Adam Avitable and his favorite things

I’ll still be your friend . . .

With the movies “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises” both coming into theaters in the upcoming weeks/months, I’ve seen a lot of unnecessary and troubling arguing going on in the geeky fanboy world.  One camp is pro-Avengers and one camp is pro-Batman, to the detriment of the other.  Why can’t you enjoy both and want both to succeed and make lots of money and be good movies?  Why does one have to be better than the other?

It’s petty and stupid and obnoxious.  And it prompted me to write this post.  I’m not going to be like that.  You can have your shitty favorites and your weird opinions, and I’ll still like you.  You see . . .

I’ll still be your friend, even if/when you:

  • Think “The Wire” is better than “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”;
  • Don’t dip your fries in mayonnaise;
  • Choose Team Edward;
  • Enjoyed “Fifty Shades of Grey”;
  • Consider Macs to be superior computers;
  • Exercise;
  • Vote Republican;
  • Disparage “Jersey Shore”;
  • Hate chocolate;
  • Find Angelina Jolie attractive;
  • Have an AOL email address;
  • Prefer Pepsi to Coke;
  • Speak Klingon instead of Shyriiwook;
  • Choose vegetarianism as a life choice;
  • Watch “Big Bang Theory”;
  • Don’t watch “Community”;
  • Think Marvel is better than DC or that any character is better than Superman;
  • Dislike Ke$ha;
  • Recycle;
  • Find Dane Cook or Jeff Dunham to be funny;
  • Love your Android;
  • Have never seen “Veronica Mars” or “Firefly”;
  • Despise Los Angeles;
  • Type in textspeak, even in emails or IMs;
  • Wear Crocs;
  • Drive under the speed limit;
  • Join the ranks of people who bitch that “SNL just isn’t as funny as it used to be”;
  • Won’t make a Facebook account;
  • Shop at Walmart;
  • Choose In-N-Out over other fast food;
  • Like Dan Brown’s books;
  • Think men should be hairless;
  • Don’t own a microwave;
  • Would rather watch Star Wars: Episodes I-III instead of IV-VI;
  • Consider any movie to be superior to the book upon which it was based;
  • Still have a VCR and an answering machine;
  • Watch “American Idol” or “The Voice” or “America’s Got Talent” or anything else like that;
  • Drive a hybrid;
  • Root for a sports team of any type;
  • Don’t eat bacon;
  • Refrain from posting self-portraits of yourself on Instagram and Facebook regularly;
  • Prefer blondes or brunettes to redheads;
  • Like Jay Leno;
  • Would rather cook a meal at home than go out to a nice restaurant;
  • Call TV the “idiot box”;
  • Watch Fox News; or
  • Comment on posts through Facebook or on Twitter instead of on the actual post.
Adam Avitable and his favorite things

What about you?  What will you forgive your friends for doing?

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54 Replies to “I’ll still be your friend . . .”

  1. Dave2

    But will you still be my friend if…

    – In addition to not choosing Team Edward, I also don’t choose Team Jacob, and think that anybody choosing sides in a movie franchise as shitty as “Twilight” should seek professional help?
    – I not only consider Macs to be superior computers, but don’t consider non-Macs to be computers at all?
    – Not only do I disparage “Jersey Shore” at every opportunity, but believe that eradicating everybody on that show would make this world a better place?
    – I not only find Angelina Jolie attractive, but also an amazing actress?
    – Not only do I choose vegetarianism as a life choice, but I fully support revoking all government meat subsidies so that people will have to pay ACTUAL price for unhealthy meat products that are destroying our planet? (Enjoy that $10 Big Mac!)
    – In addition to watching “Big Bang Theory,” I also read the fan fiction devoted to it?
    – I not only feel that Batman is better than Superman, but Matter Eater Lad could probably defeat Superman in a fight?
    – Not only do I join the ranks of people who bitch that “SNL just isn’t as funny as it used to be” but think this applies all the way up until Will Forte left?
    – In addition to not eating bacon, I feel that soy bacon substitute tastes better than the dead pig flesh version.
    – I not only refrain from posting self-portraits of myself on Instagram and Facebook regularly, but think guys who do are overcompensating for having a tiny penis?

    Would ya, huh? Would ya, huh? Would ya, huh?

  2. Sybil Law

    Since we don’t agree on a whole hell of a lot, I think it’s pretty obvious my friends don’t have to be much like me for me to like them.

  3. Martina

    Mayo on fries is the only thing that should be on fries and Pepsi gives me heartburn. I can’t diss Mac since it’s UNIX based, no VCR but an answering machine (it’s virtual so that’s a plus). I don’t know who Edward is but I have been to the Jersey shore … it’s lovely. Oh and I always comment on the blog post so we should be friends!

  4. Nona Nelson

    Good to know there are not many impediments to our friendship, but I must confess to never having seen an episode of “Buffy.” Are these items weighted? Do I get extra credit for absoultely never voting Republican, shopping at WalMart or watching Faux News?

  5. Megan

    I will forgive my friends for making lists of things they find “permissable” or “impermissable,” thereby making people feel back for their own preferences.

    The hybrid-driving, recycling, Big Bang Theory-watching, Mac-loving redhead. xo

  6. Ren

    While The Princess Bride book was wonderful, I still think the movie was better. Of course, the list of things better than The Princess Bride movie is shockingly short.

  7. Leila

    The problem is, society is very obsessed with polarization and sectarianism. It loves giving itself ultimatums, or figuratively speaking, laying down the fence. I’m the type of person who says, “I’m not on the fence. I just wouldn’t have one there” simply because amalgamation is the best policy when it comes to gray areas, and is actually the very crux of democratic belief. I’m also a firm believer of “left wring, right wing, both wings of the carrion crow” in that extreme, opposite ends of the spectrum further hammers the truth which George Orwell tried to evoke through Animal Farm, but don’t let me digress now.

    Back on topic, the Avengers vs Dark Knight Rises feud is obviously perpetuated by the movie industry as a way of hooking people in to make their judgments. I don’t understand why. Though their salient themes are antithetical, they are essentially the same type of movie: comic book heroes with lots of action, lots of babes, and lots of drama.

      • Leila

        @Avitable, I disagree in the sense that having a more somber theme doesn’t make it better. The Batman films were enjoyable to me as action movies. Albeit, different from the cheesiness that is the Avengers (which honestly I think is what they aim for).

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