I’ve been wanting to do a ‘state of the fandom’ style post for some time now simply because I think it needs addressing.
From what I’ve seen on my Twitter feed along with forum and comment posts, it appears as though this fandom has officially cracked. As strange as this may sound, things feel and appear worse than they ever did at any point during Book 2’s offseason.
Anything related to Book 3 has been under-wraps for the better part of a month now, and it appears as though fans are taking their anger and frustration out on other fans.
As someone who has thoroughly enjoyed the Avatar community over the years, it’s almost depressing to see it take a steep dive. And just for the record, I’m not the only one who has noticed the deterioration of this fandom. KorraSpirit has noticed it, Kevin has noticed and even individual commenters and forum posters who are usually active have chimed in once or twice to announce that they’re taking a break from the chaos.
This is, in fact, chaos.
From the words of an anonymous friend, “This fandom is dying.” It pains me to write this, but there’s nothing to suggest otherwise. Countless people have complained about Book 2 and that has directly resulted in unbelievable hostility between those who share different opinions.
The biggest issue with this fandom right now is no one understands how to respect one another’s opinion. Anyone who shares an opposing opinion is jumped on and attacked until their opinion is changed.
How on Earth is that community? How is that friendship? How is that fun?
Let’s be honest, the only reason anyone joins a fandom is to communicate with fellow posters who share a common interest and passion. If you’re here to violate other’s rights to have an opinion, I will gladly show you the door. No, seriously, please leave. And don’t come back because nobody wants to communicate with you.
We’re all here to have a good time. Don’t ruin that simply because you don’t understand the nature of human rights.
Another thing I’ve noticed is the constant bickering for Book 3 in general. New flash, people, we’ve only waited a little over four months. Four months!
That’s nothing. I know that may seem like a long time, but guess what: it isn’t. Complaining about a show not premiering in this state of the offseason is silly. Do you honestly want them to premiere the Book with no music? Do you want them to premiere the Book without color correcting it so everyone can b*tch and moan about how poor the animation looks? Do you want them to premiere the storyboards of the last several episodes since it takes too long for them to animate?
My assumption is that you answered no to all of those questions.
And about the lack of news, Mike and Bryan are currently working on Book 3 and Book 4 – posting Tumblr photos is not their obligation. Nickelodeon, on the other hand, honestly has better things to do than “mentioning” a show that’s months out. That may sound harsh and cruel, but it’s the nature of the business. Until we’re about two months out from the premiere, you won’t hear a thing about Korra from Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon won’t even care, either. They’ll make money off of Korra when the time is right, but for now, they have countless other shows that need their attention.
Because I know someone is going to say it, who cares if The Legend of Korra is their most “popular” show? If that’s truly the case, it should be no surprise why they’re focusing their attention on other less-popular shows.
It’s just ridiculous how impatient some people in this fandom have become. Impatience has resulted in hostility and hostility has resulted in people leaving the fandom. This fandom is dying and the only people that can stop that is you.
While talking to KorraSpirit the other day, she relayed an interesting bit of information that many fans seem to forget: at the end of the day, The Legend of Korra is a cartoon. Is it really worth it to scar online relationships with actual people over a cartoon? After all, wasn’t your purpose of joining a fandom to meet people with common interest and passion?
Every day, I see some of the most foolish arguments imaginable online. They’re not even the least bit intelligent, which is disappointing. The funny thing is that both parties genuinely believe the opposition is at fault, when in all actuality, both parties are at fault.
If you can’t be man enough to simply stop replying, you’re at fault.
At the end of the day, your opinion is your opinion. No one has the right to change that. Whether your opinion is sick, twisted or outright wrong is on you. But the fact of the matter is that you’re entitled to an opinion that no one has the right to change aside from yourself.
So, please, let’s all try to show a little patience and friendliness around this community. If you don’t want to change, that’s fine. But I can promise you that this fandom will be dead in the water if this hostility continues. If you don’t want to believe me, that’s fine. You’ll just have to see for yourself.
If you’re one of those people who constantly attacks others due to their opinion, I will gladly show you the door. If you are someone who is passionate about Avatar and wants to have a good time, I urge you to comment and restore peace and tranquility to this fandom.