The ability to create memorable art and writing comes with time aka age. Adults in fandom are the reason you have cool fandom merch and emotionally wrought fan art and fanfiction. I promise it isn’t angry 15-year-olds sitting behind AA booths. It’s sad that after a day of being badgered in the artist alley, the first thing so many of my artist friends do is eat, legally grab a drink and ask themselves why they’re still ‘dealing with this’ aka ‘rotten underage fans.’
At the risk of sounding like a 55-year-old white man behind an oak desk, the young entitlement in fandom is going to literally make it ugly.
People don’t make fan merch because they owe it to you. People don’t make fan art or fanfiction because they owe it to you. Even when you commission an artist or writer? The reason they’re in your fandom is that they love the source.
Adults know what they do and don’t have to deal with.
It doesn’t matter what side of the ‘war’ they’re on. They’re either gonna step in bullshit once, scrape it off their boots and leave or entirely close themselves off to younger people who admire their work. Welcome to the birth of a ‘snobbish BNF.’ That’s why it happens. Visibility means more exposure, which means more harassment. Creators are seeking solace in their experiences, so they bond and create ‘BNF cliques.’
As a once very angry and self-destructive teen, I’m gonna repeat what my high school English teacher once said to me:
You really need to get an attitude adjustment.