What makes some people TV fanatics and other folks movie hounds? It’s a question I’ve been thinking about a lot recently, after a colleague came back from Sundance and described how fun it’d been to hang out with EW’s movie department and hear them speak as passionately about film as she and I do about television. I know most anyone reading EW appreciates both, but if you’re like me, you still know which way your scale tips. So which direction is it? And why?
I think I’m a TV person because I love the satisfaction I get when I watch a character respond to something exactly as she should. You know what I mean? It could be that I’ve remembered something she said on the topic three seasons earlier, or that I’ve simply grown to know her well enough that I, like the show’s writers, can predict her reaction. In short, even though I love the emotional extremes and grand spectacles you can experience on the big screen in two hours, I wouldn’t trade them for how I felt watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s (pictured) series finale after investing about 70 times that. Not every TV show is that fulfilling, of course, but the possibility is what keeps me tuning in.