JBElliott said:Don't writers get paid for coming up with stories that do what fans like but in ways that are better than fans could do?
No, not in the sense that you mean.
They get paid for coming up with stories that it's hoped and that experience tells them the audience will like, not for taking a dictated "wish list" from the audience and incorporating it into their work. There are several words for doing that
- "pandering" is one, but none of them are nice.
You may or may not recollect how furious many fans were when it was found out that the guy who had bumped Mr. Star Trek Roddenberry out of the driver's seat was going to kill off Mr. Spock.