Being able to choose your own narrative for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is all well and good. But let’s not treat artists like a cafe latte that we can order to our specific liking and return if we don’t get what we want. Because when the fans get exactly what we want from artists — when we dictate terms to the artist and bend them to our will — everyone stops growing, and everyone starts dying.
Yes, exactly. Art can’t possibly please everyone, and it smacks of entitlement to insist that a movie, TV show, or story of any time cater to one’s own preferences. Sometimes things don’t go the way you want, and the mature thing to do is to accept it. Express disappointment but don’t demand that it be re-done to suit your desires. You think the ancient Greeks passed around petitions to get better endings to their tragedies? I write more about this entitlement here —it seems to be a symptom of contemporary society.