Today I thought I’d get to the bottom of why I like psychological thrillers so much. Disclaimer: I don’t succeed. I think the first one I watched was the TV show ‘Lost’ and it was the perfect example of the genre. I was so fascinated that I completely lost my head and lost track of the time to binge watch the first 2 seasons. I didn’t even know what binge watching was back then. I had borrowed the episodes from a friend burned onto DVDs and I was so enthralled that I hardly noticed the episodes melting into one another. Cut to present day and OTT platforms are now feeding my addiction by constantly telling me about shows and movies I might like based on what I have seen. It’s a vicious cycle. I have never figured out what attracts me to them through.
It could be an escape mechanism, that helps me get as far away from ordinary life as possible. It could be an inability to understand motivations – my own and others – that keeps me searching for clues elsewhere. It could be fulfilling a secret fantasy to try and solve mysteries myself. It could be a way for me to experience drama second-hand which I desperately avoid in real life. In a way I am glad I don’t know. I like that there is a bit of a mystery about why I like mysteries 🙂
Until next time, Cheers!