On Moralizing and Patronizing

Two giant men patronizing a regular man who shrugs at them.

For my first movie review I decided to write about Steamboy, thinking it would be easy. However I found myself writing a long review, and half of it was about the blatant moralizing in the story. Now don't get me wrong, I think books or movies with a moral or lesson are better than a mindless action movie or adventure book. Call them a book or movie with a reason.

However there's a right way and a wrong way of moralizing a story, and
Steamboy got it all wrong. The moralizing is in your face, biased, patronizing, and condescending. It insults a viewer's intelligence.

Moral Advisory Condescending Content

You want to moralize your story? Great, but be subtle, give both sides of the argument, and make it thought provoking. Let people arrive to their own conclusions, and if one argument is really better than the other, you'll see that your readers or viewers will agree with your line of thought. The fact they arrived to their conclusions by themselves will make it more rewarding for them, and the lesson will stick in their minds for much longer.

It's a good thing that I decided to write reviews. While watching a movie or reading a book with the aim of reviewing it I notice things I would otherwise overlook or forget about. I think about what I like and dislike about the writing style. This helps me improve my own style.

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