megmastersdemon asked: Hi! So I was wondering: how do you decide what shows should be recapped on The Mary Sue, or what shows to pay attention to?
Well, it’s kind of a mix of things. Here are some of them that I can toss off while being distracted by The Colbert Report playing in my parents’ living room. (I’m just home for the weekend ok gosh)
1. We’re a small staff of three editors and a smattering of contributors, most irregular. So part of this is what are our most regular writers already going to be watching, so none of us gets burned out having to spend too much of our nominal leisure time working. (For reference, I’m not sure how it goes with Jill and Rebecca, but I habitually spend at least three hours actually writing my recap on top of spending an hour watching the show.)
2. Then there’s what’s going to actually interest our readers. To a certain extent, yeah, I enjoy posting things that I feel strongly about but that may not get a lot of attention, but if I’m spending at least four hours of my weekend working on a post, it sure as heck better
get us some clicks, sheesh be something people are going to look at and be interested in.
3. Scheduling. This year, Game of Thrones and Doctor Who premiered on the weekend of The Walking Dead finale. This actually turned out okay: Jill had been recapping TWD, so she took the finale, Rebecca volunteered to do the whole season of GoT, and I took the only one of those shows that I actually watch: Doctor Who.
PS: It’s funny that you should ask this, because we’ve been pretty happy with the interest our recaps have been generating this spring, and have been talking about what other shows we can do. Priority number one is that it’s something you guys are interested in. So what would you guys want us to recap? Drop a note in our ask box.
(But you should know that the next season of Teen Wolf is already, like, double covered.)