Books, Movies, People

Books VS Movies Debate. Seriously?

Because I am a coward (like Samwell Tarly), I am ranting on my blog instead of commenting on my friend’s Facebook page where I saw the comments that upset me in the first place. Oh well, that’s what all this space on the internet is for, isn’t it? So there’s a place for all of us? I just really didn’t want to start an argument, especially since the post was not on my wall and the commenters are people I’ve never met.

Anyway, yesterday, most of us got to watch one of the biggest episodes of the Game of Thrones TV series. It was a very emotional episode and if you’ve invested some feelings on certain characters, the episode will definitely break your heart. I don’t want to put any spoilers here so let’s leave it at that. Anyway, this isn’t about the story of the series but my annoyance at people’s reactions to people’s reactions to it.

My friend, who doesn’t watch the TV series, posted the Facebook status: Am I the only one who doesn’t watch Game of Thrones?

That’s fair. I’ve wanted to post that a number of times on FB, not about Game of Thrones of course but whenever there’s a big event that most people are commenting about but I can’t relate to. For instance, I am completely clueless about basketball, but have a number of Facebook friends who feel that it’s important to post all kinds of game results on their wall. I have nothing against that, really. It’s their wall, they can post whatever on it. And I guess you can say that about comments, too.

I just really don’t understand why there are still some people who say things like this:

“[Reading the book is] better than watching the tv series.”

Dear People of Earth who still don’t get it,

Books and film are different mediums, okay??? What works for books might not work for film and vice-versa. So it’s impossible to say that one thing is “better” than the other.

Maybe you like reading books better than watching TV. If you do, fine. But that’s the reason you should give for preferring the book over the TV show. Or if you think the TV show is actually badly done, then say that it’s bad because the actors are crap or because the dialogue is stupid. Not because “They didn’t include [insert detail here] in the TV show and it was such an important part in the book!”

I was even more upset when that same person commented, “Read the book na lang! so we can laugh at the people’s reactions after watching the show haha”.

One question: WHY? Why would you laugh at people’s reactions after watching the TV show? Emotional turmoil is nothing to laugh at. Nevermind what brought about the turmoil. People are affected differently by different things. Some of us are more affected by literature than others. I don’t understand why that’s funny. Some people have committed suicide after hearing a song that made them sad. Is that something to laugh at? That a certain song can mean so much to one person that he/she decides to hinge his/her life on it? I mean, it’s just a song, right? Maybe you heard it under very different circumstances like, if you heard it while you were in Disneyland. But that person heard it just when he/she was contemplating life and death and it happened to push him/her over the edge. I don’t find that funny at all.

And here’s another comment (though by a different person): “I got over the [insert sad event here] in college. Hahaha.”

He wants to say that he read the book and found out about the story before everyone else did and that, what, makes him a better person somehow? I’m sorry. I wasn’t aware that we were all in a race to see who can find out the most information about this story. What do we get when we win? We get to lord the information we know over people who haven’t read the books/seen the TV series yet? For what? Personal satisfaction? I don’t get it.

Also: A few people also commented on how they “don’t care” about Game of Thrones and I could just feel their eyes rolling at the people who do care. Newsflash, if they really didn’t care, they wouldn’t have felt the need to comment in the first place.

And one last: That friend of mine watches Survivor, a series I never liked but don’t mind that other people like it. She posts a lot of things online that are about Survivor and I’ve never read any of it (except the titles or the initial post, because I can’t avoid seeing them on my news feed/plurk feed) because I’m not that interested in Survivor. But it definitely never occurred to me to make fun of the people who still think that Survivor is the best TV show ever.

As I write this, I’m remembering that I’ve written some anti-Twilight stuff, but that really has to do more with “I’m against bad writers becoming rich and famous while some good ones starve.” than anything else.

Life, People

The Worst Part

I don’t really feel like talking about the new year anymore. After reading so many blog entries of my friends about it, I’m sick of it. So instead, I will talk about this:

Earlier today, a friend posted a “joke” on my Facebook Wall that said:

101 Answers to the Question ‘Why r u still still single?’
No. 31: “Eh kasi ‘yong mahal ko, puro tanong eh. Ayaw akong sagutin.”
~ THIS IS SOOO IDA!!!!

Of course, it’s a joke and I’m not supposed to take it seriously at ang mag-react nang seryoso masyadong sensitive at pikon. So naturally, I posted a really overdramatic response to it that nobody would take seriously para mukhang “joke” din ‘yung sinabi ko. I know my friends didn’t post that on my Wall to be mean of course, but it did get me thinking of the depths of patheticness that I’d reached since my unrequited love fiasco.

I guess it really showed that my entire world revolved around only E and that I had nothing better to do than pine for him and talk about him and think about him and cry for him and well, basically do everything for him. It makes me sad. I don’t regret the things that happened between me and E, but I think I do regret that in my former office, the thing that most people knew about me, was that I was in love with him (and that he didn’t love me back). Every year we would write each other messages on cardboards as part of our “teambuilding” activities and the stuff I would read on my cardboard would be all about E. Maybe not all of it, but around 90%. Was he really all I talked about then? Nobody would comment about my addiction to movies or TV. Nobody talked to me about Harry Potter. Nobody knew the songs I liked to listen to. But everybody knew about E. Everybody knew that I went to the rice terraces with him, and that his religion is different from mine, and that I’m always crying because of him. It’s my fault, of course. That is the side of me that I let them see, so naturally, that’s what they would always think when they see me. And even now when they don’t see me, but when they see a quote in Facebook that’s particularly about unrequited love, they would think of me. One of them even compared me to Nodame from Nodame Cantabile (a J-Drama). She said that just like Nodame, who didn’t care how crazy she looked as long as she could get closer to Chiaki, I also didn’t care how crazy I looked as long as I could get closer to E. I know she was just being honest and didn’t mean this as an insult, but I can’t help but think that it is an insult. Because she’s basically saying that I would do anything to chase after E. But again, I can’t blame her for saying that because, I think I did reach that level of stupidity. I think I’m there still. And it embarrasses the hell out of me.

The worst part about unrequited love I guess, despite the whole “the one you love doesn’t love you”, is the humiliation. Because, I don’t know, apparently some people think it’s “funny” when you’re heartbroken. Some people think that when you chase after someone, you’re really “funny” for doing so because it’s like you’re so desperate. And it’s way worse when you’re a girl chasing after a guy. Of all the things I hate about double standards, this is the worst — that when a guy chases after a girl, it’s “romantic”, but when a girl chases a guy, she’s “desperate” and pathetic.

And people wonder why I’m not friendly.