POLL: Should Westworld Get Its Own Multimedia Universe?

Is the story expansive enough to warrant novels, comics, and videogames?

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We recently made a pretty good case for – and a pretty good case against – why Westworld should get its very own Expanded Universe, a collection of novels, comic books, short stories, and videogames (y’know, just like what Star Wars has enjoyed for the past 25 years).

Now that the argument has been laid bare, it’s time to settle it once and for all – by having you, our dear community members, vote on it.

Would the dense, convoluted narrative of Westworld benefit from having its background stories more fully fleshed out – such as, for example, the question of whether the park is actually profitable enough to warrant existing in the first place – or would such tie-ins just quickly sink to the bottom of the storytelling pool as cash-in dead weight? Make your vote below, and then be sure to explain why you went the way you did in the comments section.

You can view the results of all our previous polls here.

3 responses to “POLL: Should Westworld Get Its Own Multimedia Universe?”

  1. I think it depends a lot on what happens in the next few seasons. Jumping right into “expanded universe” stuff while the primary story is just getting started seems like a bad idea, and I’d much rather have them focus entirely on the primary story, and reveal things at a pace that makes sense for the story. Since it’s seen primarily from the perspective of the hosts, I think it makes sense to keep the audience somewhat ignorant of the world outside the park, just as the hosts are.

    After the primary story wraps up (or at least has a chance to reveal significant information about the outside world at its own pace), I’d be more open to “expanded universe” content. I’d rather see the “expanded universe” fill in some interesting missing details, rather than making major reveals about the setting.

    Video games in particular are very tricky to get right. The setting could potentially be a good one for a video game, and if the player’s character is a host, you could have a nice built-in explanation for common game play mechanics like respawning whenever you die, or being able to quickly heal even very serious wounds, but I think that the game(s) should tell their own stories within the setting (or perhaps in one of the other parks, somewhat isolated from the primary story), rather than trying to retell the primary story in an interactive medium.

    Additional stories (games or non-interactive media) set after the conclusion of the series could potentially be interesting, but until we see the state of the world at the end, it’s hard to know what opportunities there would be.

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  2. Hi Juliette,That happened to me before also, both here on my blog and Twitter. I especially don’t like it when I leave comments on blogs (whether I’m following them or not) and never get a response to them. I like how you say that, ‘promote yourself organically’. It may be a slower process, but at least you know you’re engaging in genuine interactions.Thanks for swinging by.

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