Favorite Genres and Themes
(Most favorite on top)
- Philosophical / Thought-Provoking / Psychologically stimulating
- Horror, especially fantastical or cosmic horror.
- Unconventional Story / Plot Twists / Non-Linear Storytelling
- Random or Nonsensical Humor / Parody / Silly Humor
- Stuff with Beautiful Art / Interesting Animation / Abstraction and Stylization, interesting artistic direction and unconventional or innovative artistic expression.
- Gender non-conforming / Gender maleable Stories
- Breaking Taboo, Social Commentary
- Porn / Sex (No specific sex, gender, or sexuality preference)
- One-Shots/Shorts (just because they're short)
- Interesting or over-the-top action or fighting sequences
Least Favorite Genres and Themes
(Can be redeemed if one of the elements from my Favorite Genres is prevalent in it-- Listed in no particular order)
- Harem / Reverse Harem (annoying, frustrating, boring, trite)
- Romance, when relationship is presented as more important than the characters. (boring)
- Love Triangles which aim to resolve in Monogamy (frustrating)
- Ecchi as a genre, especially when at a jarring disregard to the characters or plot. (annoying, disappointing, distracting)
- Sports / Competition (boring)
- Gambling/ High-Stakes Games (anxiety-inducing)
- Dramatic Tragedy (depressing)
- Abuse of vulnerable populations such as children, people with disabilities, animals, etc.
- Food / Cooking (frustrating)
- Predictable or Reused Plot / Recycled Narratives (boring)
- Useless unresolved sexual tension or irrational jealousy (frustrating, annoying)
Finding characters or plots to be interesting or thought-provoking is not an endorsement for particular events, abuse, harmful personality types, behaviors, or decisions; nor is interest in these choices for fictional narrative in any way equivocal to support, enactment, or complacency with harmful things happening outside of fiction. Sometimes characters can be monsters and narratives can portray awful things but still be valuable as works of artistic expression. Especially if the art supports critical engagement with the problematic themes in the material. I'm very open to having genuine good faith conversation about this perspective.
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