Do any other fanfic writers ever feel like you need to write things a certain way because you know a big portion of your audience isn’t smart enough to figure it out otherwise? Like, I need to have these two characters rehash this same argument for the fifth time, or beat a dead horse on this theme, or include some conversation that essentially spells something out, because I cannot trust this audience with subtlety. I am going to get reviews that make it clear that this has gone over their heads otherwise. Like, how do I get past this sense of responsibility to make up for my readers’ lack of reading comprehension?
Because there will be a majority that will understand, but there will be a very vocal portion that doesn’t. And I just want to write like I want to write without having to worry about whether or not my readers are capable of catching that foreshadowing or unreliable narrator or character development.