Top 10 Most Annoying Things In Reaction VideosI like the idea of the reaction videos and I like some of them but several things annoy me. Some of the guys who make those videos should realize that some of the things they do are annoying and destructing.
I think that a reaction video is supposed to show the spontaneous reaction to what somebody hears or watches during the process of listening/watching, and not a review/analysis after watching it. Because it's called a "reaction" video. But it isn't a "reaction" video if there's no spontaneous reaction to what they hear/see. Not reacting during the video is a big change of the initial idea of those videos that turns them into the complete opposite of what they were supposed to be.
A review after the process of listening/watching is great as long as the guy also "reacts" while listening/watching.
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What you get is watching how somebody lifelessly listens to music, like a mummy, staring at a screen.
It's terribly boring. It's more annoying when the song is long. Why should I watch somebody sitting as dead as a rock for 10 minutes? No, thanks.
I like reaction videos when the guys nod during a section they like, or smile, or start playing air guitars, drums, or start headbanging,...something.
I feel like the top 3 is the exact same thing just worded differently
If I made one...
I definitely like reaction videos with actual reactions in them, such as people spontaneous saying "that was fire! ", "hold on, hold on", "yeah, yeah! ", "wow, that was amazing! ".
There should be at least some tiny signs the guy actually "reacts".
Again, it's a reaction video that is supposed to show your reaction to what you hear, whether you like the song or not. But if I have to wait by the end of the song to hear your reaction, it's not a reaction video, it's a short review.
Sometimes I feel that it wasn't the first time the guy heard the song s/he is making a "first time" reaction video. I don't know, it just feels fake.
I don't mind a short remark about something not related to the video but long stories, especially when they aren't interesting?! No, thanks. Or long rants...? They are rather destructing and annoying.
A short off topic comment or a joke may make a reaction video more "alive". But not the long ones. No, no, no.
Well, you just heard a masterpiece with great vox and instrumentation and all your "reaction" after hearing it consists of trying to figure out what the lyrics were about?!
Example: "What Dio wanted to say by 'ride the tiger'? " [...long pause...] Was the tiger this or that... Oh, come on. Do your research and don't waste my time!
However, I personally think that reaction videos should be done without a pre-research to keep the spontaneity. But if you literally know nothing about the song, you have to focus on what you got and not on what you didn't get. For example, you should talk about the solo and not about how you don't know who played it. Well, you can mention you don't know who played that solo but don't spend 3 minutes on guessing who played it, completely ignoring the solo itself.
Here's an example from a real video I watched: "I love how they moved from loud guitars to acoustic guitar. Wow, the acoustic guitar is beautiful". I admit the acoustic guitar was beautiful (actually it was a clean electric guitar and not acoustic but that wasn't the biggest issue in this comment).
They completely missed the mindblowing bass solo on fretless bass that was the main thing during that "acoustic guitar" section, which section was created to make room for the bass solo and enable you to hear the bass solo better. The acoustic guitar was there to "accompany" the bass solo and was of second importance.
Another example: during a jaw-dropping guitar solo they talk about the drums during the solo and say nothing about the solo. While drumming to some guitar solos is great, can you please also say something about the solo, that was in fact more impressive than the drums?
Not the biggest problem of these videos because you can find the best version yourself (if you don't know the song or the movie scene). But bad sound quality annoys me because it's painful to listen to it. It's most annoying when the reaction video is actually good and I enjoy the guy and his/her reactions but I also have to listen to a track with bad quality.
It's annoying because some low quality "reaction guys" make easy money off the brilliant hard work of somebody else.
It's when the guys make only general comments and say nothing about the particular song ("Music is great, man, yeah, that was cool. Wasn't it cool? It was, man, yeah").
Or when they read the lyrics aloud instead of reacting or making comments. They are just trying to conceal the fact that they actually have nothing valuable to say.
That's completely pointless.