It’s my own fault.
Had I given a bit of thought to the original Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I might not have been so disappointed. The original story isn’t about secret history. It’s horror, plain and simple, with ghosts and all sorts of scary concepts.
But being a huge fan of American History and Fantasy, the commercials sucked me in. Ichobod Crane and the Headless Horseman in modern times? Cool!
Please don’t be offended if you like the new Sleepy Hollow series on FOX. It’s just not my cup of tea. They seemed to bill it as secret history and time travel, but the demons and witches creeped me out.
I’ve never been a fan of horror. I prefer to not question every shadow on the wall at one o’clock in the morning. It makes sense that I didn’t like it.
I was a little surprised at how many people echoed my thoughts. A lot of my friends who enjoy Once Upon a Time were turned off because they were expecting something different.
Which brings up an important point.
If I promise a reader a certain kind of story, I better deliver. Otherwise, I’ll lose them.
I don’t know many people who randomly say, “You know what? I need a good Steampunk novel.” Most readers know what they want to read and are looking for something that fits their expectations. When a cover, blurb, commercial, or trailer promises what they’re looking for in a creative way, they bite.
It’s our job to keep them chewing.
But if the first few bites taste completely different than expected, they might spit it out.
That’s what I did with Sleepy Hollow. I think FOX was trying to appeal to a larger audience since horror is a smaller niche. In my opinion, that seldom works.