hype attacking! evasive maneuvers...

Remember when you were a little kid, and you got in an argument with a playground rival, and there came a point when you resorted to sticking your fingers in your ears and yelling "La, la, la, la, la..." at the top of your lungs?

I'm nearly 30, and I've found myself doing that repeatedly over the last week or so.

This is the problem. Nathaniel. He's so great. We're going to see The Dark Knight on Sunday at noon. Now, those of you who know me even a little bit can see right away how much I like this guy... otherwise, there's no way in hell I'd wait so long to see a movie that's so highly anticipated, and so much of a sure thing, on top of essentially being Heath Ledger's swan song. But I am waiting--and I don't mind--except...

Except that The Dark Knight is EVERYWHERE. A quick search of my Google Reader reveals no less than 121 Batman-related items. That's thanks, in large part, to Big Mike's Movie Blog, which has been running a Batman Blogathon (if you're not at a Batman overload stage, you really should check him out; he's a fantastic blogger), though everyone's been hyping it up, from Slate to EW. (I'm actually adding to the hype too, huh? Irony. Hm.)

I'm one of those people who would prefer to have absolutely no information prior to a movie viewing; too much hype can kill my enjoyment of a film. So I've been avoiding Batman like he's the Ebola virus, but since this is such a monstrous story, that's damn near impossible.

Yesterday I was watching "The Today Show" in bed, as per my usual routine, when they announced they were going to review The Dark Knight in the next segment. Groaning, I dragged my ass out of bed and went into the bathroom. I turned on my radio, and my favorite morning people were--you guessed it--discussing The Dark Knight. Ugh. I got ready for work in silence. It was maddening, to say the least.

So it's Friday, and The Dark Knight is actually in theaters. Now I have to avoid friends as well as media, and all my favorite bloggers... until Sunday. I suppose I could sneak into a theater and see it early... but, no, I can't do that. Nathaniel reads this blog (hi, cutie), so he would know. And I really am looking forward to seeing a fantastic movie with an equally fantastic guy. I don't know, maybe a little self-denial is good for me?

And of course you know as soon as I've seen it, Batman will be splashed all over this blog too. So I don't know what my point is. Maybe I just needed to whine a bit.
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9 Response to "hype attacking! evasive maneuvers..."

  1. The Mad Hatter says:
    July 18, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Ahhhh...I was wondering why I hadn't received many comments this week. Now it all comes clearer.

    Hopefully your weekend spent with your head in the sand isn't TOO painful! Lookin forward to reading your thoughts!

  2. Jess says:
    July 18, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Nayana, the only thing keeping me from seeing this movie this weekend is a friend's wedding, and then I have to have surgery on Monday that'll keep me in bed a few days. I won't see it until next weekend!!! Argh...I wish pre-screenings came to my little podunk corner of the world. Congrats on being in a grown-up relationship!

  3. Nayana Anthony says:
    July 18, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Mad Hatter... it's been torture! I love visiting your blog, but haven't been able to lately. :-( I'll be back soon, I promise.

    Jess... OK, I'll quit whining. That sucks! But my best wishes to you, and a quick recovery. And, hey... a grown -up relationship! Never thought of it that way, but you're right. It is pretty dang nice.

  4. Rachel says:
    July 18, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    I won't be seeing it till some time (yet to be determined) tomorrow, but I'm pseudo-thankful my home computer crashed last Sunday and so I won't be spending all night looking stuff up till it's my turn. It's been hard enough to avoid while at work today, and thankfully I've had pushy clients keeping me busy for the most part.

  5. David Bishop says:
    July 18, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    At the time of Star Wars Episode III, I took it to a more severe degree. I decided that the reason I was disappointed by the first two movies was overhype through advertising and general discussions about it. I think I might have seen the first teaser trailer for it, but after that, I managed to avoid everything. I even caught the midnight showing to avoid word of mouth. I think it really did help me enjoy the movie a little more.

  6. Daniel G. says:
    July 18, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    Wow, I don't know you're going to be able to do it. Friday was probably the worst day, though. Then you can just coop up for 36 hours.

  7. Daniel G. says:
    July 18, 2008 at 11:44 PM

    Of course that's easy for me to say. As per usual, I made it the past year without having seen a second of a trailer for TDK, like David for Sith. Actually I STILL haven't seen one, so every frame was fresh last night at midnight...ahhhh...yes.

  8. Nayana Anthony says:
    July 19, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    ...trying not to be bitter...trying so hard not to be bitter...

  9. Pat says:
    July 21, 2008 at 8:08 AM

    Nayana -

    I totally sympathathize, since I am waiting to see TDK till TUESDAY NIGHT! (I hate opening weekend crowds.) It's driving me crazy tyring to avoid all the blogger reviews out there till I've seen it myself.

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