Fanservice and Edgyness
We all went to high school, or in my case: the mall, so we’ve all seen edgy trends grow and fade out. I went to high school in the 2000’s, so I was fortunate enough to be a part of the “rawr means I love you in dinosaur” age. Invader zim hoodies, Tripp pants, chokers, DDR and bloody MSN avatars. Over 9000 jokes. Anime OC’s. (Yes, I’m aware I still live some of this life, and I’m not sorry.)
Growing up in that age introduced me to the cringiest fan arts, fanfiction, and basically everything edgy that Suicide Squad has recently resurrected. Yeah, that’s where I’m going with this. Suicide Squad brought the EDGE back. Do I think teens getting into cool nerdy stuff is totally rad? You bet. But a lot of it is misunderstood and abused. For instance, the Joker/Harley relationship. And Hot Topic’s shameful butchering of Invader Zim’s GIR character. But things grow and change over time. Characters grow and change, people’s interpretations of them change and styles change. (Yet… we still have people that wear Fedoras……anyway…)
I worked in a Spencer’s for a year. Cringy stuff sells. Or at least gets shoplifted. People LOVE the Joker, Anarchy Symbols, Catchy “NORMAL PEOPLE SCARE ME” shirts, it all sells. Harley Quinn is the biggest thing to all these rebellious teen girls. It’s a fucking mystery. The original stories are fascinating but the capitalism and tearing apart of characters to show that “you’re not like other girls” is just a mystery to me? Damn. where was I going with this?? I have no clue. Are you still interested in reading this?
Oh yeah. The thing where edgy fanservice stuff sells. I think it’s ruining the new live action Death Note. I mean, to be honest, it was doomed from the beginning, but Netflix lacks any kind of rating system, so they can literally take this show straight to hell. It’s reportedly going to be littered with nudity and swearing, and violence, which like, one of those things was in the original Death Note. I’m going to be real with you: Death Note was the most thrilling fucking manga I’ve ever read. And it doesn’t need excessive nudity and swearing to be good. At all. Or maybe in America it does. I don’t know.
You get the point. Art changes. Style changes. People change. Edge stays the same.