Steve. You’re alive. You… you came back. It’s been so long. So long.
ianbohen: Champaign with @tylerl_hoechlin at the @bulgariofficial maison.
The thing is, I know they’ve said in the past that the writers can’t read fanfic for legal reasons - because someone could be like “you ripped off my story”, I assume - but I think I totally would. I’d definitely be curious over the phenomenon of a ship or what kind of chemistry the fans perceive is between two characters I created. It’d just be natural curiosity.
Some fics in this fandom have been read by thousands of people. Literally thousands. They’re so good they have their own fan art. They’ve created tropes. They’ve created a standard by which other fics are judged. That’s not the mark of shitty writing. That’s a story so brilliant that it touched thousands of people who - guess what - also love the show.
There’s a post on my blog, that I sometimes regret making, it’s my post popular post to date - it’s sitting at about 80,000 notes. it says Anyone who makes fun of fanfiction has never read really good fanfiction. I regret it because it shows up in my notes every single day, no matter how much I block it, but I don’t regret the message I put out there.
There are fics I’ve read more times than my favourite books - and they’re as long as some books are. They stick in my mind and sometimes I’ll randomly remember a scenario or a line from one of them and smile.
It pains me that the only fic that Jeff and the cast have been exposed to are the ones which are by new writers, or people who didn’t really put a lot of plotting or whatever into a story, or those that weren’t beta read, or the ones that were just purely porn (though the porn I’ve read in fandom makes published smut pale in comparison). It pains me that they’ll never read the stories that made me laugh, or cry, or the ones that made me want to write. Because it wasn’t the show that made me want to write fic - it was the fandom.
It was writers like stilinskisparkles and hallfizzbinn and hatteress and grimm and 1001cranes and omelet and relefanel and devildoll, and about fifty others that I won’t even name, but I can tell you what happened in their fics. And I’m 100% sure it’s not just Sterek writers, either. There is talent in this fandom. There is a genuine, clutch-your-heart, go-to-work-on-three-hours-sleep, squeal-into-your-pillow, miss-your-stop-on-the-subway gift that people possess. They made me love the characters more than the show ever could. They gave them backstories where the show failed, happiness when the show came up short, made characters interact who never canonically had and gave them a dynamic better than what eventually showed up on screen.
So really, it just makes me sad. Sad for them, because they have no idea about the world we created, just for us, and just for each other. They will never read about Stiles time travelling back to meet his mom again or Scott getting married to both Allison and Isaac or what Derek would have been like if he’d never lost his whole family. They’ll only ever see what’s in canon, and what the writers can be bothered to portray on screen, and they’ll always think of fanfiction as what the weirdos who want to see two hot guys bone on screen do, and it’s their loss.
I just wish they’d put the 4th wall back up. We’re much happier behind it.