I've touched on this briefly in other discussions but lately I've been noticing alot of complaints about the behaviour of fans towards the writers and general creative team over on Twitter. The complaints seem to come from fans themselves such as those who complain about the pushiness of extreme Destiel shippers about making their ship canon, or pushy Castiel haters calling for Misha Collins to be fired from the show. Others actually come from the writer themselves for instance Robbie Thompson had to ask Castiel haters to stop including him in their tweets and Adam Glass has recently tweeted the following:
Dear Hater on Tumbir who mocks me for saying that the writer's are a diverse group of people. Well, apparently only color means diversity to you. Not religion, sexual orientation, gender, economic, education or lack of, physical, and social backgrounds, which our staff is all of. So b4 u get ur internet courage and blab, know the facts. There is a great representation of minorities working in all facets of our show. And I'm proud to have a chance to work with all of them. You want to attack me personally, go for it. That's the job of a writer to recieve criticism, but I get sick of these bullies who sit at home hiding behind a sock account and write venomous lies about people I care about. ~ ADAM GLASS
Funny how people read into your 140 character tweets. The point is we speak about the boys all the time in depth. You might not like our... Choices but it's not because we don't care about one character or another. We care about all of them. So yes, it gets frustrating when ur accused of favoritism or told that you don't care. We do, we take it from the writer's room home with us. Every point is debated and spoken about till we reach a conclusion. But I an my fellow writers r always thinkin of them. So, yes, u might not like what we do, but we do care. ~ ADAM GLASS
Just had lunch with CBS EXEC who is SPN FANGIRL. She really knew the show. And whoever doesn't luv @mishacollins - can get off of my cloud. ~ ADAM GLASS
In my opinion the fact Adam in particular has felt the need to tweet these types of messages shows that there is something deeply wrong with the current interaction between the creative team and fans. But how do you guys feel this should be changed? To get an idea I'll include a poll;
How should fans interact with writers on Twitter?
They should not mention the show in anyway. There are other more formal ways of giving feedback.
They should praise the elements they enjoyed, but no criticism. Twitter is not the place for that.
Fans can both praise and criticise the show, but they must be polite in how they do it.
The current way is fans. The writers are professionals and should just deal with the positive and negative feedback without complaint.
Personally I would go for option two. I don't think the solution is a total cut off from the fan base and it seems to me neither do the writers based on the fact they still take the time to answer fan questions in spite of the recent issues. I think though that the feedback that should be given on Twitter should be positive and to the point so the writers can see what is and isn't working. For instance a fan of the brothers bond should feel free to send a message along the lines of "I really loved that final scene between Sam and Dean last night. What wonderful acting, writing and directing" or a Castiel fan should be able to send "Cas was brilliant last night! Totally kick ass!"
On the other hand I don't think that criticism should be sent to the writers via twitter. They are said to have other methods of finding out what is and isn't working for fans and I feel when it comes to what isn't these methods are bound to be better. After all a person tweeting only has 140 characters to explain their complaint and without a proper explanation they may just come across as a 'hater' 'troll' 'spammer' whatever you want to call it. Rather than as a fan with legitimate concerns about the direction of the show.
What about the rest of you? What do you all think about how the fans and writers should interact? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts in the comment section :)