like you have to reread it to fully grasp their brilliance. I love my first times too - the first time I fell in love with a story or world or character - and I often wish I could experience the magic of Harry Potter like it was my first time again - but rereads are fantastic in a different, but equally great way!! ... Damn, I am WAY overdue for a reread of HP!!!!

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    1. Lately I've also been more focused on new shows and new books but I WILL ALWAYS make time for revisiting beloved worlds and characters when the need strikes me.

      ''Some things just BEG to be reread/rewatched because the author did such a brilliant job at crafting such a complex storyline and it's almost like you have to reread it to fully grasp their brilliance.'' SO.MUCH.YES^^ I do love my first times too and I SO WISH that we could all go back and experience the magic of HP all over again for the first time ♥ Same goes for ToG, SA and TRC but it's like you said: rereads have their own magic! WE SHOULD DO A HP READALONG SOMETIME!!! :D

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  11. I used to love rereading as well. I haven't reread in a long while, wait I listened to an audio book that I had read the year before. I think I might try that again because it have a completely different experience. I do want to read some things over again but it will probably be awhile before I do. Like once I start to forget details I think. I want to do that with the Hollows series by Kim Harrison and the Anne Bishop Others series. But I adhere with all your points, I'm more invested the second time around as well and love seeing all those details I missed. :-)

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    1. The last time I reread Harry Potter, it was on audio and you're right: it makes for a totally different experience. It's one of the major reasons why I want to get into audiobooks more! I feel like blogging ate up a lot of the time I used to dedicate to rereading so I'm hoping to get myself organized to I can pick up the habit again...but like you, it might take a while.

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  12. I have such a hard time re-reading - pretty much just because of time. I WANT to relive those older books, but there are SO many new books I want to read - I just can't make myself spend the time to re-read.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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