Q:What?? A creator has no place looking at audience reaction? An author has no place looking at reviews of their books? What? Do you hear yourself.
I didn’t say a creator has no place looking at audience reaction. They can look at audience reaction 24/7 if they want. Some texts use their knowledge of audience reaction to tweak themselves or for other purposes. The problem is not, nor has it ever been, creators looking at audience reaction or being aware of it.
The problem is when they directly engage with those reactions in a space where fans conglomerate to talk to each other.
If I make a post about Elementary, for instance, discussing subtext for a Joan/Sherlock relationship that I read into the episode or a speculation about a future storyline, I’m making that post to discuss with other fans who are experiencing the story (i.e. being told it) in the same way that I am. I am not making that post so that one of the writers can reblog me and explain what that subtext actually meant, or that it wasn’t there, or to tell me that my speculation is near, far, or on the nose.
I love the writers’ work, but when it comes to me being able to experience the story as it’s being told to me (especially in open canons) them popping up to explain things or correct me or whatever else impedes my ability to engage with the story as it stands because instead I’m now being forced to engage with what the creator MEANT or wanted to do or secretly thinks and a plethora of things that are not the actual text of the narrative itself.
And this is in addition to the affects that creator participation has on those fannish spaces as a whole that I’ve already outlined, wherein maybe it doesn’t ruin it for everyone but it absolutely does for no small number of people.
Long story short: authors can read all the reviews of their books they want, but do you really think there’s nothing wrong with them actually logging into Amazon.com to REPLY to the reviews, to tell some people they read it “right” and others that they’re wrong?
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