Influencing the Narrative
By Philip Schweier
May 24, 2019 - 8:49
Two events have occurred in recent weeks that have been reflected by fan reaction:
It would appear he hoped to convey a sense of entitlement to the overall narrative of Game of Thrones. However, as a member of the audience, he has NO entitlement whatsoever. He and his supporters are end users of a product offered by HBO – nothing more.
Batman is modern mythology, and playing such an iconic part is comparable to Hamlet or Willie Loman. Nevertheless, there were reports of an online petition was launched to have Pattinson removed from the role.
Fans are NOT entitled to a say the manner in which their chosen entertainment – comic book, television shows, etc. – is created and presented. Where is it written that every time there is a new entry in a beloved franchise, a fan is obligated to accept it with enthusiasm? One might argue that producers of said material expect fans to buy it, but the ultimate decision to part with hard-earned money for product we may not enjoy lies with the consumer.
Entertainment is no different from any
other product. Consumers are not consulted on the flavor of cereal or the
colors of autos. The manufacturers make decisions basked on market research,
and the options are offered to consumers to buy, or not. For any fan of any
franchise to feel a sense of ownership and believe they have a say in such
matters is absurd.
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