Why do people hate subtitles?

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#1 Posted by Tokugawa77 (1554 posts) -

I don't get it. I always put captions on even for movies in english. Otehrwise, you can't understand what they are saying and you miss a major plot element. And I hate movies that take place in the soviet union for instance, the battle of stalingrad, and the russians are speaking english! wtf! Anyway, subtitles should be at most a minor inconvenience, but some people refuse to watch movies that have them, calling the "unwatchable". Can someone point out something that i'm missing here?

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#2 Posted by DJ_Lae (42748 posts) -
They distract from the movie to an extent, as a movie is a blend of audio and visuals. Many movies are not artistic in the way they're shot, of course, so they suffer less. But you still have ugly text slapped on your screen.
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#3 Posted by NamelessJay (3082 posts) -

I hate subtitles because I always end up paying more attention to readin them and then I miss whats going on on-screen. I HATE watching movies with subtitbles in theaters because it feels like paying money to read a book.

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#4 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58843 posts) -
Because if I'm reading the subtitles, I'm not watching what's going on.
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#5 Posted by Tokugawa77 (1554 posts) -

How is it deistracting? It happens naturally for me and i can read and see whats going on..peripheral vision or something like that.

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#7 Posted by entropyecho (22053 posts) -

I always laugh when they subtitle English-speaking people with "thick" accents. I always understand them without the accent, but I guess I owe that to growing up in a family of immigrants.

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#8 Posted by no_more_fayth (11928 posts) -

I always use subtitles.

For everything.

People are just dense sometimes.

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#9 Posted by Diablo-B (4063 posts) -
People don't like reading. The people who don't mind them are people who are quick readers
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#10 Posted by bloodling (5822 posts) -

Because I understand every single word they say, and the text popping out all the time is annoying.

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#11 Posted by Metal_Mario99 (1426 posts) -

Whenever I watch a foreign language film (which is often, since I'm quite a movie buff), I always use subtitles. If nothing else, it at least lets you appreciate the whole of the actors' performances. If you turn on the English language dub instead, you're only watching the actors walk around and make gestures. You don't get to listen to them deliver their lines.

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#12 Posted by weezyfb (14703 posts) -
i want a cinematic feel... i dont want text taking up any space...
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#13 Posted by SgtKevali (5763 posts) -

I don't mind them at all. Moreso, I like them. If I didn't hear something quite right I can read it.

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#14 Posted by ScreamDream (3953 posts) -

If I watch a movie a second time I'm good with it. Sometimes there bad mixing in TV shows or movies where subtitles are needed also.Music can be as loud as the people talking.

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#15 Posted by weezyfb (14703 posts) -

I always use subtitles.

For everything.

People are just dense sometimes.

no_more_fayth

if you speak the language it is unnecessary.

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#16 Posted by no_more_fayth (11928 posts) -

[QUOTE="no_more_fayth"]

I always use subtitles.

For everything.

People are just dense sometimes.

weezyfb

if you speak the language it is necessary.

I don't get how subtitles are "annoying" or "distracting."

:?

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#17 Posted by bloodling (5822 posts) -

I don't get how subtitles are "annoying" or "distracting."

:?

no_more_fayth

I don't like seeing what someone is going to say before he's going to say it. If you read them, there's no problem, but when you try not to read them and they constantly pop out, it can be an annoyance. It's like when teachers put animated gifs in their presentation: it's hard to concentrate when something is constantly moving.

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#18 Posted by no_more_fayth (11928 posts) -

[QUOTE="no_more_fayth"]

I don't get how subtitles are "annoying" or "distracting."

:?

bloodling

I don't like seeing what someone is going to say before he's going to say it. If you read them, there's no problem, but when you try not to read them and they constantly pop out, it can be an annoyance. It's like when teachers put animated gifs in their presentation: it's hard to concentrate when something is constantly moving.

Maybe you have ADD. :|

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#19 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58843 posts) -

[QUOTE="weezyfb"][QUOTE="no_more_fayth"]

I always use subtitles.

For everything.

People are just dense sometimes.

no_more_fayth

if you speak the language it is necessary.

I don't get how subtitles are "annoying" or "distracting."

:?

