A little while back there was a lot of hoopla going on about this little thing called Black Fox. A little anime movie that a lot of people seemed to really like and had some praises on. It got to the point where I had checked it out myself and the result of that was that I couldn’t care less about it. I was almost ready to just write a review in order to tear it apart, but that’s too easy to do. What would that do though? There was this side of my self pulling back telling me that there was no point on going on this pointless tirade. Sure, a post would come from it but one that wouldn’t have any value in it. If you’ve noticed, I haven’t wrote any many strongly negative reviews. The last one was a couple months ago in a see of pretty good shows that I’ve also written about. I don’t want to just spread negativity around everywhere I go. That’s an angle I’m not going for as much anymore. Negativity isn’t fun for me is what I’m saying.
I know this is a cheap thing to say right out of the bat, but it’s easier for someone to be known for their negativity then their positivity. If the internet has proven anything lately, it’s that people like watching and reading negative videos and posts then positive ones. Either the viewing party is curious about why a person is being negative about something they like OR the viewing party wants to see someone else dunk on something they don’t like because it’s fun. Don’t lie, both of these are true at some level. I know it because that’s something I still do which makes me a hypocrite. It’s that human nature sort of thing which draws people into it. The points and quality of the negative post or video do matter, but not as much as one would think to make their case. Just the fact that it’s a negative video or post gives it the click bait it needs to be successful most of the time.
It’s not like all negative posts are considered equal. Some are far better then others. Especially when a person can look at something through their education and experience when talking about how something is bad on a lot of technical levels. Watching those sorts of videos and reading those posts could be an educational experience. That’s not easy negativity, that’s hard negativity. Learning from a professional on how to do something is always great. On the other hand, some negative posts and videos come from people who put little thought and effort into what they are doing by not paying attention to the media they are watching close enough or too close where they nitpick everything on screen without considering or understanding the context of what is going on.
Positive posts and everything else are harder considering that there is a lot of things going against a series when walking into it to get a positive experience out of it. There are so many factors to consider here like what mood the watcher is in, is the genre to the watcher’s tastes or not, is the show doing enough to get the viewer to watch if it isn’t to their tastes, and other things. I would even throw in that people would think that a show is a shoe in for them when the categories a show is in fits someone’s tastes. That’s true, but there is also the factor of expectations which can hurt a series too. Imagine if something is in your wheel house and it just doesn’t perform at all. That adds some extra layers of negativity don’t you think? So in essence, a series has a lot of factors against it before a person can write a completely positive or mostly positive review on something. It’s a lot of work to be positive, man.
And all of that leaders to how I wrote my posts and reviews. I don’t like writing about something if I can’t find anything positive to say about it. Looking at you, Black Fox. There has to be something positive in a show that draws me into it to write about it. Of course, I’m not always completely positive right? If anything, I try to find a good balance between the good and bad attributes of a series in question from my point of view when writing about it. I don’t have any hidden agendas that make me want other people to hate on a series too, I like writing posts that are fair with my own tastes on the said. Can that be called positive? Maybe not. So in general, I just want to inform everyone that something exists and whether or not something is in the reader’s tastes to watch. That’s it. That’s the post. Took me long enough to get there, huh? My build up has been terrible recently.
Maybe with that thought process comes a question of my standards when reporting on when I watch or read something. Yeah, I don’t care about how my standards make me look honestly. I go into new series, seasonal or otherwise, with hope that it will just like a series and let go of it if I don’t find value in watching something anymore. When that happens, I never talk about the series again if it’s seasonal or in the first place if it isn’t. I suppose I do have some tastes when it comes to solid stories, good characters, and how deep the story is with a side of space ships, science fiction elements, and giant robots sometimes. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but robots aren’t always necessary. Though, I will make the note that anything can be improved with robots.
But anyway, I don’t jump into something expecting it to be the best thing possible, just that it’s good enough for me to watch. That way I won’t let my own internal thought processes and biases weigh down a series that I haven’t even watched yet. Hopefully, that mindset will allow me to know when a series is good to me or not That’s it. If it’s an almost perfect series and it wows me, great. Going to put that on my list of favorites that has been growing recently. If it’s not, then I will still watch it. If something is good and watchable, that’s all I need sometimes to relax and cool myself off considering how busy my life is. I’m not picky, I like just watching things to watch them sometimes. Then I write about them maybe. That’s how review posts appear on this blog. I’m not a reviewer, just a blogger and that’s ok.
TL;DR – I try to walk into a series with a positive mindset and write at least a balanced point of view, if not positive, when writing about a series. I’m not a reviewer, just a blogger. Thank you so much for reading my little rant, everyone. See you when the next post appears on this blog.