1. That’s a good point. We miss a lot of joy by being voluntary curmudgeons. Instead, if we just tossed our prejudices aside before diving in, and just took creative work as it presented itself, not trying to expect it to be what it doesn’t say it will be, we would enjoy life a bit more. And be less rude to the creators…

  2. I used to kind of have a prejudice toward romance stories. I didn’t necessarily mind romantic subplots being woven into a story that was otherwise epic, but a lot of romcoms and such just seemed silly to me. As I got older I read more romance focused stories that I actually liked, though, and even though it isn’t my favorite genre, it’s still something I like. They’ve even helped me when it comes to writing humor and character interaction. So…I dunno. A lot of things we like and dislike can be due to the particular parts/stories we see, rather than the genres themselves. Many superhero comics actually delve pretty deep into character exploration and such.

    That said, I’m not super into Marvel either. It’s ok, but, since I prefer DC, I’m going to say they’re better :p

  3. Jes Drew says:

    Cap!!! He is my muse.

  4. I feel much the same when someone asks me to watch a self-appointed “chick flick” or a classic drama. I always want to know – what makes it for chicks? Who appointed it a classic? Does drama mean there will be character change or does it just mean the whole story will be about human misery with no relief on the horizon? I used to really hate the assumption that I forced my husband to watch chick flicks or dramas on our date nights – definitely not! We went to see action adventure, comic book movies, and SF we didn’t think our kids were ready for on the big screen.
    We all have our own prejudices and curmudgeonly habits – even those types of prejudices which most would not see as prejudices. A comic book movie snob can eschew all dramas like I often have. I don’t like watching misery for the sake of watching misery. I know the world is a tough place. I know all the bad exists. When I go to a movie, I want to see some good vanquish evil. Maybe my tastes are a little childish in some eyes, but I would rather pay movie ticket prices for good to triumph over evil than for a movie that starts and ends in misery. I’m also a fan of musicals (which I know some people think are nearly as uneducated as comic book movies), animated fare, and SF-Fantasy Adventure.
    Yet, I also struggle with comic book movies that go too far on their quest for hitting all the popular themes of the day. Captain Marvel actually handled the theme of “empowered woman” with a bit more dignity than the last Avengers film (really that scene where all the male heroes hang back and the women take over was a bit ridiculous, especially with the commentary alongside it).
    Comic book movies have their ups and downs, but I’m thankful for the positive moments and the complex characters making tough choices – for good or ill.
    And, as for dramas, well, I do watch a few. I liked Lion (2016). I liked The Color Purple (1985). I liked The Mission (1986). I liked Passion for Christ (2004). And yeah, those are all the dramas I can think of that I like – oh, and To Kill a Mockingbird (black and white).

What do you think?