I don't understand how not using a tool often intended for deaf people makes you dense.
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#20 Posted by bloodling (5822 posts) -

[QUOTE="bloodling"]

[QUOTE="no_more_fayth"]

I don't get how subtitles are "annoying" or "distracting."

:?

no_more_fayth

I don't like seeing what someone is going to say before he's going to say it. If you read them, there's no problem, but when you try not to read them and they constantly pop out, it can be an annoyance. It's like when teachers put animated gifs in their presentation: it's hard to concentrate when something is constantly moving.

Maybe you have ADD. :|

I'm trying really hard to ignore them but these things won't stop popping :cry:

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#21 Posted by Lilyanne46 (3907 posts) -

I'd like to watch the show instead of read it...

But I sometimes don't mind...

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#22 Posted by no_more_fayth (11928 posts) -

[QUOTE="no_more_fayth"]

[QUOTE="weezyfb"] if you speak the language it is necessary.SolidSnake35

I don't get how subtitles are "annoying" or "distracting."

:?

I don't understand how not using a tool often intended for deaf people makes you dense.

Because just watching doesn't give you the full experience, especially in movie theaters.

You can miss important dialogue.

I wish theaters had subtitles, that's why I'm reluctant to even go to them.

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#23 Posted by MistressMinako (45964 posts) -
I am guessing for most people it's like... "Forget the book, I will watch the movie." and then the movie shows up in another language... then that sentence gets thrown out the window. :P As for me, if it is in English, I will take it. Mainly because I treat all movies/shows like an audio book because of multitasking. Now, I rented Nana 2 from Netflix a few weeks ago... still sitting here. However, I have been through quite a few other DVDs. I usually just stop doing what I am doing to watch subtitle stuff.
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#24 Posted by no_more_fayth (11928 posts) -

I am guessing for most people it's like... "Forget the book, I will watch the movie." and then the movie shows up in another language... then that sentence gets thrown out the window. :P As for me, if it is in English, I will take it. Mainly because I treat all movies/shows like an audio book because of multitasking. Now, I rented Nana 2 from Netflix a few weeks ago... still sitting here. However, I have been through quite a few other DVDs. I usually just stop doing what I am doing to watch subtitle stuff.MistressMinako
People need to start liking reading. :P

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#25 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58843 posts) -
Because just watching doesn't give you the full experience, especially in movie theaters. You can miss important dialogue. I wish theaters had subtitles, that's why I'm reluctant to even go to them.no_more_fayth
It could be argued that spending time reading text also takes away from the experience. Pros and cons either way.
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#26 Posted by no_more_fayth (11928 posts) -

[QUOTE="no_more_fayth"]Because just watching doesn't give you the full experience, especially in movie theaters. You can miss important dialogue. I wish theaters had subtitles, that's why I'm reluctant to even go to them.SolidSnake35
It could be argued that spending time reading text also takes away from the experience. Pros and cons either way.

If people would read more, then they wouldn't have a problem reading quickly to not deter their visual experience.

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#27 Posted by CommanderShiro (21746 posts) -

I don't hate them, pretty much gotten used to it. A lot of my favorite films are foreign. I'm not going to be able to dedicate enough time to learn so many languages, might as well read the subtitles.

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#28 Posted by MAILER_DAEMON (45906 posts) -
Short attention span. I don't necessarily like them, but they don't bother me. Sometimes it helps to understand what's being said, but I'm also one of those people that doesn't mind watching a foreign film.
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#29 Posted by Jazz_Fan (29516 posts) -
I don't understand it, because so, you're missing out on some of the best films.
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#30 Posted by v13_KiiLtz (2791 posts) -
[QUOTE="no_more_fayth"]

[QUOTE="SolidSnake35"][QUOTE="no_more_fayth"]

I don't get how subtitles are "annoying" or "distracting."

:?

I don't understand how not using a tool often intended for deaf people makes you dense.

Because just watching doesn't give you the full experience, especially in movie theaters.

You can miss important dialogue.

I wish theaters had subtitles, that's why I'm reluctant to even go to them.

This only happens to people who have bad hearing and are easily distracted.
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#31 Posted by no_more_fayth (11928 posts) -

I don't understand it, because so, you're missing out on some of the best films.Jazz_Fan
I knew Jazz would be on my side. :P

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#32 Posted by Vader993 (7533 posts) -

people are stupid these days,

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#33 Posted by no_more_fayth (11928 posts) -

people are stupid these days,

Vader993

That's similar to what I said.

