So, I’ve read a lot of Teen Wolf fanfiction lately. Suffice to say it’s a bit of a problem, but my personal fanfic addictions are not why we’re here. We’re here because of this story, from the day I first started watching the show:
Me: So, when does Stiles turn into a werewolf?
Me: Well, the show is about Stiles right? And Derek? Who is this kid?
Friend: Scott McCall? He’s…the Teen Wolf. …what?
And so I thought to myself, well, most of my Teen Wolf information comes from Tumblr, and so maybe it’s just that the people I’m following really love those two characters. That’s probably why they are more prevalent on my dash than just about anything else. But then, I started reading the fanfiction, and that’s when I discovered the truth.
We Teen Wolf fans are watching a completely different show than the creators, writers, and directors are making, at least so far. This isn’t to say that I think these expectations are invalid; I think they are based (mostly) in canon and (mostly) on observation. I just think we’re picking up on things that aren’t prominent or perhaps even intentional. Let me explain:
What we’re watching: A bit magic. She’s acerbic and witty out of love, extremely well-dressed, and brilliant.
What they’re showing: She’s bitchy, superior, brilliant, and uses acerbic wit to hide her compassion, not express it.
What we’re watching: Puppy. Due to his tragic and violent past, he’s vulnerable, sweet, sensitive and doted upon.
What they’re showing: One half of psycho duo. He eventually comes off of power trip for a single sensitive moment in the last episode when he heals a dog with his werewolf powers and cries a bit.
What we’re watching: He’s either a puppy or a potato, depending on whether you’re talking to a pro or anti Scott fan, a goof ball, and he has a heart of gold.
What they’re showing: He’s the actual main character of show, an Alpha in his own right according to Derek, and potential Alpha according to show creator Jeff Davis. He can be sort of manipulative.