Excuse the fuck out of me.
Some of us live in places where the only place you can buy comics is Barnes and Noble.
Some of us don’t like comics because of the decades of continuity, complicated multiple universes, and the fact that, while there is a huge amount of talent in the industry, there are countless comics that have been tainted by poor writing and artwork.
Some of us prefer films because it is more relevant to our interests.
Some of us don’t have the income or time to spare to enjoy comics.
You don’t need to have read the comics to appreciate or be a fan of a character.
This attitude of superiority from people who are “real fans” because they read the comics makes me rage so hard.
Maybe people would be more eager to read comics if comic fans were more inclusive.
Oh, you wanna throw in “You can’t like Loki because you never read the old Norse runes.”, too?
It’s a matter of taste. Personally, I’ve never enjoyed reading comic books because I find them to be a) too expensive, b) hard to come by, and c) too complicated for me to understand what with all the new timelines, multiverses etcetera. It’s just not my cup of tea. I try to read as much as I can, but when I do, it’s usually stand alone graphic novels that exist in “their own universe”.
Saying “you’re not a real fan because you haven’t read the comics” is like telling someone “you can’t like banana ice cream because you’ve never tried bananas”. Oh, I’m sorry, never mind then, I’ll just stop liking this character, because clearly you’re much better than me since you’ve read the comic books. Do you want a parade, too? Maybe a monument? A T-shirt that says “I LIKED IT FIRST”? It’s just silly, and this kind of behaviour angers me so much. There’s no prize, you don’t win or gain anything by putting others down, so please, just don’t. It will only make you look silly in front of millions of fans who appreciate the character and story. Plus make you look like a huge ass.
Where I grew up, there were no comic book shops, nor could I find any at the local library. But I liked to read Belgian and French bande dessinée (comics), like Astérix, Tintin and Les Schtroumpfs. Some of you elitist comic book fans probably enjoyed the Smurfs as kids, right? Or liked to read Tintin’s adventures? Well, if you didn’t read those comics in French, clearly you aren’t real fans, because the original is in French, and only those who read the original are true fans, and those who like adaptations better are not, right? There. Have some of your bullshit.
^ to the creator of this post and everyone that has reblogged. There are too many people that feel they are more “real” fans just cause they have “read the very originals” or some bullshit like that. 8C /rage
Yeahhh. I knew of the comics, knew some of the characters, but I never had the money as a kid or later to collect them, so why bother reading one in every 150 when the stories wouldn’t make sense? Comic book stores aren’t libraries, they don’t really like it if you stand in there for hours reading comics you can’t buy.
And libraries where I was then didn’t HAVE comic books. Not real ones.
I have a few Batman and Star Wars universe comics from back in the day… maybe a Spiderman. But I just never plugged into a subculture of comic fandom. *shrugs* I watched some of the cartoons, too, but didn’t sit in front of the TV all day.
I have always had a thing for Norse myth, and Loki has been my favorite mythological character for ages, but I don’t consider myself any more of a Loki fan than someone who didn’t know that name existed until “Thor” or “Avengers” came out. It’s simply part of the myriad reasons I happen to like the character. If Susie and Tommy Joe read the comics, then that’s part of THEIR reasons to happen to like the character.
In the words of Tom Hiddleston, the actor who PLAYED Loki (teehee, like you don’t know, Tumblr…), “Having compassion for a character is no different than having compassion for another human being.”
You don’t have to know every scrap of information ever written about or said about a person to feel things about / for them, do you? No.
Same with characters. *nod*
Oh, and there ARE Loki fanBOYS, too, people.