Jesster wrote:No-one likes a rabid fanboy.
That's because rabies is bad. That's why they took Ol' Yeller out back and shot 'im.
Anyway, i don't find analyzation to be a problem. The only time it becomes an issue is if people begin to look for something that isn't there. Finding something that the author didn't intentionally set up isn't necessarily a bad thing. If someone were to read my work and come up with a symbol or a concept that is meaningful to them, then i'm happy for them regardless of whether or not that was my intent. Every piece of literature or film can mean something different to every person that is exposed to it. On the other hand, if you sit down with a book or a movie with the expectation of finding something (whether or not there is anything to find at all) and you have to really look hard to find it, then there's a problem.
For my part, i've always analyzed things. I admit that i might sometimes get carried away, but when this happens i remember to step back and not lose the forest for the tress, to just enjoy the movie or book for what it is. Like everyone else, i had teachers that told me to look for things. The root of my problem, however, is simply a combination of three things:
1. I read people. I just do. I always have and i always will. I just find it very easy to tune in.
2. I get emotionally involved. I know that the stories and characters are fictitious, but that doesn't prevent me from reacting to them as if they're real. No joke. I cry almost every time i watch an episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' simply because a patient dies or there's some traumatic experience in every one.
3. Details. I love 'em. I can't live without them. I'm the person who sits in a movie theater and gets distracted (often to my own amusement and delight) by anachronisms or goofs. (Has any other history buff noticed that there's a scene in 'Kingdom of Heaven' where there's a banner for Castille y Leon flying in the background, even though those two kingdoms weren't united until several years after the events in the movie?)
These three factors really come into play if the story is particularly well-written or the characters are remarkably realistic. Even if they're not, however, they still affect my reception to some degree. I analyze books and movies from beginning to end. It doesn't prevent me from enjoying the story. Not at all. In fact, if there's something to analyze, i'm bound to love it. I don't expect to find anything particular in what i read or watch, but i'll find something if there's anything at all to find and i'll giggle like a spoiled child who's been munching on Halloween candy all damn day.
I just feel bad for the people who are willing to discuss books and movies with me because i sometimes pull things that might seem like they've come out of left-field. Also, if it's really good, i'll go on about it for quite some time.