This one might get me in trouble with a few people, but I hate comic books. These days it seems as if everyone is into comics, graphic novels, manga, whatever, but I just don't get it. When I was around 10 years old I read a few comic books, but those were based on World War II. In those days, I was utterly obsessed with WWII. I read everything from the Time-Life book series (sadly, I never finished although my grandparents bought me the whole set) to cartoonist Bill Mauldin's Up Front. But I digress...
When I open up a graphic novel (I haven't touched an actual comic book in decades, but I occasionally come across graphic novels in bookstores), I really can't make sense of it. I can skim a regular book to determine whether the topic and writing style interest me, but I can't even evaluate something written in comic book form. My brain just doesn't work that way. I could imagine taking months to read one just because it seems so foreign. People who grew up reading comic books probably can't comprehend my difficulty with them.
My hatred of comic books is probably the root of my hate for all things involving superheros, too. Whether it's a cartoon, a book, or a movie, if it's about a superhero I have no interest. People tell me I'm "missing out" on some good movies, but if the basic premise doesn't interest me, why would I like the movie? "Hate" may be too strong a word here -- it's not that I literally hate Superman or Spiderman -- but it's definitely more of an aversion rather than mere apathy.
I suppose all of this adds up to a lack of imagination on my part. It probably helps to explain why, although I consider myself to be mechanically a decent writer, I am a lousy creative writer. Aside from short-form stuff like blog entries, I have a hard time coming up with ideas. I don't know whether this is fixable or worth working on, but I do know it has cost me some opportunities.