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#34 Posted by MistressMinako (45964 posts) -

[QUOTE="MistressMinako"]I am guessing for most people it's like... "Forget the book, I will watch the movie." and then the movie shows up in another language... then that sentence gets thrown out the window. :P As for me, if it is in English, I will take it. Mainly because I treat all movies/shows like an audio book because of multitasking. Now, I rented Nana 2 from Netflix a few weeks ago... still sitting here. However, I have been through quite a few other DVDs. I usually just stop doing what I am doing to watch subtitle stuff.no_more_fayth

People need to start liking reading. :P

Actually, I don't understand the whole... "I don't like reading." thing. Tons of people who say that are on the internet all the time. And last time I checked... most of the internet is mostly reading, reading, reading.
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#35 Posted by Vader993 (7533 posts) -

[QUOTE="Vader993"]

people are stupid these days,

no_more_fayth

That's similar to what I said.

mines better :P

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#36 Posted by QuebecSuperstar (4178 posts) -

I think it's all a question of getting used to it.

I used to dislike subtitles because, like many others, I could only concentrate on one thing at a time, be it the action or the subtitles. But then I discovered Asian Horror and it all changed. The more I watched foreign movies, the more my sight's transition between the subtitles and the movie became seemless.

Learning to appreciate subtitles opens such a vast new cinematographical world.

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#37 Posted by v13_KiiLtz (2791 posts) -

Actually, I don't understand the whole... "I don't like reading." thing. Tons of people who say that are on the internet all the time. And last time I checked... most of the internet is mostly reading, reading, reading. MistressMinako
"N yet u git ppl hu tlk lyk dis":? I don't get it either

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#38 Posted by stanleycup98 (6144 posts) -

[QUOTE="SolidSnake35"][QUOTE="no_more_fayth"]Because just watching doesn't give you the full experience, especially in movie theaters. You can miss important dialogue. I wish theaters had subtitles, that's why I'm reluctant to even go to them.no_more_fayth

It could be argued that spending time reading text also takes away from the experience. Pros and cons either way.

If people would read more, then they wouldn't have a problem reading quickly to not deter their visual experience.

I really hope you aren't being serious. I am a very fast reader, and I can usually read the entire line in less than a second. But I just don't like them. I find that when there are subtitles, I spent the time reading and not listening. Sure, I sometimes miss things that I don't hear, but nothing important that can't be figured out later in a movie. The important plot elements are never in parts that are hard to hear, unless you're watching a bad movie. Personally, I prefer straining to listen more than reading. It gets you more involved in the movie. I also hate how subtitles how give away what they are going to say. Knowing what the actor is going to say makes the movie a lot less dramatic in some parts.

I just don't see the point of reading English subtitles when I can hear and understand English. If I'm watching a foreigh film I will turn them on, but never for an English film.

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#39 Posted by th3warr1or (20640 posts) -
I use subtitles for everything, and I enjoy the movie way more.
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#40 Posted by no_more_fayth (11928 posts) -

I use subtitles for everything, and I enjoy the movie way more. th3warr1or
*high fives*

You're awesome. :)

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#41 Posted by MistressMinako (45964 posts) -

[QUOTE="MistressMinako"] Actually, I don't understand the whole... "I don't like reading." thing. Tons of people who say that are on the internet all the time. And last time I checked... most of the internet is mostly reading, reading, reading. v13_KiiLtz

"N yet u git ppl hu tlk lyk dis":? I don't get it either

Ugh. My friend used to do that all the time while texting me. She still keeps asking me why don't I text her much anymore. :P
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#42 Posted by ernie1989 (8547 posts) -

Some people just aren't interested in the cinema enough to read what people say in a different language, which is quite sad because there's tons of great stuff that isn't in English. Honestly though, I've seen so many films with subtitles that I'm able to read everything extremely quickly that missing out on the visual qualities of the film rarely even happens. It's second nature.

One just has to give it time.

