That’s your ‘Opinion’ and I’m okay with that
Stories have been around since the dawn of time. Whether we tell them by songs, books, movies, and the many countless other ways. To a lot of people, stories are a way to escape reality, or dive right into it. But deeper than that, we go to telling, reading, listening, and watching stories to connect to the characters and the different things we can relate to.
For a while now, arguments between Marvel and DC fans have been very popular, causing each side to be very defensive when it comes to their stories because some people, whether that be professional critics or regular movie goers may or may not like the movie that they do, and believe it or not, that’s ok. For some reason, it seems that people are getting very angry if someone has a different opinion than them. And I’ve been noticing that a lot with comic book movie fans. But what we have to understand is that having your own opinion is okay. It’s something you should be proud of having and learning to respect others who may have a different opinion with yours. Just because one person thinks a movie sucks that you may like, doesn’t make them stupid. And it doesn’t make you wrong either. I think it’s time we learn that having your own opinion is just fine. There’s nothing wrong with having a good friendly debate, those are fun and we all love doing it. But there’s always a limit, feel free to express your opinion, but shutting someones else’s down because it differs from yours isn’t fair and no one wins from that.
There’s one movie genre or fans that have it the hardest with critics and movie fans that we can take notes from , and no, I’m not talking about you, DC/Marvel fans, I’m talking about the horror genre fans. If there’s any genre that has it rough with critics and the general movie going audience, it’s them. And what I’ve noticed from fans of that genre is that they understand that their movies aren’t the most popular, but they still choose to love and enjoy them, making sure they go out to support the genre, making sure it never dies off. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great horror movies our there, but most the time, they get bashed by movie fans and critics. We can take some notes from them in learning how to deal with people not liking a movie that we may like.
But why do we get so angry and frustrated? Why do we want to make petitions to shut down websites or get an actor replaced, why do we want to say mean things to someone who may disagree with you? I believe the reason is because we feel a connection to the movie that we really like or love. There’s a connection between the character or characters because we can relate to them or because we look up to them in a role model sort of way. Or we relate to the story because it gives us hope, or because it was fun and exciting for us, or because that story hit home for us for some reason. And to understand that is great, but to understand that someone having a different opinion than you doesn’t mean the end of the world, it’s just someone who thinks different from you.
So do you agree with me? Let me know, I would love to hear your opinion on this. And to keep up with all things entertaining, make sure to stay tuned to MFST.
Dewayne covers Movies and TV for MFST, make sure to follow him on Twitter @ProPizza94.