Oops. I probably should have said this earlier, but as Friday is now my least busy day my big posts will be done from now until whenever on Fridays instead of Thursdays.
Sorry about that.
Anyways, what shall we talk about today? Should I plug my preview for my upcoming novel, King of the Water Roads: The Violet Scar, while asking you all yo plug it on your own bogs, twitters and facebooks? Well, not specifically but I would certainly be glad if you did.
No, this week I think I’ll talk about that strange effect of talking about something just after you have seen, read or played it. There was a reason I waited before talking about Avengers, and I’m going to explain it to you now.
I think Avengers is a good movie. I like the characters, I like the presentation, I like the acting, I even like the story. I was concerned, during the ad campaign, that I would not. Oh, I knew for a fact that I would enjoy myself in the theater. I knew that as I left I would be saying how awesome I thought the movie was. However, I was concerned that I would have a reverse-growing effect.
Let me explain what that is. When I saw The Matrix: Reloaded as a teen, I thought as I left the theater “oh man, this movie is awesome!” Then I thought about it. “Man, this movie had an awful lot of telling instead of showing. Huh, that character didn’t have much of a point. The philosophy is all right but do they have to be so heavy-handed?” I was gradually having the flash and spectacle wear off, allowing me to see the lackluster movie beneath.
Avengers avoids that because, for all the explosions and cheesy Joss Whedon jokes, the core of the movie is the characters and the characters are good. The alien invasion is a backdrop, not the focus, and the different personalities the previous Marvel movies got us to like now get to bounce off one another.
This does happen in reverse, when something you were not too thrilled about grows on you. A solid example of that (and because it wouldn’t be one of my weekly posts without talking The Elder Scrolls to some degree) is the weird lore for the series. It may freak you out at first, but once you start looking into it you can’t see Tamriel without it and it gets you to think about things in real life in a new way.
So there’s my first Friday once-a-week big post. Obviously I’ll still put up bits and bobs as they come into my head but for those of you who actually look out for my stuff this is the day to look.