Sometimes we find ourselves watching a show that we dislike yet we continue following said series instead of just dropping it.
No shame in that. It happens. I know I struggle with this all the time (or at least used to; I was a bit too eager to drop shows last season).
Maybe you want to adhere to a particular genre or niche, or you want to see what everyone is fussing about. With that being said, if you’re not having fun with a show then it might be for the best if you drop it.
Buuuuut that’s not what this post is about.
That’s right, I’m here today to suggest 5 methods you can use to continue with a series you hate or at least care little for! If you’re finding it difficult to watch a particular show yet still want to keep following aforementioned series, then this list is for you! Here we go!
Let the Hate Motivate
I don’t really advocate this, but perhaps you can stick around and watch a series you despise to the very end so you can thoroughly trash it in a post or a tweet thread. The release of all this built-up negative emotion might prove to be cathartic.
With that being said, you better be able to support your arguments with reasoning and examples or else you might just be accused of being a bandwagoner, or a hipster, or a whiny brat.
Mainly Focus on (a) Side Character(s)
Maybe becoming attached to a quirky side character can help you get through a show, especially if you find the protagonist to be insufferable.
Relying on this method can provide unreliable results if the side character rarely receives any screentime, however.
Consider the Character’s Perspective
Right now there’s a lot of ill will being focused on a particular character in a particular series.
It’s perfectly fine to dislike a character, but do keep in mind that these characters are bound to be flawed and make poor judgment calls because they simply aren’t aware of specific (and often important) things.
To be honest, I’m not a fan of Ichigo’s behaviour in episode 14 of Darling in the FranXX, either. But after taking some time to think about the situation, I’ve come to realize that she’s just a stupid flawed kid who is making some mistakes. Don’t you make mistakes? I make them all the time. I’m making one right now by staying up this late to write this top 5 list.
Sometimes Things Do Get Better
At least when it comes to an anime series, at least. SOMETIMES a show will improve.
With that being said, it’s definitely a gamble. So on that note, please don’t sue Remy Fool if you try to give a show a shot and it horribly backfires since you hate it from beginning to end.
Read Other Opinions
We all miss things from time to time. No one is perfect.
And the things we misunderstand or misinterpret might cause us to intensely dislike a show.
That’s where reading what other people have to say comes into play. Maybe they caught something that could potentially change your perception of a series. Orrrr maybe you’ll just read a bunch of hot and opinionated takes that only serve to make you angrier or feel lonelier since no one else seems to agree with you.
It’s a risk and I’m not sure it’s worth it in the end if I have to be completely honest. But, hey, if you’re being a masochist and you want to continue watching a series despite hating it for some reasons, then maybe you should give this a shot. Who knows? It might save the show for you if you hear what others have to say.
- Purposefully misinterpreting a series or scenes to make the viewing experience more enjoyable
- Taking long breaks in-between scenes while watching an episode
- Drinking copious amount of alcohol before watching said episode
That’s all I have today, folks.
Do you all ever force yourself to watch a show you hate? Have you any secret methods to keep punishing yourself? I would love to hear more in the comments section!
Thank you for reading.