In the book world,I have heard these kinds of conversations about Stephanie Meyer, Stephen King, Tom Clancy a bit, John Grisham a bit- people who want to take the work of art of someone and put them down because it isn't serious, or it isn't hard to read, or the plots could be comparatively the same and so on.
Why can't we just sit back and enjoy the ride?
I have loved Les Mis for decades. I know almost all the words to all the parts of everyone who sings, have seen both the 10 and 25 year productions on PBS and I loved the movie. Yes, I acknowledge that not all the singers were as strong as those who perform this year round on Broadway but I didn't care. Not even one little bit. The story is captivating, the music amazing, and to see some of the world's best actors bring their take on roles we know by first names only had me in tears more than once. It is art - emotional and meant to show a depiction of the world according to someone.
|My Current Favorite Artist|
It is too easy to become hyper-critical in our society. Everyone has an opinion and, thanks to social media, every single opinion on everything can be shared. I think there is some value in having a critical eye, especially in what we are doing - to see what is out there, why what works works and why what doesn't doesn't. But in that awareness, let's not forget how fortunate we are to experience someone else's art. And these experiences are invaluable because they let us learn and develop our own tastes, expand our awareness, trigger our own imaginations. You think of societies past, those who never experienced any form of art, and recognize how many opportunities we really have to expand our understanding of the world through art. It really is amazing.
What art/artists have had an impact as you as a person or a writer? Who can trigger your imagination?