Miles Coverdale (manos74) wrote,
Miles Coverdale

Fans boggle sometimes that creators of fannish works are often hostile to their fans. (Also known as the "YOU WOULDN'T HAVE A JOB IF IT WASN'T FOR THE FANS OMG!!111eleven" Argument.) (Because, you know, creators are only hostile to their fans because The Creators Are Mean People Who Eat Puppies And Babies. Never because the fans are a large group of people who want the book/anime/manga/whatever to go in at least twelve different and often mutually-exclusive directions at once--none of which may even be remotely close to the direction the creator wants it to go in--and then have basically an emotional meltdown because the creator did something a group of fans didn't like.)

Isn't the hostility of these creators analogous to someone over on customers_suck ranting about the asshat customer who ruined hir whole shift at the store with an hour of annoyingly stupid questions?

Substitute "my shift tonight" with "the Merry Gentry books", and substitute "this asshat tried to return an item without a receipt and it turned out he didn't even buy it at this chain to begin with" with "if you don't like the books, don't read them"... don't you wind up with Laurell K. Hamilton?

(... OK, that's not too good an example, because man, her books really /do/ suck more than a purpose-built nuclear-powered ass-sucking machine. But you get my point, yeah?)

What do you think, am I off-base here?
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