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09 October 2013 @ 09:50 pm
Huh.  
Whitechapel might be the very first show where a supernatural element was introduced and I hated it.
 
 
 
Dusty: SPN. D + Feathersdustlines on October 10th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
I should not be here as I am very very busy tonight (aaaaahhh!!!), but I must pop in and ask "why?" because you have piqued my curiosity, m'dear! What kind of supernatural element displeased you so?
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 10th, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
Whitechapel started out as a copper show that tackled a modern day killer who was re-creating Jack the Ripper's crimes. From there it spawned off into a show where each murder always carried an echo of a crime committed in the past. That was sort of the gimmick. And I liked it. I liked the cast and I liked their ragtag way of solving these bizarre crimes.

But in the latest season they've started this plot line that there's some sort of supernatural evil force that's been alive since the Victorian era pushing the very human killers to commit these crimes. And I don't know. I found that random "explanation" of sorts not only pointless but cheapened the general thesis this show had going that human beings are capable of great evil all on their own. Do we really need to involve there being some sort of otherworldly evil?
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 10th, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
I always dislike it when any sort of story goes supernatural in an otherwise non-supernatural world. It seems like a cop out. We can't explain it, so we'll make it something unexplainable and just shrug it off. It's the same reason I have an irrational dislike of aliens in comic books. Choose your genre, stick to it. Thor aside. I like Thor.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 10th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
We can't explain it, so we'll make it something unexplainable and just shrug it off.

What's annoying was that they had a perfectly reasonable explanation: people are capable of really messed up stuff. That's all I needed to stick with this show. Adding in supernatural flair felt redundant. Also, RANDOM.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 10th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
There was a very enjoyable trilogy of Pride and Prejudice pastiches that quite randomly turned into a ghost story in the middle book, and it was not mentioned before or after. I'll admit that the great part of Dresden Files fanfic is that a wizard literally did it, but you can't use that excuse in a world without established wizards.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 10th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
I'll admit that the great part of Dresden Files fanfic is that a wizard literally did it, but you can't use that excuse in a world without established wizards.

Yeah, I find that most of the intrigue of Dresden Files fic is not so much who did it but why and how. The Dresden verse also has certain rules that can't really be breached which I appreciate. Even in a supernatural world there has to be rules.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 10th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
I find writing Sherlock case fic hard to write for that reason, clues and whatever are hard and uninteresting to me, but you need them to tell a mystery. That's why I mostly stick to one shots, and get myself all frustrated when I try to write something bigger.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 10th, 2013 03:31 am (UTC)
I find writing Sherlock case fic hard to write for that reason, clues and whatever are hard and uninteresting to me,

Oh yes. I hate this part of writing fic when you have to drop clues because I find that so challenging and not terribly fulfilling.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 10th, 2013 03:40 am (UTC)
I think, no matter how well you write, it just feels like it reads 'HERE IS A CLUE' , as well.