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#43 Posted by funsohng (29976 posts) -
I dont have good ear for accents and I would love to have subtitles for in those cases. For instance, I missed many important lines in 3:10 to Yuma because of the southern accent, and same goes for Blood Diamond. I don't like missing out dialogues in a movie, I consider words just as important as the visual and audio aspects. And I'm Asian, so I am just used to subtitles. And I hate dubbing.
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#44 Posted by lazyathew (3748 posts) -

It depends on afew things for me, if it has awesome visuals, subtitles can be distracting, if the subtitles are too big, they are annoying. Games like Final Fantasy X do subtitles good, and the style of the game and repetive visuals make subtitles not too distractling.

I never use them for movies though. Unless the language is foreign.

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#45 Posted by v13_KiiLtz (2791 posts) -
[QUOTE="MistressMinako"][QUOTE="v13_KiiLtz"]

Actually, I don't understand the whole... "I don't like reading." thing. Tons of people who say that are on the internet all the time. And last time I checked... most of the internet is mostly reading, reading, reading. MistressMinako
"N yet u git ppl hu tlk lyk dis":? I don't get it either

Ugh. My friend used to do that all the time while texting me. She still keeps asking me why don't I text her much anymore. :P

I hate it, I'm the only person I know who writes/type with perfect spelling and grammar, aside from the odd typo here and there or if I'm being silly :P But it's ridiculous, I know people at uni, and have gotten above average grades but insist on "tlkinq lyk dey a qanqsta" v_v
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#46 Posted by funsohng (29976 posts) -
[QUOTE="MistressMinako"][QUOTE="v13_KiiLtz"] "N yet u git ppl hu tlk lyk dis":? I don't get it eitherv13_KiiLtz
Ugh. My friend used to do that all the time while texting me. She still keeps asking me why don't I text her much anymore. :P

I hate it, I'm the only person I know who writes/type with perfect spelling and grammar, aside from the odd typo here and there or if I'm being silly :P But it's ridiculous, I know people at uni, and have gotten above average grades but insist on "tlkinq lyk dey a qanqsta" v_v

that's considered talking like a gangster? Isn't that offensive to actual gangsters?
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#47 Posted by no_more_fayth (11928 posts) -

[QUOTE="MistressMinako"][QUOTE="v13_KiiLtz"] "N yet u git ppl hu tlk lyk dis":? I don't get it either

v13_KiiLtz

Ugh. My friend used to do that all the time while texting me. She still keeps asking me why don't I text her much anymore. :P

I hate it, I'm the only person I know who writes/type with perfect spelling and grammar, aside from the odd typo here and there or if I'm being silly :P But it's ridiculous, I know people at uni, and have gotten above average grades but insist on "tlkinq lyk dey a qanqsta" v_v

Why do they use q's for g's?! :o

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#48 Posted by bloodling (5822 posts) -

It depends on afew things for me, if it has awesome visuals, subtitles can be distracting, if the subtitles are too big, they are annoying. Games like Final Fantasy X do subtitles good, and the style of the game and repetive visuals make subtitles not too distractling.

I never use them for movies though. Unless the language is foreign.

lazyathew

Subtitles are so annoying in video games with voice acting. I don't like it when you have no control over the volume of the dialogue in games like FFXIII and are forced to use subtitles or else you can't hear what they're saying.

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#49 Posted by v13_KiiLtz (2791 posts) -

that's considered talking like a gangster? Isn't that offensive to actual gangsters?funsohng

I wouldn't know, are you offended? :P

Why do they use q's for g's?! :ono_more_fayth

I don't know v_v, its a horror sometimes to check my facebook :?

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#50 Posted by MistressMinako (45964 posts) -

[QUOTE="MistressMinako"][QUOTE="v13_KiiLtz"] "N yet u git ppl hu tlk lyk dis":? I don't get it either

v13_KiiLtz

Ugh. My friend used to do that all the time while texting me. She still keeps asking me why don't I text her much anymore. :P

I hate it, I'm the only person I know who writes/type with perfect spelling and grammar, aside from the odd typo here and there or if I'm being silly :P But it's ridiculous, I know people at uni, and have gotten above average grades but insist on "tlkinq lyk dey a qanqsta" v_v

Haha. It needs to stop. I always practiced writing in complete (sometimes fragments, but understandable) sentences. I always had a feeling that it might rub off on something you have to have perfect grammar/spelling on. :P