Inspired by MissRoziel's interesting thread
, I decided to make a similar one, posing another question. The question is:
Have you ever changed your opinion on a movie / book / something else?
I can give you two personal examples: one with my opinion changing from negative to positive and another going the opposite.
The negative-to-positive example would be R.E. Howard's Conan. When I was younger (meaning, 15 to 25), my ideal approach to fantasy was Tolkien. I loved his world of multiple races, as well as characters like Gandalf. In turn, my perception of Conan was that he was just a musclebound, not-too-intelligent warrior - and that his world (inhabited mostly by humans) was boring. Overall, I was writing Conan stories off as a sort of masculine power fantasy.
In the recent years, though... my opinions started to reverse. I grew tired of Tolkien's races, of his fairy-talish world, of tales of brave kings in shiny armour etc. In turn, I started to appreciate the idea of a more realistic world with multiple human civilizations, somber mood and gritty stories. I discovered Howard's connection to Lovecraft - and I noticed that he actually was a talented, imagination-stimulating writer. I even learned that there was more to Conan than just a "strong guy with a sword" (although he's still not my favourite character by any means).
These days, when I come up with fantasy ideas for games or potential stories (which I end up not writing...), I think in two modes. One is a more realistic approach, inspired by the Middle Ages, with magical stuff subdued and hidden in the background... which is quite close to what G.R.R. Martin is doing in Song Of Ice And Fire
. The second one is what I call "peplos fantasy" and is Howardian stuff filtered through Frank Frazetta's art and my interest in ancient civilizations like Rome or Egypt. No freaking elves or dwarves in either of these approaches!
When it comes to positive-to-negative examples, I'll name Tim Burton's Batman movies. I used to be seriously impressed by them - the gothic mood, the costumes, the dark characters etc. But, in the last few years, I grew much more knowledgeable of DC Universe... and I realized how little these movies have in common with the comic book (meaning, the true) version of Batman and his world. I mean, Batman killing people? Batman trying to *gun down* the Joker from the plane? Nonsense. Burton's Catwoman and Penguin had little in common with their original version, too...
It's not just about the dissimilarities to comics, either. I grew weary of Burton's filmmaking in general... These days, I hate how one-note he tends to be. I realized that his Batman movies weren't gothic by a conscious choice... no, Burton makes *everything* gothic, whether it makes sense or not (ever heard what he planned for his Superman movie?). His second Batman movie is especially a bad example of his filmmaking: he forced a circus theme on Penguin, just because he likes such stuff (even though it was a repeat of the previous movie's clown theme). The movie's Gotham is so gothic and stylized that it doesn't feel like a real place anymore... and the plot makes no sense. I really can't stand the praise this movie is getting.
Overall, I'm disillusioned with Burton as a creator in general. He's repetitive, he re-uses his muse Depp and his wife Helena in every movie... None of his movies appeal to me anymore.
So, these are my examples. Any of yours?