there’s a big difference between “i’m sad because a character i was emotionally invested in was killed off” and “this character’s death served no purpose, was used for shock value, and is the product of bad writing and i’m upset about that”
bonus round: explain why it would fit them best!
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“it makes me sad to see the fandom overanalyzing LoK so much, criticizing it for what it isn’t rather than enjoying it for what it is.”
This is such a ridiculous sentiment, and one that I think any creator with sense would dread. For a start, criticism isn’t ‘overanalyzing’. Looking at something and saying, ‘I did not enjoy this, this and this’ is not ‘going in too deep’ or whatever; it’s saying, hey, this is trying to acheive one thing or another and failing, and if they want to keep their consumer base happy, they need to change it. And that’s a consumer’s right! Because the people who watch LoK are essentially consumers, in the end.
Not only that, but the idea of ‘you should enjoy it for what it is and not wish it was something else’ seems almost… childish to me. It says you should never expect better if something has poor qualities, only that you should be overwhelmingly grateful for any good ones it has. No! That’s terrible! If someone writes an episode of a show poorly, you should absolutely say ‘hang on, this should be better’ if you want to.
Nobody gets better without criticism. Nobody works out what their fanbase wants without feedback. I’m not saying every single criticism ever is valid, but if your fanbase is saying ‘we really do not like this’ it is entirely possible you are doing something wrong.
I really like a lot of LoK. I also think LoK is hugely flawed, and yes, I criticise those flaws. I look at what the show could have been and criticise the show for not reaching that. And I don’t see why I should stop that. If I were a writer for this show, I’d not want anyone to stop doing that, personally. Criticism makes you better when it’s well thought out and this show’s fandom has some great points IMO.
LoK had issues with pacing and created some problematic implications in the process. That’s an issue. If it doesn’t bother you, fine. But when you put work out there for public consumption, it’s not unacceptable for people to give a bloody opinion on it.
tl;dr lok fandom stop acting like a five year old oh my god it’s okay to criticise things if they have problems, s e r i o u s l y
Reblog for commentary. I love analysis of fiction!
When I was younger and stupider, I got mad over people doing shipping stuff because I thought they weren’t enjoying the work right. Then sometime later I realised they were just having fun their way, and most of them weren’t really under the impression that their shipping was likely to actually happen, in the same way most capes comics fantypes don’t expect Batman vs. Wolverine to become a thing. (Outside of occasional gimmicks.) It’s just one way to have fun with a piece. What I am saying with this is, those of us who like to pick a work apart ARE enjoying it for what it is! We just happen to be having fun opening it up and looking at its story guts and thinking about ways it could work differently, just like some folks have fun imagining how a relationship between Korra and Asami would go, or how a Korra vs. Kim Possible cage match would work out. There are all sorts of ways to enjoy a work, and it’s not terrible and folks aren’t doing it wrong if their way isn’t yours.
reblogging because sooz is as always flawless
oh okay one last thing before I get off the internet—
I’ve been thinking lately about tumblr, and how its mostly-female users appeal to over-the-top emotional language (e.g., my feels, i can’t, cries, ARGH, and variants thereof.)
And it’s interesting, because most of us exist in societies that see excessive emotion as worthy of ridicule, an indication of irrationality, and “hysteric.” Feelings have become feminized, and what is feminine is deviant, Other, lesser. Pathos used to be a valid argumentative strategy—now, an argument rooted in emotion isn’t just bad, it’s invalid. And what is invalid can be dismissed without thought. (It’s unworthy of thought.)
But on tumblr, emotion is linked to power. Explicitly so. Feels can kill, feels can hurt, feels drive the creation of graphics/meta/fic and fierce battles over canonicity or interpretations. Feels are the currency with which you buy your right to fannishness.
Our reaction to a society that dismisses emotion as baseless is to crank that shit up to eleven and make it the gate through which you must pass to enter the community.
we’ve weaponized emotion.
how cool is that?
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