Dissecting Dragons

Dissecting Dragons: Episode 214: Something Sweet & Deadly - Easter Eggs and the Problems with Fan Service

March 20, 2020

Episode 214: Something Sweet & Deadly - Easter Eggs and the Problems with Fan Service

 

The dragons are sorry to report that this episode does not contain chocolate of any kind. However they do tackle the other kind of 'Easter egg' - the ones that authors and film makers scatter through their work for fans; little rewards and extras for readers and viewers being fans. Jules and Madeleine are all for Easter eggs (both kinds!) but feel that giving readers what they want is a delicate balancing act. Sure, little rewards are fun and it's a foolish writer who pays zero attention to what their fans want. But can fan service actually be damaging to a book, a film, a franchise? If you try and please everyone, do you end up pleasing no one? (Including the vocal minority of fans demanding changes!) And when should you listen to criticism from your fans?  Under the microscope this week: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Trek Discovery, Deep Space Nine and many more.

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic