Being a fan doesn’t seem like something it’s possible to be bad at—except for the fact that art is complex, and stories often contain nuances that are missed even by their most dedicated fans. In this age of TV antiheroes audiences often come to a show to be entertained by the sex and violence, but don’t stick around for the moral ambiguity. So, is a Breaking Bad watcher who loves Walter White and hates Skyler a “bad fan”? Are the people who despise Girls‘ Hannah Horvath for being a complex and imperfect person “watching wrong”? And is there such thing as a “proper” audience response to a morally problematic show like Game of Thrones or Hannibal?
Emily Nussbaum: The Great Divide
Emily Nussbaum: The Female Bad Fan
Emily Nussbaum: That Mind-Bending Phone Call on Last Night’s Breaking Bad
Matt Zoller Seitz: Breaking Bad, and Why Viewers need to Whitewash Walter White