there’s this multi-chapter fanfic i have not read (because i prefer oneshots to multi-chapter fics) but i am aware of its existence and i’m aware of the fact that a rinharu kiss was included in what was advertised as a makoharu fic.
i read some comments and author responses on the fic and i am just going to offer my opinions. (well, i’m an opinionated person…) and what i have to say is for everyone and not just one specific person. no, really. i can’t say anything to this one specific person because i didn’t read their fic. this opinion really is for everyone.
to fanfic authors: you can’t just include a kiss (or other hints) of a ship that the fic is not advertised as. well if you do, at least warn readers before they start reading the fic at all. unless there is a really good reason why that kiss is integral to the plot and there’s a really good reason that readers absolutely must not know about it beforehand? but yeah i’d say that most of the time, either warn readers from the beginning or don’t include that part at all.
to fanfic readers: you have every right to be upset if a fic author does this. and don’t let anyone make you feel guilty about it. and it IS okay to give an author criticism, as long as you aren’t overly harsh and mean. but honest criticism is perfectly fine.
explanation: some people have ships they do not like. some people are cool with any ship, but to those people i have to say, you need to realize that there are some people who honestly just don’t want to see things related to certain ships!! and you know what? there’s nothing wrong with that. there’s nothing wrong with disliking a ship (as long as you don’t tag your negative posts about the ship). people who dislike a ship simply try to avoid the ship they dislike and read fics about the ship they do like. so if they deliberately try to avoid something, and then it pops up anyway, YES they are going to be disappointed and they have every right to be.
i’m upset because i saw that some people thought of those disappointed readers as “the ugly side of the fandom” or something and that makes me a little angry. no it’s not “ugly” or wrong in any way to have a ship you dislike and to read a fic about a ship you do like and be completely caught off guard to read about your “notp” doing certain things together. okay?
and then the last point i want to make is just a general piece of advice for artists, writers, any creative person- including myself, i have learned this lesson too- if you create something, and a bunch of different people all have the same complaint about it, then you need to seriously consider that they might be right. if it’s hardly anyone at all complaining, then there may not be much of a problem. but if it’s several people then it’s more likely that maybe they have a point.
EDIT: if you still don’t understand why this is such a problem, i tried to explain more!
I know it’s annoying when a fanfiction starts as one ship, is tagged as one ship, and turns out to be another ship. God knows I’ve been annoyed by that shit in the past, in other fandoms.
But the work in question? Yeah, that was not one of those cases.
Since OP has not been following the work in question, and I have been, let me clear a few things up for you.
The kiss that people are freaking out about was was explicitly stated to be nothing more than experimental, and meant absolutely nothing to either involved parties. Except, you know, practice. Both characters literally said that outright numerous times throughout the scene. There wasn’t even the slightest bit of subtext that suggested the kiss meant anything at all to either of them (especially seeing as one was engaged, and the other in the early stages of a relationship).
If people are so insecure about their ship that that was enough to make them doubt which relationship the story was “really” about, then that’s their problem, and certainly not the author’s. But certain (not all, but a certain irritating minority) shippers got all bent out of shape and decided to take it upon themselves to barrage the author, who had taken time out of their day to share a story (for free… no pun intended) with the rest of us, with hate. Over nothing. To the point where the author has now abandoned the story because they don’t want to deal with all the bullshit.
This is never okay.
I don’t care what the author did. Even if this wasn’t people getting riled up and angry over literally nothing at all, even if the author really had switched ships mid-fic, even if your notp of all notps suddenly became canon…. it is never okay to harass an author over their work because you personally don’t like what they’ve done.
You don’t like the work? You don’t like where the story is going? Close the tab, or scroll down on your dash, or just do whatever it is you need to do so you can’t see it anymore, and move on with your life.
I know it’s frustrating when you open a work expecting one ship, but end up with another, but this is not one of those cases, and even if it were, that doesn’t give you the right to act like a spoiled brat about it.
