The Life & Times of an Auteur.

Commentary on Pop Culture, and maybe creating some of my own.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Well, this is something I've been wanting to discuss for a while. Why are some fans out there completely allergic to having to use their brains? Some of them need to have something completely spelled out for them, and if they have to think, well, then they nitpick instead.

I see this a lot when fictional characters are actually written realistically. If their actions are complex, some of these fans have no idea why. It seems like they need their TV characters to behave like one-note, obviously scripted, predictable robots in order to understand something. The sad thing is, I know critical thinking and literary interpretation are on a public High School's curriculum. Hmm, maybe they flunked those classes.

Another thing that gets on my nerves is when these shallow gene pool fans take every statement a character makes as gospel truth. The very notion that a character can express an opinion, or make a statement, without knowing what they're talking about is a foreign concept.

Take for example, "Gargoyles." In one episode, Demona declared that she knows every remaining gargoyle. Many fans took that as fact. People have referenced it in discussions. The idea that she is full of shit never even enters their heads, and when you enlighten them on that idea all of a sudden they're brains shut down, and I've seen some complain about "bad writing." No... it's realistic writing. People lie all the time, or are full of shit all the time in real life. Why not in our fiction too?

I've also seen some fans take issue with the idea that they should be required to work a little while watching a program. Rather than do that, they like to complain about writers being lazy instead. This happened recently with the season one finale of "The Spectacular Spider-Man" where, just because we didn't see every waking minute and detail of Spidey's search for Eddie Brock, it was decided that he didn't bother to look for him. Weisman had to step in with Word of God to correct this. But the word "lazy" still gets tossed around.

So, what is it? Is it wrong to make your audience use their brains? I, for one, don't think it is. But I like to exercise my gray matter.

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