ProfAllister wrote:My family's spaghetti sauce recipe calls for garlic and crushed red pepper. theoretically, there's an ideal combination that would please everyone, but cooks don't go for that - they choose the combination of spiciness and garlicy-ness that most appeals to their sensibilities (or, depending on the context, their intended audience).
This is one large advantage a VN has over many other art forms, though. Make the routes different and there will be something for everyone to love. And in time, some may even discover they come to love some of those routes they didn't at first. In this way, it can teach new kinds of appreciation. I know KS did this for me.
You aren't telling someone they're wrong for liking what they like; you're telling them that there's so much out there that, on an objective measure, is better than what they like.
But there are very few truly objective measures of superiority, especially in art. And even if you had an unassailable one, you can't very well expect people to simply start at the top of the leaderboard and work their way down, for many reasons. Not the least of which is that objective though they may be, all measures are still weighted
differently by each individual, and can even change within one individual from day to day. Fancy Brand Tires may be inarguably better at handling mountain curves with aplomb, but that doesn't mean much to me if all I want is to commute to work without breaking the bank.
they aren't wrong for liking what they like, but they absolutely CAN be wrong for saying what they like is better than things they don't like.
This, I can agree with. "I like this better than that" is one kind of statement, and isn't questionable. "This is better than
that" is quite another and definitely is.
But do remember that that blade cuts both ways.
Golden Mean Fallacy
Potato wrote:So Emi's the ideal route. Being in the center, it stands to reason that her route contains a balance of both ends.
, mah man.
LordDarknus wrote:the "fans" will go all like "Worst. Episode. Ever." -- So hopelessly inured, so dependent on the feels, that they think the creator(s) owe them something.
You say that like there aren't tons of people going around saying Lilly's the worst because Mary Sue + Boring or else She's A Bitch + Feels Junkies. It's just as obnoxious.