Is it bad…

Am I being closed-minded if I just don’t want to watch/read certain shows, films, or books just because?

Take for instance the TV show Breaking Bad. There’s no reason not to believe its hype. It’s funny (at least I’ve been told the first couple of seasons are), well-written, has rounded characters, interesting story lines; it’s critically acclaimed and its actors have received acting awards. It’s even filmed in Albuquerque, my town, and the production company has brought money into the community. All good things. But I don’t want to watch it. Stories about drugs are not my kind of thing. Stories about men who descend into darkness–not my kind of thing. So I haven’t seen it, and despite having it on Netflix, I won’t be watching it any time soon. I’m sure it deserves its accolades, but I don’t want to watch it.

There are books that do the same. Every time I pick up a book I should read (Kite Runner, Life of Pi) I’ve been disappointed. It’s not that I don’t see the merit of the books, but when I read I want to be swept away. I don’t want to search for its merits. I could see teaching these books, but not sitting down to read them for fun. My taste. I won’t apologize for it.

And don’t think I’m not as harsh on my beloved genre fiction books. I’d say more than half of them I read the first two, maybe three chapters, then just skim the rest to know what happens (unless I’m judging it for a contest; then I read every page). The book that carries me through page by page is a rarity. And one that is becoming more and more rare. So many things can pull me out of the story: a wrong fact, grammar errors (I mean the ones that aren’t deliberate), and most of all lack of logic. I just finished judging a contest and the biggest errors I found in these unpublished manuscripts was lack of logic. People I know wouldn’t behave a certain way without a good reason, and needed a behavior to further the story is not reason enough.

We all have our limits, buttons, narrow view. I’m trying to broaden mine when it comes to important things. But do I have to when it comes to entertainment? Am I being closed-minded?


Books I’m reading now (and although I don’t usually write whether I’m enjoying them or not, I thought I should after today’s post):

My Lady Mage by Alexis Morgan (And I’m truly enjoying it–reading every page.)

11 thoughts on “Is it bad…

  1. MonaKarel

    Well, I don’t think you’re wrong but then again I didn’t much like Friends…too much self absorbed whiney people. And most if not all of the current sitcoms bore me to such an extent I didn’t mind at all cancelling DirectTv. I miss Barney Miller and WKRP in Cincinnati. Not to mention Sports Night.
    As far as books, yep, I’m with you there too. Just not enough reading hours to waste on books that don’t “do it” for me.

    • Gabi Stevens

      Part of me wants to say, “It’s just Television,” but that opens the door to comments like,”It’s just romance.” There is excellent and worthwhile TV out there. Not to mention the stuff that I just find fun–which is also not bad. πŸ™‚

  2. KathyF

    I feel the same way about Breaking Bad. Hubs and daughter watch it, but it holds no interest for me. And I put down Life of Pi after a couple chapters. Just not my thing. But when I love a book or an author’s work, I voraciously consume it. So…is that bad?

    • MonaKarel

      Well, it’s bad for the bank account! I’ve recently “discovered” two authors with an extensive back list. So much for my book budget. Then Gabi goes and brings out another historical. Guess I’ll be giving up another restaurant meal!

    • Rangler

      I’m not a smoker, never have been a smoker, and never will be a smoker. I’ve never tried it and don’t intend to. As much as I despise smoking and everything about it, it is not my place to tell someone they can’t smoke (as long as it’s not around me or my family) nor is it my place to tell a company they sh28&dnl#uo17;t sell tobacco products. Again, we need less meddling of government in the free market system, not more.

  3. raonaidluckwell

    Love My Lady Mage! Really love the fantasy feel of that book!

    And I’m very selective of the shows out there that I will watch. Never got into Glee or Once Upon a Time like others did. But I love the premises of Grimm. Never got into True Blood (more turned me away than anything) but loved Game of Thrones.

  4. amandalovesmovies

    I tried reading all the books you’re supposed to read at some point and found it a very laborious task. After hearing about these classics I had certain expectations from the plot and preferred the plot i had imagined.

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