When does calling out the cliché, become cliché?
In recent years, there has been a boom in Fantasy related books, movies, and TV. It has been an amazing and wonderful change to witness for lovers of the genre. There has also been help from the rise of the nerd and the acceptance of geekdom. With the growing amount of Fantasy followers, TV and Movie executives have been looking for ways to cash in on the enterprise. Vampires alone have been featured in everything imaginable with different plot twists differentiating them. Like everything else in entertainment, there comes a point when over usage equals hatred. If something attracts too much attention overtime, it becomes overrated.
That brings me to the article that sparked this blog rant. I’m not going to give the specifics on the writer and the article because it isn’t important. But said article, claims that “American Horror Story: Coven” is mediocre because there are so many witch Movies and TV shows currently out there. The article also claims that “American Horror Story” creator’s focus on “looks” over actual “substance”.
The problem is that there is only one other witch related show currently on TV (Charmed doesn’t count). I’ve heard of some witch related movies coming out, but have yet to see any. This writer is not crying that witches are overrated and overused; he is speaking of the Fantasy genre itself. Say what it is and don’t claim that it’s something else. If a series came out based on flying goblins that own an airport, that too would be overdone. (I’m so tired of these goblins everywhere :sigh:) Saying that the series is corny and overdone, shows the writers lack of knowledge and clear bias. Nothing in the “American Horror Story” series can be described as cliché because it hasn’t been done before. They take risks and have plot twists that most series would never dare to attempt.
The writer eventually claims that the series is happy with its own sick way of startling viewers and that eventually viewers will need more then the content of nightmares to keep them interested.
Okay, wait. First the American Horror Story Coven is boring cause it’s been done so many times. Then the creators are overdoing the horror. Horror could be boring if done incorrectly. But in this case, this writer speaks as if there is another series so exactly the same that they are tired of witches and their sick shows.
The problem lies in the writers already made up mind that Fantasy is overrated. Yes, fantasy, because there aren’t too many recent witch movies or shows. It’s fantasy that’s causing the stir here.
Technically, American Horror Story is a horror series. This season just happens to be about witches but the underlying factor remains that the basis of this show is horror. How exactly would this writer like a horror series to look like? A few women discussing politics and philosophy over coffee with an occasional PG13 scare?
What matters is that there is true “substance” in the series. This means that we don’t have witches running around creating bloody havoc and squeezing a love story here and there. There are roots in American Horror Story Coven. A backstory that is well fleshed out for a television show that will only be lasting a season (remember that. American Horror Story Coven is not a series, it is just for one season) and viewers know it all without being bored to their skulls. Most importantly, the plot twists aren’t petty romances added for the sake of variety. The plot twists are wonderful gems like: Finding out the husband of the headmistress, who has been trying to find a fertility miracle to bare him children, is actually a murderer, and seeing the racist Madam of the house, who is now immortal against her will, become a maid and have to serve others.
I feel the creators of American Horror Story Coven have put in a lot of creative work. Their audience for the most part, recognizes and understands this. Finally, the fact that the cast is filled with stars just makes them lucky, because thats apparently another issue. But I guess there will always be those that are never satisfied.
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