10 Keys to a Better Life as a Fanboy: 9. Remember What it is You Liked

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This series of articles is designed to help you, the fan, try and divorce yourself from your attachment to source material and judge a film on its own merits and not in comparison to another work. These tips come from my own experience. I hope they are helpful.

I mentioned this in a previous entry but it deserves its own entry because it deserves to be addressed almost like an aside. Here’s the deal: sometimes it seems like people like to complain just to hear themselves complain and then they go back to the box office over and over again just to be disappointed all over again. The first tip is if you’re really that irate stop going.

All this nit-picky complaining certainly didn’t get the source material beloved so again there seems to be some of a higher bar set for the film, as if should it not match the source material it’s a sin. At the end of the day it’s just a movie. There are plenty of bad ones out there, terrible ones too but rarely am I angered. If I am angered it’s usually the film has reached incomprehensible levels of godawfulness.

Now granted sometimes complaints or issues are what stick with us even after a good film but if you keep going back for more like a glutton for cinematic punishment you should stop or refocus your energy. If you don’t see what it is that made you like a given story in the first place then fine, however, if you admit the spirit of the tale is still there but you’re obsessing over the omitted minutiae then you’re missing the forest for the trees.


  1. Connie · March 24, 2012

    It is also possible, however, to love a film and pick it apart. I am an avid reader, so for me films created from books always invite comparisons. It can be a very good academic exercise to look at the strength and weakness in the story-telling in both; always being mindful of the fact that a film is a film and a book is a book. The are quite different vehicles and the story must be suited for the vehicle. I have a DVD in the house somewhere with John Irving talking about the books of his that have been “made” into movies. He quite honestly dismisses any expectations that the movies be true to the books and basically says that they should not be…
    (Thanks for another great blog post, I may not always respond but I do enjoy reading your posts. Keep up the good work!)

    • bernardovillela · March 24, 2012


      This is very true. One of the things I have in the hopper is a loving “picking apart” of a franchise to an extent.

      Your point is important and true and allows me to reiterate that the subtext of this series is not “check your critical faculties at the door” but rather “don’t allow expectations of another medium to cloud judgment of the one you are partaking in.”

      The Potter house elf crusade is my favorite example: once one film excised it there was no place for it in the hole of the film series. All that matters in the films elf-wise is Dobby. It would’ve been a mistake to try and incorporate it later after passing on its inception.

      Thanks for reading!

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