A personal reflection on how the industry has adapted to changes in society.
When I started working at HobbyConsolas six years ago, I was just a young journalist who loved movies and TV. However, now that I’m leaving this medium that has given me so many opportunities, I can say that I am a professional who has grown in all aspects of life alongside an industry that has not stopped evolving.
By a stroke of luck, my articles in HobbyConsolas, now renamed HobbyCine, began to be published in February 2018, just the same month that I bid farewell to the position as an editor, thanks to which I have been able to witness how the audiovisual world has changed in less than a decade.
Because in 2018, testosterone overflowed the big movie hits that were always dominated by Marvel superheroes. In fact, it was during this time that the terminology “cinematic event” began to be used when the last two Avengers movies, Infinity War and Endgame, were released, attracting millions of people to movie theaters around the world.
However, 2023 has ended with Marvel releases in free fall at the box office and with a movie produced, written, directed, and starring women breaking all records. Barbie has reaffirmed Margot Robbie’s great talent and has established Greta Gerwig as one of the prominent directors of the moment.
But just like the Marvel movies, the Oscars have not given it all the consideration it deserves. “Certainly, some things never change,” and the Academy of Hollywood seems to be one of them, although this year it has much more female representation than in 2018.
The streaming services have mushroomed
But not only has the big film industry changed, but also that of television, or rather VOD (Video On Demand). There are more and more streaming services available, but this is not all bad, as the great ambition to get many more subscribers than the other has made more and better stories.
Who would have imagined that a series about teenagers and sex where the strangest characters are the most normative would succeed? Well, Sex Education has done so for five seasons on Netflix. Or who would have thought that a classic romantic comedy starring two men, one of them a prince of England, would succeed?
Well, Red, White and Royal Blue on Prime Video has achieved it. And there’s more, because “who would have imagined that in a series adapting a video game about a zombie apocalypse, would dare to address issues such as gender identity, gay love, or the difficulty of fitting into the world? A milestone set by The Last of Us, which is already working on its second season.
Only a few examples from this past year that demonstrate how the cultural industry adapts much faster to changes in society, which increasingly demands more different stories, new voices, and constant challenges to the established rules to talk about love, gender, or respect.
Not only has the cinema changed, but also journalism
Just like cinema and television, the way of telling stories has also changed, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, but also in relation to topics that could be seen as “delicate” and about which there is now no doubt to report.
The “review bombing” is finally called by its name and there is no doubt to report on those supposed viewers who seek to sink audiovisual works simply because there are women protagonists or show homosexual relationships. Nor is there any turning a blind eye to sexual assaults, or naming and pointing out those who commit them.
On the friendlier side of the profession, there have also been changes, as the fact that a pandemic had us all locked up at home made film and television distributors consider another way of promoting their products by providing the opportunity to interview actors, actresses, directors, and screenwriters through video calls.
And although it is always better to talk in person, this has allowed me to have conversations with people I never would have imagined, or to attend press conferences with casts full of stars. Of course, all thanks to everyone behind HobbyConsolas who has given me endless opportunities.
My time at HobbyConsolas sums up how much I have learned, how much I have grown, and how much I have come to love movies and TV. And even though I say goodbye to my time as an editor, I remain forever as a reader. Thank you!