Hey, more Monte Cook.
I've been thinking about this article a lot, lately. Partially because of what I wrote about Obama, partially because it's been in the back of my mind as a blog topic for a while now.
For a long time, my natural response to basically everything was "I like it." I liked every movie I saw, every book I read. Then I turned thirteen. I started hanging out with people who talked about how stupid things were. Things like DragonballZ, and Animorphs; things I'd liked for a long time, things I'd been a huge fan of for as long as I could remember.
I got much more conservative about the things I liked. I would check, first, to make sure that it wasn't just me who liked something. I got used to being embarrassed about liking things, things like Hellboy or Jak 2, and I got used to defending them to my friends. Or just not mentioning them at all.
Then, finally, I figured out that liking things was okay. It was allowed. Even if everyone else thinks it's stupid, or if I think everyone else is going to think it's stupid. I figured out that if I think the Animorphs are good books, then that's enough. I don't need anyone's permission to like them.