Haven’t Read It? Or Seen It? No You Cannot Hate It.

By December 9, 2011Uncategorized

Pet peeve: people who say I hate ______ movie or book, when they haven’t seen it or read it in its’ entirety.

You can say, I hate the hype about it, I hate how I can’t walk around the corner in a store and not see some type of merchandise for it, I hate the trailer for it, I hate the book jacket, I hate other books by that author, but unless you’ve read or seen the whole thing you are unqualified to give an opinion about said book or movie.

The biggest time I’ve seen this is with Twilight. I happen to love the Twilight books, and I thoroughly enjoyed the movies. There are a lot of people who don’t, who are more than entitled to their opinion. BUT  don’t say you hate it if you haven’t read it.

I’m pretty much just wanting people to be more specific with their words. Don’t speak in generalities, don’t make sweeping comments based on personal experiences of one instance or one aspect. Your experiences, your likes and dislikes, are not mine. As a person who hopes to make a career with words, it’s logical that one of my biggest pet peeves is when someone is too general with theirs. This particular pet peeve is compounded by the fact that I have a fairly outgoing personality and on most things (especially movies and books) have an opinion. A sweeping statement such as “I hate Star Wars” means you have enough knowledge about everything Stars Wars so as to hate all of it. Don’t say that unless it’s true.

I find that almost every time someone says “I hate Twilight.” When I say “Have you read them?” and it’s followed with a “No.”, I instinctively follow it up with “So what you actually hate is…” or “Then how can you hate them?” and of course there is clarifying and explaining, and then they say what they actually meant.

I have many other word and language pet peeves, however this is the most irritating one at the moment. Cheers to anyone who doesn’t do this!

And although I’ve been talking about books, this most assuredly applies to movies too.

Happy watching and reading, let me know (specifically) what you think of things. 😀

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