So I often have this argument with my friends. They watch a movie/show and end up disliking the piece because of character behavior. They try to convince me "here's what that character SHOULD have done." I've got two instances:
After enjoying Inception together I asked Friend A, "What did you think about Cobb's character and his attachment to his wife?" Friend A's responses with "That part of the movie was dumb, he needed to get over his wife issues and just handle his business." I explained, "But the whole point of having unresolved issues with his wife was so Cobb and the audience could learn from their experience." Friend A responds with "lol, I knew all this shiet already. Cobb's character was annoying."
Yesterday Friend B and I were discussing an Episode of Friendship is Magic, A Friend In Deed. I said "actual character interaction throughout was solid gold but psudo-Chekhov's gun ending was dumb." Friend B then starts to ranting, "Man, I hate that episode! If the donkey just gave into Pinkie Pie's demand for a second, he can get it over with and go on his marry way!"
This happen to you? Is projecting yourselves onto a character reasonable or unrealistic? There wouldn't BE a story if everyone behaved logically or without emotions.