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"If it's an idea you would have thought of anyway, fine. It's okay for a manga artist to adapt like that. But if you go around absorbing everything your fans give you, you end up with gibberish, like this. Listen, fan mail is something to encourage you, not something to steal ideas from. If you start using all these suggestions, then your work won't be Muto Ashirogi's anymore. It'll be something your fans created... understand?"
Miura deconstructs this idea, Bakuman。


Give the People what they want
And they'll get what they deserve

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"Oh yes, and Nikola Tesla shows up as a character — which I feel always comes across as a transparent and desperate attempt to go "Oh, look at all the nerd cred we've got splattering wetly down our inner thighs"."

"For better and for worse, it’s the Bond film that traditionalists have clamored for since Craig assumed the mantle. Depending upon your persuasion, the last couple of outings have either been frustrating or refreshing, as EON has playfully poked, prodded, and explored what a “Bond film” truly is, almost to the point of teasing the fan base with familiar but rejumbled signifiers. As someone who falls into the latter camp, “Spectre” feels so much like an exhausted parent finally giving in: “here’s your stock gun barrel opening”"

"If you’re not the sort of person who’s excited because a Pertwee-era monster is coming back, you’re no longer the sort of person the program is for... When the program so cavalierly discards the idea of doing interesting or relevant drama in favor of doing things that get cheered at American conventions, frankly, there’s a real problem with it."
Dr. El Sandifer on Doctor Who ("Warriors of the Deep")

"More than ever since the show returned to our screens in 2005, the show is being made for its fans, which is why you can hear the cry of delight from that quarter whilst the viewing figures from the abandoning audience at large are at an all-time low."

"Tapping into the heartfelt meanings we build in our lives is one thing (that's what art does), but recycling the ones we associate with other art is something else altogether. The "technical term" for it is pastiche, and on Smallville the approach is at once respectful of the primary referent (again, Donner) but somewhat disrespectful of the audience because it assumes that we will slavishly eat it up. It's manipulative, it's lazy, and, in many respects, it seems to have succeeded."

"'Hey! Comic nerds! This thing you know, Darkseid, is gonna be here, so watch, information fetishists!'

Which is kind of sad, exploitative, and unfair. Cruel, some might say. There are things about fanatics that, by the very nature of the term, make them almost religious in their zealotry."

"Also, would someone tell the writers that dropping in references to obscure Marvel characters does not make for a better show? From a recurring character who becomes Deathlok, to unimpressive guest appearances by Graviton and Blackout and Lorelei, to awkward namedrops of Blizzard, Quasar, and the Griffin, I can assure them that no one other than hardcore Marvel fanatics cares about this stuff in the slightest."

"One problem cited by critics familiar with the Batman mythos is Gotham’s inclusion of too many characters (with forced relationships) at the onset. Like an all-you-can-eat buffet, the overstocked spread leaves us inexplicably unsatisfied."

"Red and Yellow Hogan. Got by far the biggest loudest crowd pop of the night. Goldberg and Sting were a distant second. Hogan's pop was like 3 minutes long and the crowd was screaming over every punch he did. Good Lord, now he will never retire. Idiots."
DDT on WCW Monday Nitro 8.9.99

''"Why give legacy comics fans what they think they want at all? The notion that the longtime readers somehow have a greater claim on a comics character than the new fan – and that both outrank the artist – has plagued the industry for as long as there have been superheroes; people who spend 20 or 30 years reading the adventure of a single character develop proprietary feelings that have nothing to do with the nature or intricacy of the creative process."

"...I think there’s a great cautionary tale here about what happens when you listen to the fans. Because the hardcore followers of any franchise, Star Trek or otherwise, who make the most noise are generally the ones most bogged down by their own personal hang-ups and obsessions, and therefore the least capable of knowing what would make for a good story."

“Nanoha may appear to be an average third-grader, but she has a secret: she’s actually a clone created by an evil animation company, imbued with a personality culled from millions of outgoing animated magical girls, and sent to suck the life from anime fans who walked into the series expecting quality entertainment.”
Carl Kimlinger on Lyrical Nanoha, Anime News Network

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April: The whole show seemed nostalgia-based, which seems strange to me because there are so many new fans now.
Noah: Hey, just from the initial reactions I've seen on Twitter, apparently you and I are in the minority, because the reception to this pay-per-view has apparently been very, very, good.
April: So basically, I'm gonna be getting more death threats.

"It's got Ultima words, and Ultima pictures and characters in it. But it got it all wrong. The characters are all there, but they don't mean anything and they don't contribute anything. It's like Kingdom Hearts.

(chorus of boos)"
Noah Antwiler on Ultima: Runes of Virtue

"Ducktales Remastered's levels are just lousy with cutscenes. I have no issue with an opening or closing sequence, but WayForward felt it necessary to stop me every five minutes so Scrooge and the gang could jabberjaw... Now, at first, I was excited to be watching what is essentially a bunch of new episodes of Ducktales!

And then I remembered: 'I'm a college graduate with an office job who enjoys
The Wire and Breaking Bad. I don't give a shit about any of this anymore.'"


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