Basically, I'm curious about something: We're all of us smart folks, and we all of us enjoy talking about and analyzing books, movies, video games, and so on. So far, so good. But what I'm curious about is... at what point does this sort of discussion go from interesting to wanky? I mean, where do you draw the line between "This discussion is really cool and interesting and giving me a deeper and more complex look at this book/movie/game/etc." and "This discussion is just taking something simple and making it needlessly complicated and boring"?
(Possible corellary questions: Should we hold books, films, and/or games to different standards of... plot or characterization or dramatic unity or...? And if so, why or why not? Should we look at, say, Sephiroth with the same level of critical scrutiny as we do for Richard III? How do we determine "This deserves to get looked at intellectually; that doesn't"? Or should we even determine that in the first place?)
Anyhow, if you've got time on your hands, feel free to drop a comment below.