i like it too and everyone keeps getting mad at thursdays and im like OBVIOUSLY THERES NO PLOT ON THURSDAYS
I guess I just feel like that’s an old argument? Like, sure, I would have liked to know the schedule ahead of time too. But, now that it’s been established … why complain about it?
To be fair to the people complaining- this was literally only clarified last week. Until then, we were promised that we could follow the storyline in the videos (which still hasn’t happened, btw), and the only mention of this so-called “obvious” lack of plot on Thursdays was Gigi saying that she had a weekly update.
Weekly update is not an obvious statement that plot will only happen one day a week. Most people interpreted it as “Gigi will update once a week and others will have plot-moving videos once a week.”
How can it be an old argument if it was only told to us one week ago?
Okay, I definitely see your point, and you’re right. I shouldn’t have used that phrasing.
But I’m of the opinion that we are able to follow the storyline with just the videos, but the storyline isn’t what everyone thinks it should be. It’s simple and much, much less complex than LBD ever was.
Basically, Gigi took Domino to Sanditon to both put Domino to public use, and also to help Sanditon gain tourists as a sort of give and take relationship. There’s conflict over the fact that the mayor appears to be lying about almost everything that drew PD to the city, and the ice cream/juice bar conflict is how those lies are affecting the town’s citizens. And … that’s about it.
Is it simple? Yes, absolutely. But we weren’t promised a full on drawn out plot like LBD. This is a mini series that is literally here to just fill in the time until the new series. It’s supposed to be a simple, light, fun summer thing. And I think that people are upset because they expect more plot when really … this is it.
It’s my opinion that the plot is actually extremely easy to follow in the videos, it’s just that because it’s so simple, people think they’re missing out on more story by not participating in the RP. When really, that’s not the case at all. The RP is people building their own stories, and these compilation videos are just giving a few highlights to the people who don’t want to watch all the Domino videos. Which, if you don’t want to, that is absolutely fine.
I mean, this sort of thing is not going to be for everyone, and yes, I agree that there are a lot of things that could be handled very differently. But this is just how I feel about it.
Kelsey, I know you’re just trying to help, but this is about the bajillionth time I’ve seen the “story” explained to people. And… Gigi going to Sanditon to promote Domino and the mayor thinking he has more power/legal rights than he does don’t make a story. They make a base for a story.
Right now, it’s like building a foundation and a set of steps and repeatedly calling it a house, then adding embellishments to the foundation, like lily-of-the-valley and ornamental bricks, and saying that those are walls and windows and doors.
I get that it’s supposed to be lighter than Pride and Prejudice. Let me assure you- I’m not uninformed on this subject; I’m just choosing to not partake in the transmedia because, as a busy adult, I have other things I am choosing to spend my limited time on (other busy adults will choose to spend their free time on transmedia- neither is better or worse than another).
I’ve read Sanditon- more than once, actually, though the last time was probably 15 years ago.
I’ve read the posts where the creative team talk about Sanditon.
But not all the video-only fans have seen what the crew has to say, specifically because they’re video-only fans.
And a lot of the fans themselves distribute a ton of faulty information. So you have fans dismissing all criticism in the YouTube comments because obviously all the action is in the transmedia and RP. There are fans talking about how obvious the plot is, when in fact it’s more like a pale outline of a plot (and if this is meant to be the main plot, it’s not a very good one). You have fans claiming RP events as canon. It’s all very messy.
And while I’m sure you and the others who have been lucky enough to be featured on these compilation videos are thrilled to see yourselves in an official, in-universe video, that doesn’t mean that those fan-made videos in any way enhance the story for the non-RPers. For people who have made videos and have not been included, those episodes may even detract from the world. (Not me, I hate seeing myself on camera :D)
Look, I really, really wanted to enjoy Sanditon. I’m given to understand that a lot of people in the fandom who recognize my screenname think of me as a bitchy hater, but it’s not true. I really love LBD and the potential that Sanditon has. I just wish that these wonderfully creative people would show that creativity to their audience at large, and not just the couple hundred people who have chosen to spend time on the RP factor.
And I hope they do it before they alienate and lose their audience for the next, longer, adaption.