Generally speaking, I try not to do a lot of name calling on this site. It’s not professional, and it’s not a good way to get your point across. I know when I see someone resort to name calling, I usually disregard the rest of what they’re saying. Name calling makes it seem like they’re not capable of actually putting together a compelling argument. So, I’m not going to resort to that, even though I really wanted to. I had even typed it out and then changed by mind. Just know that I don’t think highly of most fan petitions. I say most, because there may be one out there somewhere that actually does make sense, but I haven’t seen it.
I’m not going to name names, but someone in a group I participate in shared a petition that they had posted on Change.org. The goal of this petition was to bring in new writers for the show Arrow, because they were unhappy with the third and fourth seasons, and wanted it to return to the quality of season two. Now, I don’t agree with the perceived drop in quality, but that’s not why I dislike these petitions. Even if I did agree, I think these things are bad ideas.
First, this is not why Change.org was started. It’s meant to serve as a means for people to have their voices heard with issue that require social or economical change. Issues that negatively impact their lives, and are requesting governmental intervention because they need the help. That does not include people being unhappy because a television show they watch isn’t doing what they want it to do. The writing of the show does not impact your life. If you don’t like what a show is doing, quit watching.
And you may think that this is just another way for fans to give feedback on the show, but it isn’t really. The networks have far better ways of getting feedback that don’t involve a vocal minority. They’re called ratings, home video sales, and streaming views. They don’t need a petition to tell them how they’re doing. In fact, I don’t want the creators listening to the vocal minority. Which leads me to my next point.
The shows are not ours to control. We as fans have no say in the direction that a show, or any other creative venture, takes. The fans don’t own the shows. People like Warner Bros. own the shows. The writers or creators get to control what is done on the show. That’s just the way it is. That’s the way it should be. Personally, I don’t want creators to be listening to the desires of fans. I want them to form their own vision for the show, and to stick with their ideas. It was their vision and ideas that we fell in love with to begin with.
It’s fine that you have an idea for what you would like to see. Or you think a character should be doing this or that. But it doesn’t matter if that’s not what the creators or owners want to do. And that is not a sign of disrespect to the character or their fans, this just have other things planned. Also, we have to remember that these are jobs to people. These things are created to make money. What you think they should do may not be fiscally feasible. Things cost money.
If you think you can do better, then develop something yourself. If you have so many great ideas, then write your own story. With your own story, you can do exactly what you want to with the characters. Maybe it’ll become popular and you’ll develop a fandom. Then one day, a fan creates a petition talking about how you need to just stop what you’re doing, and instead do what they want you to do. And then you can ignore their petition, because what they want to do with the story isn’t where you want the story to go. And maybe then you’ll understand how silly it is for fans to make creative demands.
So really, just sit back, and enjoy what is before you. It’s okay to speculate with friends. It’s okay to critique the work. It’s even okay to walk away from something. Just don’t waste everyone’s time with petitions.