There are a few decisions I've made that my mom probably isn't too proud of. But I don't think any of them have hit the level of "not ending your TV show with the finale she wanted." Unfortunately for Dawson's Creek showrunner Kevin Williamson, that's exactly what level he's at. He and fellow showrunner Paul Stupin had differing opinions on how it should all play out.
Dawson's Creek was our ultimate guilty pleasure as teens, and honestly still is. You'd be hard-pressed to find a teenager from the 80s and 90s who didn't enjoy the weekly indulgence of our version of The O.C...but with less guns and drugs.
Dawson, Pacey, Joey, and Jen were just trying to get through high school without any major disasters and hopefully with a little romance. The biggest division between fans was whether or not Joey (played by Katie Holmes) should end up with Dawson or Pacey.
The answer, of course, is Pacey. She belongs with Pacey. THANKFULLY, that's how the show ended, and my teenage heart didn't have to deal with all the emotions that would have overwhelmed me if it had been the other way around.
But I recently learned that my young, impressionable heart was almost shattered into 10 trillion pieces thanks to stupid Stupin.