In fact, this happened to me just tonight while watching (of all things) 'Confessions of a Shopaholic'. I tried to do a little unpacking of this during a free-writing session and came up with something that was actually sort of kind of coherent, so I posted it over in my LJ, which gained me a comment which (in a roundabout way) led me here.
(Follow the fake LJ Cut to read said post.)
Reading the user info of the community brought back traumatic memories of watching Borat with some friends. I ended up out of the room more often than I was in. I think I cleaned most of the kitchen that night, my anxiety level was so high I was practically moving at double speed. I have the same problem with Jackass -- I love the stupid stunts they do and the pranks they pull on each other but the hidden camera stuff actually physically upsets me to the point where I refuse to watch, even on fast-forward.
So anyway, that's my long-winded way of saying 'Hi!' and I'm really glad that I am NOT the only one that gets these feelings.
- Current Location:19002
- Current Mood: anxious
- Current Mood:cringing
Some people in this world are rockstars, and some people simply aren't. Watching someone who's not pretend to be one is not comfortable.
This feels a lot like my squick reaction to plain embarrassment, but it happens even if the resolution actually isn't a horribly cringe-worthy scene, and unfortunately is more general than being squicked just by the embarrassment. Also depending on how long the tension from the secret is kept up, for me a low level background squick reaction can persist quite long. Not enought to stop the story if I like it otherwise, but enough to suck some fun out of it. So I'm not sure whether this actually still the same squick or merely related or overlapping. It's sort of like being squicked by the anticipation of embarrassment?
Do others have this problem too? It creates a surprising amount of trouble for me when reading all kinds of fiction. :/
- Current Mood:squicked
Is anyone else watching the series? (Also, why is there no fanfic for it?)
( Personal space, Jane Fonda! Personal space!Collapse )
oh god, his voice just cracked a little and apparently it gets worse. I think I'm going to go watch Countdown now.
- Current Mood:hiding
(Hit mine *so hard*. Agh. Had to avert eyes at various points. I liked the movie, but AGH.)
Warning: possible spoilers in comments.
I'm ... surfing lj in the same room as it. Does that count as watching?
Although considering I've only been able to actually look at the screen for about two minutes total, I'm tempted to go watch Miss Marple upstairs instead.
Man, I've said that written media doesn't squick me as badly, but helenish's This Gun's for Hire (SGA: Sheppard/McKay) is squicking me SO HARD and yet of course it's so good that I can't stop reading, but sometimes I end up skipping large segments because of reading with one eye closed.
...in fact this may be less about squick and more about me generally being lame. Hard to say!