I agree the entire genre isnt fun. I tried playing these type of games and the cheap deaths just frustrate other than make me a better player.
Ashen is the only game i actually enjoyed mainly due to its art style and openworld setting and quests, so in other words the things that make it different from the Souls genre.
I know gamers enjoy hard games but these games arent hard in a skilled way. If you can't beat a boss? Than farm spirit orbs and level your character until you do. Its how i made progression and it bored me.