8th August 2012
Link reblogged from Panels for People with 9 notes
Reached my breaking point. Explain why you think that Joss Whedon’s dialogue is “too witty” or whatever stuff that people seem to reflexively SCREECH whenever his name comes up.
I’m serious, it sounds like the most counter-intuitive criticism yet it seems to…
The problem with that for me is:
1) that’s everything to do with other people, not Whedon
2) it contributes to its own problem. If you hate the defensiveness of some fans attacking them exacerbates that situation
3) crit doesn’t seem to match the reality
It’s not that it’s “too witty,” for me, it’s that it’s constantly witty in what seems like a contrived, self-aware way that really bothers me. All of the characters are making similar jokes, all of them have a very contrived, similar voice, and all of them are attempts at subverting the cliches the embody in ways that are so straightforward that the subversions themselves are cliched. So much of the dialogue in Firefly etc just grates on me. BUT I am super picky about shit like this, it is just my opinion. There are a lot of strengths I can definitely see that his writing has, I just get hung up on particular sorts of Quirky Bullshit.
I will add the same caveat as costak: the Avengers was really excellently written.
(this is evan btw)