Created By: doorofnight on March 4, 2012

The Shotgun Approach to Creativity

Something's gotta stick

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When the creators of a work, likely on studio, network, editor etc. insistence, tries to get wide popularity for their project by adding in lots of elements that have worked in other successful shows.

This is not the same as making something widely appealing, which is more about not including anything that will drive away a particular group. This trope deals with deliberately going after as many specific demographics and fandoms as possible.

While this sounds good on paper, viewers/readers/gamers aren't stupid and often recognize what is going on and resent the show for it. Either that or the differing elements clash with each other and act to essentially cancel each other out.
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  • March 9, 2012
  • March 11, 2012
    ^Only if it works. As stated in the description, this tactic is as likely to fail as it is to work.

    Related to Rapid Fire Comedy.
  • March 11, 2012
    I get what you're going for. I feel like the remake of V (2009) was this. Attractive blonde female FBI agent? Check. Infiltration/conspiracy plot? Check. Rebellious teenage son? Check. Impossibly hot "Visitors" from another world, one of whom is played by Morena Bacarin? Check. Slowly developing plot arc? Check...

    It's like they took everything in Lost and reimagined Battlestar Galactica that worked and threw it into a V remake.
  • March 11, 2012
    Of course, YMMV, all the way.