Today, I’d like to talk about bad art.
One of the major things my friends chastise me for is my ingestion of bad art. I’ll go out of my way to watch things like the Emoji Movie, the Star Wars Prequels, the Legend of Korra, Sword Art Online and other bits of media that I know I will hate. ‘Why do you spend your time with these if you know you’ll hate them’ they ask. Well, the answer is pretty simple.
Think of it like this: you’re a soldier on a battlefield. You and some other dude have been seperated from the main force and got lost behind enemy lines. Desperate and terrified, the man next to you panics and makes a run for it. He runs headfirst into a minefield, blows up and dies, leaving you alone. Do you then make a run for it in the same direction as the guy who just blew up in an attempt to survive?
An extreme analogy, I know, but you get the point.
By understanding the mistakes of someone else, you can learn how to avoid them for yourself. For example, by watching Sword Art Online with a keen eye, you can figure out the basic steps on how to not write a female character. By watching the Legend of Korra, you learn that having everyone be the comic relief will hurt the story rather than help it. Watching the Star Wars prequels could help you learn the difference between good dialogue and bad exposition.
The point is, there are two ways to truly learn a lesson in the creative world: step on a landmine yourself, or watch someone else do it.
I’m a coward amongst cowards, so I’ll take the ladder any day.
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.