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06 July 2016 @ 10:09 pm
July Question Meme: Day 6  
Asked by monkiainen:

If there was going to be a movie about your life, what would it be called and why? Who would portay you in the film and why?

Honestly? I have absolutely no idea. I think the most appropriate title for a movie (or even book) about my life would be something witty but also self-deprecating. As for an actress, perhaps someone who is a combination Rowan Blanchard and Aubrey Plaza.


Asked by giallarhorn:

How do you feel about shows that end earlier before its full run, versus those which are dragged out?

Shows that end up getting prematurely cancelled before they even had their chance to tell their story makes me incredibly sad, because there are countless of shows with so much potential and promise but ultimately meet their demise because networks have little faith in them from the beginning. These kinds of shows are the ones that basically get canned within their first seasons, sometimes not even allowing them to finish the season itself. Similar goes for shows that have at least two seasons, and everything is just starting to get good with the story and plot, but then they end up getting cancelled, leading to either having things left on a cliffhanger or hastily wrapping things up by the last episode, leaving audiences devastatingly unfulfilled, unsatisfying, disappointed and wishing there was more time to tell the story or give the show a proper sendoff. I'm someone who can get attached to something rather quickly, and to have it ripped away too soon can break my heart into millions of pieces. I know I should be used to it by now, but it doesn't make it hurt any less knowing that any new show that I fall in love with could basically end at any given moment because, unfortunately, this is a business of numbers.

On the opposite side, my feelings about shows that are dragged out range from mere indifference to oh my god please put it out of its misery already. Some seem to think that the quantity of seasons indicates how successful a show is, but sadly the majority of the time that isn't the case. By the numbers, probably, but the quality of the show itself suffers greatly as things are stretched out further and further. Whether it's executive meddling or other factors behind the scenes, shows that started off good with such promise can be ruined the longer it continues on usually with sloppy, lazy writing, and it's honestly exhausting to keep up with. More often than not, prolonged shows will most likely end with a whimper than with a bang.

Personally, I've always been of the mind that shows should have a five year plan of telling the story they want to tell, with a shorter episode order (focusing more on plot than on fillers) and for every season to have a completed beginning, middle and end with no massive cliffhangers just in case it does get cancelled before its time, and networks shouldn't intervene.

(I have a lot of feelings on this subject, apparently, lol.)
 
 
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icecoldrain: Doctor Who - Amelia Pondicecoldrain on July 7th, 2016 07:00 am (UTC)
I completely agree on your last point because I think that any show should have an end in mind. That way, they'll know what they're working toward vs. having the show go all wonky at some point during its run because they don't have an end in sight.

Premature cancellations make me sad. There are so many shows that had a lot of potential, but they just didn't get the chance they needed.
Renée: Haven. Audrey Parker.rogueslayer452 on July 7th, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
I feel like the majority of shows these days don't have much of a contingency plan after the first season. While they may have a general idea of how they want to entire story to play out and how it'll end, once they get renewed it's more about getting as many seasons as possible instead of actually telling the story. Even if the story itself is only worth three seasons, you should tell that story in those three seasons and no more.
Julie: RID ★ nothing set in stoneragnarok_08 on July 7th, 2016 07:39 am (UTC)
I definitely agree with you on shows having a five year plan of telling the story they want to tell. It would make a lot of sense, and the show would naturally feel complete in case it gets cancelled.
R.penderies on July 7th, 2016 01:39 pm (UTC)

I think shows that know when to end and get the chance are the best. Like Justified!

Renée: Agents of Shield. Skye.rogueslayer452 on July 7th, 2016 02:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you can easily tell when shows are telling the story they want to tell versus when they're being pressured by the networks. As in, there's more passion behind it, more consistency, and they know precisely the direction they're heading in and where to end things. It's sad that it's really rare when you see shows actually doing just that, because unfortunately most of them get cancelled before their time or get caught by executive meddling which messes things up.
Naomi: Nikita Animated Mikita by mfirefly10frelling_tralk on July 7th, 2016 04:50 pm (UTC)
I totally agree, it's sad when shows get cancelled before their time, but equally it's also sad when a show gets dragged on forever just because the network doesn't want to let it go, it can really damage the quality of the show overall
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on July 7th, 2016 07:01 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Both are incredibly sad and unfortunate, and we mourn them for different reasons of what they could have been.
night_owl_9: Original - english teanight_owl_9 on July 8th, 2016 05:21 am (UTC)
So true :/ Premature cancellations are such a hassle, to say the very least.
Queen of Spades: 051 snapemonkiainen on July 8th, 2016 12:27 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with you that some shows really don't know when to quit! It's especially sad when the show starts of as awesome and is later on turned into a shitty show because of bad writing.
Renée: Sansa Stark.rogueslayer452 on July 8th, 2016 02:36 pm (UTC)
Seriously, it's depressing when you see good shows turn bad due to this very decision. The "you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain" quote definitely applies here.