Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest. A day of laundry. A day of animation domination, not going to church, not doing a damn production thing, and so on and so forth. AMC’s The Walking Dead has ruined that. Well, actually it hasn’t ruined any of those things, but it has made Sunday a rather contentious day.
On one side, the Walking Deadheads. Those who can’t get enough of the AMC television series. On the other side, people who just can’t be bothered to give a damn. Scratch that. They do give a damn. A negative damn. A “this show blows” damn. And gosh darnit, neither side likes the other.
While the two will probably never see eye to eye, you either dig the melodrama or you don’t, there is one argument that is thrown out over and over again: If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Well that’s bullshit. Mostly.
Just to get the obvious out of the way first – if you don’t like something, sure, it makes sense not to watch it. But then again, a lot of the complaints are coming from “faces and names” on the Internet, people who make some sort of living or hobby out of watching things and talking about it. So it makes sense to watch it even if you don’t like it.
The real reason this argument bothers me is because it’s so non-specific. It can literally be used against anything. Oh, you don’t like horror remakes? Don’t watch them. You don’t like Michael Bay movies? Don’t watch them. You have an opinion on anything, don’t express it. In fact, no one should Facebook or Twitter their opinion ever, because it might hurt some feelings or make people disagree with you.
People love to complain and it does get tiring, but there is a huge hypocrisy about it. If you’re going to complain, you need to hear the complaints of others. The internet was made so people could argue faster and more often, so that’s what we do. I never back down from a fight over Transformers or some shitty horror movie that actually isn’t shitty damn it. So listen up, we’re well within our rights to hate The Walking Dead and we’re going to continue watching it and, unfortunately, we’ll probably keep hating it.
Unless, that is, the show goes back to its written roots. The comic books are some of my favorite that I’ve ever read. They’re full of not melodrama, but real drama, with complex characters faced with horrific things on a daily basis. In the comic, the characters wouldn’t spend 8 days searching for a lost girl, because they would have found her on the second day, entrails strewn across the ground. And in their search someone else would have died in vain. These aren’t spoilers for the comic – none of this happened – and that’s the fucking point.
I don’t really like The Walking Dead television series because it abandons the source material, which I love. It’s like not enjoying a movie because the book was better and, further, the movie had very little to do with the book. We can all agree that’s usually bullshit. Why brand something in name only? AMC’s The Walking Dead isn’t quite to “in name only” territory, but they’ve added new, cliched characters (the racist brothers, foremost) and left out some truly traumatic shit. I’m not going to give it a break just because “it’s zombies on TV” or horror on TV. It has to be good horror. It has to be engaging zombie drama. Where else do we “take what we can get?” No thanks, I’ll continue to be critical of things I don’t like – because I don’t like them, and because I’m paid to do so.
It’s kind of a free speech deal. I’ll listen to your bullshit and you listen to mine. You’ll argue The Twins in Transformers 2 are racist, I’ll argue that they’re not. Maybe I’ll tell you to skip the next Micheal Bay film since you clearly hate them, but if you decide to keep watching them, I’ll keep arguing the points with you. So watch what you want and hate you want, just give me the same freedom. I’m going to keep watching The Walking Dead even if I don’t like it, and I’m going to keep bitching about it. If you’ve got a problem with that, you’re past your boiling point. Welcome to it, because I’m past mine because you keep telling me not to watch what I want to comment on. So we can all just suck it.