I was going to call this post ‘fandom drama’, but my ever faithful phone corrected it to ‘dreams’. Coincidence? I think not.
Fandoms have drama the way water has wetness, and my chosen fandom is no exception. Most of it is not exactly earth-shaking stuff. Which character ships are considered canon, which tropes are verboten… Two things generally jump out at me about it, every time.
The first: that people take offence to a particular pairing, on the grounds that it is not canon or out of character. They then say something along the lines of ‘hey, author! Why are you writing that? Don’t write that!’
Leaving aside the fact that it’s kind of a dick move to order someone to write stuff, what’s the problem? It’s not as if there’s a finite amount of creativity in the fandom, and one story being written with this pairing means that other pairings are lost. Fandoms are infinite things, like human stupidity and David Bowie’s hair.
So, y’know, I don’t get the whole railing against certain pairings. Makes no sense. It’s like shouting at the wind.
The second thing is how people seem to regard fandom drama as a reason to leave the fandom. This baffles me completely.
So if you turn it on its head for a minute, forget about the nuts and bolts of it – think about what it means. It means people care, deeply, about the fandom. It means they’re deeply invested in the thing around which the fandom formed. It takes a lot of emotional commitment to want to write, to draw, to film, to cosplay. Fans who want to do this get a bad rap for being too into it, after all.
So drama is really a sign of a healthy fandom. Yeah, it feels sort of shitty if you’re in the middle of it, but the bystanders shouldn’t take it too seriously. Let’s have some perspective, I guess.
We have to remember that we are part of the fandom for the same reasons – for love of the game, the book, the film. For love of a story. We all find our own things there. And we all dream together when we create things inside it.