Okay, here's the thing: I understand series. I understand that you have to have a big hook to keep people anticipating the next book, the next season, heck, even the next week.
But, goshdarnit, these hooks are getting out of control.
I have been waiting for a book for a whole YEAR, waiting with GREAT anticipation, because the darned last page promised something that had me drooling.
I walk into Borders and I pick it up. And the hook? The promise of a story about one guy? That one guy is not in the story. Not at all.
I've been waiting a WHOLE YEAR! It's a good story, and I like it, but I want the one I'd been promised! I want the one I've been anticipating for a whole year!
And that hook was not ambiguous. It was pretty clear. It's not like I misinterpreted it. It was there, it was strong, it was a freaking PROMISE!
While I'm on this snark, let's talk about television.
NCIS. Okay, I understand the need for a big bang of a hook at the end of one season. HOWEVER. Ending the season with the hook that all your favorite characters are disappearing, that everything is going to change, that everything you love about the series is NOT GOING TO BE THERE ANYMORE, is not exactly inspiring me to wait on the edge of my seat.
Why would I come back to see my favorite show destroyed?
It's frustrating. Probably they will spend half a year setting things to rights, but still ...
Same with Numbers. A huge part of the show is the main character solving crimes for the FBI with math. (I love his passion and love for math. It's infectious!)
But at the end of the season, they hook with the math genius suddenly losing his clearance and not being able to work with the FBI or his brother anymore.
Again, the hook that EVERYTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE just doesn't do it for me.
I mean, come on. Your watcher fell in love with a show for particular reasons. If you suddenly say EVERYTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE, how is that going to make them want to come back?
Then here's a show that reminds me of so much I hear about the writing business: Men in Trees.
I have fallen in love with the characters. I love that show. Those characters are now My Friends.
And what do they do?
I don't know why, but I suspect it might be viewer numbers.
But whose fault is that?? Let's analyze:
Unless you have a DVR, you most certainly couldn't follow Men In Trees through the season. They must have changed nights three times. They took it off, then on, and you never knew when it was going back on again. Even I, who LOVE this show, missed weeks of it because they kept mixing it up.
It feels like the network set this show up for failure, and then they CANCEL the show for failing! Even though it was their fault!
And, you know, I'm getting real sick of networks yanking shows. Why should I watch any of them, why should I become friends with the characters, when they're just going to freaking yank my show, my friends, away from me?
I'm so tired of it.
Both industries are so focused on the big buck, the big bang, the sudden bestseller, that they don't give us a chance to discover and follow and fall in love with these series.
And they yank them too early, just when we're starting to fall in love, just when we're ready to tell the world about them and get word-of-mouth going.
I wish they would STOP IT!
So, tell me: what series that you loved has been yanked from you? Books or TV shows or movies...