I cannot stress this enough: don’t message someone who put honest work into something and tell them it’s no good because it doesn’t cater to your every whim. Authors aren’t here to spoon feed you exactly what you want, they’re here to tell the story that they want to tell.
Seriously, people need to grow the fuck up.
I haven’t followed the fic or the results, but I do have a vague idea of what’s going on. Anyway, I wanted to point out a few very important and good things the above blogger wrote:
“ it is never okay to harass an author over their work because you personally don’t like what they’ve done. “
"I cannot stress this: don’t message someone who put honest work into something and tell them it’s no good because it doesn’t cater to your every whim. Authors aren’t here to spoon feed you exactly what you want, they’re here to tell the story that they want to tell."
When it comes to big fandoms and things like shipping, people do tend to forget authors and artists are here sharing the things THEY want to do. You don’t have to agree with the author’s or artist’s points of views, ships, techinques ect. but please for god’s sake don’t go harass them about these things..! No one wants it, not especially a person who has put his/her soul into the work, spend the free time with it and enjoys of what he/she is doing. If we keep blaming them for not giving us the results and material we wan’t they soon stop working or sharing their works. Nothing is more depressing for an author or an artist as lack of inspiration which occurs from hate and outer expectations. I know this both as an artist and an author (and parf ot Free! dating game group, as we have gotten SO MANY demands of how things should be).
Every new fic, pic, edit et. enriches the fandom. People should be allowed to enjoy their favorite characters ans series freely without outside demands of how things should be. There are already so many expectations people feel in their real lives coming from society, school/work, friends, media ect. Having an escape route with the series and characters you love by working with a fic, pic, edit ect. is something we should encourage each others towards to.
There are no right ways expressing your love for the series. Only different ways and we can never demand or even ask others to follow the way we’re walking with.
Nobody wonders what happens to Allmates when the owners die. It’s obvious, in a way; parents buy their children their own Allmates when the time is right, hardly ever handing one down throughout a family line. Allmates are too precious for that. Too personal to be gifted from one person to the next.
Allmates don’t live without their owners.
Perhaps it’s selfish, then.
Because when they grow old, hair turned white or grey, faces riddled with wrinkles and lines…
Koujaku cups Beni in his hands and gently runs his thumb along the feathers on his back. The gaze they share is long, silent words shifting between them, before Koujaku gives Beni a watery smile, draws him close to his face, and gently whispers for him to sleep, letting his tears fall as soon as the tiny body held gently in his hands falls still.
Noiz spreads the cubes out in front of him on a desk, lips pulled into a thin line. They’re silent, somber, no longer filled with the energy to bounce or squeak. He calls the command, and slowly their programmes are erased, lights turning off within them with a soft click. He picks them up, one by one, carefully, tenderly, cups them in his hands, and gently taps his fingers against them, wondering why the silence bothers him as much as it does.
Tori, perched as always on Mink’s shoulder, goes limp with a soft click. He falls to the floor, lifeless, but is caught before he hits the ground in a wide palm. It means nothing, will bring him nothing, but Mink draws Tori up to his face, presses their foreheads together, and murmurs a soft prayer of thanks as he gently rubs his fingers across each of Tori’s wings.
Aoba holds Ren close, face buried in thick blue fur. He strokes his fingers through soft fluff, chokes back a sob, laughs as Ren’s pink tongue laps comfortingly at his ear. They whisper back and forth for hours, voices low and choked - Ren’s with sadness, Aoba’s with tears. Ren’s fur is soaked by the time Aoba whispers I love you, Ren. He lies back in his hospital bed and waits, Ren sitting on his chest, both keeping their gazes firmly fixed on each other. And when Aoba’s eyes start to shut with something other than sleep, Ren starts to shut himself down, their lifeless heads dropping to the side at exactly the same time.
hello me again I like men.
the story of an island, a mystery and a boy whose booty wont quit
leaves some transparent shiroba kitties here
then walks away ashamed