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But what is proper pacing? How fast can a show's pacing get before it is too fast and you're getting whiplash? And how slow is too slow and everyone is getting bored and begging the show to just get on with it? Not helping is that the proper pacing for any story is dependent on the format and running length of the story; a long-running action shonen series, for example, is going to have completely different pacing from a feature-length character study, and that too will be different from an 11 minute short.

Just, what are some examples of really good or really bad pacing that you can think of?

Date: 2017-07-07 03:21 am (UTC)
stavekoff: (Default)
From: [personal profile] stavekoff
example of bad pacing: gundam reconguista in g

Date: 2017-07-07 03:40 am (UTC)
stavekoff: (Default)
From: [personal profile] stavekoff
way too fucking fast

Date: 2017-07-07 03:37 am (UTC)
elle_white: (Star Wars)
From: [personal profile] elle_white
I think so far, My Hero Academia is one of the best-paced shounen series I've seen. I know it will go for a long time, but the arcs so far, are comparatively self-contained and brief. Important plot elements happen within them, while there is still an overreaching goal (Izuku becoming a hero).

While waiting decades for Naruto to fulfill his dream of becoming Hokage was ultimately satisfying. Sasuke's redemption arc was not, because of how drawn out it was.

After Naruto's many failed attempts to reach Sasuke we lost hope. This would all right if it didn't drag out for many, many years. Even Sasuke's fanbase felt his eventual redemption lost its impact, due to incredibly slow pacing in that regard. Naruto (and Izuku) are always moving towards their goal. They might have setbacks along the way, but there's a general sense of momentum to their arcs. Dashing the hopes of the characters and the audience repeatedly, only to relatively quickly pull it off years later is not the way to get readers invested in a storyline.

Date: 2017-07-07 03:51 am (UTC)
elle_white: (Default)
From: [personal profile] elle_white
I think whenever a story relies too much on shock value, it desensitises the viewer and gradually makes them less invested. Shock works in fiction when it's used sparingly.

Date: 2017-07-07 04:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] facetiousfutz
I do love Voltron: Legendary Defender for the most part, but I feel like too much happens too quickly throughout the show, and where a sense of urgency is high and it's engaging while watching it, and the jokes are funny, when I look back on it I realize I don't really feel like I know the characters, or the setting all that well. That's probably one of many reasons the fandom's filled to the brim with headcanons, theories, and so forth, which is fine, but meh. I hope Season 3 gives us better character arcs. I feel like the only character that's gotten a decent amount of development so far is Pidge.


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