And there have been many times that I've heard, or been told, that in a lot of these cases, the things I enjoy ARE very popular and that there are more people who like these things than there are who dislike them - it's just that the critics tend to be more vocal than the fans, making it seem like they're not popular.
Recently I thought about all of this and thought...
"You know what? We need to do something about this. There should be, like, a holiday where, if you're a fan of something that you feel has more critics than fans, you're encouraged to be more vocal about your stance than the critics are for once!"
That's why I'm declaring October 23 to be Unpopular Opinion Day. (At least until I think of a name for it that more accurately reflects what it is while still being concise... Anti-Vocal-Hatebase Day? Or Unpopular Fandom Day, but I've thought of examples that aren't fandoms per se...)
In this entry, I'm going to name some things I like that a lot of people seem to dislike. I encourage you to do the same in the comments - name some things you're a fan of that you've felt that a lot of people dislike!*
*Do not confuse "things you like that you think a lot of people seem to dislike" with "things you like that a lot of people you know have never heard of". While the latter is something I also experience a lot, and the two can overlap (see number 6 below), this holiday is dedicated to the former.
1) Ctrl+Alt+Del. Although it apparently does have a large fanbase, the news posts are about the only reason I'm aware it has such a fanbase - it feels like most of the rest of the Internet (even the authors of many other webcomics I enjoy) hates it, or at least doesn't like it very much. It's probably the prime example of something that has a large fanbase but also gets a lot of hate. As a matter of fact, that's why I chose October 23 to be Unpopular Opinion Day - that's the anniversary of Ctrl+Alt+Del. :)
2) Garfield. Though there's not much I can say about the Garfield hatedom that I haven't already said last year.
3) Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties. Okay, so I lied above - these two movies get special attention because I like them (or at least liked them the last time I saw them, which was a long time ago... I need to rewatch them someday!!) but it often feels like even fans of Garfield seem to generally not like them.
4) The Super Mario Bros. live-action movie. Yeah, it doesn't have a lot in common with the games (and it probably helps that I knew that beforehand), but *I* liked it. In fact, I'd say it's a better adaptation of Mario than certain YouTube videos that shall remain nameless...
5) Comic Sans. I've never liked the "Ban Comic Sans" people. Getting mad at someone for what FONT they use is whole new levels of picky. I even would have written this whole entry in Comic Sans to spite them, but I don't have the time to figure out why my <span> tags didn't work.
6) Mary O. Because as if it wasn't bad enough already that she's obscure enough that even a lot of Mario fans have never heard of her, it often feels like a lot of the people who do know about her dislike her. In a video about the Mystery Mushroom costume of her being added to Super Mario Maker, most of the comments were either "who is she?" or "this is the most pointless costume ever because she isn't <insert personal favorite character here>". And when she was replaced in Super Mario Maker 2, while she turned out to have a slightly larger fanbase than I previously thought, it still feels like it's outweighed by the people who make fun of anyone who (like me) is upset that Mary O. was replaced.
7) LiveJournal. I think I've expressed enough anxiety about being disliked for still liking LJ by now, so I won't repeat all that again. But it's still an example.
I could probably think of more - and possibly word some things above better - but a) I want to save some for next year and b) I wanna get this posted quickly to ensure that it's up on October 23. :)