So….. I wasn’t sure whether I was gonna say anything, but something’s been bothering me for a little while and well, if people get angry with me, I will accept that. If you wanna unfollow after this, I totally get it. But at this stage, it would kinda feel dishonest not to say anything.
It is nothing new when I say that we all interpret Supernatural’s symbols, subtext, and text differently. The main reason I became part of the meta community is exactly because I love this exchange of ideas. But lately it feels like people are becoming increasingly entrenched in their own interpretations and there is a big danger in that. And I am not talking about fandom fights, I am talking about people’s enjoyment of the show and the potential hurt that comes with disappointment.
Over the course of season 9 there was a big build-up of expectations in all parts of the fandom, not just on the DeanCas side of the fandom but everywhere. And that is natural. As a season progresses the themes and motifs and symbols all come together as we head for the finale. So, we looked to see whether the ideas we have developed over the course of the season came to the conclusion that we have envisioned.
But as s9 progressed and also post-finale some people became convinced that their reading of these themes, motifs and symbols was the one right way. And by getting into that mind-set people set themselves up for enormous disappointment. A disappointment that burst into anger and hurt on more than one occasion. Let me be clear here: I in no way want to invalidate that hurt or anger. Because it was and is real and I am not denying people that feeling. But that very real hurt quickly turned into the idea that show as a whole was being poorly written and, man, my dash was plagued by posts that decried the entire season.
And here’s where I make myself very unpopular: I believe that part of that hurt finds its roots in unrealistic expectations. Bluntly put, the story wasn’t progressing the way some people had expected it to and as a result they took it out on TPTB. And that is the world on its head.
Because the thing is, and here is were my opinion becomes truly unpopular: the show doesn’t owe it to any of us to bring our particular interpretation of its story to the screen. By which I mean that, as a DeanCas shipper, I don’t think the show owes me canon Destiel. Would I think they’d miss a major opportunity: yes. Would I be disappointed if it didn’t happen: of course. But the show does not owe it to me.
So, why am I writing this now?
I am writing this because I see the same kind of build-up from last year starting up again. It is at a relatively harmless stage now, but I am worried about the potential hurt that will come along with it if this trend continues. I see wonderfully talented, intelligent, articulate meta-writers beginning to work themselves to a point where they are not just expecting certain events to happen in a certain time-frame, but becoming upset when either the time-frame or story-line is not met. I am not disputing that these meta writers’ ideas of pacing, plot, etc. are perhaps better than the show’s execution of them (because sometimes they simply are). What I am saying is, is that I am very worried that these writers and the people who follow them are in for major heart-ache.
We are still healing from the fucktard-anon attacks over Christmas and many people are still very vulnerable. So, please, when analysing the show, or reading meta, know that all meta is an interpretation and not a fact set in stone. Realise that your interpretation may be wrong and that the show could take it in a different direction. Does it suck when that happens? Hell yes, I can say from personal experience. But don’t spoil the show for yourself by taking your disappointment out on the one thing that brought us here together in the first place.
By all means, be critical of SPN. We all should be. But also be critical of yourself and manage your expectations, so you don’t end up being hurt by the show we all love. I firmly include myself when saying, let’s keep an open mind to each other’s ideas, but also to the way the show tells the story.