OK, time for another fun disscussion topic. so here we go, basically this time around' i'm asking what would you say is your relationship with the various forms of entertainment media, positive, negative, apathetic, etc. Also How often do you indulge in each kind of media, how much do you buy, whats your opinion on the companies involved, and most importantly how do you determine what you purchase and why? And of course feel free to add whatever else you feel need be added in your answer.
As for me I would my realationship with the media(s?) is....
Anime: Honestly my view of anime has grown increasingly negative over the years, I find the industry rather chaotic & aggravating, and the fanbase more often then not is down right idiotic or overly annoying and elitist. However I would never say I hate/dislike anime as I LOVE animation in general, and while most shows these days don't interest me much, when I do find a gem its defiantly worth all the negativity. As for the companies, I would say distributors are hit & miss, we get alot of (what are In my own personal opinion) mediocre acquisitions, only seldomley getting something truly great, not that thats a completely horrid thing mind you, I realize many of the shows acquired are easy money makers, which is good for the industry, but not so good for picky petes such as myself, lol. And the way the companies interact with the fans seem to vary as well, some distributors seem like they genuinely care, or at least attempt to care, others, not so much. But hey, thats true of any media business, not just anime. As for my purchasing habits with anime, these days its as simple as it is picky/elitist (in a fiscally responsible way, not a snooty one, lol), I am at the point where I would rather have a small collection of shows i truly enjoy and can have fun re-watching over & over for years to come as opposed to a huge collection where most would just be sitting on my shelves collecting dust. So at this point yeah, i'm not that worried about prestige, popularity, or lack there of, mearly how good is this show to me, and how often will I pop it in my player, lol. But ahh yeah despite my negative views I still enjoy Anime, because well its animation is a beautiful thing, and the Japanese are arguably close to masters at the art of it, I just wish they didnt abuse it as much as we do Reality TV/Sitcoms, lol.
Books/Novels: I admitingly don't read that many "Regular Book" these days, but when I do set down to read an actual novel its usually a classic, or out of newer series, I do enjoy Game Of Thrones, as well as the Demonata & Doctor Who books.
Cartoons: Domestic animation is something that like anime I have had a fickle relationship with at times, all to eager to turn my back on it during times it disappoints me, but overall I LOVE TOONS, and with the recent advent of a multitude of great, fun and well written domestic animations for the 2010 decade, my love has been rekindled after the burnout of lackluster domestic animations made between 05-08. And I will admit I am more likely these days to buy a toon on DVD/BD then other things as many times they are cheaper, or they have a higher level of re-watchability. My only real complaint is how the companies handle the distirbution of most shows, I find it sad I can go out and buy a complete season of a foreign animation (anime) I have never heard of, but if I want a proper season set of a home grown cartoon, many times i'm out of luck and have to settle for singles, or worse "Themed Singles" I find it sad many U.S. Distributors still have the same mindset they had in VHS days for cartoons, but thankfully that is slowly changing, companies like Shout Factory are releasing (most) of the domestic animations they acquire in proper season sets, and WB is slowly getting better at how it deals with its toons, but yeah, overall I would say my relationship with toons is positive from a fanbase perspective, hit & miss from a industry perspective.
Comics: I'm a total comic book geek, I love everything about comics, the stories, the art, the zaniness and the community. The only real negative thing I have to say here is I can easily get worn out on DC & Marvels books with all the events & tie-ins they do these days. Aside from that though, yeah, I genuinely LOVE comics! So yeah I buy ALOT of comcis.
Live Action Media & Movies: Not much to say here, most LA shows don't interest me, but the ones that do (like Doctor Who, Supernatural, Walking Dead, etc) I usually find to be pretty good. Also love going to the movies, and while not a huge theatre buff, at least not compared to some of my friends, do like learning nerdy trivia and such about films. As for my purchases, I usually just stick to buying my favs (Sweeny Tood anyone!?) Overall though I find ost LA TV rather lackluster, but still enjoy most films I view to some degree.
[bb]Manga[/b]: I enjoy manga reading/purchasing manga, just as I do comics, but as manga toakbons take up al ot of space at times I have been increasingly limiting myself on how much and what I buy, and have actually started getting rid of some manga I no longer read to make shelf-space and focusing on completing the works I truly do enjoy reading & re-reading. As for the companies, meh, agian pretty much hit & miss some are really good, some are kinda bad and other inbetween. I will say this though Vertical has some of the best quality books overall imo, nice binding, presentation, etc. And VIZ, while the biggest, at times has way to many typos in some of their books, but mah, I like em anyway, since they do occasionally learn from their mistakes, lol.
Video Games: Not much of a gamer these days, can't stand them modern community at all, seriously modern gamers make otaku & furries look like saints in comparison, lol. But do still enjoy a good game every now & then, usually a classic, or if its a newer title a figher or JRPG. As for purchasing habits, I don't buy many games but I make sure when I do its one I enjoy.
So ahh yeah theres my little tell all about my relationships with the various forms of entertainment media, so how about you guys, what loves & hates do you have to share!?