So recently I’ve been loitering round the SPN message boards a little more than usual. And while the majority of people are pretty reasonable, there’s a phrase that keeps cropping up, and that phrase is ‘lazy writing’.
Sometimes it seems that whenever cracks appear in the show, this phrase gets dragged up. Most recently, I heard it applied to the absence of Sam’s Hell trauma plotline for Season Seven episodes three through fourteen, and since then I’ve decided that ‘lazy writing’, along with Leviticus 20:13 and ‘it’s not you, it’s me’, may be one of my least favourite phrases ever.
There is no such thing as lazy writing.
And the Supernatural writers don’t exactly have it easy, either. I find writing hard enough when I have an empty day and no visible deadline. The SPN writers, on the other hand, do work to deadlines- and tight ones, I’d imagine, given how short the hiatuses are and the length of each season.
At any one time, these people have to keep literally dozens of emotional arcs and plot threads in mind. Really it’s amazing that the writing on SPN is as good as it is- which isn’t to say that they don’t slip up occasionally. Most seasons have a clunker, and until Blade Runners I was wondering what they kept Buckner and Leming around for. But when continuity errors are made and balls are dropped, laziness isn’t the reason. Supernatural has ten years of it’s own lore to keep track of, and the SuperWiki isn’t always reliable, as I discovered when I became an editor of it.
So this is me banning that phrase, in that context, from my blog. Because, yeah, there’s bad writing in Supernatural- it’s rare but it’s there. Just watch Bugs. But the term ‘lazy writing’ isn’t even applicable to this show, and I imagine the same goes for most shows, films and books.
I realise this is not my normal style of post, and I may never do another like this again. I just felt the need to address the issue, given some comments I’ve heard recently- not on this blog, but fairly often on LiveJournal, Tumblr, and other such sites.
Anyway, thanks for reading.