Friday, July 17, 2009

My super power

Before I get to revealing my awesome super power I wanted to provide an update on little Miss Cameron and our quest to have her sleep through the night. She required only two pacifier insertions by DH starting at 4:30 AM and I had to wake her up at 6:30 AM to eat. Yay! 1 night down, thousands more to go. Of course I was wide awake worrying about how she was going to react from 4:30 AM on but that's what being a mother is all about, right?

Last night DH and I finally got around to watching the season finale of Fringe. Yes, it's been about three months but nothing was spoiled for us. I didn't read any spoilers about the episode or what's on tap for next season. The finale was definitely good but the best part is that it supported my assessment of what my personal super power is. Don't read further if you don't want to know a key plot point! About 20 minutes into the episode I asked DH to pause the recording.

Me: I think that Peter will turn out to not be the real Peter but the Peter from a parallel universe.
DH: OK. I like it. Let's see what happens.

20 minutes later.

Me: I was totally right!
DH: You must have read something about it. How the hell could you predict that?
Me: It's my gift.

Yup, I completely predicted one of the major plot points. And that is my super power. I can predict what will happen in a movie or TV show about 99% of the time. Lost is probably the one show that I can't predict but even that is become a bit more predictable as time goes on. I accredit my super power to a couple of things. First, I am a former Creative Writing major. Did you know that there are only something like 12 original story lines? Everything is just a combination or riff off of those. Secondly, TV is predictable. Hollywood has made trillions of dollars but they usually do it by recycling the same stories. How else do you explain the remake of Footloose? Third, I read. A lot. And assuming I remember even 10% of the hundreds (probably thousands but I'm being modest) of books I read I will see something repeated in TV or movies.

The hardest thing to probably understand is why I watch so much TV if I can in fact predict most scripted shows. Well, I do watch a lot more reality TV (although DH will argue that that's because only reality shows seem to be scheduled these days). I also like the overarching story lines in most shows. Character development and all that.

So, that's my super power. What is yours?


LauraC said...

I wrote a whole post on my Secret Superpower:

To sum it up, my Secret Superpower is that after hearing a song three times, I can sing all the words forever. Many people have tested me and I have always delivered.

I did apply to go to Don't Forget the Lyrics and one of the questions was whether or not you have a blog!

LauraC said...

Jon and I were talking about this (only 12 original story lines) and we were wondering whether you called the ending to Adaptation? I thought that was a very unusual (and awesome) ending to a movie. I had previously read The Orchid Thief and thought this was a brilliant adaptation of a book that really had no plot and no point. ha ha!