I’ve been thinking about this really hard for the last day or two since I found out that The Legend of Korra was being forced online. Why is it that I am so upset about this show not being on television? The answer is fairly simple but very emotional- Korra as a female protagonist is unique and girls need more girls to watch and read about.
Now there are a lot of great female characters out there, but how many are the star of the story- And more importantly- AREN’T a princess or a girlfriend?
Now, Korra had a boyfriend; and she may in the future, but the ultimate goal of her story isn’t that of finding ‘True Love’ and getting married. How many stories about women are just about Women Doing Things? Much of the narratives we are told as young girls and young women revolve around getting into relationships- Ultimately the Journey is trumped by the Happily Ever After- As if all girls want is to settle down and get married and have children and thats it.
For someone like me who’s NEVER been interested in those things its really hard to find stories about girls and women who do other things with their lives other than get married…. think about getting married, want to get married but haven’t found ‘Mr. Right’… etc, etc into infinity.
One of the few books that stand out from my childhood that did not make the Marriage/Romance the center of the story was Dealing with Dragons and the Enchanted Forest Chronicles- In which a young princess leaves her princess life to live with a dragon instead. The main character does eventually get married, but it is not the main focus of the series.
That is only one book series out of LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF BOOKS that I could think of that wasn’t ultimately about a young girl going out into the world to find Love, and where relationships happened, but they were not the sole focus.
Korra is special because its about a young woman finding her place in the world. Its not about what a cute popular girl Korra is, and its not about Korra finding True Love- Its about Korra BEING Korra- Korra as a person.
Korra isn’t a trope or a trophy or the ‘popular girl’ or the ‘geeky outcast’. Korra is just a person.
Korra is like a lot of young girls and women- We want to find our way in the world and we don’t always know what direction to go.
But girls and women aren’t told stories like this- Stories about life’s journey- that are about life on a whole like The Legend of Korra.
If you go on Wikipedia and check out the section on the shows reception among the critics (critics being the people who are really hard to impress) you will see that they love it.
The Legend of Korra received widespread critical acclaim. David Hinckley of the New York Daily News wrote that…
I want to consider LoK’s ratings for a second, because I think there are some interesting trends to note.
First, Book 1 had a steady schedule, and the ratings reacted accordingly… except for a single hiccup with When Extremes Meet. Interestingly enough, the adult group reacted more negatively than the kid/teenager group did, in stark contrast with the Book 2 trends.
My guess is, the majority of Book 1’s viewer base came from kids looking for something to watch on Saturday mornings. The show got awesome ratings because it was high quality enough to draw a good chunk of those kids, but the kids weren’t deciding when to watch tv based on when the show aired — they were already there to be mined.
In contrast, the adults tuned out when they thought the show had gone on hiatus. That suggests they were scheduling time around the show, but didn’t have the information about its airing. The 600k that caught the show are probably our internet-connected crowd.
For Book 2, the entire non-internet connected adult crowd disappeared. I doubt this was a quality issue; it’s more likely that they didn’t know the show was on. And, for the ones who did know it was on, they were given a very easy way to avoid the lousy air time when Nick put the episodes up at midnight. I bet that influenced the premiere -> third episode drop off — outside of super fans, adults are probably inclined to do stuff on Friday nights.
The kid demo, of course, was all over the place. Kids can’t schedule around shows and don’t have the information to do so, even if they watch the network enough to know the show’s airing again. I’d suggest that the ratings for Peacekeepers suggests a group of around 700k who are connected enough to keep up with the show (which is, not coincidentally, only a bit lower than the general Book 3 kid ratings).
By Book 3, the adult demo stabilized almost entirely. That 400k that the show scored week after week is probably our fanbase and its periphery.
The kids were less stable, but not nearly as volatile as in Book 2. Very few people who weren’t connected even knew about the show.
It’s relevant to point out here that the “kids” group includes 12-17 year olds who Nick probably doesn’t see as their network audience… and given the connectivity issue, I bet they’re a significant chunk of the remainder nowadays. It’s entirely possible that the only actual children who watched Book 3 were relatives and friends of fans.
This is not the portrait of a show in legitimate decline due to audience alienation. This is the portrait of a show that’s been robbed of its greatest source of viewers by the network and rendered impossible to follow by anyone who hasn’t chosen to seek out out.
I made a powerpoint of why I’m mad about the Korra pull. I understand it’s not cancelled (thank god), but I’m still upset.
Introducing Color Communications Badges
We want to make sure everyone has an amazing and fun weekend at BronyCon, but we also know that it can be overwhelming to meet and be around so many people in such a small space. For 2014, we’re trying something new and we hope that it will have a positive impact on the brony fandom and on the convention community at large.
We’ve adapted the color-coded badges popularized by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and made them available for people who want to express their communication preferences quickly and non-verbally. By doing this, you can notify everyone whether you want to be approached for interactions or not.
Here’s what the badges look like and what they mean:
- "Come Talk To Me!" A person wearing a green badge is actively seeking interaction. They may have trouble initating conversations, but it’s okay to come up and start a conversation with them.
- "Do I Know You?" A yellow badge means its wearer only wants to talk to people they recognize. Unless you’ve met this person face-to-face before, don’t start a conversation with them. If they start talking to you, you’re welcome to talk back.
- "Not Right Now." If a person has a red badge showing, they do not want anyone to talk to them. They may approach others to talk, in which case it’s okay to respond. But unless you’ve been told you’re on someone’s “red list”, don’t start interacting with them.
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Spread the word! We want to save this great show from being taken off television air and get it the respect it deserves!
If it does not air at this time where you are, be sure to use the hastag at this time anyway! We want it to be trending around the world!
I’m really upset about a kids show being forced online and I’m not quite sure what to do about it.
If you don’t want to see Korra related posts ( I may be making more in protest to Nick moving the show exclusively online) I’ll be tagging posts ‘lok’ and ‘Legend of Korra’.
The BronyCon 2014 Infographic
We’re happy to finally release our BronyCon 2014 Infographic featuring all the information you’ll ever need to know about BronyCon.
In this PDF, you’ll find information such as the full Schedule of Events, Autograph Sessions, Marketplace Hours and Booth Locations, Convention Center Hours, and much much more!
This Infographic will also be included as a physical copy when you pick you up badge starting Thursday, July 31st at Registration.
You can download the Infographic by going to http://bit.ly/BC14Infographic.
The closer it gets, the more excited I become :D
This is not going to be like any other convention I’ve ever been to. I think it’ll be a lot of fun!
According to NickandMore, Nickelodeon has pulled the last 5 scheduled new airings of “Legend of Korra” for Book 3. Episode 8 will air this Friday the 25th at 8pm, but then there are no further scheduled new airings. No word yet on when the episodes will air.
Are you KIDDING ME???? This season was by far the best one yet! :D