- Posted by Johanna on February 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Stupid things people do…
Author tries sock puppetry (definition), then threatens to report critics to FBI. (This is from the end of last year, but it made me shake my head in amazement.) A writer of a science fiction romance novel pseudonymously attacked the person who gave her a bad review. Wait, it gets weirder — the writer blamed her editor for “the language used in dialogue or even sequencing of scenes” before threatening to report those disagreeing with her for cyberstalking and to file “felony” charges.
Remember, it’s rarely beneficial to respond to critics of your work, especially if they gave it a bad review. You’ll look defensive and your reputation will suffer for it, all the more so if you flip out to such a degree that that’s all anyone remembers about you.
The NPR blog justifiably takes down Chuck fans who, unhappy with a temporary plot line involving the relationships of the lead characters, are now turning on the show they claim to love. Some are going so far as to suggest a boycott, which wouldn’t help anyone — the storylines are already planned, and if the show gets cancelled, no one gets what they want.
When did fans get the idea that they could dictate content to creators? If you aren’t enjoying something, stop buying/watching/reading it. (And if the overall ongoing story gets to a place you’d like even more, you’ll feel like an idiot for not having any patience or trust in the creators.) If they’re creating something you like, then have a little faith.
Critic Alan Sepinwall spoke to the show’s creators about the whole thing, since the controversy arose in comments at his blog. Sadly, some anonymous idiots take that second post opportunity to once again demonstrate that their viewpoint is the only one they will consider, going on the attack once again.
The language in this cartoon is rough, but I’ve come to agree with its equation that otherwise normal people, given the ability to rant without consequence to the worldwide internet audience, run the risk of being greater jerks than normal.
Stan Lee Realizes His Best Character Is Himself
Stan Lee’s Super Seven will star himself as the guide to seven stranded aliens who become superheroes. Archie is publishing in conjunction with a company that will “focus on developing the project as a TV series and online property as well as handling licensing and merchandising.” Because that’s not putting the cart before the horse.
“Nothing is more exciting to me, as a writer, than creating a new type of story or introducing a new theme,” Lee said in a statement.
New story? New theme? Not even last century was that true of any of his work. Even more interesting is the comment at that first link that reports “This brand new project is actually 6 or 7 years old. Stan Lee’s company originally developed it as an animated series … and they pitched it at various international TV markets in 2003 and 04.” Not only is it generic, it’s stale.
Marvel Wimps Out
Captain America (the comic) is doing a storyline where Captain America (the character) infiltrates a racist bunch of political extremists. This is exactly the kind of thing the comic should do to keep the character relevant — have him represent the best of the country’s ideals.
Well, another group of wacked-out political extremists, the Tea Baggers, found out and got upset. Instead of respectfully acknowledging the right to have a different opinion, editor-in-chief Joe Quesada and writer Ed Brubaker started casting around to throw blame somewhere else. Brubaker said it was added in production, and Quesada said the letterer just picked something up randomly from online.
Most ridiculous is that they are planning to change it when the story is reprinted. How silly, to kowtow to a bunch of ignorant loudmouths! What happened to the Marvel that used to chase controversy as free publicity? Or do those guts only apply when they’re tweaking their competition? (By the way, Bill Jemas is now running, among other things, a hippy-dippy t-shirt company.)
I’m with Mark Waid, who twittered that he is “humiliated and mortified on behalf of my entire industry that Fox News is able to bully us into apologizing to lunatics.”
Update: Jennifer Smith contrasts this Quesada apology with the many things he’s chosen to stand behind.