Why I think Self Insert/Read Fics are a bad trend...
First off I don’t want to actively attack anyone here. In fact I am friends with people who make these types of fics. What I want to do is state a case for these types of fics being a bad precedent being set in fandom.
I am as you might say, a fandom old. I have been around before we really had even FF.net. I remember geo sites. I have seen some terrible trends in fandom over the years.
In my youth I even wrote one or two of these types of fics. I am not ashamed of doing this, go look me up under Esyla on FF.net and read my horrrible first struggles.
Here is my argument: Self Insert or Reader based fics create a mental space where fans spend a dedicated amount of time fantasizing about being in a relationship with either an actor or a character. This will have a negative impact in their ability to interact and react to this actor or character over time.