Quote Originally Posted by Kitty27 View Post
True. But this continued portrayal of certain eras with a fantasy gloss and White saviors irks. From Dancing With Wolves to Samurai to The Help,this tired trope will NOT die. It also gets beyond annoying to see Blacks continuously portrayed in two of the worst time frames of our history and readers sop it up with a biscuit. We get a distinct feeling that people love these stories because we were in our "place."

There's a consequence of the mainstream marketing standpoint that says a "relatable" story requires the presence of a narrator who looks like the person reading/telling it. There's this idea that if the narrator isn't Joe Average (white, 30's, middle class, etc.) then the audience as a whole won't be able to understand or root for him. Break with that, and on paper a story is suddenly to big a risk to invest in (from a monetary standpoint). It's all on paper with no quantification for quality or authenticity.

Because of this, those investing (monetarily) in stories rely on the moments of history where you had both POC and non-POC interacting, and for the most part those aren't going to be the greatest POV's for POC. (Good grief... too many acronyms.)

In America, anytime after the first landings, you're going to *have* to deal with slavery scenarios or Civil Rights scenarios. During colonization, you're going to *have* to deal with Native American conflict. And from a marketing standpoint, you *have* to do so from a Joe Average POV.

The weird thing of that perception is that the theory was busted - even from a marketing standpoint - in the 70's by Roots. When the miniseries was made, the studio was furious because they hadn't realized how many nights it would take up on the schedule. Marketing was *certain* it would be a disaster to have weeks' worth of time slots allotted for a *sure* failure. To minimize the damage, they played the whole thing in one week and ended up with the (still) highest grossing, most successful miniseries of all time.

People in general - even Joe Average - want good stories. They want stories that transcend the world they know and the voices they've heard a thousand times. And they'll buy those stories and watch those stories. Unfortunately, the people at the helm are more concerned with their perceptions of what people want rather than the reality.