dairydead wrote:I can never wrap my head around why fanboys/girls often believe that characters can't change, and that characters shouldn't evolve or deviate from previous convictions held.
Do these people really think that they haven't changed themselves? Are they really that delusional to think that if someone wrote a story about them, there would be "consistent characterization"?
With fictional characters, certain traits or characteristics make them who they are
, and if they change in too dramatic a way, the character becomes unrecognizable and no longer seems to be who he or she once was. And since you are comparing it to real people, it can happen with real people, too. In fact, it just happened where I work last week.
There is an older gentleman. He's a few years from retirement. He has always been extremely polite and reserved. He has for a couple of years worked with our department chair quite well. They were friends - or so everyone (including the chair) thought. Then a few days ago, he sent this 2 page long email full of venom and bile criticizing everything about the chair from how she assigns duties to practically her choice in mouthwash. He sent it not just to her but to everyone in our department. We had to have a meeting about it, the thing was so bad. During the meeting, one of the people said to him, "This seemed so out of character for you." Everyone felt like we didn't even know the guy. (And he really didn't adequately explain why he wrote it, nor did he seem the least bit sorry about writing it.)
Now you're going to say, "See! That's realistic." And yes, it is. Because it really happened.
I dunno how the guy is going to be able to work with anyone again from now until he retires. Everyone in the department thought he behaved in an thoroughly unprofessional way, and speaking for myself, I don't know how I can really be friends with him after this (since I was even better friends with the chair long before this). Either he was a really good actor for years (which is probably the more disturbing option) or else he suddenly changed, but one way or the other, I don't know if this is a person I want to be friends with any more.
So yeah, change can happen, but it's possible for a person's character to change in ways that make you not want to be around them anymore.And the same is true with fictional characters.
Sure you could write a Harry Potter where Harry turns into some badass who slaughters house-elves and goes around killing muggles and purifying the "blood," but it's not a Harry I'd want to read about.
And sure you can turn Superman into this bleak, hope-draining character who doesn't protect innocents and snaps Zod's neck, but it's not a Superman I want to read about. Change may be inevitable but one shouldn't expect me to automatically
like the new version of the character just because I used to like the old one, particularly when the two have nothing in common other than a name and a costume.
And getting back to the very original topic here, which is that Zack Snyder is pissed that so many people seem not to like his version of Superman... that's the risk he fucking took. He decided to change the character into something so at variance with the one we liked that he ran the risk of turning it into something we wouldn't like. And then when that happened, instead of owning the thing, he blamed us for being "stuck in the past."
He needs to stop blaming us and own it. He made a bleak, unpleasant Superman and not everyone ate it up. He should just deal and stop trolling fans.