So I’m by nature opposed to public rants and general expressions of non-skippy things. But having seen some of the Bitc-err unpleasant messages in bloody chan-of-the-four about it being wrong to describe Cody as the most normal and then make him gay, just…grr. So ignore the following possibly less than cheerful post. ^_^
The kids are fighting bloody ghosts. One of them is a serial stalker/arsonist/reporter with an enabler and a possible narcoleptic editor. You have kids who bloody duct tape themselves as fashion/gym wear. Let’s not forget someone who is literally one with the shadows. And of course an elastically faced bully with stunt man level protective hair gel. In Mayview why can’t a kid whose perfectly NORMAL in all of the aspects of not being possessed, spectral, non-psychotic, also be gay? Why can’t gay be normal again? Does it hurt your feels that a 12/13 a year old reading this and possibly being in the self-discovery process might get a positive message about their experiences being perfectly normal/ok? Were you diminished? Multiple states can be normal since its defined by a societal definition of what’s acceptable. Forgive me if I think lots of things should just be considered normal and acceptable, I didn’t realize your special-ness had been under attack. If it makes you feel better, being an entitled poop-head that feels other people’s acceptance or expression in media somehow is offensive to you personally, is perfectly normal for the states so you still have that all to yourself! And welcome to it.
On that note. A slight side to the people taking the slightly less offensive line in chan and here of, “OMG they’re 12 just fight ghosts and don’t date.” People mature at different rates!! What was normal for your personal development is not the gold standard for all of humanity. If you genuinely don’t think any 12 year old ever has had a crush/date/kiss or realized their orientation, I can think of dozens of Cartoon Network/Disney/real life examples that beg to differ(heck I crushed in Donatello at like 11-13 range which involved some awkward talks with mum and dad.).
And I’m not saying your experiences weren’t valid! Like I said, people age differently. But please stop leaving bitter “OMG they’re 12” posts. I have a 12 year old cousin who has a boyfriend. I’d rather she not hop into the paranatural fandom, see your OMG gross and think there’s something wrong with herself because of your issues. It’s ok to have a NOTP. It’s ok to want stories that focus on adventure without implying romance. I get it. We all have different puberty/maturity rates. Different reading preferences. That’s why it’s so great people can tag their art stories so you know when to walk away. So you know if it’s got a ship. It’s an AU. Set in a different time.
THERE is nothing wrong with your preference. Some people will never reach that point in their lives where they are even interested in romance. And that’s a perfectly wonderful lifestyle/orientation/position. Some people had bad childhood experiences dating or worse and the topic is uncomfortable. Others just didn’t get to they point till they were 15. And you know what? That’s ok! ‘All of us Snowflakes’ and all that. But please, you can express a preference for non-ship stories without making it sound like a 12 year old dating another 12 year old is evil, and Zach making a kid gay is perversion incarnate designed to offend your delicate sensibilities.
I presume most of you are awesome people who just get caught up expressing yourself in a public forum and a well watched tag, and don’t realize your not coming across as expressing a preference but rather passing judgement. And I’d rather not have to have the “no you aren’t a slut, a perv, or weird for dating a boy in your grade” talk with my cousin AGAIN. ( seriously I had this talk with her once because of a different fandom saying similar things. And it’s the one reason I have not pushed paranatural on her because people here post that under the tag all the time. Without, “I believe” genuinely realizing how they sound to kids reading the tag.)
Again if you don’t like a ship, a kid being gay/trans/ace/or what have you, try to express that as a personal reading/experience preference and not as a moral failing of every person who disagrees with you by relying on “gross” or all caps or exclamation marks!!!!! there are kids in Jr. High. (Or middle school depending on your district) who don’t confirm to your world view and don’t need to be made to feel like there’s something wrong with them . ^_^.
We are a great fandom of lots and lots of people, the youngest of which deserve a supporting and accepting forum! ^_^
Oh and if you think truly that non-binary, gay, ace, or any thing else that happens or may one day happen in paranatural(fingers crossed for ace, because it’s so outside of my personal experience that I NEED to read it well written so I can enjoy a fresh viewpoint! So someone write it already!!) is an insult to your definition or normal while excitedly whining about kids fighting ghosts in the next breath at least think about the kids who might, just might be benefiting from the positive exposure and think long and hard about how much it really hurts you versus how much it really helps them.
Love y'all. ^_^