I think it goes by the reasoning one hates a character. The original post by Leela was that it's almost always for the same stupid reason. You have to be able to rationalize why you hate the character in order to be taken seriously.
The problem with this fandom in particular is that even when you do have plenty of rational reasons for disliking a character, no one cares. It still gets brought down to, Oh, I get it -- it's because her hair is short! or, Oh, you're a secret misogynist! or, Oh, it's only because you're a fan of Daryl's!
That being said, my dislike of Daryl mirrors what WalkerBaitress said. Go view Youtube, IMDB, and even some R&L comments on Daryl and tell me the praise doesn't fall into that catagory. Guys wants to be like him and girls swoon over him. Nevermind if the story is good or bad.
The giggling fangirls are everywhere, though. Their misspelled, ungrammatical presence is felt in every fandom. My objection is that they can never argue from reason, only from "Wel, idk i dont think darrel would do that bcuz i just dont lol no reson just bcuz it dosnt fit my rosy fanfiction view of him lol lol lol". Barrrrrffffffff!
IMO, that's what happens when you let teenagers watch tv and use computers. Unfortunately, a show about zombies is going to attract and bring a lot of that out. (I mean, you don't see that for shows like Mad Men or The Killing -- but if you threw some zombies in there, I bet there'd be I <3 HOLDER!!!11 posts and people wearing ratty hoodies all over the place.) What I hate is that I can't legitimately say that I like Daryl -- his character progression, his story arc, etc. -- anymore without feeling like I'm going to be labeled a fangirl. Yes, those people in comments sections are annoying, and yes, the story needs to focus on other people (IMO, the Woodbury storyline was great last week and didn't need the prison people at all). But it is possible to be a fan and not a fangirl
, I guess is what I'm saying.
At the end of the day, The Walking Dead is just a TV show. Take it and the characters on it at that and move on.
This, this, this, I totally agree with. Honestly, I've never been a part of a fandom where people take fictional characters, including who
characters, so seriously and so personally. Love a certain character? Fine. Hate a certain character? Fine. Both things are normal and human and allowed. Everyone is different, and everyone has their own opinions. Just don't be a jerk about it either way.
Debate and discussion are great. They're what separate us from the
YouTube comment section. Just don't be a jerk about it. That's all it takes.
Edited to clarify that I'm not actually calling anyone in here a jerk; I'm just saying it as a general principle of life. ;-)
Edited by gagewhitney, 04 November 2012 - 03:21 PM.