Sometimes when we're wrangling over whether we liked that latest Hollows book or whether the US or UK version of Being Human is better, we tend to lose sight of the reason we have these things to grouse about - the creative people who crafted them for us. Genre folks especially tend to get caught up in their likes, dislikes, nerdrage and geek obsessions. So, I'm taking a moment here to give love to all those people who make the content we enjoy.
I love you, creative type people. You give me novels that challenge me or lift me up or take me places that never were and never will be - and let's be glad about that last one because I often like very dark distopian work. You give me characters that I love (or love to hate) in my favorite books, movies and TV shows. Every piece of a movie, from the story to the characters to the costumes and right on down to the placing of the props is the work of creative people. The art I might not understand or know how to properly appreciate is another thing creative people gift us with and whether I get it or not, good job. You give me music that I love to sing along with (poorly) when I'm driving in my car. Lately, you've given me Yaoi and I appreciate that, too, even though I feel slightly weird about it.
Most of all, I appreciate the way you put yourselves out there with every effort. I could never do what you do, even if I had the aptitude.
Everything I do is specific and measurable. Design a system that does x, y, and z for this audience. Write a script that does a, b, and c using an industry standard language. How do I know if the script worked? It exits with a 0 for good and a 1 for bad. I can take creative approaches to my problems, but at the end of the day, the feedback I receive is entirely objective - it worked or it didn't. Computers don't have to 'like' your work for it to be a success. (Which thank goodness for that, because I work primarily on Unix. It can smell weakness.)
In closing, I just want to say thank you, creative people, for all the cool stuff you work so hard to give us. I'm sorry for people who are jerks to you about it and would gladly break their fingers for you. Please keep giving us more good stuff in the future. You are greatly appreciated.