What are your opinons on the whole BNF vs the rest of us lowly fans thing that seems to be creeping in to the fandom (it's all fandoms realy I think but idk iIm only really in this one)
Oh geez. *rolls up sleeves*
First of all I think the whole “BNF” thing is a bit uncomfortable. I think it creates a bit of an unnecessary divide in the fandom, and it creates an us vs them dynamic that’s unhelpful for both sides.
It’s not really helpful to put fandom creators on a pedestal. It’s uncomfortable for them, and often creates unrealistic expectations that they sometimes find it hard to live up to. They feel like they can’t post things unless they’re absolutely perfect, they can’t express their opinions without receiving considerable backlash over them. Well known fic writers and artists are not celebrities or big corporations. They’re just normal people who are trying to have fun. Just because someone gets thousands of notes on their art, or writes fic that has hundreds of thousands of hits doesn’t mean they’re automatically obligated to be a role model or some kind of shining example to look up to. It also doesn’t mean that they’re better than anyone else, and thankfully I don’t think I’ve come across anyone in this fandom who would be considered a BNF who is anything but gracious.
It’s also not helpful to everybody else to put fandom creators on a pedestal, because it creates an unattainable standard that a lot of people feel like they can’t live up to, and so they become disheartened and end up pulling away from producing their own content. Less content and more unhappy people is bad for everybody.
It’s just the way the world works that some people are always going to be more popular than others. A lot of the people you would consider to be a ‘BNF’ have been working at this for years. They’ve spent time building up a following and perfecting their craft, so it’s probably slightly unfair to just dismiss their hard work and success just because they’re a “BNF”.
To some extent I do agree that there can be a bit of an imbalance in the kylux fandom in particular, where anything posted by the more well known people is instantly popular, and often things by smaller creators can get buried under that. That must be incredibly tough to pour your heart into creating something, only for it to be forgotten, so I can see why people can start to harbour a bit of resentment towards more successful creators, but being jealous and spiteful isn’t going to make you more successful within a fandom.
Overall, I can see why the dynamic of “fandom famous” people vs everyone else exists, and I can see why it can lead towards some level of resentment, but a lot of the time the supposed ‘BNF’ aren’t exactly thrilled with being classed as that, so the whole thing is pretty terrible for everyone involved.