The Wide, Wonderful World of Hero-Woship

Interesting fact about the wide and wonderful world of fanfic:

It's written by fans. It is not, and I repeat, NOT written so that some people CAN HAVE fans.

Ok. Let me take that back. Some people DO write for the sole sake of become "famous" online, but they all suck.

The good authors, though? They do it because of a deep and sincere love for writing and for the fandom itself.

It's so noble, I could cry.

Or not, but whatever. :-p

However, and I've noticed this trend a lot, there's an increasing faction of people that like to go on and on about how this author is all that and a bag of chips.

"Oh, I want to meet this famous author and that famous author…"

And I'm sorry, but fanfic authors ARE NOT famous!

I even saw one person, who shall remain nameless, make a point of saying that she wishes SHE could go to Anime North so that she could get Pandora MacMillan's autograph.

And here we have crossed the line.

There is nothing wrong with being a fan of an author's WORK… if the author is good. I will openly admit to loving Lord Chaos's fics so much that I'd be willing to tattoo "1101" on my ass. (Figuratively. In reality, I would never tattoo ANYTHING on my ass, no matter how good it is. I'd tattoo it on my back.) That does not mean that I email him all of the time begging for autographs, and proclaiming him to be the best thing since sliced bread.

We all know that the best thing since sliced bread is the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Grilling Machine, anyway.

But seriously, people, these are FANFIC authors! They are not the Kennedys. If you were to walk past one right now, you wouldn't know it. They hold regular jobs. They earn money and/or go to school like the rest of us.

They are NOT better people than anyone else. And even if some random author managed to "get in early," that does not mean that we have the right to place them on a pedestal!

To quote a friend, " Fans are like milk. They curdle as time goes by."

Fanfic readers are not meant to be groupies. They should not stalk their favorite authors. It just gets annoying! One wants to smack them and scream "Get a life!" until one turns blue in the face.

And the authors should not be promoting it.

And believe it or not, but this happens more than you would believe.

You know, if there's one thing that I've learned in life, it's that there's no replacing an accurate self-image.

Part of that means knowing that if you work as a receptionist/student/mailman and just so happen to write good fic, you SHOULD not refer to yourself as "sama". That means that you think you're better than everyone else. You are not a God/Goddess. You write fic. That's all. FAN FIC. You haven't ever REALLY published anything and no one cares how many other fanfic authors you know, because, IT MEANS SQUAT. Quit trying to brainwash 12 year olds just so that you can feel better about yourself.

I'm secretly convinced that every author who proclaims how much he or she should be worshipped secretly suffers from a severe inferiority complex and the only way they can make themselves feel better is to cash in on the one thing they're good at.

Sad, isn't it?

To be honest, if there were one person in the fandom that SHOULD be worshipped, I'd have to say that it should be me! I demand blood sacrifices! And various rituals involving scantily clad men in grass skirts/kilts!

And you better do it, too because the last thing you need to be is on my "smite" list. That is, of course, lest you wish to be whapped on the head by a falling turkey leg.