Okay, can someone please explain it to me, because even though I work in that damn business, I don’t get it.
I live thousands of kilometers away from the US. I neither have the time nor the money to fly to every con over there, as much as I’d love to. On cons they show trailers and sneak peeks of shows I love, but people who have the opportunity to go to those cons are not allowed to share ANYTHING about it online.
Like with the Sherlock sneak peek, from what I read people were ask to not even TALK about it, much less record it etc. Whovians have been waiting for months for that damn 50th trailer, all the while someone “leaks” screenshots obviously secretly taken in a cinema (still believe this is someone from the BBC who has been asked to do the same). ABC claims that the OUAT sneak peek they published yesterday is new, and if you have already seen it online (which would be a recording from SDCC), then it was posted illegally.
I mean, seriously? Can someone please tell me why millions of fans, who are not less faithful and enthusiastic about their favorite shows, are being punished like this? And don’t tell me people at cons pay a lot of money to visit the event and panels and stuff and thus should have this privilege, because there’s a lot of other things people of cons get to see and do that should be more than enough for the money they pay.
For all I know about the business, I can think of no reasonable explanation as to why they make such big secrets out of a damn trailer or sneak peek. It’s not like they show the whole episode to an exclusive audience – maybe then I would get it. No, it is just a tiny piece of one episode. And they not only expect people who have not seen it to don’t ask about it and don’t want it, worse, they expect those who were there to not talk about it.
We’re a fandom, dammit, we live by sharing things with each other, talking about our favorite program, analyzing our shows, just fangirling over them! I mean, what are they trying to do, split us up? So that one side is angry at the smaller part that got to see trailers and sneak peeks?
We live in a time where internet is part of our daily life; it’s virtually impossible to not have things shared by someone, anyone, on the web. If you, BBC, ABC, Steven Moffat, and whoever else there is, think all your threats and harsh words (it was ABC’s “illegal” that did it to me this morning) will actually stop everyone, well then welcome to the 21st century. Because lucky for us, at least some fans are not bothered by your stupid ideas of secrecy and have pity with us who sit at home because they don’t have choice.
Maybe you should think about what you do to the fandom(s) and ultimately yourself if you continue like this. Because even though fans have proved to be faithful no matter what, there will come a day when they decide that this idiocy has been going on long enough. And ideas – as bad as they may ever be – like the Sherlock fandom remaining quiet after the episodes have been aired suddenly won’t find so many opponents anymore.
Yes, fans not necessarily make up the majority of the audience that is responsible for ratings. But keep this in mind: fans sure are the ones to bring new people to a show and into a fandom. I would never have watched Sherlock hadn’t it been for people talking about it so much, everywhere. Same goes for Once Upon A Time and some other shows. It’s the enthusiasm of fans that wakes other people’s curiosity and interest. It’s still the best promotion you can get. If you try to mute other fans, you will ultimately pay the price for it.
All right. Feel better now.