I’ve been hanging out in a few of the fora for Game Of Thrones–The TV Series Suggested By The Novels, which should come as a surprise to exactly no one.
Every week the show inspires the same reactions. People complain about the nudity. People complain about the violence. Somebody raves on and on about some tertiary character they think is “hot” and how much they wish that The Hound or Jaqen or Quorin Halfhand would make them his love puppet. (People are, in fact, weird.)
But then the eternal debate flares up and rages on. Someone–or several someones–will gripe about the show’s increasing departure from the books.* Then someone else will start yelling at the whiner/hater/sensible person that “you better stop criticising or they’ll cancel the show.”
This happens a lot lately, in a lot of fora I visit on a lot of topics. There’s this tyranny of the mediocre that asserts any complaint about a television show or a series of novels is going to cost the life of that end product. The assumption being that people would rather have a product they only partially enjoy.
As I get older I realise that the world is happier if the analytical folks like me tone down the criticisms that we believe are useful but others see as “haters gonna hate” or other nonsense. I really do try to not look at a thing and instantly come up with five ways it could be better–whether that “thing” is my own self or the way they have the condiments and accoutrements lined up at our special olympics Burger King.
But honestly, I wish the world would sometimes meet me halfway.
Frankly at this point I don’t CARE if they cancel the Game Of Thrones series; I’m not particularly enjoying it and I think it leaves people with a false impression of the stories at the heart of the books.
*(I personally think that last night’s episode ended with the story turning into full-on fanfic. What else do you call it when a main character is faced with a dilemma that is a) out of character and b) so very much not in the books because of a) ?)