Monday, March 10, 2008

Why do I like comics?

So, recently, Billy Zonos (Foilball) started his Read/Rant blog and on it, had his own reviews of comics. On many issues, I disagree with him vehemently, and I asked myself why that happened. I think I might have come to the answer. Now, this has nothing to do with Billy, as I don't know him well, but I will just try and say why I think it happens.

I like comics because I want to be entertained. Wow, stating the obvious much, Pi? But, seriously, I like to read comics because I like reading about superheroes and supervillains fighting and having problems in their lives. I'm not a huge fan of my own life, and comics allow me to briefly look into other people's lives. When I read comics, I don't look at how good they are, because honestly, I don't care. I look at how much I enjoy them. Now, my tastes are unique, as are everyone's, so I don't want to make a rating system like Billy, because it would be purely based off of my taste and I don't want someone to read what I liked as a 5 star comic, although was not very good all in all. Now, you may be asking, what is the difference between liking something and something being good? Aren't they the same? No, they are not the same. Look at it this way. Look at X-Men: The Last Stand. Now, by critics and reviews and everything, I would agree that it is not a good movie. But I liked it. I enjoyed it because I had a good time. To me, something being good is not very subjective, whereas how much you like it is very subjective. I am subjective when I look at things, such as comics or comic book movies. I don't try and see how good they are, but just try and enjoy myself. It is how I have loved Ghost Rider, Daredevil, X3, FF2 and Spider-Man 3. I watch them, just trying to have a good time. Being rewarded that way makes me happy. Comics are exactly the same for me. I try and enjoy my comics, and if I do, then I say how I liked it, and maybe that it is good (although I do not mean that it is good, just that I like it), and if I don't, I rave about the reasons I disliked it.

From what I see, and I could be wrong, Billy looks slightly more from an objective view, and so things that I liked are not necessarily good, and therefore we disagree.


Foilball said...

i think i need to clarify my reviews a bit more... for example, point out that although i may give something a low objective (as objective as i can be) rating, i might also still immensely enjoy the book on other levels. so yes, rating doesn't always = enjoyment. another thing, as a writer, i am also trying to learn from every piece of fiction i read. anyway, great post.

Pi_3.14159... said...

Thanks! I don't really care much about objectiveness in terms of comics. If I like it, I'll read it, if not, then I'll only read it if it has something I really am interested in. Otherwise, I don't really read a comic.

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