Originally posted by Not From Around Here:
Personally I think your critique of why kung-fu action doesn't work as well in comics as in movies is quite valid.
Certainly it’s valid, and on that specific tangent not something I disagree with, but it also misses the point: Some people like the medium of comics
and would like to see stories about things they enjoy in that medium
. Why that is so difficult for him to understand, I do not know. The idea that some other form of entertainment may deliver a “better” experience for genre X is irrelevant
A movie might be able to capture the kinetic action of kung fun better than a comic page … but so what? If someone wants to read a comic
about kung fun, a movie
does them very little good. They want a comic
, not a movie.
Because believe it or not, some people just plain like comics, regardless of subject matter. Comics can tell the same kind of stories other forms of entertainment can; they simply do it differently
Somehow appreciating this has become, in the minds of some, an “elitist” attitude to have.
I like fantasy literature. I like to sink into the worlds created by the better fantasy authors, to experience all the nuances and history and such. Fantasy, in my opinion, comes off best in novel form, where authors can really let their worlds live and breath. Fantasy films are largely garbage (with some exceptions), and good fantasy comics are few and far between.
But sometimes I just want to read a fantasy comic
; maybe I don’t feel like reading a novel just then; or I’m not inclined to watch a film; or maybe I simply want to read a comic. Doesn’t really matter. A fantasy novel delivers the rich scope of a fantasy world better … but so what
? I like the medium of comics, and sometimes I want to see a genre I like in that medium, even if another does it “better.”
My wife is a fan of things Jane Austenish. She’s reread the books many times, and will again. But sometimes she wants to watch a filmed version. Sometimes she wants to listen to an audio adaptation. Sometimes she wants to read a comic dealing with similar subject matter. Because, wonder of wonders, sometimes she’s in the mood for a movie; or a book; or a comic! She’d (rightly) think that the idea of pushing one aside because the other does it “better” is sheer idiocy, because it is.
A noir comic offers a different experience than a noir film than a noir novel than a noir radio drama. Is one “better” than the other? Maybe, maybe not. Who cares? Maybe, just maybe, someone might be inclined to experience what a noir comic brings to the table one day, and what a noir film brings to the table the next. Because the experiences are different. And unique. And that person enjoys aspects of both.
Shocking, I know.
Liking what you like is cool. Not liking certain things is cool. But the whole “well this medium does subject X better than that medium, therefore what’s the point of doing subject X with that medium?” is nothing short of stupid.