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One of biggest pet peeves is when D or Rock read the same book over and over. I push them to try something new and I am even successful at time, but I know as soon as I let the issue go in a couple of days they will go back to the same book. It doesn’t just end with books, they do it with movies and TV shows as well. That is not to say that I don’t persuade them to try new things and get them to try new stuff. I have been pretty successful doing this with Netflix. Fortunately, the method I use works for both Son and Mother (they are so much alike).
Both Rock and D can’t help but pay attention to what I am watching no matter what it is. So if I want them to watch something new, If I start watching it myself they will eventually get hooked. They just can’t help themselves. I have already done this a couple of times with both of them.
The show and movie can’t just be anything, I shouldn’t expect D to get hooked on watching anime without so much as ever watch one to begin with, it has to be something that I know they would like. I am like a one-man Netflix recommendation algorithm just for our family. It took me living with D for almost 15 years and being Rock’s dad to get to this point. It can be a bit of hit or miss, but when I get a hit they are totally in.
For example, GLOW was definitely not on D’s radar, but I had heard some good things about the show and based on the trailer I knew that it would definitely catch her interest. What I did next was wait until our usual evening routine, where she works on her laptop in bed, during this time she half pays attention to the TV usually using it as background noise. I took this as the perfect opportunity to put on the pilot of the show. I knew immediately that I had her when she put down her laptop and began watching the show, she even started asking about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and whether it was real or not. Fortunately, Netflix had the documentary film about GLOW which was amazing to watch.
I did the same thing when I started watching Voltron with Rock. At first when we spoke of it he was not that enthusiastic about watching the show, all it took was the first episode and he was hooked. He was not convinced that an old show from my childhood would be entertaining for him, we had run into the same issue with He-Man as I tried to convince him and his brother to watch some episode of the old 80s show. Fortunately for Voltron the amazing team behind Avatar: The Last Airbender is running the show.
I have been trying to get D to watch some of the amazing Marvel Netflix shows with me as well. So far it has been unsuccessful but I have found this image on how the path of a couple of popular Netflix shows might be able to lead to a loved one enjoying the Marvel Netflix universe.