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Somewhat more coherent...

So, last night you got viscera.

Tonight, something a little more straightforward. At least, inside my head it is. I'm not seeing a lot of dislike for Veronica Mars on my flist, but I have seen some reactions that indicate that there's a segment of viewership who were extremely disappointed in the way the season turned out -- apparently so disappointed that there's a mutiny on board the Good Ship VM. I'd thought it was probably (ugh) to do with shipper wars or somesuch nonsense. But it turns out that's not the case. It seems to be a few cases of very out of kilter expectations. I can see where that'd be a problem for folks. Fortunately for me, I had a different set of expectations.

I've spent some time thinking about why it is that this show has lit a spark in me that other shows with the right surface criteria (solid storytelling, compelling characters, yada yada yada), have not. I enjoyed the early episodes, with their clever flashbacks and compelling mystery. But that's not what caused the spark to go whooshing into full blown bonfire.

I've got reams in me to let loose, but somewhat limited time. At work, they wonder whether I can be concise, and typically I have difficulty with that unless I have a framework to start with. So...with respect and apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning:



Let me count the ways...

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.


So, first, I'm a sucker for a whodunit. That's enough to yank me in, but probably not quite enough to keep me. Give me a story that keeps me guessing. Make the mystery what's inside the characters' heads, though? Yeah, baby.

I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.


And, btw, don't take yourself too seriously. Those quiet moments? They're often the ones that mean the most to me, and if you find a way to work the ordinary, everyday of life into your story, you're going to pull me along with you a bit better.

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;

Give me a hero I can believe in. Make her a girl, and I'm putty in your hands.

I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

Give me an underdog, too. It's much easier to root for an underdog to win in the end. Really, it is. And while you're at it, that villain ought to be someone who's got it coming in a big way. I want to feel some serious satisfaction when karma comes to haunt.

I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.


So this underdog-like heroine? Really needs to have some issues. Preferably ones I lived through at her age, or possibly that are ageless. Make her work for it. Nothing turns me off faster than a cardboard knight on a white horse.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,


I've been hurt before, you know. By storytellers, that is. Keep faith with me -- don't let my hero be so lost that I can't believe in her any longer. Unrelenting misery is not entertaining, and I need at least some happy in my endings.

--- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!


Deliver your story well, and regularly and I will be your devoted slave -- drag me into my heroine's life so thoroughly that I can forget that it is not my own.

--- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.


It doesn't matter what the A plots or the B plots are. And it doesn't matter how technically perfect your execution is. If you've made me care, I'm yours forever. That's the magic.

Comments

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mazzydp
May. 12th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
Well stated! And I like your framework!
chrisjournal
May. 12th, 2005 11:58 am (UTC)
We're going to have a fun summer, and I really can't wait to see what happens next!

::snuggles::
ohimesamamama
May. 12th, 2005 05:15 am (UTC)
Amen.
chrisjournal
May. 12th, 2005 11:58 am (UTC)
::cookies::
mosca
May. 12th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
And it doesn't matter how technically perfect your execution is. If you've made me care, I'm yours forever. That's the magic.

Thanks for the dose of reality. I'm friendly with some of the angry people, and I have a sense of the reasons behind their responses. I understand those responses but don't agree with them. I feel very much the same way you do: this is a fun show with a great lead character, and that's reason enough to love it.
chrisjournal
May. 12th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
Nods. That's it, in a nutshell. I *do* understand what disappointed folks are saying. They had very specific expectations, and they crashed HARD at the finale. What I find, at least in a clinical sense, fascinating, is that the kinds of solutions to the mystery that would have really satisfied those folks would have left me at least a little *dis* satisfied.

And say: how 'bout that Logan/Weevil subtext? Are you feeling inspired yet? hint hint
mosca
May. 13th, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
And say: how 'bout that Logan/Weevil subtext?

Heh, I mentioned the slash potential in my post on the season finale. I have a vague idea, but I can't promise it'll go anywhere.
jidabug
May. 12th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
Couldn't agree more. Especially with this:

I've been hurt before, you know. By storytellers, that is. Keep faith with me -- don't let my hero be so lost that I can't believe in her any longer. Unrelenting misery is not entertaining, and I need at least some happy in my endings.

There must be light to counterpoint the dark or it loses all its appeal as an escapist entertainment.
chrisjournal
May. 12th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
Nods. That's one of the things that I think is really critical to my satisfaction with this and other shows of its ilk, like Picket Fences or Twin Peaks. The show's main themes and plots and character flaws are so very, very, very dark that farcical counterpoints are not only appropriate, but practically essential.

I guess, for me, perfection really is imperfect. Like pearls, yanno?
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