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You Know What Really Grinds My Gears? Episode 2: Another Rant About Fanfics

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by , 6th July 2011 at 04:45 AM (292 Views)
Not gonna be a particularly long one, and no politicking.

Ok...If there's something that really gets under my skin, it's this message: "Don't like, don't read!"

Any time I see this message, I want to reach through the computer and punch the author in the head about five times. Why? Because any time you see that message in a summary, the story concocted is intentionally gravely offensive. For example:

"X character finds true love...with her brother! HEAVY INCEST! DON"T LIKE, DON'T READ!"

And if it happens to be an "adult" rated story, the description is often more gratuitous, and the subject makes bile rise in your throat just at the mere mention of it. That, or the story is a bashfic in the extreme, with nothing but hatred shown for one character to the point of sick obsession.

"Don't like, don't read" is not a ticket for getting away with murder. Should you write such a story, and post that message, you deserve every bit of scorn and ridicule given to you for writing it. If such thoughts and stories are common out of you, then what you need is proper counseling, because there is something deeply disturbed about your psyche. If you write such stories to troll people, then again, you need counseling because you have a disturbed psyche with passive-aggressive malice behind it.

Fanfic writers are going to be fanfic writers. However, we could do with less who think they can get away with anything simply by posting "don't like, don't read."

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  1. Blackjack Gabbiani's Avatar
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    I think you're generalizing quite a bit there. People flame for a lot of incredibly inoffensive things that should really be left alone, and that's why that warning exists.
  2. Kyuuketsuki's Avatar
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    I kinda agree that authors shouldn't ask people not to read their stories if they're going to point out the weaknesses, but I disagree with the context you're using.

    I think what the authors mean is: "This story contains incest, if you're not comfortable with it, then don't read it, because it contains incest.", and we have examples of it in the Workshop, such as: "This story contains graphic blood." or "This chapter contains heavy sexual themes."

    It just serves as a warning for the reader to not read things they know they won't like. If I misunderstood your blog, fell free to let me know.
  3. Eredar Warlock's Avatar
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    [QUOTE=Kyuujux;bt160793]I kinda agree that authors shouldn't ask people not to read their stories if they're going to point out the weaknesses, but I disagree with the context you're using.

    I think what the authors mean is: "This story contains incest, if you're not comfortable with it, then don't read it, because it contains incest.", and we have examples of it in the Workshop, such as: "This story contains graphic blood." or "This chapter contains heavy sexual themes."

    It just serves as a warning for the reader to not read things they know they won't like. If I misunderstood your blog, fell free to let me know.[/QUOTE]

    You're misunderstanding it entirely.

    If people do put a message like that on a story to "protect it from weaknesses", then that's just plain cowardly. But to post a gratuitously offensive story and then hide behind "Don't like, don't read" is both cowardly AND taunting. "Oooh, I wrote a story I know will offend a lot of people by twisting their characters beyond recognition, or even killing them off! and they can't say anything because I warned them! Hee hee!"
  4. Kyuuketsuki's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eredar Warlock
    You're misunderstanding it entirely.

    If people do put a message like that on a story to "protect it from weaknesses", then that's just plain cowardly. But to post a gratuitously offensive story and then hide behind "Don't like, don't read" is both cowardly AND taunting. "Oooh, I wrote a story I know will offend a lot of people by twisting their characters beyond recognition, or even killing them off! and they can't say anything because I warned them! Hee hee!"
    Hmm, I disagree with that as well.

    Sure, there might be a few "trolls", but most of the time, you'll see these controversial subjects being used for actual themes and symbolisms within the story, or even just for character development. I had a main character kill her only friend and companion, and the only thing she had left from her family, just to signify how she lost her mind. Not exactly the same, but I didn't do it to piss off my readers, even though it did.
  5. The Booty Warrior's Avatar
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    I think he means just the bad cases where an author writes up offensive material badly, so rather than coming off as mature, it comes off as seeming as though they were either trolling, bashing, or just couldn't be bothered to do their research. Then, they spring up the label "Don't Like, Don't Read" to save face.

    I'm certain that most controversial subjects are used for actual themes and symbolism within a story, Kyuu, as it's pretty easy to tell the good ones that use the label apart from the bad ones. But most people would get suspicious at any story using that label. After all, how are you going to tell if it's a badly written story unless you read it?