I tend to think of my judgement regarding the quality of movies, books and especially music as somewhat superior to the average persons opinion. This is not quite as self-ironical as I would feel comfortable with it being. That being said, 'Things that I think are good' and 'Things that I enjoy' aren't necessarily the same.
When it comes to fiction, I tend to enjoy works set in visually interesting landscapes (see footnote), with plot that mostly happens subtly and ambiguously on a psychological level, where the violence is brutal and unglamorous, and the characters look and act like real fucking people. I enjoy more cynical works than idealistic ones, but that's mostly because cynical works tend to be less predictable. I don't find cynicism inherently superior to idealism.
Footnote: My opinion on what visually interesting means doesn't reflect most people's opinions. I think Avatar looked terrible. I generally enjoy landscapes in shades of gray and beige, but some of the most aesthetically fascinating works I know are quite colorful. Most of the stuff set in the 1780's-1950's without focusing too much on upper class women's fashion is ok. Also, any setting that is innovative but thought-through has a decent chance of getting my approval.
Here are a few works of fiction that everyone, given the chance, should check out. I think they are genuine masterpieces:
Here are several works of fiction that, while not quite as amazing, I can recommend to anyone who trusts my taste.
Furthermore, I think Symbolism is a bad thing, and that fictional extraterrestrial creatures don't deserve to be called 'otherworldly' if they have even a single anatomical feature resembling anatomical features in existing Earth life.
I get thoroughly annoyed at people who like a fictional character because it is 'cool', 'awesome' or 'badass'. Yeah, I like Rorshach too, but that's because he is well written and complex.
In opinions unrelated to fiction, I think that truth, justice and freedom are somewhat overrated compared to equality, safety and happiness. Don't even get me started on patriotism.
Despite my taste in alternative culture and my artistic interests, I think art as a profession is stupid. It doesn't make the world a much better place, and pretty much nobody outside the artist-critic-collector society really cares about it. If you feel the need to express yourself through art, go right ahead. Just do it as a hobby and don't expect to make a living off it.
I also think atheism as a concept is more beautiful than religion. Send me a message if you want me to elaborate on that one.
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