Stereotypes, I hate it. (24)

1 Name: abvamp : 2009-11-17 15:29 ID:rfVEojvA

Okay want to start this cause I noticed that some authors are discribed as being stereotypes when they write in a certain genre.

First RPF and I quote: Most likely a bunch of teenage girls writing about girls they want to be or boys they want to date. The temptation is too strong for most to resist the story being about their favourite celeb becoming their friend.

Slash/Yaoi/incest: Writers who are perverts, like porn and getting off by writing about two 'hot guys' getting it on.

I guess you don't know us that well.

2 Name: blackheart_whitenoise : 2009-11-17 15:48 ID:zNtQFb6Y

What horrid snob noob write that piffle? I say we all meet in a big group and corner them, asking them if they write anything better? Or whether they in fact have enough tolerance of other peoples leisure time to consider buzzing off and, if they don't think too highly of ff writers, why spread so much hate, haven't they got better things to do with their oh so precious time?

3 Name: Farrahmack : 2009-11-17 15:58 ID:NfRieJ5w

I got sterotyped for writing fanfiction, I did a hurt comfort fic and I write it in notebooks well some guy read one of my notebooks and called me emo.. what the hell is Emo and why is it that if you like dark stuff you automatically are a freak..

4 Name: DarthRevanShepard : 2009-11-17 16:14 ID:B/3kuvIN

How dare they dis the YAOI! It's not always perverted, sometimes it's sweet and filled with fluff. And you should never listen to such narrow-minded people. They probably go crazy when they find a dot on their face that isn't bright orange.

>>3 It's short for 'emotional rocker' which I think sounds rather cool actually. For some reason if you express any emotion other than fangirling over a boy and you actually understand things you're a freak of nature. I was actually bullied because I thought a book was sad! It's not as if I burst out crying when I read it and then wrote in a journal before cutting myself.

5 Name: blackheart_whitenoise : 2009-11-17 16:30 ID:zNtQFb6Y

Oh I hear that! I still cry when I read Jane Eyre, that book is really sad! But last time I checked my music taste was rather eclectic, not narrowly pegged into 'emotional rock'

6 Name: LASER : 2009-11-17 16:32 ID:G6H3hkW6

I thought emo was emotive hardcore? Anyway I think most people stereotype fanfic writers as losers with no life. It doesn't really bother me too much but I know that shit like that drives a lot of people away from fanfics

7 Name: sailorjupiterox : 2009-11-18 01:18 ID:7OMpuyj4

Ahaa ! I think I'm lucky, everyone where I live used to be all in to the mean stereotyping thing (I was the emo, even though I'm probably the most jolly person they've ever met ^_^) But now, I think that everyone has outgrown that :)

Everyone knows I write fanfiction, some of the people I know from parties just call me 'story girl!' if they can't remember my name, which I'm not sure is a good thing or not but oh well. They all read my stories too.

I never really noticed that I'm quite lucky to not be stereotyped :)

8 Name: Iaculus : 2009-11-18 04:11 ID:9ZAYwXRh

Eh, so it goes. Way I see it, you just have to take the stereotypes with a measure of good humour and make damned sure you don't adhere to them yourself. There's enough fics adhering to Sturgeon's Law as it is.

Fanfiction's a very niche hobby, and that makes it a target. Furthermore, it's a fairly public hobby (you're posting your stuff in front of the 'net as a whole, after all) with very little content control. When it's that easy for the weird/laughable/just plain bad stuff to bubble to the surface, it's easy to see how it got its rep.

There's only one thing you can do: write the best you can, and see if you can up the average a little.

9 Name: abvamp : 2009-11-18 09:14 ID:INZ+QicT

@Blackheart whitenoise. Actually it was here on the forum.

10 Name: Elle : 2009-11-18 10:38 ID:eDd48ske

The whole stereotyping in plot is stupid; love is always an interesting part of a story, look at anything published. More often than not there is a small storyline centred around love, whether or not it is a main part of the plot. (Yeah, I love adding romance in most of my fics :P)
And yeah, it can get a bad name from the rubbish fanfics that crop up, but if these people who are stereotyping just take the time to look through the good stuff...there are some amazing, original fics out there, well written, enjoyable stuff that gets buried at the bottom of the pile because of the rubbish.

