This is bowling. There are rules.
"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."
Serious Business is when a story revolves around an activity where a sizable portion of the in-story population takes it far
more seriously than they should. If the popularity of some mundane object
rivals that of Elvis Presley
, The Beatles
, and Michael Jackson
combined, or if there are mainstream schools
devoted to it instead of teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic, then it's Serious Business.
It's often a Silly Reason for War
, and can turn a casual conversation into a heated Cavemen vs. Astronauts Debate
. Frequently "opposed" by the Cavalier Competitor
. Compare “Stop Having Fun” Guys
. In musicals it's often demonstrated that Dancing Is Serious Business
. For the saying that "The Internet Is Serious Business
", see GIFT
. Related I'm Not Here to Make Friends
Compare Duels Decide Everything
, Comical Overreacting
. When a relatively minor crime is treated as Serious Business
, that's Felony Misdemeanor
Contrast Not a Game
, Matter of Life and Death