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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's not supposed to be the way you want it to be

Did you ever hear someone say "the X-Men suck they aren't the way they are supposed to be anymore" or "George Lucas screwed up Star Wars by making those prequils"? Well I say thats a load of crap and I'll tell you why.

When you are introduced to something weather it be comic books or movies or even music what you get in the beginning from whatever point you start enjoying it is what you at that time decide to either love or hate. If you love it you will claim it as your own and don't believe that your new love should ever change and if it does it should only change in the course that you see fit. I think that we all have a tendency of doing this and we will even go as far as saying I like "old Metallica" but that "new Metallica" sucks.

Is it our right to want to control what is not ours? I say no. We love these little worlds because someone else created them and we didn't know what there vision was when they started creating it but we loved it and we just had to know where it was going. Sometimes things would end the way we wanted and sometimes they did not.

 Surely it is ok that we can agree or not agree to take the ride but we should never ever say it should have been a certain way that we have in our own minds. What would be the point of having writer's, artist, or musicians? What if Joe Quesada came to you and said ok (your name here) you are writing Spider-Man for the next year. What would you do? And when you do it, do you think that everyone will agree that that is the way its supposed to be?

I'm not saying that any of us should agree with everything that happens and should surely say hey I don't like that if you don't like it but you should never say that's not how it is supposed to be because its not supposed to be the way you want it to be it is supposed to be the way whomever is creating it see's fit . . . unless someone gives you the keys to the castle and lets you write the story for a while.

- Kevin P. Johnson
Copyright © 2010 Kevin P. Johnson


JohnSeabaugh said...

Sorry man, I disagree. Everything I have read of the Xmen since Claremont left has stunk. lol The quality of story telling just hasn't been the same. You can compare it to a relationship, but it's like your wife was Snow White, but she let herself go and became the Queen (or some Witch.) Some people may dig the Queen (or Witch), think she's hot, love her attitude, etc... For me? No way. If she let herself go THAT MUCH... well, time to move on. lol

JohnSeabaugh said...

I understand where you are coming from, but I don’t believe this is the case with Xmen. After Claremont left, storylines became confusing and gimmicky. Everything seemed to be about the gimmick and the year’s big crossover. It’s hard to have any real character/storyline development when your focus every month is the big crossover event and/or the issue’s gimmick.

I Read Comic Books said...

you can say it stinks but creative things are not supposed to be the way you want it to be either unless you are the creator. A lot of things aren't the way I want them to be but they are as they are supposed to be . . . unless I take over.

Chad said...

I think the problem a lot of people have with the "Star Wars" prequels is that they focus more on special effects than the characters or plot. My favorite movie in the series is "The Empire Strikes Back," which ironically is the only film in the series NOT directed by George Lucas and the most character-driven and dark.

As for the X-Men, they have always been an evolving group. While my favorite X-Men lineup was during the late 80s to early 90s, that doesn't necessarily make that the "best" lineup. But if you look at it, the original lineup back in the 60s would probably be considered boring today.

As for Metallica, there is a difference between the "old" Metallica and the "new" Metallica. The old Metallica was rough around the edges, while the "new" mainstream Metallica is much more refined. Is the music better? That's a matter of opinion, the same as how many people only like the "early" Beatles songs as opposed to the Beatles of the late 60s.

I Read Comic Books said...

Right Chad but people always say that Star Wars isn't the way its supposed to be and it certainly is the way it is supposed to be after all the special editions and prequels and whatever because its George Lucas' vision not ours. We can love or hate it (I love it all) but we can't say its not the way it is supposed to be. Everyone's perfect Star Wars is not the same and its only George that can say what is perfect or not.

Ashley said...

I tend to agree with Kevin here. Art by it's nature is supposed to grow and evolve, not remain stagnant. As long as the final product is truly the artist's inspiration and not putting out something they think will simply bring in the most money. Conversely, we as the audience have the right to see if we are willing to follow the artist in his evolution. Musically speaking, I am a big fan of both Beck and Radiohead. Both have been around for a while now and neither have two albums that sound the same (or even remotely similar). But I can appreciate the direction that their art is taking them. If I want the Beck of Odelay, I can always go to that. But sometimes I can truly enjoy the Beck of Sea Change. And I respect the artist who has the confidence to follow what his inner inspiration is regardless of what his fans may be expecting. If we pigeonhole our artists all we're ever gonna get is the same damn Nickelback record every year. And what kind of world would that be?

I Read Comic Books said...

Dang it I was hoping there'd never be a mention of Nickleback on this website!