Anonymous said: Hey I've been a fan of teen wolf and the cast since it came out but I never checked out the fandom. I just was searching through tumblr and found your blog. You seem really friendly so I hope you don't mind if I ask a few questions:) 1) I don't know much about Jeff Davis but the actors in Teen Wolf seem to love him in the interviews I've seen. Why does the fandom hate him? 2) Is everyone in the fandom disappointed with the writing and plot of the story? What do you guys not like about the show?
Oh anon, I’m gonna try answer this succinctly as I can.
The problem with Jeff stems from a lot of disillusionment among fans. When Teen Wolf first came out, it was heralded as a progressive, bias-blind show. Everyone got really excited about it. Jeff and the social media team set up a dialogue with fans that hadn’t been seen before. They spoke to us in our own language. They welcomed ships canon and non-canon, even expressed willingness to consider making those things canon, if they fit in with the story. They talked about marginal groups in fandom at cons and made videos just for us and seemed just as enthusiastic as we were. Jeff talked with fans on twitter and hosted q&as on the official tumblr account, and seemed just as happy talking to us as we did to him. They had web streams like Lydia After Dark where the cast discussed episodes - a few of which were hosted from Jeff’s own home and he made appearances in. A lot of people got their hopes up, and though we were aware that our demands couldn’t exactly change the course of the show, it was nice to be acknowledged, and thanked, and spoken to like we mattered, instead of a bunch of over-invested weirdos.
Some time around season 3a, this all changed. I don’t know if it was corporate influence or simply them getting sick of us talking about things that weren’t strictly canon, but that dialogue started to shut down. Other issues cropped up with the canon storytelling like the treatment of female and poc characters, lapses in continuity, gaps in backstory, etc. we vocalised our concerns. Jeff deleted his twitter. We brought them up in q&as. The q&a sessions trickled off. When they did happen, a lot of the questions were answered with sarcasm, even when they were simple things like ‘how old is Derek?’. It became clear that Jeff wasn’t open to criticism. He wasn’t happy that we weren’t just swallowing down what he gave us anymore - we’d been given hints of so much potential and no delivery. He hasn’t done a q&a in over a year now, I think.
The tone of interviews changed. Jeff went from gushing about us to taking about how demanding we are. He admitted that he doesn’t take fan ideas into account - which would be fine, if he hadn’t explicitly said that he did.
The cast talk about him like they would any other colleague. There are hints sometimes in interviews that they disagree with his choices and things, but it’s mostly positive, because they know him. I’m sure he’s a good guy. I’m just taking about him in a professional capacity as a consumer of his media, and his treatment of fans and backpedalling stinks, to put it bluntly.
As for your other question, I can’t really answer on behalf of everyone. I’m only exposed to my corner of fandom, and his writing has become a running joke. There are posts on here with thousands of notes mocking Jeff Davis’ shitty continuity or his penchant for creating shock value instead of developing characters. We laugh because this is something we loved and invested ourselves in, and we’ve watched it fall apart - on screen, and off - right in front of us. The average channel-surfing viewer doesn’t think about these things like we do, and that’s fine - but they’re not the ones urging their friends to watch the show, or spending hours making manips or creating playlists or writing fic. They’re not the ones winning online polls to gain exposure for your little cable show against giants going into their (at the time) eighth season. We’re the ones who truly care about it, and we wanted it to be so much more than it is. When the fans of your show don’t want to be fans anymore, it means you’re doing something wrong- and that’s on you, not us.