As something of a fanboy myself I have a great deal of respect for science fiction fandom. However I frequently find myself shaking my head in despair and the behavior of certain vocal elements. So, allow me to present my list of the Seven Things That Sci-Fi Fans Should Stop Doing.
- Dont’ Assume You Know All The Facts
These days with the internet, we have access to a lot of production and behind the scenes information that we never used. It’s easy then to assume that we know what is really going on. In reality we don’t get all the information and even the information we do get has been filtered through who knows how many biases. It’s fun to speculate and discuss, just don’t assume you know it all.
- People With Different Taste To You Are Not Inferior
Okay so you prefer the remake of Battlestar Galactica to the original. Chances are that many or most people agree with you. But that doesn’t make you better than the people who don’t like the new BSG. It’s entirely possible for two intelligent people to hold contradictor opinions. Taste is a personal preference, nothing more.
- Not Everything Is Made For Your Consumption
Do you really need to complain every time the Sci-Fi Channel commissions a show we don’t like? A cable channel has to appeal to a pretty broad audience if it wants to stay in business and some of those shows won’t appeal to you. If you don’t like the new show, don’t watch it. I promise it won’t hurt.
- Being a Fan Doesn’t Mean They Owe You
So you’ve been watching Doctor Who for 30+ years. You’ve seen every episode, bought every DVD. You have the scarf, the TARDIS and the sonic screwdriver. That doesn’t mean the cast and crew of Doctor Who owe you a damn thing. You got what you paid for when you bought it. If you didn’t you shouldn’t have bought it. Ditch the sense of entitlement.
- Just Because It’s Good Doesn’t Mean People Will Watch
There’s nothing more infuriating than a good science fiction show getting canceled. But lets apply a little realism please. Just because it was good doesn’t mean anyone else was watching it. And no there’s no guarantee that if the network through a bunch of advertising out there people would watch. Quality shows aren’t necessarily popular shows. Life isn’t fair. Move on.
- Continuity Is Not More Important Than Story
It’s the nature of fandom to obsess over the minutia of your favorite show. And continuity does matter. Particularly in-story continuity. It’s very bad form to contradict yourself within only a few pages. However can we make allowances for long running series potentially written by multiple authors? I’d rather have a good story than something that slavishly follows continuity. I’m looking at you Comic Book Fans!
- Don’t Make It Personal
We’re talking about entertainment here. The producer/writer/director/actor is doing the best they can (however good or bad that maybe). No one is setting out to trample your childhood, destroy the franchise or otherwise ruin your day. So if they aren’t personally attacking you, why are you attacking them?
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