PEOPLE WHO ACT LIKE THEY OWN A FANDOM!
Hi! So this is my first post on here, and this is something that has been bugging me for a while.
Recently I’ve been wanting to get into some fandom arts and make some friends and I mostly use Instagram. So I looked up some fandoms from my childhood that I really loved and wanted to see what some of the current fandoms are like.
One of the fandoms is Care Bears (not the real fandom, here just an example!). And as I looked through the fandom tags for all of the Yu-Gi-Oh series on instagram, I came across some fandom OC pages. I really liked them. But some things that seemed to disturb me were that on one post someone had a person comment things like how the poster’s OC messed with their OCs. Like???? Did you two agree to set your OCs in the same timeline? How does this even affect you????
I’ve dealt with people like this before in the past on fanfic sites (I don’t think the people I dealt with even have their accounts up anymore). I loved reading their stories but almost immediately they would sometimes do oneshots and stories with other authors. But it would get bad if someone posted a fic about ship they didn’t like or “messed up” their story. For this sake I’m going to use Zoey 101 as an example.
This person had a whole future AU with some of the Zoey 101 ships and kids. And someone had posted a Chase x Lola AU with a kid. It was very sweet, just Chase and Lola being a couple and parents doing normal everyday things. Eventually the “owner” of the fandom saw it and said it screwed up their universe of Chase x Zoey and their kid/s.
This “owner” would even ask others if they could right a fanfic for them, and when they would and post it the owner would make a post critizing every little thing about it! Not one nice thing could be said. Eventually it got to the point that some people didn’t feel comfortable posting in the fandom because of the chances of the “owner” reading their first. And the worst part is that if anyone gave them criticism for anything, even on how to prove story telling they would flip out! Or if they made a same-sex couple have a biological kid then they would critize someone else who did it.
To be honest, it burned me out of fanfic writing and stuff like that. Reason being is because I found that person to be toxic. Very toxic. Personally I never spoke to the “owner” but I would see author notes at the start and end of every story. As much as I loved the writing this person - from what I remember reading - had this arrogance about them, acting like they owned the entire fandom. Not only that but from what I would read this person would make a lot of things a big fight and people having to choose sides when there was no need for that! And from the “owners” friends would write, or I guess former friends, no one could call them out on their BS because to the “owner” that meant that the person calling them out on it, was no longer their friend and was turning them against them. Which I never understood. Even if they stopped being friends with a person, it felt like they would stalk their writing, start commenting on how bad it was instead of saying it was good even if their writing style was the same, and would critique everything they would write. Even if they knew a canon character was going to be Out Of Character or if the person was pretty much still in character the “owner” would say stuff like “THIS CHARACTER IS LIKE THIS! WHY IS X PORTRAYING THEM LIKE THIS!” or “IF THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE CANON WHY IS X PORTRAYING THIS CHARACTER LIKE THIS!”
Eventually the Zoey 101 section just felt like the “owner” and their friends posting in the area and while they do seem welcoming at first, the owner eventually found ways to make things about them and their stories.
I’m saying this for anyone reading. If you know someone like this please take a step back. In my own opinion, friends - real life or online - should be able to call you out on your BS instead of feeling like if they do they need to walk on egg shells.
Because how many toxic people work, is that even if they help you get away from another toxic person if they are making you feel unwelcome and like you need to pick a side or apologize for something that you like or didn’t even do then that isn’t healthy.
I would also like to note that the “owner” of the fandom claimed to have a disability - I think it was mpd - but the way they would use it was as a way to excuse their actions and behavior meanwhile, I’m sure there were others who had mpd and didn’t even take things as far as the “owner” did. They would just chill and do their thing and wouldn’t voice their opinion about every little thing in the author’s notes of all their stories or write full things critizing those they don’t like.
I once had a message saved in drafts, wanting to ask them if they ever just took a minute to stop. To get off the fanfic site were one and away from everyone that was bugging them. But they would often claim in their author notes that they weren’t ever going to leave because they didn’t have the capability of doing so. They would “try” but “had to come on” to see what people were doing.
Eventually I left the Zoey 101 fic writing because of this. As much as I loved their writing I couldn’t handle seeing other authors I liked getting bashed or potentially stalked by this one person while they went about their business just enjoying their stories.
I just. .. . When people act like they own fandoms or take the high ground in things it can lead to many leaving the fandom and many new comers wondering if they can even post things about the fandom without getting sucked into all the negativity and toxic behavior.
Okay rant over. Sorry it was very long!