Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When shows can't decide what the hell they want to be.
So, I can't frickin' stand it when they throw magic into shows where it doesn't belong, for no reason, and with no explanation. Okay, so I've gone on many a rant about this with friends and family, and I always need to make something clear from the get-go: I have absolutely nothing against magic in shows. I mean, hello! Equestria to Justin Case! Duh-doy! Magic is fine. It's great. But if you're gonna have magic in a fictional world, then you need to establish it from minute one and be consistent. What I hate is when they establish a show as being more or less realistic, i.e. in takes place in the real world and doesn't have magic, and then they toss some magic in there for no reason and with no explanation, leaving the viewers wondering what the hell the show is suppose to be. Either make your show magical (like Pony), or make it the real world (like, say, Hey Arnold!, for instance.) Make up your damn mind and stick with it. Decide what you want your show to be and don't change your mind halfway through!
Magic is fine, but you need to have a believable reason for it. I've gotten into the weeds with my dad about this, and he never quite seems to get my point of view. I argue that magic needs to be believable and realistic, and I rant and rave when I think it's not. He'll counter by pointing out that something like Lord of the Rings isn't "realistic", but I still love that so I'm a hypocrite. No, no, see, that's missing the point. Magic in LOTR is believable and realistic because of one key reason: it's not Earth. It's not our world. It's a different world. With magic. Just like Equestria. You don't always need a complex reason for the magic. A good reason doesn't necessarily means a complicated one. Just saying it's a magical world is often completely sufficient. It's Middle-Earth. It's a magical world with wizards and stuff. It's Equestria. Unicorns have magic 'n' stuff. It's Bending world. People there can bend elements. Great. Fine. That's all I need. But if the setting of your show is the real f*cking world, then you gotta give me a valid reason for magic. Something. Anything. The characters find a long forgotten, ancient relic that bestows magical powers on them? Fine. That's fine. Aliens? Fine. Superhero origin with mutation or radioactive sh*t or gamma rays? Fine. But you can't just do it for no reason. You can basically do anything you want in fiction and break any rule of reality as long as you give a decent reason. I hate when writers throw in magic for no reason.
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