Scott Clifton’s reply to a frustrated fan (General Discussion)

by GARgrad @, Phoenix, AZ, Friday, March 15, 2019, 1:59PM (7 days ago) @ mutzi

A fan asked why the writers don’t listen to fans and put Beth back with Hope.

Scott replied

The writers know what you want. But sometimes what fans want doesn’t make for good storytelling.

Art and literature isn’t about making your favorite characters happy; it’s about making you, the audience, *feel* something.

And in this case, it’s clearly working!


Do you agree or disagree?


I disagree with him on a couple of counts:

I don't believe that what B&B really wants viewers to feel is disgust coupled with disinterest in their show. At the conclusion of a story's arc, whether you like or dislike a character, you should feel some sense of completion and resollution. With B&B, it is more often "thank goodness that story line is over, hope next one will be better."

While there may be a great deal of "art and literature" in TV and movies, B&B does not qualify as art or literature. It is pulp for the masses and I don't mean that as a slur. I read many cozy mysteries which are also pulp for the masses, but are not art or literature either.

ITA with you about art and literature vs. a soap opera. I also agree with you about viewers feeling disgusted and disinterested. In fact, in a message I sent a few minutes ago to a Twitter friend, I wrote the following:

...Viewers/the audience have been feeling a mixture of emotions since this storyline began, and now they are feeling TIRED, ANNOYED, PISSED OFF, SICK, and etc. about Steffy keeping Hope's baby. How on earth does letting Steffy keep Hope's baby make for good storytelling, when so many mothers won't even watch this show because they are disgusted by this storyline?

#JMHO



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