Which only proves that SS was never a true intention, but rather a by-product of pushing NH together. They didn't put SS together because the fans wanted the pairing to be canon. They pushed SS together because the fans wanted NH to be together and SS being the extreme case of "pair the spares."
If SS was really an intention, why not write the relationship between Sasuke and Sakura more like the other "Bad boy and the main girl" tropes. Kazuma and Kyo, the two examples, are nothing even similar to Sasuke and how he was portrayed. In fact, the real bad boy tropes are usually against sociopathic megalomaniac people around them and they openly defy and break down said system. Basically, clashing with authority because the authority, they feel, is too corrupted and doesn't understand the simple folk. Not "become the bad boy because they are corrupted and feel superiority." That is usually what the villain becomes.
The point of Sakura loving Sasuke since the beginning is not a reason why they are together now....it is an excuse for the people to use for why they should be together in the first place. An excuse that stops holding water because it makes it treat people are possessions and not as characters.
If it were not the case, then by that logic Naruto and Sakura should have still be together because Naruto loved Sakura since the beginning....and the Studio knew this. They knew that this argument could be used against them...so they made it seem like Naruto never loved Sakura to begin with.
"Sakura should be with Sasuke and Hinata should be with Naruto because they loved them since the beginning"
"Okay, but Ino loved Sasuke and Naruto loved Sakura since the beginning, so why didn't these pairings comes to pass if that was the case?"
"ummm....hold on a sec." *takes a black pen, blacks out some chapters and rewrite new lines* "See? Naruto and Ino never loved them since the beginning and it was all a rivalry game. So it doesn't count for them
cause we changed and retconed that."
If SS and NH were the intention since chapter 1....then they would have written it better that way. Yeah, Kishimoto may be bad at writing romance, but isn;t the point of Editors to make sure that the point is getting across effectively?
"Substantive editorHelps a writer improve his fiction manuscript by focusing on story elements, plot, characterization, dialogue, order of scenes, point of view, voice, setting, word choice, sentence construction and syntax, and paceanything that could improve the strength of the manuscript."
An editor can change the writing of a story if they see fit with or without the writers stand point and it is not uncommon for writers and editors to fight with each other and have problems. Many writers even claim that editors mess with their work too much and even change the context for their own agenda.
So when it comes to a story like Naruto, let me ask this and this is for anyone....do you think the writer has the ultimate choice or does the editor? What if the writer's intent is different from his editor's intent or what if the writer wanted to do something that the editor didn't want him to? What happens if Kishimoto wants NS, but his editor did not? Should theeditor comply with what the writer wants or do you think the editor can change whatever they want to what they feel is "to better improve the story" in what they think is better?
We talk about Kishimoto's intent and what not and maybe Kishimoto is bad at writing romance and if he left that task to his editor to fill those in....then I can see why such a huge discrepencies have occured. Writers have given up on editors who were too stuck up and felt they were always writer and the writer they work for is wrong. This also explain why Kishimoto went through so many editors.
Yahagi was the editor that stayed the longest he stayed until he wanted to leave and do other things. Yahagi seemed like the man who was more intuned with the story at its base and just wanted to improve of the story to better convey the message rather than change the message outright.
O_O Damn, James!
But what you said is true in all forms of prose. It even happens in another medium I am familiar with, and that's comic books. A lot of times, editors will do stuff that goes against what the writers and pencilliers are out to do. And that creates a huge conflict of sorts when trying to work out the best approach to continuing a story, and can affect continuity no matter what.
And in any writing, continuity to me is the most important thing, since without it and consistency, which go hand in hand, you can end with a hot mess. And that's what you see in Naruto, no matter what the irritating winds of late here are saying, and such, that is why we're pissed, nothing other than that.