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Offline MH

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Re: New TV Season
« on: October 22, 2017, 03:05:11 pm »
I'm referring to complaints based in the viewer's prejudices, of course. Things like "I can't take this seriously because there is CGI" or "it's hard to get emotionally involved in this because there could be dragons" or "I could relate to this more if it was set in an office building", that sort of thing.

So, in other words, YOU didn't like it.  That's pretty much what you're saying.

Even so, it's hard to imagine nobody had any idea that they missed the mark so badly. ... His point being that a group of wealthy, elderly Japanese men weren't the best judge of whether American young adults of modest means would like it or hate it.  I assume they did a bunch of focus-group type stuff with the people they assumed would be interest in the vehicle, and decided yes, this is a good idea.

In TV land, I think they also do "audience testing" of their new programs. Maybe audience testing would have at least let them know whether their product was working with the intended audience, or whether they had completely missed the mark.

Well, yes, but you should also know that they can't focus group the initial offering.  The vision, the THING of it has to come from a vision.  Even with that, there are a million things that can go wrong.

In the case of Twilight, it definitely did SELL, in all caps, and with several exclamation points as well. It did SELL !!!!

Sure.  And it was good for those people who like that... uh.. product.

They were clearly very successful in targeting a market that had been perhaps under-served-- teenage girl wish-fulfillment fantasy stories. Twilight sparked a wave of imitators in both the book world and the movie world.  The "Hunger Games" movies were very successful, the "Divergent" movies and "Mortal Instruments" movie(s?) failed.  I thought the Hunger games movies were quite good, and can stand on their own even if you're not a teenage girl who dreams of living a life where you're important. Hunger Games and Twilight were both successful in appealing to a core demographic that was willing to pay for movies, but the Hunger Games films did it with a lot more artistic skill.

I doubt teens are under served.  Hunger Games (I saw the first one) was terrible.   Some teen stuff is good.  Some is garbage.