favorite vs good
Over the weekend I ended up re-watching a few dozen episodes of the Naruto anime. To this day, it's my favorite series of all time. But also, objectively speaking, I know it isn't good. It's already hard enough to admit to being an anime/manga fan, but this is on another level .
To be specific, I think I have spent more time watching Naruto than every other show I've seen combined. Part of this is that I don't really watch TV, but mostly just the fact that I really like the Naruto anime. If I had an extra monitor I would play the series constantly like Casey Neistat plays The Godfather on loop in his studio. You can't possibly achieve this level of time and energy spent simply via hate-watching or post-post-irony-watching . You have to truly be some kind of sick and twisted individual to earnestly watch all 700+ episodes of a show like this.One of the recurring gags in the story is Kakashi's singular obsession with a series of trashy and explicit romance novels. I'm not sure if Kishimoto was clever enough to write this intentionally but it feels like somewhat of an meta-joke by now whenever I talk about liking this series. It's really shameful for us so-called respectable adults to be engaing in this kind of childish media--and yet! The only conclusion I can reach after everything is that I am lacking in that elusive quality called "good taste". My taste is cringe! I love things that are bad! To stand up and say, No, I am not going to watch this show or movie that you think is so good--because it probably is good. And you I know I don't really personally enjoy that kind of thing.
 For full honesty my second and third favorite series (Oyasumi Punpun, Vagabond) both have widespreaad critical acclaim, but that's beside the point
 On the other hand, maybe some people don't know any better, but I do. I've read Dostoevsky and Joyce and Márquez and Faulkner. I was trained in the classics at a foremost institution. I could tell you my favorite book is War and Peace and my contrived rant might even be convincing, but it would be a farce. I only liked War and Peace. It barely cracks my top 100. You can let go of your pearls now