View Full Version : Stuff you didn't like/have any interest in but ended up enjoying later in life

06-04-2017, 02:00 AM
I think it's safe to say most of us have claimed/sworn "I'll NEVER do this/that/wtv" at least once in our lifetimes. But people change their opinions/views at times.

When I was a kid I've never expected to like pro wrestling, WWE in particular, because I didn't exactly know what it was. Older people just kept referring to it as "fake fighting", so I just assumed it was simply roided up dudes being paid to fake fight in the ring and that was it. But then watched a few Raw episodes and was suddenly hooked.

I also never expected to get into anime/manga. I was one of the very few people alongside my brother that didn't care for DBZ or the Pokémon anime back in the 90s, thinking Japanese animation and art looked weird and ugly. Then, as we enter the 21st century I start seeing more anime popping up on TV, mainly cable channels and end up watching some, eventually becoming a fan of the medium. OK, I watched Speed Racer back in the 90s... but it was the English dub that aired here, and it was so old that I had not noticed it was originally Japanese. Silly me.

But the biggest example is reading. And by that I don't mean comics and such. I mean reading prose/novels. I was once one of those people who disliked reading and found it boring, because school kept forcing me to read books I didn't want to read. It killed every enjoyment of it. Especially the essays I had to write after reading them and having to interpret things such as "the curtains were blue..." as if they had any deep meaning behind it. Plus, many of the big readers I've met, and also many of my teachers were pretty snobbish about comics, and almost called you an illiterate dumbass for
reading them, which is absurd since they're also a part of literature and comics such as Tintin, Astérix, Spirou, Corto Maltese and the likes are suitable for people of all age brackets and they're big parts of European culture. Good luck telling a 12 year old kid to stop reading that and read 500 page novels. It wasn't until I finished HS that I began to enjoy reading novels.

What about you?

06-04-2017, 05:35 AM
Interesting thread.

I also wasn't a fna of pro wrestling and only got into it when I was in junior high. I had never had much interest in it, but then my brother turned it on and I found myself getting hooked and the rest is history.

I also never thought I would like drama shows as I never really had an interest in them. Then when I was in college, I began to watch House and got hooked on it and now watch quite a few dramas.

The same can be said for sci-fi shows because I was never really one to watch them and now I watch Doctor Who whenever I can because I love it.

06-04-2017, 08:34 AM
- No seriously. I hated the stuff when I was a kid. Green bell peppers too. And then one day I realized it wasn't certain vegetables I disliked, but rather how they'd been prepared in the past. I found a way to make them that more aligned with my palate, and now I can't get enough of them.

The same thing kind of goes with beer.

- Non X-Men Big Two Comic Characters.
Didn't care a lick for any of them, either side of the aisle.
Thanks to the MCU, and various DC animated stuff that opinion has shifted.

06-04-2017, 08:54 AM
Drawing: I've never been good at it, so for years I didn't even bother trying to improve or draw anything. But now I've been trying to get better even though I'm still pretty bad, and I've kinda come to like my art style (if you could even call it that). Weird. But nonetheless, drawing is now a big hobby of mine, something I really enjoy and strive to get better at.

Action figure stands: I used to think they were pointless, but after buying some figures that really needed them, I'm happy to have 'em.

06-04-2017, 10:17 AM
Exploring music, as in listening to full albums that weren't hip hop. /mu/ got me hooked with In The Court of the Crimson King.

06-04-2017, 10:33 AM
Music. I didn't pay much attention to it when I was younger but started having a greater interest in it a few years ago. Still not a big fan of music, but I at least have some favourite bands/artists nowadays anyway.

06-04-2017, 11:24 AM
The only major thing is I started watching a whole bunch of 80's and 90's action movies I either never saw before or only saw once as a kid and I barely remember. Over the last 5 months since January, I'd watched every major "good" movie from:

Arnold Schwarzeneggar
Sylvester Stallone
Harrison Ford
Bruce Willis
Mel Gibson
Jean Claude Van-Damme
Eddie Murphy
Jim Carrey
Keanu Reeves
Tom Cruise
Samuel L. Jackson
Kurt Russel
Bruce Lee
Jackie Chan
John Travolta
Nicolas Cage


And I'm telling you this comes out to nearly 150-200 movies overall. I honestly lost count at 100. I try to watch one movie a night.

After this I might go back and watch "classic" movie actors from the 50's, 60's and 70's.....but that won't be for a while.

