TV Geek. Fangirl. Crazy cat lady. Bad movie aficionado. Football Enthusiast. Southern gal.
Define Yourself By What You Love:
I’ve found myself doing this thing a bit recently, where, if someone asks me what sort of music I like, I say “well I don’t listen to the radio because pop lyrics annoy me”. Or if someone asks me what food I like, I say “I think truffle oil is overused and slightly obnoxious”. And I see it all the time online, people whose idea of being part of a subculture is to hate Coldplay or football or feminists or the Liberal Party. We have tendency to define ourselves in opposition to stuff; as a comedian, I make a living out of it. But try to also express your passion for things you love. Be demonstrative and generous in your praise of those you admire. Send thank-you cards and give standing ovations. Be pro-stuff, not just anti-stuff.
absolutely tweet them if you want. they’re surely on twitter to interact and hear from fans. hell, be angry. i’m angry. but here are some tips if you want to be productive:
- "fuck you, you killed kevin" isn’t effective for what you’re probably trying to communicate. they killed off a beloved character; they’re expecting that. hell, they probably get a kick out of these kinds of tweets.
- tell them WHY kevin’s death offends you — from a literary standpoint
- if you need words:
- unresolved character storylines
- wasted potential
- killed for shock value
- repetitive, lazy writing
- ineffective death
basically, I am pissed off about kevin’s death not because he’s dead, but because his death was shitty writing. Kevin Tran deserved better than a shock value mid-season death with no weight. He was one of the very, VERY few supporting characters the show has and had an invaluable place in the storyline.
As always, it’s important to be thoughtful in what you tweet and how you tweet it. Personal insults are never okay. Harassment is never okay. The clearer your point, the more effective it is to share your opinion. And demanding more sophisticated writing is something that you, as a viewer, are allowed to do. It is okay to hold your writers to a high standard, but please make sure you do it in a productive way!
I was just about to write out this exact post. Thank you.
I would like to add that I’ve had this weird feeling about all the “feels” tweets and such from the writers this season. I know the writers want to give us what we all talk about: The feels that hurt us and yet keep us addicted to the show. I do love it. But, you can’t just write in random stuff to make “feels” for the viewer. You have to earn it. You wrote a great character and we all fell in love. But then you gave him nothing to do in the universe. You kept him around doing basically nothing just so you could kill him at some point to create shock and awe and feels. But you didn’t earn my feels. I’m disappointed in the whole thing.
That’s really just the tip of the iceberg with what’s going on this season. I really, genuinely like the writers I’ve interacted with so sometimes it’s hard to be critical. But, we can’t just keep telling them everything is awesome to be nice and win favor. (I’m talking about honest critique here. Just like you would if you were a beta on a friend’s fic. Not cray cray yelling and hate.)
I hold these guys to a super high standard because I know they can do it. I know they’re better. They’re awesome. Step it up y’all.