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2 Comments

  1. justanothergeek
    August 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm — Reply

    I don’t see Sally Sparrow ever coming back, there might have been a possibility some time back but that moment is gone, Carey Mulligan has been getting a lot of attention in Hollywood as of late, I think she’s close to being Oscar worthy.

  2. TheNewNumber2
    August 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm — Reply

    To me this is a symptom of a much more widespread problem of creative integrity in long-form storytelling. One of the main responsibilities of the creative team behind a piece of long-form fiction is to understand that no matter how loud they are, most fanbases don’t know what they want. They only think as far as wanting more of the object their fandom and have no clue to the greater ramifications that would result from what they are asking for.

    To borrow an example from Matthew’s favourite TV genre, the soap opera, you get really loud fans of particular characters or couples – just like the Barry Allen fans who just want more Barry Allen – they not only want more and more of their characters, but will punch on sight anyone who does something they don’t agree with to their faves.

    BUT… the creators have to honor the story that they came to tell and not give in to the pressure, be that pressure to bring back Barry Allen, revisit a popular one-shot villain like the Weeping Angels, or focus on a certain character over the others. The moment they compromise the integrity of the story, those very same fans will push them further and further down the slippery slope because they know that they can get away with it.

    Part of it is society and its obsession with how “the customer is always right”. As I’m sure Matthew can attest too – customers, bless their misguided little hearts, are NOT always right. Then, to make matters even more murky, in the case of most media-delivered storytelling… the readers/viewers aren’t even the creator’s customers. So the entitlement that fanbases end up having over the elements of the story being told is not only dangerous to the very thing they enjoy, but is also misplaced.

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