A moviegoer is a person who goes to watch movies. In order to know a moviegoer, there is a need to classify the types of movies these individuals are interested in. These movies can be categorized in the genres of informational, drama, action, adventure, epic, horror, crime, and musical (Naficy, 2011). Moviegoers can be classified by the genre of the movies they watch, though some individuals enjoy watching movies from more than one genre. Some categories of movies are interrelated – for example, crime and action movies.
Moreover, we can classify moviegoers according to their behavior while viewing their movies of choice (Manchel, 1990). Their actions may prove to be annoying and irritating, at the same time causing distraction to those who are attentive and want to concentrate on the details of a movie. The first type is the kind of people who laugh at seemingly nothing. Anything in a movie, even somebody walking, tickles them inside and they laugh out aloud. This type of moviegoer causes a lot of distraction to the people watching the movie near them in cinemas or home environments. They may occasionally make apologies only to break their promise of keeping silent (Marich, 2009).
There also exists the talkative type. These people come to watch a movie, but instead continue talking about issues that are not related to the movie. They may talk about school, work, their jobs, and recent happenings regardless of those around them.
Another moviegoer variant is the know-it-all. They claim to know everything about the movie. These people will tend to speak out the next action in the movie from start to finish, telling audience members what will happen next and even say that they would have done better than the actors would (Percy, 1998). They focus on forecasting.
Then we have the clueless type. This kind of moviegoer acts as if they do not know anything. They ask questions from the start like “Where is he going?” “What has happened” “Who brought him there?”. They end up ruining the movie for those seated next to them because of asking question after another throughout the movie instead of following the movie on their own (Percy, 2004).
Mobile phone addicts represent another type. This category of moviegoers are obsessed with their cell phones. They are either texting or calling while the movie is in progress. They can spend half of the time of the movie on their phones either playing games, texting, or browsing the Internet. Consequently, someone might wonder why this moviegoer has misplaced priorities.
Another type of moviegoer is one who acts as if they are at their own residence. They may even resort in awkward actions that should only be done in private places such as removing shoes regardless of the bad odor and talking loudly (Percy, 2011). This people are a great distraction especially to those who want to concentrate on the movie, as they disturb those around them with this kind of behavior.
Dedicated moviegoers should always prepare themselves before leaving to watch movie at the cinema or at someone’s residence. Virtuous moviegoers are those that keenly observe a movie to extract personal lessons from them.
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