The Female Perspective: Are We Getting TOO Invested In Our Fiction?

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I spent awhile trying to come up with my blog topic today and what my crazy mind kept turning back to was the idea that maybe we, as fans, get far too invested in a story and forget that it is fictional.

They're only fictional characters, should we get so wrapped up in them? Is it healthy?
They’re only fictional characters, should we get so wrapped up in them? Is it healthy?

Some of you may be shaking your head going, “No kidding” but take a moment and really think about some of the stories that have come out, some of the fan arguments that abound online. A movie like Age of Ultron is a perfect example, as is my blog from Wednesday. People were taking a 10 minute scene and turning it into a huge debate about a fictional character. People were angry about Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans calling the character Black Widow a “slut”. People get mad about Man of Steel and complain that he killed thousands (if not more) of innocent people in the decimation of Metropolis and Smallville. The list goes on and on and I, for one, am exhausted by it.

Yes, in reality, A LOT of people died in that final showdown between Superman and Zod  but it's FICTION. Why bring it up at all?
Yes, in reality, A LOT of people died in that final showdown between Superman and Zod but it’s FICTION. Why bring it up at all?

I love my fictional characters as much as anyone (probably less-so than many fans) but there comes a point where fun fan arguments just get to be…too much. The reason I say this is because it takes all of the FUN out of it for me. I don’t want to talk about the reality of the destruction, I don’t want to try to figure out what Black Widow meant when she called herself a monster. I want to sit down and enjoy my entertainment as such, entertainment. I don’t want to circle around to describe the real world ramifications of Batman or the idea that the stunts Captain America just completed are totally “fake”.

IT’S ALL FAKE people! IT’S ALL FAKE!

Yes, I believe that some of the stuff that happens in those fake world have real-world implications, I have written about plenty of them myself in this blog so please don’t think that I am missing the irony in my own words. What I am trying to dig at is the fact that people are simply latching on to ideas in these movies that simply aren’t worth getting angry about. There is so much death and unhappiness in the world, can’t we all find the joy in these fun little worlds and simply, and this may sound radical, ENJOY THEM at face value?

Do we have to obsess over every, tiny detail, no matter how seemingly insignificant?

I suppose we do. It seems to be in our natures and it seems to be what the world does nowadays. We dissect, we discuss and we obsess. I’ve done it plenty of times myself but after a certain point I am bored and want to talk about how cool the movie I just saw was, how much fun it was. I don’t want to deal with the reality of death tolls and destruction.

The obsession with the state of Black Widow's uterus is at crazy levels.
The obsession with the state of Black Widow’s uterus is at crazy levels.

I honestly think what it comes down to is the fact that there are extremists even in the fan world. They take it those few steps too far and ruin it for the rest of us sane (sort of), normal (maybe) people.  I love a good debate about superhero’s or any great piece of fiction but there comes a time where enough is enough and I think I’ve personally reached my saturation point of certain discussions. This doesn’t mean that those debates/discussions aren’t worth having, it just means that after a while they become tired and pointless. Sometimes it’s just best to say that we “agree to disagree” and leave it at that.

What do YOU think? Are the EXTREME fans ruining it for the rest of us? Or is discussion the name of the game? Sound off in the comments!

3 thoughts on “The Female Perspective: Are We Getting TOO Invested In Our Fiction?

  1. Really interesting post, and great blog!

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