"In order to grow your audience, you must betray their expectations." - Hayao Miyazaki
And that's why he won the Oscar.
"We're not worthy! We're not worthy!"
— Wayne and Garth, Wayne's World
"Four times in the last decade, I made scheduled pilgrimages to midnight launches of Harry Potter books. I would take them home, and read them for as long as I could stay up for, then would fall asleep, wake up, and read them with equal zeal until they were done, finishing off the event in mere hours.
This ritual is a fundamental part of my life. I engage in it every Wednesday, going to the comic shop to discover the newest developments in my favorite serials. More significant milestones come in the release of works by favorite authors — of late a new Alan Moore, although new works by Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, or Greg Rucka are afforded similar stature.
It is not that the anticipation of these events exceeds the event, although, to be fair, in many cases the end result is more fizzle than mystical transcendence...mundane, banal, pointless myths, lovely quicksands that intrigue, suck up time, and offer no sustenance, no enduring results.
We are going to need something more enduring. A firmer foundation upon which to build our mythos."
"We'll skip right past that bullshit line about electrocuted toads or whatever it was Whedon fed Halle Berry in the first X-Men movie. That was totally not his fault, either. The guy who writes Family Circus apparently did a dialog polish while Joss was coming up with new ways to get hot female co-stars to make out with each other onscreen (for feminism, of course.) Speaking of which, let's talk about Dollhouse.
Dollhouse isn't getting crappy ratings because it's a bad show with a goofy premise played way too seriously, centered around a vapid 'actress' with all the personality of a petrified turd. It's getting crappy ratings because of FOX. Sure, the network mercilessly drowned the superior Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles specifically to give Dollhouse an undeserved second season, but FOX is the big bad here, FOX is the reason the show lays there like a dead fish week after week, only sporadically flickering to life, like how a caveman banging rocks together might accidentally start a fire. At this point I think the show exists solely to collect ex-Battlestar Galactica' actors like Pokemon, so Joss can giggle and get them to sign his Hello Kitty backpack."