This post is inspired by Red Metal over at Extra Life Independent Game Reviews who started a new series called Question for Readers. And wow, I could always use help coming up with content ideas for my website! Let’s face it, without awesome community collaborations like this, LightningEllen’s Release is just me whining about my life, praising Lightning Farron, and babbling about my adventures on Thedas. Anyway, here are my thoughts on the first two questions in Red Metal’s series:
Before I jump into my answers, I would just like to remind everyone that I think hype is subjective. Just because something didn’t live up to its hype for me doesn’t mean it didn’t live up to the hype for another pair of eyes (or many other pairs of eyes). We are all different people with different perspectives on things. Respectful counter opinions should be respected. Disagreeing on silly things is NOT justification to rage an each other like a bunch of rabid trolls, eh? If something I hate makes someone else happy, I can appreciate that. We are all humans with feelings. Forms of entertainment do not have feelings and therefore do not need to be defended in the big freaking flame wars of the internet. Just saying.
Fulfilling the HYPE
The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time is a big one. I heard so many of the other kids at school praising this game when it first came out. When Santa finally brought me a copy, I was instantly hooked from the second that annoying fairy woke up poor young Link. The whole journey through that iteration of Hyrule just had something magic about it (it’s hard to describe). To this day, Ocarina of Time is my all-time favourite video game. You can also add Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice and Horizon Zero Dawn to my successful hype list.
The Simpsons is by far my most favourite TV show. That sarcastic yellow family has gotten me through some pretty sad times. It’s not hard to find praise for this show anywhere online either. I haven’t seen any of the newer seasons (I think they lost me around 20-ish) but those classic episodes will always be something special. I’d also like to mention the Netflix series Stranger Things. The hype for this show made me watch the first season, despite me being scared of gruesome horror things. I enjoyed it a lot (even if some parts were really horrific) and I’m working up the courage to watch Season 2 soon-ish!
I am not a big movie watcher. The last one I saw in theaters was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That one definitely lived up the hype surrounding it! Jyn Erso was pretty badass, and I loved the whole new plot line to an old movie thing they did. The ending also got me in the feelz for many reasons. I like Star Wars but I still need to see The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. I also still need to watch Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Deadpool, almost every other movie ever made…
Mostly, I love obscure music that hardly anyone has heard of. When I think popular artist that I like, Pink comes to mind. I’ve been listening to her music for as long as I can remember. Yes, a lot of her songs are just catchy melodies for the masses, but some of them have a real message and feelings behind them. She’s also a great role model who encourages her fans, and her daughter, to be true to who they are. My favourite songs by her are: Stupid Girls, Crystal Ball, One Foot Wrong, Sober, Ave Mary A, Timebomb, Please Don’t Leave Me, Are We All We Are, and The Great Escape.
The Hunger Games trilogy was fantastic and a pretty hyped novel series! It didn’t seem like my thing, but on the recommendation of the always awesome Shameful Narcissist, I gave the trilogy a read last year. It’s very dark, lots of sarcastic humor, and I really connected with Katniss. What can I say? I love cranky main characters who only care about protecting their sisters!
Failing the Hype
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild disappointed me greatly, but everyone else on the internet hails it as “the best game evar!!!” (which is great for them!). I think I’m a little burnt out on all the open world-ness in games these days. I really wanted a traditional Zelda experience as a break from all that (crawl around big dungeons, conquer the cool dungeon bosses, get cool stuff to progress, beat the final boss at the end of the game, weapons DON’T freaking break, stealth isn’t necessary…). Instead, this was yet another limitless world to wander around aimlessly in. It’s a good game (I will give it another shot this year), but it doesn’t capture that magical Zelda feeling to me. THAT was what fueled my hype. And that was enough to kill my buzz.
Almost all of the modern comedy shows. My kind of humor isn’t all that popular.
Every romance movie ever. Two unrealistic people, who are clearly designed for each other, fall madly in love, overcome some stupid obstacle in the way of their beautiful love, and then they live happily ever after. That whole plot is a big freaking MEH to me.
Almost every popular song ever. Seriously… what is with popular music these days? It’s all about perceived as perfect women shaking their asses and twerking on jerks, dumbasses bragging about all the bitches they slammed while drunk in da clubz… I could go on, but I’ll shut up.
Every romance novel ever. And it’s not just 50 Shades of Awful. Ugh. Even outside of the official romance genre, it’s so hard for me to find a good story that doesn’t shoehorn in some unnecessary romance (in my opinion), annoying love triangle (my biggest gripe with The Hunger Games trilogy), or graphic sexy time scene. I get that A LOT of people enjoy that sexy relationship stuff, but it’s not my thing at all (and I know I’m weird for not liking it). There have been a few rare cases where I do care about the relationship in a story, but for the most part, if a romantic relationship is the focus of the story, I’m not interested. BUT power to those who enjoy it! I’m really glad you found something that makes you happy.
There you have it! Do you agree with me, disagree with me, or hate me even more now? Feel free to RESPECTFULLY vent about it in the comment section thingy below! Civil discussions on things are always fun. 🙂
Wannabe Writer’s Notes:
– For more information on hype, I suggest you check out AmbiGaming’s expert analysis on hype. Quite a fascinating read!
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