Ok, so, like, I lowkey ship Butterfly Assassin but I also acknowledge the ship has a lot of problems. (Like a lot of problems. Like, sometimes I question why I even ship it and I personally feel for guilty for shipping it due to how problematic it is but anyway…)
I really think that’s the most important thing about liking something, you have to acknowledge it’s problematic at points.
Like, I love The 100, I wouldn’t watch it if I didn’t, but the show has a lot of problems with racism. It also has issues with homophobia, but I can’t quite comment on them with full insight since I currently (think?) I’m straight.
If you’re gonna like something you’ve got acknowledge two things:
It likely has some sort of really problematic aspects
Just because you don’t think a certain aspect is problematic it doesn’t mean it’s not. You can’t dictate how other people perceive certain things because if you are not part of that certain minority group that is affected you cannot comment on that certain thing with full insight or any insight at all.
concept: series ends with wedding. after kiss some b-rated disney villain wreaks havoc upon the town. MAJOR eyerolls n shrugs from everyone then emma pulls a sword out from under her dress (magic?) and charges into battle. tired pirate boy just wants to enjoy some cake. camera pans overhead out to the entire group of friends and family watching/cheering/screaming as emma is still charging forward. cut to black. end.
the thing i find really endearing about jikook is watching jungkook become more comfortable w/interacting with jimin over the years. like he went from hesitating and overthinking every single moment to constantly vying for jimin’s attention without shame no matter who is around. instead of quietly hoping for affection he goes out and initiates it and that makes me happy because he deserves it.
I get so tired of the way fandoms feel entitled to their writers, sometimes.
By sometimes, I of course mean “always,” but that isn’t the point right now. I am not the point right now. The point is this:
It’s really hard not to consider the majority of your readers as assholes when you’ve got hit figures in the hundreds and comment figures in single digits.
It’s really hard to drum up motivation to keep writing when the only feedback you get is the impossible to gauge kudos.
It’s really hard to share your work with people who look at it and then move on without reacting, especially when you see how the most basic of sketches get ten times the notes your writing does.
It’s really hard to be a fandom writer, unless you’re one of the popular ones - and even then, that comes with its own pitfalls. Sure, you get the higher comment counts, but you also get the anons. And the rude comments.
I don’t understand why-
I don’t like this-
I don’t think you should do that-
You don’t own your writers. Your writers are fans, just like you. Your writers are creators, just like your artists and gifmakers. Your writers are not story-machines, insert coins here to produce words below. Your writers are not automatons who unflinchingly accept your demands and abuse. Your writers are not free of any obligation save for producing stories for your amusement.
Your writers are people. Your writers are artists of a different medium. Your writers deserve as much praise and feedback as your visual artists.
Everyone can write. Not everyone can write well. Help those who can’t to improve. Praise those who can and encourage them to keep going.
It takes less than five minutes to type “This was great, I liked it when she kicked the dude’s teeth in!” and hit Comment
Fic links can be reblogged, too - it’s not just visuals and meta!
You think that the quality of fic is declining in your fandom? Maybe you should look at why that is, instead of complaining that your writers are lazy or careless.