So, I really hate fandoms, man. I know that’s a weird thing for me to say as a comic book reader/writer, genre fan, and all around geek. But I really really hate fandoms.
Fandoms always seem to devolve into these weird obsessive cult things where anyone who speaks ill of whatever show/book/movie/video game (I’m just going to refer to all of that as “The subject” from this point.) the fandom is based around, is attacked as if they’ve walked into a gay bar holding a “God hates fags” sign.
Where head cannons are formed and treated as if they are in continuity, and anyone who dare disagree with it is shunned.
Where characters are shipped for the sake of shipping (good lord I hate shipping), and often in ways that make no sense.
"Oh my god, these two characters interacted with each other the way that humans interact with each other! SURELY THEY ARE IN LOVE!!"
Today, Whilst wandering the tags, I came across someone complaining that someone else was shipping a lesbian character with a man, and people were all up in arms over this.
Over sombody’s unofficial headcannon that holds absolutely zero weight to the subject’s continuity, because “how dare you even IMAGINE a lesbian character hooking up with a man! How fucking dare you!”
and then, the same person, in a different post, pretty much does the identical thing by shipping two hetero characters as a lesbian couple. (Looking RIGHT AT YOU, Legend of Korra fandom)
How the hell do they not see the blatant hypocracy in that?
You can try to claim it’s a matter of representation, but it really isn’t. not when it’s just someone’s irellevant headcannon.
Now, if the people in charge of the subject suddenly had this lesbian character in a romantic relationship with a dude, THEN you could have reason to get all in a twist about it, because then AND ONLY THEN, would it actually affect the cannon and be viewed as erasure.
Now we have this latest stink around Supernatural. All these people calling “Queerbating” on the show, because the writers of the show ARE LITERALLY NOT ACKNOWLEDGING THEIR HEADCANNON ABOUT TWO OF THE CHARACTERS HOOKING UP. ONE OF WHICH IS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN HETERO, THE OTHER HAS NEVER SHOWN ANY ROMANTIC INTEREST IN ANYONE EVER, AND HAS BEEN QUOTED, IN THE SHOW, AS SAYING “I AM UTTERLY INDIFFERENT TO SEXUAL ORIENTATION" HE’S BASICALLY ASEXUAL, AND THE FANS ARE UP IN A TISSEY BECAUSE THEIR HEADCANON OF A STRAIGHT GUY AND AN ASEXUAL ANGEL THING IS NOT ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE WRITERS, AND SO THEY CALL QUEERBATING. (Oh, there was this one thing where he had basically become human in the future and was having orgies. with women.
This is why I don’t like fandoms. Because largely, fandoms are just stupid and extremely irrational. to me, “fandom” is what you call the group of people that take the subject in question WAY TOO SERIOUSLY. like, to an unhealthy degree.
Members of fandom act as if they’re owed something by the subject. they’re really not. you view the subject, and in turn, you are entertained. that is the extent of the contract. that’s all it owes you. entertainment. they don’t need to bend to your will, they don’t need to alter their story or their characters to suit what you want. at all. ever.
If your enjoyment of the subject has deminished because it’s not doing something you want it to do, and this is happeniing so much that it’s making you angry or disatiscfied, then maybe it’s time to stop viewing/reading it and move on with your life.
A fandom should NEVER have the power to dictate the direction the subject and charactesr are taken.
Hell, Sometimes fandom can get to the point where it literally starts to kill the subject it’s based around.
I personally stopped watching Supernatural BECAUSE of it’s largely idiot populated fandom. I’ve lost significant interest in Doctor Who BECAUSE of it’s fandom (Still watch it though)
there’s nothing wrong with being invested in the subject you like, but the level of fandom I see on tumblr and other places reaches unhealthy levels of obsession more often than not.
This is honestly one of my biggest fears when it comes to writing. What if it does find an audience. what if it does take off, and develops a creepy obsessive fandom full of entitled little shits that ship characters nonsensicaally, and expect me to change things to how they want, and claim me a bigot or an asshole for not doing so?
Or worse. An obsessive fandom that does all that AND drives away new readers.