Fanfiction did it better.
here’s also continuing interest in whomever Korra is dating. Diane Pangilinan @twinklelydy asked “do u have any plans for developing Korra’s love life?”
Konietzko: It seems to me that people are uninterested in that. They get completely angry when we have fun with the teen romance stuff. I…
No, Bryke. The problem isn’t with romance, it’s with how YOU write romance. Terribly.
- Apparently prioritizing the romantic subplots (for a certain value of that prefix) even over properly resolving ostensible primary conflicts. (This is especially egregious in light of your stated plan to neatly wrap up every primary conflict at the end of the book, no matter how little sense that may make.)
- Attempting to force pairings that have little chemistry or compatibility (and making contradictory excuses for doing so).
- Expecting us to root for pairings that step all over sympathetic characters.
- Playing abuse for laughs.
- Playing sexual harassment for laughs.
- Letting so much of the romance apparently revolve around shilling the tribute character.
- Satellite love interests.
- Two girls can’t be friends because of a boy.
(Lemme know if I missed anything.)
“So who knows, whatever. Mike and I as writers, we wrote it the way we found it to be entertaining, and that struck a chord with some, but maybe not with some others.”
Ugh yeah, those stuck up fan girls can never be pleased. I mean who doesn’t like abusive relationships and sexual harassment??? Fan girls who just like to complain about everything, that’s who. Like, it’s just a show! Relax! Except for the parts we want you to take seriously! Because we’re a totally serious show! Progressive!!! Whatever. You’re not a teenage boy. You obviously wouldn’t get it.
The way that they write—and try to justify themselves—makes it pretty clear that they’re catering almost exclusively to the teenaged boy demographic. But yet, we’re supposed to find it funny when a teen boy character gets abused by his girlfriend, because he’s such a doormat and secretly likes it or something. There are no words.
- Bryke: fans are just mad because their ships weren't canon.
- fans complaining about LoK's misogynistic treatment of female characters: lol
- fans complaining about LoK's disregard for the oppression narratives it deals with: lol
- fans complaining about the abusive relationships highlighted by LoK: lol
- fans complaining about LoK's plot holes and contrivances: lol
- everyone ever: lol
May I never become so enamored with my vision that I ignore valid critique
May I remain open to discourse, and know to differentiate between that which should be taken with a grain of salt, and that which should be considered, acted upon, or corrected.
May I never shell out problematic slop and try to justify it, or write off the critics in defense of my own fuckupery.
May I surround myself with a glorious creative team, and remember that my ideas will not always be perfect, but can built upon and strengthened through discussion and brainstorming.
May I remember that my media does not exist in a vacuum.
May I never forget that narrative continuity, character arcs, agency, consequences, and worldbuilding are vital.
May I never try to convince everyone my roses will smell bomb “in a few years” when they really smell like poo poo.
May I never try to convince myself that shit will age well like a fine wine.
May I never catch brykeitis.
This expresses my feeling about Legend of Korra Book 2 ending quite well..