Sometimes I can’t help but feel that the Teen Wolf series was the “shy little teenager” when it started out.
People around the teen started to realise what an awesome person it was, and gave it love and attention.
But then when Teen Wolf grew and became the ‘popular teen’ they took a dump in their old friends garden and laughed all the way home.
I’ve rarely seen a series care so little about the fandom that made them big.
Especially the Sterek fans.
A trigger warning is not a rule, it’s a tool. It does not demand that we withdraw from topics that are taboo or traumatic, but rather suggests that we approach such topics with greater empathy, greater awareness that not everyone reads the same way.
I am honestly so ashamed of this fandom right now.
With Free! making it to the final round of the MTV fandom awards and the potential of getting some awesome recognition for this amazing series we all claim to love so much, I think now more than ever is a time for us to be banding together! We all know Free! is amazing, and what makes it so amazing is the characters and their relationships with one another. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is unique and amazing in their own ways, and they each have very special and different relationships with one another. It’s a show about the beauty of friendship and teamwork…. and meanwhile, the fans are tearing each other apart about ships.
Why am I saying this now? Because a certain author has received a horribly bad response - including DEATH THREATS - in reaction to a scene in her fanfiction. (I think most of us may know the story, apparently it’s caused a lot of tumblr drama in the shipping tags).
This was a brilliant story by a brilliant writer. It had all the great components I look for when reading a fic: romance, humor, appropriate amount of angst, slow-build of the relationship, and characters very in-character for the situation. I was so in love with this story, and looked forward to the nearly daily updates. But she felt so threatened by the messages she received that she has decided to stop writing it. Which I totally don’t blame her for.
I have never heard of something so completely insane as sending death threats to an author over the direction she chose to take *HER* piece of work about *FICTIONAL CHARACTERS.* People are seriously crazy and need to calm the heck down. Haru, Rin, and Makoto are not real people, their lives will not be damaged and they will not be physically harmed because of the events of or the choices they make in a fan-fiction. The author on the other hand IS a real people with a REAL life and REAL FEELINGS that can be severely damaged, and can be made to feel very threatened (as evidenced here) by the feedback of their readers.
These people really need a reality check. It makes me wonder how they behave offline… Like, if someone criticizes their schoolwork or their performance at work, are they going to send their teacher/boss death threats?! No (or at least I’d hope not) because that is not acceptable to do, just as it isn’t acceptable to do here. Hiding behind the anonymity of a username doesn’t exempt you from being a decent human being.
Real people matter more than what ship is more “canon”… especially considering, hey, Free! is not actually yaoi and thus none of the pairings will ever be more than fan speculation. I don’t see why we can’t all appreciate a pairing even if it isn’t our cup of tea?
Also… if they don’t like it they should write their own fic, not take it out on the author. This is a product of the author’s imagination, and the author is free to take the story in whichever direction they want. THEY are the ones writing it, and one of the most important rules of writing is to write for YOURSELF, not to please others. There’s no way to please everyone so it’s silly to even try. You should write the story YOU would want to read, and the readers should appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into that.
Ugh. I’m seriously just so put off right now by this nonsense.
Please get your act together, Free!dom.
Thank you. You said everything I wanted to say on this horrible thing.
Fans need to stop feeling so damn entitled to everything! Stop being cowardly assholes who anonymously throw shit at people because they don’t share your opinion, don’t like what you like or god forbid… write THEIR fanfiction however THEY want?.