To me, continuity is so important. I need it to make whatever I’m reading or watching enjoyable, because I need the story to be plausible and believable. This is more common in movies, though (especially of the horror variety), I must say.
A lot of the time, I feel like writers use the rule of: if it wasn’t mentioned, it wasn’t not part of the original story.
e.g. The Grudge 2, in which Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character) suddenly has a sister. In the first movie, Karen didn’t mention having a sister or not, so the above rule was used. In fact, this rule was again used in The Grudge 3, in which the grudge woman suddenly has a sister (repetitive much?).
e.g. 2. Jeepers Creepers 2 pretty much took every part of mythology mentioned in Jeepers Creepers, and shoved it down the toilet. The thing is the monster only needed to eat parts of humans (or a whole one, I guess) to create his human-esque body. When he gets the kid at the end of the first movie, bam. Done. The creature has what he needs. And then in #2, he’s still hunting people … uhm, okay. And then there’s also a scene where the head of the last kid he ate becomes his head and then morphs into the creature’s actual head, and every plausible idea the movie ever had just went completely out the door.
And sometimes that rule doesn’t even matter at all, we’re just gonna do whatever we want.
e.g. 3. When the Initiative closes down in season four of Buffy, a mysterious high-up military dude says “fill it with concrete”, and then lo and behold Buffy and Spike visit it in season seven. WHAT? It was filled with concrete, dammit.
e.g. 4. Juliette in Shatter Me (the series, rather than just the first book) underwent an extreme change of the romantic nature from the first book to the last. I mean, I’m glad it happened because I prefer the guy she ended up with, but it didn’t particularly make any sense to me. I mean, I know people can change their minds but woah was this unforeseen.
Anyway, I could keep giving examples, but I think you get what I mean. Continuity is integral because it keeps the all important aspects of plausibility and believability in the story. Just because something wasn’t mentioned doesn’t make that silence an opportunity for insertion of something else. It just looks pretty tacky, in my opinion.
Now, an example of really good continuity are the Step Up movies. I binge watched them recently, and there was a connection between each and every one. I was pretty amazed, because I have seen way too many multiple-movie series where continuity is ignore completely. But the sequel tied into the first one, which tied into the third, fourth, and fifth. It was so great, and I was super proud that the writers thought to include this because continuity-based thinkers like myself can just sit back and relax and watch the movie, rather than nitpick it the entire time.
I suppose one could say that this continuity issue is personal, but I can’t be the only one, can I? Can I? *looks around for other continuity-minded people*