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4:35 pm, Mar 27 2021
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This week's poll was suggested by jacob66. It's a bit morbid, but if the author of your favorite ongoing series knew they only had a few more months to live, how would you like them to handle that series? There is no poll option to have someone else finish the series since I feel like that rarely happens (although my best example of this is the novel series The Wheel of Time).

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http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Which type of animation do you like the most?
Choices:
Stop motion - votes: 109 (4.1%)
2D vector-based animation - votes: 676 (25.7%)
3D animation - votes: 149 (5.7%)
Motion graphics - votes: 61 (2.3%)
Traditional cel animation - votes: 1640 (62.2%)
There were 2635 total votes.
The poll ended: March 27th 2021

Old school, eh?

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6:22 pm, Mar 27 2021
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I'd like to say they should just enjoy their life, but honestly I'd want them to rush out an ending, or give an interview of how they intended the series to end or somehow otherwise wrap it up.

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7:26 pm, Mar 27 2021
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Each of these are pretty bad choices. I don't like reading a manga that won't ever get finished. The mangaka never allows others to continue their work. This is why I wait for manga to be completed before I think about buying it.

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8:03 pm, Mar 27 2021
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Based on the comments on this poll, the fourth choice should have been: die, come back from the dead and finish the manga because what I want is more important than the the author. 😕

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9:09 pm, Mar 27 2021
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How about option D) Work family/editor to provide notes on how the rest of the series should go, regardless if you never find an artist able to complete it.

See Wheel of Time for an example.

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10:27 pm, Mar 27 2021
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I'd say the first choice, if that is what they wish (it would be wrong to make them stop against their will too). Ideally, officially giving the baton pass to someone else to finish the series would be cool.

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10:34 pm, Mar 27 2021
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Have the author stop right there and enjoy the rest of their life. Having other people finish those work rarely works on top of that. Dune 7&8 + EU or Justice League 2017 (it wasn´t the director who died of course) are stark reminders of why such things need to be left alone.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 also comes to mind but is at least watchable, unlike that top to bottom cursed DC Frankenstein. Thank Zod for the Snyder Cut. Just publish the remaining notes if the creator(s) end up dying for real with some annotations and call it a day. Basically this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unfinished_Tales

Another fascinating example: https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Countdown_to_Mystery_Vol_1_8
Steve Gerber died with issue 7 of 8 being plotted but not fully scripted. Adam Beechen finished the script for him and wrote a fully original ending for issue 8 as no plot or even breakdown to issue 8 exists. 3 other writers also wrote original and fully divergent endings that were all published in issue 8. All 4 endings are only 4 pages long.

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10:47 pm, Mar 27 2021
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"Have the author stop right there and enjoy the rest of their life."

Option A without question. A universe where my consumption outweighs their life is not the one I live in.

I get the temptation to worry about their ongoing works (especially when the options are listed) but the author owes you nothing. Like, I've already come to terms with the fact that I'll outlive some of my favourite creators and some of them'll outlive me. It's just life. They owe us nothing.

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10:57 pm, Mar 27 2021
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I do want the 4th option of "stop right there & enjoy the rest of their life (which might very well include continuing writing since it is smt they love doing) and entrust notes/manuscript of how it goes/ends so that it can be finished after the author dies or fans can simply read the notes and know how it went"

I'm all for the author stopping the work if that's what they want, but honestly, I'd also appreciate them leaving behind at least a draft or smt of how the story continues & ends, because an unfinished story is also a sad thing, forever left wondering.

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12:43 am, Mar 28 2021
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I feel bad for not choosing A. 🙂
No one can tell. My opinion doesn't matter but their answer is. I simply there to appreciate whatever the choice they make.

On the other hand, personally, I can't lie how hard to see my fav series left untouched, even though it's from the-still-forever-hiatus mangaka I know. Sometimes rushed is preferable to wrap things up. It means "done in process" but also "incomplete". I agree with the user before me said.

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2:11 am, Mar 28 2021
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I honestly want to choose the option "stop right there & enjoy the rest of their life". But it feels heavy on me when I imagined if the series I followed since I was a kid was stopped midway. Like Detective Conan. Or one like Glass Mask, which has been on hiatus for years, even decades.

I collected each volumes of Detective Conan with my brother until now. I'm still looking forward for the moment when Shinichi can finally reunite with Ran, and when the Black organization finally meet its end.

So, I think I'll choose option C, where everything's still published on schedule. I don't choose option B, since I don't like rushed ending like what happened with "Kimetsu no Yaiba". And if something really happened with the author, I hope the publisher will do something to save the series as well, so the author wouldn't have to bear all the burden by himself. At least they can help the author to make a proper ending as soon as possible, so the author could rest as soon as possible too.

Some choose the option D about letting the author rest and getting someone else to finish this series. But I disagree.. There's also this manhwa webtoon titled "A Gentleman's Unique Taste", which has the case when after season 1, the illustrator died and was changed to another illustrator in 2nd season. I'm quite dissapointed with the drastic art style change, even though I still read it through the end. If an author tried to leave some legacy in this world from his/her works, I want the series to have a memorable legacy through the end..

But of course, this is just my opinion as a reader. Every final decisions on such case are in the hand of the author and the publisher, in the end. I can only respect their choice.

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3:58 am, Mar 28 2021
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Let the author do what he wants to do. If he wants to continue while battling his sickness like Kawashima Tadashi did, great, that's what he wanted. Good for fans, too, since we get closure even if it is rushed, which is infinitely better than no closure. If not, it's sad but understandable.

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8:49 am, Mar 28 2021
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This. Which is the reason I voted for "enjoy the rest of life"
We are in the 21th century. You can leave outlines and notes for how it should have ended, and if your series is beloved enough, someone will finish it. And otherwise you've got the notes.

But then again, it depends on the author. There was one who finishes his series on his death bed, and you can feel it when you read it. How was the title of it again? It was a popular one, at least 21, 22 volumes...

Edit: it was "alive" - dreamaway mentioned the author, found it that way. I still remember it for the ending, even though I didn't enjoy the rest of it as much.

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9:29 am, Mar 28 2021
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I also agree they should enjoy the rest of their life, in whatever way feels right to them. If that includes finishing their story, or dropping it, should be up to them. I kind of don't like the way this poll was worded, since it doesn't really cover that possibility.

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12:26 pm, Mar 28 2021
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Obviously they're free to do as they see fit.

But otoh, I'm also gonna go ahead and say "Fuck 'em" to any author knowing in advance that they're gonna die (and are still fully mentally/physically capable) that won't do the bare minimum for their fans - the ones who made the author living their dream a reality- with e.g. notes for the future. Wheel of Time is of course at the top, and I wouldn't expect the same treatment (a book's worth of notes) from others. Just *something* that would potentially give some closure for the fans. "X did this. Y ended up being killed by ABC. Z and Z and Z fell asleep together."

And to avoid any confusion, it's not a contradiction. They're free to do as they want, and I'd fight anyone for people's right to "not do as I want", but if they have that little respect for the ones that made their dream a reality and their life infinitely more pleasurable than most people's, then I in turn am free to call it out for what it is and no longer give a rat's ass about them, their art or their life/death.

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