BaldBob007 wrote:So, it is only art to the Dragonlance nerds... They'd probably find some substance in there, somewhere.
Maybe it's more like Charles Dickens than Yngwie. I love everything about his novels/short stories/etc, but a good friend of mine can't stand to read a page. Where I see the fanciful and whimsical, she sees some guy rambling on pointlessly and unnecessarily.
Dickens is regularly praised by people across the spectrum, and while certainly people of all sorts find him verbose and pointless, the only group that can truly be said to be out in the dark is the Uninformed. And there is always a group of the Uninformed, no matter what you're talking about. Opinions make the world so wonderful, because they flavor our perceptions, but some people simply don't know how to form them to sound at all convincing or credible.
Yngwie, on the other hand, is pretty un-listen-to-able to both mainstream fans, music critics, and yknow the friend everyone has that always knows the best new music before you? that guy too. His work is mostly appreciated by a very small sector of metal guitarists and nerds.
Of course, the idea of spectrum gets more difficult when you get into more obscure and experimental concepts, but even so, there's normally blips all throughout, if you consider it on a small enough scale.
This all said, I expect more than great execution. Some of my favorite shirts are executed wonderfully because they're human and imperfect. Some of my favorite singers have voices that are far from the strongest out there. Etc etc. It's not about the tools you have so much as what you do with them. I think woot has seen so few people who can do anything with their very limited tools that when they see this, the first thing they think is "not deformed rabbits!" and HAVE to love it. For that, hell, I'd rather have this print poorly (which it will if it does) than that print at all. But it's about more than that. Or it certainly should be.