do ur favorite writers a favor and tag with what you hate to read/think is cringey in fanfic
How is this doing your favourite writers a favour?
Perhaps as a way of highlighting what people don’t like reading in fics, so writers can attempt to please a wider range of people?
I can appreciate OP’s efforts and attempts to encourage or promote or what not, but I think it’s too common for people to be under the impression that fanfic writers should be catering to their specific tastes.
This isn’t the case.
If your favourite author is a favourite, then I assume you already enjoy their works.
If you do find one of your peeves within a story, it would be best to keep them to yourself.
Writers, as a general rule, write what THEY want to write and are not specifically catering to one or more reader’s specific wants or needs.
It doesn’t matter WHAT a writer writes, some readers are going to see things as a ‘pet peeve’ and others are going to love it. We can’t keep everyone happy, so your personal tastes are – without meaning to sound rude – completely irrelevant to our fiction as a whole.
We write a piece of fiction with our own thoughts, our own goals, our own paths for that fic in our own minds.
Your pet peeve might be someone else’s very favorite thing to read – there is just no way to make a “one size fits all” story. For example –
Back in the heyday of the Highlander fandom, I wrote an mpreg, something extremely uncommon at the time. While I did have a number of loyal readers, a lot of people were harshly critical, lampooning it in a vid about worst fanfic ideas, and generally said that no one wants to read about pregnant men. Today there are Omegaverse stories in dozens of fandoms. Many years ago a friend wrote a series of stories where society was structured around Dom and Sub identification, was harshly criticized, and yet just yesterday I read 4 Sherlock stories based on just such a world.
I personally find rapefic and dark-fic cringey, but that is my own personal issue, and I simply choose not to read stories that warn for these, or do so well aware that I might have an issue. It’s certainly not the author’s fault if I have a problem after reading, nor should they cater to me.
As for more minor peeves, like misspelling or grammar or factual inaccuracies, again, who does it help if I publicly call someone out on them? English might not be their native language, or they may have been so excited to write and post their story that they got something wrong. Personally, I think that they should be encouraged to write, not publicly flogged because they used “wither” instead of “writhe”, or whatever it is that caught my attention.
Maybe is something that was written bothers you, you could offer to beta-edit for them or offer tips in private? Otherwise, I hold with what my mother told me as a child – “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Thanks Diana. I thought the same thing when reading this! And as the ‘friend’ in question, I appreciate you highlighting the issues I encountered with the BDSM verse when I first published my concept of it the SGA fandom. I came in for a huge amount of abuse and criticism, and yet now the idea of a BDSM universe is so well established that nobody thinks anything of it and people are writing it all over the place without making any waves.
Writers want to write what they are passionate about. I always take the view that if one other person loves it as much as I did, then I’m glad I shared it. I can’t write to order, and I can’t write to anyone else’s specific requirements. Why should I? I’ve written a whole range of stories ranging from the silly (well, they made ME laugh!) to the very dark indeed, and covered a lot of ground in between. Not every story was for everyone. They are all clearly labelled. If something isn’t your kink, or actively upsets you, then don’t read it.
Your kinks are your kinks. Your squicks are your squicks. Your ‘absolute must not reads’ are yours and yours alone. Don’t inflict them on other people. Don’t harsh their squee. Don’t be the fandom police. Just don’t.
Writers are still criticized, get hate mail, and as @majesticduxk can attest to, even death threats, but there’s a precedent and a following and a way for writers to gain confidence, and it’s on such a large scale.
We have you and some other awesome writers to thank for that.
Picking writers apart or trying to shove them all in a box of “this is what to do and what not to do” benefits no one and there’s no creativity or development. Writing is yet another form of art and shouldn’t be stifled and shouldn’t only cater to one type of reader.