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Apr. 5th, 2011

Obligatory whiny statement about how there's a difference between saying you dislike something and bashing something.

Follow-up, slightly more specific note: if someone thought what I was writing was in some way OOC and untrue to the characters and said so in a respectful fashion, I would be more than happy to receive that comment and would even engage in cheerful debate with said commenter on said subject if I disagreed. I'd also be thrilled to flat-out ignore complaints about anything I write where it's a matter of your-interp-is-not-mine, your-kink-is-not-my-kink, because it is in no way saying I suck and not everyone is going to like everything I do. As long as you're not judging ME or my skill on the whole? We're great.

Some of the tropes I dislike in fanfic have been used by some of the best damn writers in the fandom, and it has made me think no less of them in terms of general quality and how much I respect them, and I haven't even commented on this to them because it's not like I'm their beta. And personal preference is personal, most of the time. But I made a note of saying what I subjectively disliked in a post that asked us what we thought because, y'know, someone asked.


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Apr. 5th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
i definitely agree with the sentiment of this post. tropes are MADE to be broken and twisted and used in fabulous ways by authors who make me forget that i was ever annoyed by said trope in the first place. and that's the beauty of it, really.

and i made a comment too. one about just simple things that i usually get sick of when it comes to fic. and that's just it-- usually. everything has an exception.

what i hate is that when i came back to said post there were fifty trazillion people who had simply started to jab at authors and specific stories and had started to say WELL IF I DON'T LIKE THIS TROPE NO ONE CAN AND IF YOU DO YOU'RE DELUSIONAL/CRAZY/STUPID/MESSED UP. it's the same attitude as those stupid ship wars, and just ick ick ick.

Apr. 6th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
Yeah... I don't even know what to make of that. How is a discussion of what tropes people dislike considered bashing? Were people calling out specific stories or authors? Because then yes, those specific comments could certainly be seen objectionable, but I still don't understand faulting an entire post.

The style of moderation of that community is hard for me to get used to. I realize it's their prerogative to run the community any way they choose, and I respect that it's just... I guess I'm just accustomed to ontd style comms where squee and snark are equally welcome and it's really kind of hard to run afoul of the rules without genuinely being an asshole.

And I honestly enjoy being critical of my fandom sometimes. I often feel the need to talk about how idiotic I think a character is acting, or how little I liked an actor's work in a scene, or how much a certain element of the fanon annoys me. And I don't always want to be unfailingly nice about it. Sometimes I just want to tell Karofsky to DIAF or headdesk about Darren's overly theatrical delivery. And it's challenging sometimes to figure out what would count as bashing and what wouldn't and so I end up saying nothing at all and that kind of self-censorship is more frustrating than anything else. Idk. It's just been a really tough adjustment for me to make. /o\

Edited at 2011-04-06 01:27 am (UTC)
Apr. 8th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
Great post! I want to see a follow up to this topic

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