I think people confuse criticism with negativity, for some reason.
Yes, criticism can
be negative, but it is not necessary for it to be so; I don't know about anyone else, but I can be critical of something I love and enjoy as well. Hell, I watched Kahaani and Kasauti for their entire runs and was damn
critical of them
. Doesn't mean I didn't love them for being my favourite shows.
I'm not judging the show based on two episodes; I'm judging the two episodes based on themselves.
The fact of it is - many of us who have grown up with K-shows know exactly what to expect. But what I could tolerate at 18, I find myself no longer able to tolerate. That was a different era, in which wherever you looked, a K-show slapped you in the face. Now, there is so much choice, and so many new, different and interesting shows and writers have come and gone that the same old formula has become very stale.
Just because I say "I didn't like X, Y, Z in today's episode", it doesn't mean that I am "being negative" or "not giving the show a chance". We seem to have forgotten that these shows are supposed to give us reasons to like them, not that we have to pity them and give them a chance. Why should a busy audience pander to the whims of Ekta or her cronies rather than it being the opposite? We seem to have gotten into this culture where people will watch anything because Ekta or Karan Johar has made it, because XYZ actor is in it, because our favourite author has written it - so no matter how bad the product is, how little the writer has given of themselves to create it, they are assured of an audience. No wonder people don't work harder to get our attention, when we are content with what little they give us.
Having said that - I think it is counter-productive to tell people "if you don't like it, don't watch" - I already don't watch things that I don't like, so that kind of advice is useless to me. I am not afraid to be critical of the things that I do watch, and like, and I will continue to watch them, like them, be critical of them, until such a time when I stop liking them. As far as this show is concerned, I am "giving it a chance
but writing wise, it has been so far, so-so.
Edited by psawyer - 01 June 2011 at 1:03am