11 Name: qwerty91 : 2009-11-18 10:54 ID:QBn0mozC

can't say I ever have been really... not many people know that I write but the few that do are pretty cool with it.

12 Name: grammarsink : 2009-11-20 13:49 ID:H3P9WzyI

Quoting from the thread about incest fics:

"I know most of you think people who write it are sick."

Now who's stereotyping, abvamp? It works both ways.

13 Name: tiger002 : 2009-11-20 14:09 ID:+GGvye3/

I'd say I don't really fit into the stereotype for a writer. I just get strange ideas, and figure what's wrong with writing them down. I'm one of the few that rarely incorporate romance into my stories, I don't care much about pairings, and I'm one of the few male writers.

14 Name: abvamp : 2009-11-20 14:18 ID:eGaUNvDC

@grammarsink Proof to me I'm wrong? How many people you think agree with incest written in fanfiction? I know some friends who got flamed cause they write incest. Some of them even said that they would burn in hell. It never happened to me, but some of my friends even wanted to stop writing incest because of it.

Don't ask me why they still read it when it's clearly stated in the header that it is an incest fic.

15 Name: grammarsink : 2009-11-20 14:30 ID:H3P9WzyI

@abvamp

You started THIS thread about stereotyping. In the incest thread, YOU stereotyped with that blanket 'most of you' comment. If you'll notice, there are a number of supporters for incest fics there. Indeed, as of now, no one has come out and called anyone sick on that thread except you.

16 Name: XxxAnnaxxX : 2009-11-20 15:39 ID:8AUfMJ2X

To be honest, I really hate stereotypes but we all use tem every day, mostly sub-conciously.
But everyone in my class are starting to call me a cutter as I'm emo. Emo does NOT mean cutter or having no feelings. It's an expression of emotional sensitivity and I personally like rock music but it's not the same for everyone.
We're all unique and we really shouldn't be grouped.

17 Name: DragonFriend95 : 2009-11-21 11:33 ID:vtP1tv3i

I hate stereotypes. Once someone called me an evil b***h cause I write angst stories, but I'm actually really cheery in real life, and one writer thought I was male because I don't like romance. How stupid is THAT?!

18 Name: a writer of fics : 2009-11-22 00:28 ID:29d8LD+7

I agree stereotypes are dumb, and hey I'm a girl and I hate romance stuff too. I haven't gotten streo-typed writing wise at least not to my face yet but I have in everyday life. It's just so dang stupid.

19 Name: Azhaq : 2009-11-24 14:09 ID:R6irG/uL

I don't like stereotypes in writing and otherwise
In fact since I started writing mine I actually seemed to get more popular, very strange seeing as I don't think they are that good...

20 Name: Luna419 : 2009-11-24 17:42 ID:N870Io+u

Y'know what stereotype eats at me? "All fan fiction writers 14 and under, are only capable of writing god-awful yaoi, Mary-sues, or are just flat-out incapable of writing a coherent sentence."

I'm 14, and I have a better grasp on the English language than most of the people who believe that, and have since I was 12. (My apologizes if I sound like I'm bragging.) I am 14, not stupid.

21 Name: DarthRevanShepard : 2009-11-24 17:47 ID:0OaupzOS

>>20 I'm 12 and I don't think I'm stupid. I don't mean to brag but I get some of the highest marks in all my classes (well except French)

22 Name: Hephs_Thighs : 2009-11-24 21:37 ID:G9vLFPav

I agree that the general stereotype of fanfiction writers is of teenage girls. That's irritating in the sense that there are of course plenty of other people writing fanfiction, and the general stereotype's disempowering to teenage girls. It's so damn looked down upon just to be a young woman - they're seen as unintelligent, foolish, unimportant, mindless. It makes me angry. But this rant's getting cut short here.

23 Name: Princess Tiger : 2009-11-25 09:40 ID:Orijn3KF

>>20 I have to agree with your statement. I'm 14, and people who treat me like a stupid idiot are just plain annoying. I don't mean to brag either, but I'm Set 1 for everything, so I'm not constituted as an imbecile. Quite a few who think like that tend to talk to me like I'm four years old.

24 Name: Harbinger of Doom : 2009-11-25 14:51 ID:LaCiIXxI

Slipknot and heavy metal is amazing for fight scenes and epic moments.

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