this post might be kinda long but
i dont know how to feel about self insertion stuff like a vast majority of people find it cringey?? like i could see where theyre coming from but like.
when they hear self-insert of x reader people automatically think “cringy underdeveloped mary sue OC/canon character shipping” and i totally get how people can get annoyed by the fics where it rushes into romance in the blink of an eye. honestly that bothers me too; at least make it a slow burn if youre gonna go down that way
but its like..
its actually pretty sad that self insert is so strongly associated with romance?? when at the base of it it really doesn’t have anything to do with it. i think the hetalia x reader boom on deviantart back in the day is what gave it its current cringe culture status. a lot of people find it weird and creepy and immature 2008-age cringe that 13 year old girls eat right up because of their self-indulging romance-curious hormones
but it’s totally different when you have comfort characters :(