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10 March 2009 @ 08:18 pm
Riddle me this...  

Today I received two email reviews for Fata Morgana.  Not sure what site the reviewer read it on as they were sent directly from this person and not through a site.  The first one said this:

I read Fata Morgana and liked it. So please find the time to continue the story. I want to know how their past affects the future they cling too. Thankyou!

Nothing out of the ordinary here.  It sounds like most of the reviews I get.  I am always appreciative of anyone who takes the time to tell me how they feel about something I've written.  Well, about a half hour later, another email review is sent from the same person.  This one said:

I like your story Fata Morgana but could you please leave this story yaoi free. I know in the end it is your choice but this is my wish. There are so many yaoi stories out there.


I don't know about you guys, but I would never tell an author what to write.  Its one thing to say what outcome your are hoping for, but to make a flat-out demand just boggles my mind.  If the author of these emails happens to also read this journal, let me state that I am not making fun of you.  I am merely illustrating what not to do when commenting to authors about their work.  My initial reaction to these emails was shock at the bravado.  To use a phrase like "this is my wish" comes across to me as a selfish child whining when something doesn't go their way.  After I thought about it some more I became a bit angry that someone would dare try to influence my work with their opinion.  Stating what you want to happen does not fall into the category of constructive criticism.  And as this person mentioned, it is MY choice.  Why was that ever in question?  If I ever want the opinion of outsiders in my writing process, believe me, I'll solicit it myself.  So please, fanfic reviewers out there, don't tell the authors what to do.  It makes us angry and you wouldn't like us when we're angry.

Current Mood: confusedWTF?
Franfranwi on March 11th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
Good point. I'm sure the comment wasn't meant to sound unappreciative, but that request is a bit heavy-handed. What if someone asked J K Rowling to keep her story het-free, because there are so many heterosexual children's books out there already, lol. Well, I wouldn't be surprised if someone did ask her that.

With fanfic and online feedback, readers tend to feel like they have more of a vote in the process and can sway the writer when they give their input.

I've been reading a published series. The author responds to online posts about her books, and I see those same comments. Some fans think they know more about the story's destined outcome than the author does. The chance to sway the story toward their goal overwhelms their tact. Those commentors sound rather rude, like the creator should cater to them. Instead of respecting the creation and following the journey, they want to lead the way.

Sure there are little things you wish you could change or an ending you simply hated or a character you want to save or kill, but that's part of the fun. I can understand the zeal of getting caught up in a story and hoping for a certain outcome, and wanting to voice your desires, or suspicions. But those that want to completely disregard the author's plans by demanding they change the setup, situation, or intended destination of the story need to show some faith or find something more to their liking.

We can't all jump into the author's chair, there's only so much room! ;)
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on March 11th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Its this age of interactive software and websites. lolz! We're all way too involved with people we've never met lives. ^__^
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on March 12th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Good lord, I just re-read my comment. I must have been really tired when I wrote it. I'm not sure it fulfills the requirements for a logical thought. lol