Am I a bad Batman fan for adoring The Dark Knight Rises? I don’t think so. I thought it was an incredibly awesome movie, despite some problems. I didn’t feel the need to compare it to The Avengers, even though both are comic book films. Yet I’ve been told, over and over, that I have to like one more than the other.
If I admit to liking the television show Arrow, and I do, am I not a fan of the Green Arrow comic?
Does liking one particular portrayal of the Doctor more than another mean I’m a bad Doctor Who fan?
I’ve heard all of those, plus many more.
After Torchwood: Children of Earth, I learned very quickly that I shouldn’t admit to having liked it. “Real” fans of Torchwood could never like something that killed their favourite character.
Even as far back as my Lord of the Rings days, I remember there being a disproportionate number of negative responses. Movie adaptations of books are just that, adaptations; they don’t have to (and shouldn’t) copy the book word for word. And even if you disagree, there is no need to berate the fans who might have enjoyed the trilogy.
Why? Why do people who claim to love a book/tv show/movie/comic/etc feel the need to seek out the negative aspects of it?
I always believed that fans were fans because they loved the material. But maybe not. Maybe I’m the strange one, the fan who looks for the good, even when the rest of the world can’t.
I wish I could come up with a theory on why fans are negative about things they claim to love. But I can’t. If you want to give it a go, please do. I’ve accepted that I can’t change it, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still bother me.
Agree, disagree? Thoughts, opinions, anything?