I know I've used the term "dark" in the past a lot, but I've been starting to think about what the word actually means. People throw it around a lot, saying that this piece is "darker" than another to somehow claim it as superior (see all the fan hype over Pokémon Special).
In my original conception of it, darkness involved angst, and cynicism. But there are many fics that don't involve either of those that are still "dark", and many fics that have such things that aren't. So now I'm at a loss to what "darkness" really means in a story and why it's such a popular tag on stories.
What does "dark" in a story mean to you?