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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 18 March 2018 at 9:25am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I posted a topic about fan 'ownership' here:


The latest issue of sci-fi magazine STARBURST mentioned how, in the 80s, producer Jonathan-Nathan Turner appointed a fan as an unofficial adviser. The Doctor Who Appreciation Society also had a relationship with the production office as did some fanzines.

Not sure that was wise, you know.

In another topic, I talked about how us fans are "passengers in a carriage", but the creative people are the "riders holding the reins". Our host has also mentioned how some would write in to comics believing something they had suggested had been adopted, obviously ignorant of production times.

I think franchises, for the most part, need to tell their story. If we don't like it, we can vote with our feet. For instance, I didn't like the fourth PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN film so didn't watch the fifth. Nor will I bother with any others (it's highly unlikely). But I wouldn't expect POTC to change for me. It's obviously popular with many.


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Posted: 18 March 2018 at 10:12am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I attended a couple of meetings with JN-T when I was on the DWAS Exec!
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Posted: 18 March 2018 at 1:14pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

"Never give the fans what they THINK they want."

                                                  Stan Lee

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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 18 March 2018 at 1:48pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Indeed.

I was disturbed to read that a petition, to remove THE LAST JEDI from canon, attracted 100,000 signatures. 

I am not blind to the faults of the film, but there would be something very "inmates running the asylum" about it if studios started responding or pandering to such petitions (I am sure they won't).

I had some issues with THE LAST JEDI (whilst enjoying other aspects). But it's canon. It was designated as canon so canon it must remain. I am free to not watch the next film if the trailer/synopsis does not grab me, but it feels presumptuous for any fan to set up a petition solely to remove something from canon.


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Posted: 18 March 2018 at 6:07pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Can I start a petition to have everything after "A New Hope" erased? Including that title?
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 19 March 2018 at 1:16pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

You can try! 

I've spoken to so many people who believe A NEW HOPE was there during 1977's original theatrical release. I find that sad. 
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I think it was Ian Levine who was JNT's unofficial continuity consultant, but I may be remembering this wrong. I know he did a lot to find missing episodes at the very least. It might've been better if JNT had listened to some people more, fans or not. Would you want input from people who barely noticed the programme?

I think there are some basic continuity and character traits that someone needs to know, and who else to get that from? If knowing these things those in charge decide to break with something established, then they are doing it knowing that, rather than not knowing. In a way having a fan become a professional and work on some of these properties is the ultimate of fan influence, but then, were the John Lucarotti (non-fan) stories all that brill?
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