It isn't often I click on something that says it's a trailer for a book but something drew me to I Lost It At The Video Store. I don't know if it was the nostalgia that I feel for the Captain Video 20 minutes away from the house I grew up in or the Blockbuster that was five minutes away (admittedly, the former had a much better selection than the latter).
Either way, I needed to watch the trailer for a book and I (ugh, I hate that I'm admitting this right now) really enjoyed it.
Now, I'm just old enough to remember what it was like to walk up and down the aisles of a video store. But most of my memories involve renting DVDs instead of VHS tapes but I still feel the same kind of nostalgia that the directors feel in the trailer above.
There's something about walking up and down the aisles without really having a plan on what to rent and just wait on something to catch your eye. All of my video store memories bleed into each other. It's usually me being begged and pleaded with to hurry up and make a decision on what to get. It didn't matter who I was with.
There were times it was my parents asking me to pick a movie we could all watch and there were other times where it was someone I was dating at the time getting annoyed that I couldn't decide on the two movies I wanted to see. And every single time I picked something, they hated it. It was a running joke, that I wasn't allowed to pick a movie unless everyone was in the mood for a weird independent movie that doesn't make sense to people who aren't insane.
You know, there's something to be said about the trailer, video stores, and the book. It's this, sort of, celebration of an era that was lost as well as a celebration of a culture that has just disappeared.
I mean look at it this way, everyone streams anything visual for the most part. None of my friends own a television -- if they do, it isn't plugged in or it's strictly used for video games -- but they all keep up with television shows. It's either on Netflix or their parents' HBO account (which is fine, TV is expensive).
I think what I'm really trying to say is that it's kind of interesting that there's this book about video stores because books are probably in the same position video stores were a couple of years ago. Sure, book stores still exist but -- again -- I don't know anyone that isn't listening to a book not reading it. It's almost like reading a book is more of status symbol, like, "look at this person reading a book, they gotta be smart or something and maybe they're attractive now or whatever" (that's a dumb thing to think).
I just think it's funny/interesting that one almost dead form of media is based on an already dead form of media (the book about video stores). Either way, I'm sure it's an interesting read but I'd much rather wait for it to come out as an audiobook.
If you still like reading this that aren't on the Internet, you can buy the book on Amazon