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(Poll) Buffy and Satsu

4th May 2010 (15:24)

So, I'm curious. Both the opinions given in this poll have been stated often in the last few weeks; I'd like to get some idea of how the numbers stack up on either side. If you feel my poll questions are way too restrictive and arbitrary, by all means tell me so in the comments.

I'm asking about the sexual relationship between the two women, but I've worded the question to include the build-up to it and the aftermath once they broke up as well. Also, I'm not asking about whether you enjoyed reading the story, but whether you thought it was credible and played a part in the overall season arc, or if it was just pure fanservice.

When a few people have answered I'll edit this post to look at how the answers and the demographics correlate. 

ETA: Updated Statistical analysis as of 19:50 on 4 May. I'll update again if and when more people answer the poll!

People who think the story was realistic include 43% of the women who are attracted to women, 67% of the heterosexual men, 33% of the other humans and 50% of the penguins.


No women who are attracted to women, no straight men, and no penguins thought the story was purely pandering to fanboys. 28% of the other humans thought it was.

(Everybody else went for the 'neither' option.).


Poll #1560142 Buffy and Satsu
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: None, participants: 75

The interaction between Buffy and Satsu in Season 8 was:

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Believable and realistic, and appropriate to the plot and themes of the season.
31 (43.7%)
Shameless pandering to heterosexual men, with no credibility or artistic merit.
12 (16.9%)
Neither of the above.
28 (39.4%)

Are you:

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A woman who is sexually attracted to women.
14 (19.2%)
A heterosexual man.
15 (20.5%)
Neither of the above.
34 (46.6%)
A penguin.
10 (13.7%)

Do you know about their relationship through:

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Reading the comics.
62 (84.9%)
Hearing about the comics from other people.
10 (13.7%)
Neither of the above.
1 (1.4%)

I don't know enough about the comics to answer but I want to tick a box anyway.

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Ticky!
19 (100.0%)


Comments

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 4th May 2010 19:01 (UTC)
Willow and Tara (Joss is evil)

But if we look back at how Joss refused to let the WB make a huge ratings-grabbing deal of Willow/Tara, shouldn't he have more control than that over how Buffy/Satsu is marketed by a small independent comics publisher, not less?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th May 2010 19:16 (UTC)

If I can remember that far back, wasn't Joss's involvement in publicising the Buffy/Satsu issue of the comic something along the lines of, "Okay, I know this is going to get lots of publicity whatever we do, so let's try and spin it our way instead of letting it look like it's just blatant fanservice?" (Of course, about 14% of fandom at last count didn't believe them.)

As for Willow/Tara, I thought his concern was more "We want to show this is a genuine relationship, not just a cynical one-off 'Very Special Episode'", rather than being opposed to publicising it? From his remarks in the commentaries it sounds more like the problem was persuading nervous executives to let the relationship exist at all beyond the level of subtext, than in reining them back from telling the world about it.

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 4th May 2010 21:08 (UTC)

As for Willow/Tara, I thought his concern was more "We want to show this is a genuine relationship, not just a cynical one-off 'Very Special Episode'", rather than being opposed to publicising it? From his remarks in the commentaries it sounds more like the problem was persuading nervous executives to let the relationship exist at all beyond the level of subtext, than in reining them back from telling the world about it.

Well, I was mostly referring to "The Body", where Joss has claimed that he refused to let the WB use their first on-screen kiss for marketing purposes - precisely for the reason you claim, I guess. So if he does let DH publicize Buffy/Satsu, where does that leave them on the genuine relationship <-> Very Special Episode scale...? ;-)

Seriously, I do think it played out largely as you speculated above. From a narrative POV, it wasn't intended as fanservice - which meant that DH could claim it wasn't, while still marketing it as if it were.

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 4th May 2010 23:03 (UTC)

From a narrative POV, it wasn't intended as fanservice - which meant that DH could claim it wasn't, while still marketing it as if it were.

This.

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