06-04-2017, 03:55 PM
For some real classics, try Humphrey Bogart, Gene Kelly, the old Bing Crosby/Bob Hope "Road to..." movies, Gone With The Wind(if you can sit through all of it) or any Clark Gable films.

Things I didn't like before but do now- mushrooms. Love them. And didn't get into comic heroes until in high school. Read a few X-Men and New Mutants issues and was intrigued but didn't really pursue it until I got bored one night during a lull in the weekly D&D game I played at the time and discovered how great they could be after reading the Spider-Man 9-11 tribute TPB.

06-07-2017, 03:26 AM
I didn't like coffee until I was in my mid twenties. I though it was gross, but I needed to stay awake a lot, so I trained myself to like it. Now I love it.

07-04-2017, 01:52 PM
I didn't like coffee until I was in my mid twenties. I though it was gross, but I needed to stay awake a lot, so I trained myself to like it. Now I love it.
Oh, this reminds me: drinking.

It took me about 7-8 tries to finally enjoy a beer. If you had told me after the first couple of beers I've had in my life that I'd end up enjoying beer a lot I'd not have believed you.

07-04-2017, 02:39 PM
...many of the big readers I've met, and also many of my teachers were pretty snobbish about comics, and almost called you an illiterate dumbass for reading them, which is absurd since they're also a part of literature...

I've been a big reader pretty much all my life and I never really got into comics. The only ones I saw were very light hearted ones and if I'm honest I found them boring. Later on I checked out Marvel's Legion of Monsters, believing it to be a light read (not intellectually inferior).

Anyway, I enjoyed it but I haven't been able to finish it. Then I discovered that I find comics harder to read than novels. I find it difficult to interpret what's going on and I keep losing focus. I love the TMNT comics of course but I still find them hard to read and wish they were available in novel format. Then again, I also love the artwork.

07-04-2017, 03:00 PM
One thing I've grown to like is an appreciation of the fine arts. Like I've grown to enjoy paintings or pictures/videos of landscapes and the horizons, or underwater/deep sea videos, or well done art depicting large scenes of people or iconic building structure from different cultures.

If there's anything I dislike, it's uncultured swine. Some people just have no appreciation for the fine arts.

07-04-2017, 03:22 PM
Hmm, interesting. So whose version of David do you prefer, Donatello or Michelangelo? I'm rather fond of the arts myself. Especially poetry, dance and theater.

07-04-2017, 11:13 PM
I started likeing honey mustard now. Never liked it until recently. Curse you Arby's!! :lol:

07-05-2017, 01:34 PM
I started likeing honey mustard now. Never liked it until recently. Curse you Arby's!! :lol:
Honey mustard? That's a thing?! Plain msutard itself is already bad enough, but adding honey to it?! Sounds gross.

I used to hate mayonnaise when I was a kid, but don't mind it as an adult much. Especially if you add garlic to it. A good sandwich needs a bit of mayo.

07-16-2017, 09:46 AM
Ninja Turtles

Beavis and Butthead.

Legend of Zelda

Addams Family Movie

other than that, once I find something I like, I stick with it. very rarely do I try something I think/know I won't like.

07-16-2017, 09:51 AM
Cabbage and squash. I hated the taste of both as a child, but as an adult, I like it. I really like cabbage. Sauerkraut too. Hated that as a child too.

07-16-2017, 10:22 AM
Well, TMNT obviously :P

The Bone comics I kind of skipped over in elementary and middle school because I thought I thought it would be rife with juvenile humor (ala Captain Underpants...which I've realized through Tumblr takes no prisoners in satire), until I read it in high school and now it's my favorite comic series.

Same thing happened with Doctor Who later on in high school.

I'm considering testing out the waters on the Play Station games of yore, since I was a Nintendo kid. but that would mean being around my bf a lot more since he has a PS4. Which isn't a bad thing in the slightest...it's just that he lives a while away from me. And since the Crash Bandicoot remaster, that might have to be it. I'll probably get him that for his birthday...he's been considering getting it.

07-16-2017, 05:11 PM
I didn't watch Avatar the Last Airbender until 2014. The show came out in 2005, it took me a full decade to actually sit down and watch it.

For some reason at the time it came out, and because of the anime style visuals, I just thought it was Nick's version of trying to make their own Pokemon or Yu-gi-oh at the time.