My Top 10 Unpopular Fannish Opinions
This was my response to a Livejournal meme that was wandering around a
month or so ago.
Law is applicable to every single fandom.
9) If an actress or actor wants something to happen to his or her
character, feels that it's in the best interest of the character, works
within the development of the character, he or she has that right, and
your opinion on it really doesn't matter much in the grand scheme. Yes,
you've invested X years of love and devotion and time into a show and into
a character. Yes, you think this will ruin the character. Still not their
8) Textspeak (and to a lesser extent chatspeak) has an appropriate medium.
Keep it there. It does not belong in email, it does not belong on blogs or
livejournals, it does not belong in fic. And yes, you have every right to
put it in any of those contexts. And I will keep deleting it unread.
7) If someone takes the time to send you feedback, especially
complimentary feedback, it's the barest of common courtesy to acknowledge
that effort. Yes, we all forget from time to time, or get busy, but if you
never acknowledge feedback, that's just rude.
6) On a related note, baldly stating a refusal to continue writing if you
don't get feedback is childish.
5) Fandom is not a wonderful, enlightened community of free-thinkers.
Fandom is just like high school.
4) If you write your opinion on something, and you put it online for
public consumption, you will get responses. If you write fic and ask for
feedback, you will get it. If the responses and feedback are puerile
flaming, ignore them. If they are critical and constructive, heed them. If
you can't handle either of those scenarios, get the hell off the
3) Stargate really, really, REALLY doesn't need an eighth season. Being
the second-longest-running SF show in history isn't always a good thing.
Look at the end of X-Files. Also, Stargate isn't strong enough to carry
its own franchise.
2) On the other hand, the Star Trek franchise needs to be buried, because
it's dead, Jim. Really. When you're recycling that many plots from the
movies and previous series, just let it go. The lumbering undead corpse
that is Enterprise is starting to smell funny. Let it rest while it still
has laurels to rest on.
1) When all is said and done, remember: it's still just a TV show, book,
movie, etc. If you can't laugh at yourself, trust that other people will
do it for you.