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17 July 2006 @ 01:16 am
Ramblings of a Half-Asleep Goo  
You know, for years I resisted anything remotely mainstream. Then I started to like some things that are mainstream, but I prided myself in being a totally non-mainstream fan of it. But lately it seems like whenever I say I like something, everyone says "yeah, everyone I know says it's good, too."

So do you think it's time for me to admit that the reason why some things are just so fucking popular is because they're actually GOOD and stop being so pissy and resistant to things just because everyone and their cousin is watching/reading/doing it?
dracschick: Dracula-Phantom universe icondracschick on July 17th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
I dunno, I'm split........
some stuff I like is popular and some stuff isn't.
Plotinus tl;dr Anon: opinionatedmullenkamp on July 17th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
Sometimes things are popular because they're good. (For instance, FMA.)

Sometimes things are popular because people are largely stupid. (For instance, Ashlee Simpson.)

Sometimes things are good but they become popular among stupid people for stupid reasons. (Just look at the current state of Get Backers fandom.)

I've just given up on taking popularity into account for judging quality at all.
Tam Chronin: I am a leaf on the wind - Fireflytamchronin on July 17th, 2006 09:10 am (UTC)
I'd like to second this one. Who cares what everyone else does or does not like? What matters is if *you* like it.
Simple Sharon of the Knapsackssotknapsack on July 17th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
I think *rings cliche bell* you have to make the decision for you and only you. Yes, there are a lot of things that people buy into simply because everybody's doing it (The DaVinci Code, Harry Potter, LoTR), but if you try them and legitimately like them (not just because you're supposed to), that's not so bad.

[Boring story alert] Circa 1999, I fell in love with a rock band. They were unsigned, and the artists were literally selling self-pressed CDs from their homes. When you emailed them, they wrote back; they even sent me the guitar tablature for my favourite song.

Seven years later, that band is a famous indie smash called Rilo Kiley. They have a major label deal, they've toured the world, and it's hip to like them because they're just shy of mainstream. I don't go a day online now without seeing some emo/indie kid listing them as a favourite band.

When this first happened, I backed off liking them for a while because I didn't want to be lumped in with "those people". Hey, they were mine first, and I have their little self-made CD to prove it (the one that now sells for hundreds of dollars on eBay)! But after a while, I missed their music, which hasn't changed much in the seven years I've known them. I'm still bitter because they aren't just "mine" anymore, but I still like them because they're still good. I distance myself from the fandoms a bit, but I haven't thrown out their CDs/t-shirts either.

You could say the same thing about Rent, etc. But as long as you like it for your own reasons, I think it's all right to keep feeling that way, even if you have to hide it in public. :-P

Sorry for the long post.
chaoticsetchaoticset on October 21st, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
I prefer to think that the reasons things are popular aren't the same reasons things are good, but that sometimes they happen to overlap, either by chance or by directed effort.