Holland Oats wrote:
That's not really my problem, as a reader.
"Kirkman is stuck, so he has no choice but to stay the course" is not a good defense for the book being repetitive. Maybe he should plan to end it?
And there's nothing wrong with using deaths for shock value - but that's all that happens in the book anymore. It's the same plot recycled time and time again, and then Kirkman throws in a big death for the hype.
It's your problem if you didn't see it coming. I mean just look at damned near any show on network television. There's a reason they call them procedurals. It's your mystery of the week, or your funny situation of the week, or your insert easily repeated plot here of the week. I see it in every other form of media and at this point I'm used to it. I don't need the book to end, and I don't need a new situation since I know there really isn't one.
So long as the repeatable plot of the week has different characters and they have some kind of effect on the characters then I'm fine with it. Sure, things have been going in circles, but characters have changed and characters have died and that's good enough for me. I know what I'm going to get. At that point it's not the writer's problem, it's your problem for expecting something that's not feasible. You don't go into an action movie and complain that there wasn't enough drama.
And again, I don't buy the death for hype argument for a second. You know what death for hype is? When a superhero book kills off some 3rd rate character that like 6 people actually give a shit about in a crossover. Or when they kill off a major character just to bring them back 6 months later, or even in the same arc. That's death for hype. If Spider-Man died tomorrow I wouldn't give a rip. Glenn getting killed made me nauseous. The thought of Andrea possibly not surviving this arc is driving me crazy. It's not death for hype when death actually matters.