In this world there are many wonderful things which we can show our appreciation towards. You can pretty much name any obscure thing you want and find someone out there who has an (unhealthy?) appreciation for it. Appreciation, as an attitude towards something else, is itself a good thing that I see less and less these days. I am the person who can find something appreciable in almost anything, and yet I find myself more and more qualifying my descriptions of movies, books, and television shows to cater to the opinions of whomever I am conversing with. Now, I don’t do this because I feel some need to please them or avoid being different from them, but rather because I have come to know their likes and dislikes and I want to explain why I appreciated something that they may not have enjoyed.
Take for example the Transformers movie franchise. As far as story lines go, these films have very simplistic plots frequently interrupted by moments of intense, pretty-to-watch action scenes. Not exactly what I would call high quality film material, if I were to be honest, but I understand that about them and appreciate them anyway. I appreciate them for what they are, fun to watch movies with little or no intellectual engagement, because I’ve always seen being critical of a movie, tv show, or story for lacking something that it was never supposed to have in the first place to be a rather pointless endeavor.
Let’s be clear though, I’m not saying that people shouldn’t have opinions about what things are better than others or even the quality of a story, what I am saying is that we shouldn’t let a few negatives overshadow the positives. Appreciating things for what they do well as oppose to disparaging them for what they lack is really just a good mindset to have in life as a whole, though for some people it will take practice to develop. I promise it is worth it. So next time you read a book or see a show or movie that contains something you dislike, try not to just write it off then and there. Dwell on it and try to find something about it to appreciate.