So, I love villains. My favorite thing is writing and reading fic where a villain is redeemed. I love it when it's hard and they have to really earn it. Hence why I follow you :p So I was really hoping the Kylo Ren fandom would go that route. But, like, no one else seems to want emotionally gritty redemption plots for him. It's all sex with Rey and Hux and maybe like a slight nod to a redemption plot, glossed over. It still disappoints me and it's been a year lol. Did you wish the same thing?
I have…more or less stayed Out of the Star Wars fandom since about two weeks after TFA came out - I’ll reblog gifsets but that’s about it, because the shit that went on around Kylo Ren was…legitimately giving me anxiety attacks, haha. I can only afford one villain with an aggressive anti-fandom at a time.
I say this mostly because I have no idea what most of the fandom does and am trying to keep my stake in all of this to a minimum because I really don’t want people calling me a rape apologist. also have not really gone looking for a lot of fic. but, just speaking generally from my experience: yeah, absolutely agree. I understand! sometimes all you really want is porn, or you don’t feel like writing all the angst and rough process and things. that’s what I’m into but it’s not what everyone’s into, and I get that.
but it’s never quite as common as I want it to be. honestly I think a lot of that just has to do with the amount of work it is - because it is a lot of work, it requires a huge commitment of time and energy. I wish there was more of it with Loki, and on that front he’s actually got it pretty good. (I just always want more. more crunchy slow burn redemption arcs, more!!!)
part of the issue with Kylo Ren, though, might be that people are holding off to see where his story arc goes before trying to do their own. I could be totally off base, here, but TFA was so clearly setting up something that I can appreciate the desire to hold off from jumping on writing a plot before seeing what canon does first.
and part of it may just be what seems to be the extreme toxicity of a lot of the fandom, and people not wanting to get into that. because any “redemption” plot is, as we have seen, bait for the villain police to come swarming in like a bunch of angry locusts.