Fang Talks

Call of the wild!

When enthusiasm ends up sinking the ship.

It’s the weirdest thing. Having a group of people really look forward to something can actually be detrimental to its reception. In the minds of the expecting, the release is exactly what they’ve been waiting for. As perfect as they imagine it can be, or better. Yet often, it’s difficult to live up to those expectations. Especially when they’re not solidly grounded in reality.

Let’s be honest, it’s not an uncommon occurrence to see sequels get sub-par reception. And while that is very much justified a lot of the time, I don’t think it always is. It’s just that people have this glorified image of previous works in their minds for some reason, and they can’t let go of it. They expect whatever comes next to be just as good as what they already know.

But it’s always going to be at least different, and even just a change from “old and familiar” to “new and strange” can throw people off. Suddenly they’re looking at a work for which they don’t have any real memories yet, and making that fit the mold of their imagination just isn’t going to work. And that’s not a pleasant experience, because you basically set yourself up for disappointment.

…Though of course there’s always the rabid fans that just eat it all up.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 01/05/2017 (7:01 PM)

    I think about this a lot, too, now that we’re going to write our first official sequel via Tuck Watley 2. Not that there’s huge hype behind the first, but we’re comfortable in saying it’s the best and most well received book we’ve ever written.

    So this is a huge challenge, because we want to keep familiar humor without beating a joke into the ground and making it unfunny, and we want to change things up without making it so different that people hate it.

    It’s way more of an undertaking than just writing something new.

  • 01/05/2017 (1:12 PM)

    I don’t think anything is ever truly able to live up to the hype. Hype causes people to build perfect images of something in their head, so they are just setting themselves up for disappointment. Be glad that something that you’re excited about is happening, but don’t overdo and set yourself up for disappointment.

  • 01/05/2017 (1:43 AM)

    I’ve thought about this a lot. When you have, say, a prior series of movies or books or music, there’s a sense that a new one is being compared to ALL of the old ones. And one new addition can’t live up to that.

    But even with initial sequels, one thing is always missing: That sense of shock, the spine tlingle of having stumbled upon something you know is really, really good. It’s almost impossible to ever feel that again after the first one.

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