I don’t get it. I really don’t get
it. I have been bombarded the last few days with people telling me that I’m a
terrible writer, that I should delete my fics and leave fandom, that I need to “grow
All because I wrote a couple posts asking
people to be kind to fanfic authors.
Like you seriously have to take a
long hard look at yourself in a mirror if you’re angry someone requested that you be considerate to other
people by asking if they would like to
hear your opinion before just fucking giving
it. I’m not anti-criticism on fanfic. I’m anti-UNSOLICITED-criticism on
I am similarly getting a lot of, “If
you’re going to post something online, you best expect criticism. DEAL WITH IT.”
And to that I give an analogy that
was recently given to me (whom I will not credit because I don’t want to drag
them into this shit show):
You do not provide concrit to people
who give you gifts on your birthday so that they become better gift-givers. Especially
if you don’t even know them. You take
the gift and you thank them and then you shut the fuck up. And if you don’t
like it, you gift it to somebody else or you throw it the fuck away.
That’s where your petty “all
criticism is welcome and good criticism by default” line of thinking dies. Fanfic is not a
transaction. Fanfic is a gift.
Sometimes people write fanfic
because they want a creative outlet, they have a story to tell, and they want
to participate in being part of a community, but they’re sensitive. They know
they’re sensitive. They accept themselves as being sensitive.
You should not bully these people
into “toughening up.” Being tough is not innately better than being sensitive. Being
sensitive is not immature or naïve.
We should not force sensitive people
to “grow thicker skin” in the medium of fanfiction, because this is where they
get to be free. Sensitive people have a voice too. I don’t think it’s too
fucking much to be considerate of other people’s feelings before spewing
unwanted crit at them on a fic that took all of their goddamn courage to post.
I guess what I’m saying is that, not
gonna lie, the shit I’ve been getting really fucking hurts, but what hurts
most is reading all the stories of people who won’t write anymore because of the negativity they received when they tried. There
are so many voices silenced because some people in the community refuse to
learn to be considerate human beings, refuse to accept that maybe their opinion
isn’t welcome, refuse to acknowledge that fanfic doesn’t have to be some kind
of cut-throat institution.
Protect sensitive writers. Ask
permission before you leave negative criticism. Don’t be a dick. That’s all I’m