I was bitten by the movie bug

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supermarioutd

Senior Member
Persian
Hello to all,

Is it correct and natural to use the idiom "bitten by bug" like this? How common is this idiom? :

I was bitten by the movie bug after I saw the great Gatsby 3 years ago.

Could you please offer some personal example with this idiom so that I can better understand how it's used?
 
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    I hear "addicted" used metaphorically in this sort of situation.

    I got addicted to watching Laverne and Shirley when they had a marathon on TV. I must have seen all 178 episodes of the show.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Or using the mental health metaphor, “obsesses”.

    It is funny that all the metaphors are disease (bitten by bug), addiction, or mental health related. Maybe singlemindedness is not healthy.:)

    In plain English (which works just fine):

    After seeing The Great Gatsby I pursued movie watching with a fervor that approached the unhealthy.
     
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