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After I started posting Animorphs fan art this past week, I got into a discussion with several Deviants about the way the original book series ended. My stance was, I didn’t like Animorphs’ gradual slide into bleak depressing hopelessness, where nothing works out for any of the main characters and it’s heavily implied that they all die. The whole thing felt like K.A. Applegate toying with the readers’ emotions for five years just to say “See? This is why war is bad, people!” Yeah, I get that. But I prefer stories where the good guys triumph, where they overcome insurmountable odds and achieve their goals. It’s hopeful, it’s inspiring, and it’s why I love to read stories.

But entertainment at large is trending away from that, it seems. Just a few days after I had this discussion, the guys over at Cracked put out a podcast that coincidentally talked about the exact same thing:… They cited TV shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, as well as movies like No Country for Old Men and the recent oeuvre of the Coen brothers. Everyone’s doing stories where every character is some kind of bastard, everyone does unspeakably terrible things, and levity is nowhere to be found. And audiences can’t get enough of it. We’re watching TV and going to the movies these days to deliberately depress ourselves.

Personally, I can’t get into that. People keep telling me “Oh, you need to watch Breaking Bad/Game of Thrones/The Walking Dead/Mad Men! It’s the greatest show on television!” And I’m thinking “Why would I want to get emotionally invested in characters who are clearly in a world where no happy ending is coming? Why would I want to sit there for an hour a week and watch these horrible human beings live out their bleak meaningless lives where nothing pleasant ever happens? This is supposed to be fun?”

I’ll give you an example. A couple of months ago, I was visiting my dad, and he showed me one of his favorite new TV shows, Banshee. I guess it’s about this guy who used to be in prison but now he’s working as a detective or something. All I remember from the one episode I saw was a family losing their home to a corrupt bank official, a 12-year-old kid who has a near-fatal asthma attack, and a flashback scene where the main character nearly gets raped by a horrifyingly strong albino man in front of a room full of about a hundred of his fellow prisoners. The last shot of the episode is the corpse of one character sunk at the bottom of a lake with a fish eating its eyeball. And I’m sitting there thinking “Holy fuck, I’m going to have to watch like six episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 back to back just to get this out of my memory.” This is what people are calling the golden age of television?

Don’t get me wrong, I like a good conflict in a story. Obviously, the characters have nowhere to go if something unfortunate doesn’t happen to them. But what’s wrong with seeing them…oh, I don’t know, win at the end? Do we really need to pile on all this extra drama, running the characters through the wringer until they’re just bitter broken shells of a human being? I mean, if everything is just DRAMA DEATH FEAR ANGST MURDER BETRAYAL ARRRRGHHH all the time with no positives at all, then what the hell’s the point in watching it if you know nothing’s ever going to get better?

An earlier Cracked podcast brought this phenomenon up as well, where they discussed Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and wondered how well it would hold up in the future. The argument was that it wouldn’t, because it’s so dark and depressing, and future generations will likely look back on the movies and television shows of the 2000s and 2010s and wonder why we chose to entertain ourselves by not being entertained. You can keep your cancer-ridden meth doctors and your incestuous dragon princes or whatever. I’m going to be over here watching Wander Over Yonder and laughing my ass off.


Jesse J. Barboza
United States
Current Residence: Earth
Favourite genre of music: Classic rock
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny
Personal Quote: "If everyone was normal, the world would be a really boring place to live."

Do you think Off the Deep End can work as a continuing series? Be honest! 

91 deviants said Yes! The characters are interesting and the concept is unique!
33 deviants said No! It's too obscure and self-indulgent to attract a wide audience!



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stephdumas Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago
I'm sorry to disturb you again. ^^;

I checked the following fanart of Kim Possible under :iconunderwatertoons:

It gived me inspiration for this fancomic then you might like
Maybe it might give you some inspiration for future ideas to come. ;)
TheJayster49 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, ya ever seen the anime series Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt?
COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
yeah, i'm of it :)
TSH678 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Sorry but, I was just wondering if you got the note that I sent a week ago? :meow:
stephdumas Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Hi JBWarner86, you might like this uw Disney girls fanart including Kim Possible then I sketched.Blush
LoverofGames64 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hey. I like your artwork, man and I really like how you use Warner Bros.-style animation as influence. Actually, I was wondering if maybe you could check out some of my pieces in my channel. I know that you are a Meg Griffin fan and I've drawn some artwork honoring her. So, if it's possible, can you come check it out? And who knows, maybe we can also be friends. Lemme know of what you think after you've seen them.
jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2014
Thanks! I honestly can't say that I share your toilet fetish, but I have to admit, you draw the characters remarkably on-model.
LoverofGames64 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Actually, it was just originally a request, but now everyone's assuming that's me. I wish to draw other things besides something bathroom related or sexual. By that, I mean, drawing something from a particular episode. So, please don't assume I'm a toilet freak, 'cause I'm not. BTW I also take requests, in case you asked.
jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
You're right, my mistake. I apologize. I know how that feels, to take fetishy commissions and requests from other people and then have them sitting in your gallery forever and people assume that it represents your personal tastes. Sorry for jumping to that conclusion.

I do like your Wreck-It Ralph tribute piece, though :)
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
hey mate i was looking around google and typed in your username and i came across this,… and i was wondering if i can talk to you?
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