After watching the controversial ending of The Sopranos, I started reading some viewer responses. And I started noticing a funny word.
A lot of fans cried out that after following the show for 8 years through good and bad, they deserved some closure.
Which lead to me to ask an interesting question... Do fans deserve anything of the sort?
What makes a fan deserve anything?
Well, let's see, if there is no fan, there is no market for the book or TV show and then the TV would go away. It would disappear. And there would be no closure that way, but no one would complain.
At the same time without a writer's ideas, the fans wouldn't have a show to cry out for. It is up to the writer to decide the ending and the fan to enjoy it.
The writing is often on the wall for a fan long in advance. The fan can usually decide much before the ending whether or not they should change the channel, turn off the TV, or walk out of the movie. The writer is there to entertain them. If anything, the writer deserves the fan, not the fan deserving the show.
So, what makes a fan think they deserve anything?
And do you think fans deserve anything other than the writer's best work?
Do fans deserve closure?
Is all the whining about The Sopranos applicable in other areas?