I accept that we live in a world of Twitter and Facebook, not to mention the online world of forums, online petitions, instant messaging and things like that. You know, a world where we as fans expect through all that noise that our voices be heard and respected. A message today on Twitter from one of Supernatural’s new writers helpfully tells us that none of that is getting through.
Ben Blacker, along with his writing partner Ben Acker, (The Thrilling Adventure Hour) have officially joined the writing staff of Supernatural for season seven. Ben Blacker is on Twitter and judging by this latest tweet he has been getting some fan complaints about the direction of season six and what they want to see in season seven. Here is his perfect response:
@BenBlacker Hey SPN fans. You should realize how little say we on Twitter have in the big decisions. Write letters.
So, before all of you say “Great Alice, how in the world do I do that?” I’m going to do my public service and help you all out in that category. Writing a letter is still pretty easy. First, the address. I suggest you send your letters to Sera Gamble. Robert Singer works too.
c/o Warner Brothers
4000 Warner Boulevard
Burbank CA 91522
DO NOT send your letters to the studio in Vancouver. They will not likely get proper attention, or any attention for that manner. I know that they read letters from fans at the Warner Brothers offices. Sure, they’ll probably be filtered by assistants first, but they do get read.
Here’s some friendly advice when constructing your letters. For one, be respectful and positive in tone. If you start with harsh remarks and insults, your letter will likely be filtered toward the trash bin.
Second, don’t make demands and insist that certain plots have to happen. You are not a writer. You are a fan. Just let them know what you like about what has happened so far and/or what has disappointed you. Constructively. Maybe you can even politely list some concerns you’ve come away with after watching the recent episodes. There’s no rule either that you can’t request something you’d like to see in the future (Sam and Dean go to the Grand Canyon!) but don’t insist the show will be ruined if that doesn’t happen.
Third, don’t say “If this doesn’t happen, I’ll never watch again.” Not only will you get a silent “Your loss,” again the letter might end up getting filtered through the Greater Los Angeles waste management system.
Fourth, use good grammar and spelling. Honest, hard core writers will be nitpicking your grammar over the points you are trying to make. Lord knows I’m prone to doing that when reading comments.
Anyway, I do hope you find this post informative. Before I get pelted with cynical comments like “They’ll never read my letter” or “This is just a waste of my time,” give it a try. You might be glad you did! At least if you don’t hear anything and nothing changes then you can say that when I give this message again next year. Assuming you followed the above four helpful hints.
Happy writing everyone!
Edited – It’s been suggested on Twitter (thanks SPN_Sherry) that we write letters if we’re happy too! After all, who needs to hear nothing but bitterness. So, if you feel compelled to send a letter in appreciation, I encourage that as well. It’s always good as a writer to know your hard work in appreciated.