You Know What Really Grinds My Gears? Episode 2: Another Rant About Fanfics
by, 6th July 2011 at 04:45 AM (397 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."