more unsolicited thoughts on fandom trends arising post pandemic:
ok so aside from the new(wish) tendency of fans treating characters like real people who exist in a vacuum divorced from the person or team or context or circumstance who wrote them into existence, another thing that I'm seeing a lot of lately and feeling super annoyed by is people criticizing the writers of shows for not writing the story they wanted to consume. More specifically, people angry at things for not being found family narratives.
And I think thats valid criticism if the media was intended to be a found family narrative and the writers failed at executing it. But lamination of found family narratives onto pieces of media that are not even close to intentionally addressing that theme isn't a good model for reading but its so! common! Like I LOVE found family narratives as much as the next gay but thats not always what authors are trying to do!! YOU CAN’T BE MAD at things for not being found family narratives because you want them to be if that wasn’t the intent!
Anyway I think its interesting because BOTH of these fandom trends have gotten so much worse in quarantine. And I think that speaks a lot to what’s going on culturally as people are isolated and scared and turning to media and fandom for comfort: there is an underlying drive to consume found family narratives, and a subsequent betrayal or hurt when that’s not actually present in the story. People go into things wanting that, regardless of whether or not it’s an intended reading.
I also think the character as real people issue I was complaining about the other day is driven by a desire for comfort, too. People are latching onto characters as if they were friends or family members and defending them as such, and legitimately forgetting that they are written, and exist as components of storytelling and that they don’t fundamentally “deserve better” because they are not real people??? But people are losing sight of that distinction between real people and characters because they’re not getting to actually spend time with real people in some cases. Especially young people, there’s no reality check anymore to combat the intensity of fandom spaces/online spaces. I truly believe that there are certain ideas that are getting perpetuated in echo-chambers and fueled by loneliness and people are doubling down when interrogated about it because fandom is like, their sole source of comfort and community right now. And its understandable!!! I legit cannot imagine being a teenager in this day and age!!!
I don’t have any conclusions or solutions, this is jut an observation because I love to watch fandom trends as they develop an theorize where they come from, and its just been wild to see how QUICKLY certain ideologies have intensified since the quarantine. And I dunno I guess I wish there was more of a precedent for taking ownership of your readings instead of being mad when writers don’t share the same preferences, at the same time I totally understand that the way people are operating right now can’t really be helped and isn't really their fault and it all one hundred percent makes sense.
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Jaskier finally works up the nerve to kiss Geralt but Geralt thinks Jaskier's just looking for a fling and knows that would break his heart so he rejects him, snaps at him to "never do that again!"
(maybe just earlier Jaskier had been complaining about a dry spell or whatever, did or said something recently that it's fresh in Geralt's mind for him to make the assumption it's just a proposition for sex)
but Jaskier was sincere and the rejection fucking hurts but Geralt's not outright sending him away or running for the hills so Jaskier's determined to stay with him, stay his friend (just his friend and nothing more) bc he's not gonna treat Geralt shitty just bc his feelings are unrequited
but they're not!!! and things are fine for a while, Jaskier doesn't seem at all fazed by Geralt turning him down, but then Geralt notices Jaskier's stopped doing certain things (bc Jaskier's worried he's gonna scare Geralt off esp since he thinks Geralt now knows about his feelings) like offering him massages or sharing a bed with him when there's only one available, so naturally, Geralt thinks he's done something wrong
AUGH those fools..... those FOOLS
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