Favourites are moments which had been frozen in time. At least the ones which we can find in media, because as we all know, memories are something which is constructed, and not only at the time in which they occur, they keep being constructed after the fact to fit with new information received.
Media memories are memories, or rather, occurrences from books, movies, series, music, they are frozen in time, crystallized, so to speak, because we can return to them, time and time again. The passage that had stirred our blood so in a novel, the elation that we had felt when listening to an overture in an opera, and so many others.
But can we truly return to these perfect moments, to revisit these perfect memories, or are our memories moments that are constructed from an alchemical fusion of two things, which can never truly be reproduced, as Dr Jackyll had found to his dismay? A unification of the media section, that indeed can be experienced again, and of our emotional and psychological state at the time, which are not only something one would be hard pressed to reproduce, but even to merely identify?
Read more, and please share your own frozen perfect moments!
Something can hit us hard, and usually does, because it resonates with us, and where we are in life. The reason certain books and series aimed at teenager boys do not appeal as much to older men is not because they see them for the folly they are, or that they “outgrew” them, meaning that they left these small matters behind; it is rather because the things that they spend time thinking of and the place they are in their lives direct and focus their attention elsewhere, and different keys are the ones that when pressed will elicit the greatest response.
Of course, some moments are singular, and though we can appreciate them, we know that we cannot revisit them, and should we, the response, though powerful, will probably take on a different form. This often occurs with thrillers and suspense films/books, because after the reveal we will be more tuned to the subtle hints proven, but that moment of realization where all the pieces had first fallen into place? No, that cannot be reproduced.
But even so, we do form favourites. Favorites are not merely our appreciation for the media moments, they are also our appreciation, our thanks for the artist that had created something which had elicited a response within us, for the emotional impact it had left on us, that special moment, even if it was half our doing, is something which we cherish, and that we are thankful for, and rightly so.
I do not think it is that simple though, because we can bring back those memories, of how we felt, and as the manner in which we change is often slow enough, we could come and revisit these moments, and the memory of their prior impact on us will lend our return to them a new strength, and perhaps with each revisit the effect will only be stronger. Just like when I think of eating a sour orange my mouth waters and I can taste the tangy orange, so my eyes get dewy and my throat clenches as the seconds tick towards an impactful moment in a series or movie.
And when it was pure happenstance, or just where we were in life, we can point at the media and say, “This [Media] was right for me, right then,” without claiming that it usually is.
I have favourites, I have passages in books or even whole pages that I pick out of my library every several months, when I think of them, and read them. I have moments in anime shows that I watch every 2-3 months, for more than a year now. I love these moments, I love how they make me feel, I love the me that I see when I am reflected by them, for after all, what you get out of a film/book is merely what you put into it.
I would love to hear moments like these which you, my readers, have, and hold treasured. I might share mine in the comments, or write a post or two for some.
No, these are not my favourite books, shows, films or whatever, these are favourite moments. Though a book that has such a moment can be a favourite book, and perhaps it is a causal relationship, that it is my favourite TV show because it holds these moments, and because it is my favourite I bond to it in a way that it comes up with these moments, because I give it more symbolic worth.
P.S. Got some internet issues at home, which stop me from commenting on others’ blogs, even when I do have the time, hopefully they’ll be resolved soon, but who knows (intra-house politics).