Taste is a funny old thing, isn’t it? Hands up if you’ve had the following conversation:
“Oh, I loved <insert random movie, book, song… anything title here>”
Right? You’ve either been one person or the other, at least once. I’ve been noticing this a lot lately, because I have been spending copious amounts of time perusing the IMDb message boards. Now, I think it’s safe to say that most people are aware of the IMDb message boards. They’re a place to go to discuss movies, tv shows and actors. They can be quite… Intense. If you disagree with the general consensus, you can get shot down pretty quickly. I’ve been risking it lately though; given that my taste in TV is pretty different from most of my “real-life” acquaintances, it’s the best place to go to analyse a particularly convoluted episode of Pretty Little Liars, or an especially disappointing American Horror Story.
I spent most of my teen years trying to find people who agreed with me. Liked the same things I liked. I was picked on and made fun of for not having the same taste in music or movies or whatever. And you know, it took me an embarrassingly long time to realise that this isn’t normal!
We’re supposed to have different taste in things. If we all agreed on everything, conversations would consist of:
“You know that part?”
“I loved that part!”
Essentially, it’s like a conversation between my ex-boyfriend and his university roommates. They all grew up together, and they all knew everything that each other knew. Man, sitting in on one of their conversations was painful. I mean, just imagine… But I digress.
I adored the Maze Runner film. According to IMDb, lots of people hated it. In the past, that would have bothered me. I was insecure, and I would have questioned WHY I liked it. Was I wrong? But I guess I’ve finally gained that little bit of security. My opinions are my own, and I’m going to stick with them.
So my point is, if you’re at all bothered about liking different things than your friends do, like I used to, don’t let it get to you. If you’re lucky enough to be able to not to let it bother you, then keep an eye on yourself – make sure you’re not putting other people in that position. We all have different tastes. Life would be incredibly boring if we didn’t.