Teen Wolf fans have put up with a lot over the years: nonsensical storylines, rampant queerbaiting, the repeated killing off of female and/or characters of color, etc. The sheer laziness of season 4 and the exploitative use of fan creations in The Collective should have prepared us for the eventuality that we have finally reached: MTV is letting fans submit designs for “the newest creature that will terrorize Beacon Hills during Season 5,” according to the official Teen Wolf tumblr.
From now until February 4, fans can log into tumblr and upload their artwork with the hashtag: #TWCREATUREFEATURE to show it to the official Teen Wolf tumblr. The official rules also state that entrants must follow the official Teen Wolf tumblr or risk disqualification. What’s more, fans should realize that by submitting their work, it is considered a “work-made-for-hire” by MTV, and therefore will be owned completely and legally by MTV to do with it what they will.
Already the Teen Wolf tumblr has been posting fanart of varying degrees of talent and encouraging fans to give up their creations to the powers that be at MTV. While the grand prize states that the winner will visit with the Teen Wolf SFX department, no word is given on whether or not the winning creature will be a main character in season 5. I’m assuming that it won’t be the big bad of the season because, surely, someone over at Teen Wolf has at least drafted one storyline for the season on a napkin somewhere.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this contest. As someone who used to work in the entertainment industry (behind the scenes), I loved getting fan feedback and interacting with them. I hated the redtape and lack of understanding of fandom by corporate and I also saw how fans can be used for money-making purposes.
As a fan of Teen Wolf who was severely disappointed by season 4, I have lost all hope that the writers and Jeff Davis know what they’re doing anymore. I almost feel that the showrunners didn’t expect it go past two seasons, and have no idea what to do with these characters that we love. The lack of respect towards them all is pretty obvious. The article over at OhNoTheyDidn’t summarizing the contest perfectly summed up my own thoughts: “…no word on if it’s going to be featured in the show, but judging by how Jeff Davis is really lax when it comes to studying his own mythology, your creation could be the next thing trying to kill Derek Hale!”
So, what do you think of this contest? Will you be entering? Do you have a great idea for a monster to be featured on Teen Wolf? Does anyone on the production/writing team know what they’re doing over there?
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