I really want to do an essay on film analysis now, but I have to finish my Sunday School Lesson.
- 3 days ago
There have been a lot of things drifting across my dash lately talking about people who like Moffat and people who don’t and what one side thinks of the other, and it reminds me of a lot of things that happen in critical circles. For example, there are those literary critics, and analysers in general. who will only discuss the source material and what people have said about the source material and those who rely heavily on life events and quotes from the author outside of their works. It’s not an even division but generally speaking those lines and philosophies are there. As an author and a member of fandom both I know that it can be a bit stifling to readers to have someone put their foot down about things, and also a bit dangerous. But back to the topic.
First I would like to reference something I’ve been seeing lately, hating on (and I trust we can all put on our big pants and recognise the colloquialism) Brian Fuller because of some things that are happening in Hannibal. Fuller and others have discussed his work in ensuring a fifty-fifty gender distribution and having diversity both in the cast and in the extras. I watched some youtube clips and it appears that at least in the classroom scenes with Will they did a pretty good job. What he’s getting flack for is the death of one and the brainwashing of another women, the first having to do with story progression, the second to do with the fact that the main character of the show is a sadist so dissociated with human being that he eats and enjoys making other’s eat them without their knowledge, in addition to the whole recreationally experimenting in mindwonking of other people. The fandom has some cute captions and darling swiggity swag stags, but the show is about a character who needs to brainwash or massively deceive people in order to interact with them long term. Even ironically, saying he is not a nice man is insufficient. This is not to say that Brain Fuller is a saint, simply that fan expectations don’t match up with authorial narrative necessity and so now people hate him. I will say that the themes of artistically rendering and psuedo romanticising a character that is symbollically Satan and does the things a satan does make me personally uncomfortable, so I don’t watch the show, and that’s something a bit different.
Now let’s switch over to Moffat. When I first started watching Dr Who I shotgunned it off of DVDs someone let me borrow during a school holiday and I did, like I always do and skipped the credits. I have a credit skipping problem. I didn’t even know who Davies was until I came to tumblr and had to look him up because everyone was talking about him. And I will say that Davies followed the guidelines for selling very well: here’s a secret no ones told you, its easy to get into (and get paid) in romance, mystery, and horror. Why? They all have definite endings and they activate our instinctive human needs for reproduction, intellectual stimulation, and the positive reinforcement our brain gives us for not dying. ‘Literary’ authors may mock with highbrowed superiority those who don’t spend their time sculpting something new and literary, but those are the things that sell, and they sell for a reason. And Davies gave us those things, a definite end, romance, mystery, and an occasional dash of horror. Those are the reasons people like him, he makes reward endorphins so go flitting around our brain.
When I stopped watching Dr. Who I didn’t know Moffat had taken over, still not tumblring, sorry. Watching it I just became uncomfortable, I didn’t enjoying the story telling elements as much, it just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t know why, and I had enough to do around that time and places to go, that I just didn’t try very hard to keep up. Other than the fiftieth special I haven’t really made any efforts to catch up, although I’ve seen plenty of essays going back and forth too. I have watched Sherlock and have been shocked by the new dynamic they’ve introduced between John and Sherlock, and may not watch it after the fourth series/season, but I think that’s a decision that should be made based on personal comfort with the show. Sometimes that means not watching the show because Moffat is repulsed by pregnant women, but I think it would be better if there was less judgement on either side because some people enjoy the show still and others don’t. I will say that what’s happening in Hannibal could be effecting us in Sherlock. No matter how many times Hannibal brainwashes and blackmails a young girl into being his psuedo daughter and then slits her throat there will be about fifty more flower crown posts and funny captions. That’s not in and of itself bad, but it effects the way we think about characters.
Likewise we have populated a archive with stories about John and Sherlock being tender bunnies while John is a series of emotional scars and Sherlock is incompetent when it comes to feelings. Because of the long space between seasons we have begun to create our own virtual seasons in which all our dreams become true and people leave comments saying ‘I can’t read this anymore because it didn’t happen this way in series three’ or even ‘I can’t write this anymore’ and fans keep trying to flog nsfw fanart on the cast. Now it’s not everyone, and is often the minority, most fic writers and fanartists don’t want the cast and crew within a ten mile radius of their work. But psychologically, the wait and our response to it effects us differently than it would other fandoms, and disappointments will and do colour our reactions to things.
So to conclude, people watch or don’t watch something due to a variety of reasons it’s unhealthy to demand others think like us or ruin other people’s fun because of our personal analysis (I’m talking both sides here, lets not have the conservatives calling me liberal and liberals, conservative). There is enough maturity and intelligence in the fandom as shown by individuals like prettyarbitrary that I believe we can manage it. Also I’m really tired of all the sniping and this gifs. So let use respect each others viewing of shows, and each other. Sorry for the length, and kisses.
- 3 days ago
bootsnblossoms said: I can’t watch Hannibal either. A lot of us can’t. So don’t feel bad:)
Hello darlind bootsnblossoms, I’m glad I’m not the only one. But I see stuff floating across my dash and I can’t forget it’s a show romantising a high class sadist who experiments on people’s brains for fun. Even though it is really pretty.