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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 

Jason Aaron's "Scalped" is going to be adapted to TV

Fox 4 in Kansas City reported that Aaron's graphic novel will be adapted for the WGN channel. But their take on the audience doesn't paint a clear picture of the tastes everyone who reads comics has:
Aaron’s popular series centers around Dashiell Bad Horse, a Native American who returns to his South Dakota reservation after many years away. The novels are often violent, harsh and gritty. That’s why fans of the genre say they love the books.

“It’s not just about the level of nudity or bloodshed,” Aaron explained. “It’s about not pulling punches story-wise and character-wise. It’s a very gritty story.”
But all the mayhem in the series is exactly why it's called a gritty story, isn't it? And what bothers me aside from that is their ambiguous take on "genre" - which I assume means the comics medium - implying that fans of comics love his books. To be more specific, not all readers find that kind of tale appealing. Some even think it's just what's brought down the medium, with far too many of these gritty stories flooding the market at the expense of more family-friendly products.

If the series is adapted to TV, so be it, but shame on the reporters for suggesting the audience for Scalped speaks for everybody, and too bad they won't argue what's gone wrong with the medium as a whole.

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