Seriously, anybody who says fanfic isn’t real or literary or happening or whatever can go pound sand.
Change doesn’t happen at the rate that we want it to in this world and it really sucks.
Our favorite TV show characters get killed off for reasons besides their actors’ careers (cough POCs, QPOCs, any/all “strong female” chars cough); writers and artists protest that they *really aren’t homophobes look at my rainbow flag* but continue to resist queer fandom pairings and queer narratives (seriously what the fuck is wrong with you people? Do you truly thing that being happy and being queer are mutually exclusive? No? Then why do you continue to write us such shitty endings in the name of furthering cishetnorm plotlines? Btw, y’all can stop with the “BISEXUALITY = DEVIOUSNESS” shit because it’s fucking disgusting); big industry publicists sublimate “color blindness” to the point that HEY!? where the hell did all the race narratives go?? “We don’t know; we don’t actually *see* color anymore”—OR, more disturbingly, the race narratives that are perpetuated just fucking suck by subtly depriving LGBTQ/POC characters of (emotional, usually) legitimacy. Remember the “Angry (insert race/orientation/etc. here) Person” stereotype? Yeah. That one especially.
It’s idiotic to perpetuate the idea that developing these narratives would somehow lead to serious financial issues for TV series, novels, comics, manga, whatever. Are you shitting me? You hint at queer narratives once and people lose minds. Fan art, fan fic, reviews, product development, chatter. Equals revenue. If you actually put some effort into that “non trad” narrative more than the usual baiting, the fandoms would Farah Fawcett that shit faster than you can say “XXX ceiling poster please and thank”.
But while we’re waiting on those things to happen, there are safe spaces where it’s already happening, where the FCC can’t censor what they don’t agree with yet people actually take the time to tag their shit, dot their gender neutral “i’s”, cross their trigger-warning “Ts”, and check their privileges at the door.
Fandom. Fanfic. Fanart. They’re SUPER. Get on it.