— Please Remember That Art Is Subjective & Any Opinions Given Here Are My Own —
Recently, I left a certain discussion thread in which — oddly enough — discussion was openly ridiculed unless your ideas conformed to those of others — essentially negating the original point of the thread. I have no issue with criticism — something I have stated many times. But there is a difference between being critical & being openly hostile to ideas & opinions that differ from your own.
As an added bonus & going away treat, the same individual who blessed me with my current occupation title had these kind words to say as a parting gift.
"In short, you're a sealioning little bitch who was only ever here to harass the people that shot down your Cinder fanboying, and we knew that and called it out."
Charming, I know. And no, I won't say his username nor will I give the name of the thread — I have my principles & I intend to stick by them.
Still, that made me think for a moment.
Am I a fanboy?
We hear that term used quite often nowadays — so I looked up the definition. Not surprisingly, there were several variations.
1. A passionate fan of various elements of geek culture, but who lets his passion override social graces.
2. A male fan, especially one who is obsessive about comics, music, movies, or science fiction.
3. To behave in an obsessive or overexcited way.
All of these seem fairly accurate but it's the first definition that I like most. Still, even if you disagree, the three definitions are so close that it really doesn't matter which I choose.
It's no secret that I like Cinder Fall — the username might have been a dead giveaway — but a fanboy? I've always done my best to be civil towards people in discussions, even those I don't agree with. Losing your temper in an argument does not win said argument. So the bit about allowing passion to override social graces doesn't really fit my personality.
And while I do like Cinder Fall & I still think her character has great potential — I have never turned a blind eye to the terrible things she has done. And let's be honest — she has done some pretty terrible things.
A fanboy would defend Cinder's every action. She would be unable to do anything wrong in their eyes. I think she has done plenty of wrong within the series — to put it mildly. And if we are being honest — it would not shock me in the slightest if she does not survive the full length of the series. Maybe she doesn't deserve to. But these are points that I believe can be explored with an open mind.
Labeling me as a fanboy simply solidifies my belief that leaving the thread was akin to leaving an abusive relationship — and I am so happy that I did.