So I considered stopping this blog and shared my thoughts about it. Honestly, I feel a little ashamed of myself now… For having allowed myself to be soured by some things that I shouldn’t have let affect me so much. If you want the short version to start with: I’m going to continue writing this blog.
And now for the long version.
I must admit, it was a whiny post. After all, maybe not a lot of people read my blog, but you know what? Some do. It’s not true that I’m writing things that no one will ever read. As long as one person enjoys one of my articles, it’s been worth it. So that’s that when it comes to the popularity of the blog.
About how I was left disgusted by the aggressive reaction of many bloggers when I expressed my disgust for sexual/romantic fanfic that used the bat-family in an incestuous way… Well, you know what? Fuck them. No seriously, if they can’t take a little bit of criticism, or if they can’t hear the simple fact that incest stories can be gross for some people, then fuck them. And the thing is, I have a female friend who enjoys that kind of stuff. (Yes, I’m going there, I’m using the “I know someone who’s like that.” card.) We’re good friends. We annoy the hell out of each other if that particular subject comes up, but I never said nor ever will say that whoever ships those characters together is automatically a bad person. But I’ll speak my mind about it. And if you feel like it’s a personal attack on you, then tough. I’m not an intolerant douchebag. I wouldn’t support a law that would forbid anyone from writing that sort of fanfiction either, I would defend their right to do so. But I’d never pretend I agree with it or like it. But expressing oneself is a right we all have. And like I said before, I never sought out any of them directly to bash them personally or point fingers at their blog unless they did the same to me in the first place. So that’s my opinion, and if it offends you, too bad.
My opinion does become a lot harsher when it comes to including a ten-year-old Damian Wayne Robin into the whole thing though. At that point, yes I’d judge you as a human being. I’d say you’re sick. To anyone who’d defend the very notion of pedophilia fanfic, you’re an idiot at best, and very possibly worse.
Now, about Gail Simone… She was rude to one of her fans. Period. I wrote an article about how fans shouldn’t cheer that sort of behavior from anyone, even if they’re a fan of that person. She completely misread its purpose, called me a liar and made no sense at all from my perspective. She also tried to justify her rudeness. Is she a good writer? Oh yes. Do I respect her as a person? Not on a personal level, no. For anyone who wants to know exactly what went on in those private messages, here they are. I’m not going to add anything more about them, I’ve already expressed my point of view on the subject many times already and you can see it in the very messages anyway. And if you are on Gail’s side, that’s your right. I’m just saying where I stand on the matter, and that I think she reacted very arrogantly. Maybe I did too, but at least I didn’t bash one of my supporters gratuitously like she did.
I stopped replying after that. It seemed pointless, from my point of view she wasn’t even considering some arguments that were pretty obvious to me. Anyway, it’s out there now, feel free to take a side or roll your eyes at us both.
In the replies of my post about possibly quitting this blog, someone wrote to me: “Don’t quit or stop having fun because other people are jerks or idiots. They’re your ammunition, and your keyboard is your gun. Speak your mind.”
And I very well intend to do just that. I might make some enemies by being honest and true to my opinions, but to quote Paul Newman, “A man with no enemies is a man without character.”
Oh, and I’ll be bringing back Paul the blog’s mascot soon. ;D