She was a blonde young lady, small, dainty… and dressed in the most perfect taste. Her face had neither regularity of feature nor beauty of complexion, but her expression was sweet and amiable, and her large blue eyes were singularly spiritual and sympathetic. - The Sign of the Four
Q:Maybe you shouldn't have 'assured' yourself about things that aren't true? It is ridiculous to claim cause something is for fandom it's above criticism. Being devastated (strong word) cause you weren't prepared for criticism doesn't make the critic an asshole, it means you need to regroup. That's how putting things out into the public works. You put something out, people can & will comment on it how they want. You say no reviews please. If you like the good, you gotta be willing to take the bad.
Hello Friend. I do understand what you’re trying to say here but you’re wildly incorrect.
We as writers haven’t assured ourselves that we won’t receive unsolicited crit within fandom spaces because we’re deluding ourselves. We’ve assured ourselves we won’t because that is a big part of the culture of fandom.
You see, every subculture has it’s own set of unspoken rules and behaviours that those who engage with it tend to naturally adhere to. Not sending fan creators unsolicited criticism is one of those rules.
When individuals deviate from one of these unspoken rules, they tend to receive backlash on a cultural level for their actions. That is what’s happening here, with a heap of people calling out this latest hate blog and making it very clear that their behaviour Isn’t Okay.
This response is an entirely valid one. It’s a way for the culture to reestablish it’s equilibrium.
Now, you might argue that the cultural rules around creator crit are ridiculous. That the culture should shift to a space where giving fan creators unsolicited criticism isn’t taboo anymore, but what exactly would you want out of that shift?
Do you want creators to improve their skills? Because we’ve already been very clear about how unsolicited crit doesn’t help us at all.
Do you want the ability to bitch about bad fic and not be called out for your appalling behaviour? Sorry, I don’t see that as a very valid reason to shift from the safe space that currently exists.
You have to understand, the taboo nature of unsolicited crit evolved in fandom over the years as a way of ensuring that fandom creativity has a safe space to flourish, which—I don’t know about you— but I think that’s pretty neat.
The world outside of fandom shits all over creators quite enough, having fandom as a haven from that is all that’s kept many of us creating.
It’s also what helps brand new baby creators gain the confidence to start creating. I speak from the heart when I say that I will tip dog shit over the head of anyone who feels the need to tell these new creators that they need to harden the fuck up to be able to “survive” fandom.
That is not what fandom’s about. You don’t survive fandom. You escape to fandom. People who run crit/hate blogs like the one that’s surfaced in the Teen Wolf fandom recently need to recognise that they’re not being edgy. They’re not rocking the boat. We’ve escaped the boat. They’re poking holes in the fucking life raft.
And lo the truth is spoken