It seems that once again there is a witch-hunt on fan fiction net. I’ve not been targeted personally… Yet. But that means little. Other writers, talented writers have and they have had their stories removed. I have no idea why the people responsible for the latest moral crusade are doing this, or what they hope to achieve. It all seems pointless to me.
From what I have gathered, fan fiction net themselves refuse to take action against these groups. And truly, why should they? These groups are doing their jobs for them. They’re policing the site, looking for stories that ignore the terms of services/guidelines. It’s a shame that in doing so these groups are skirting/breaking the rules themselves. You know, the one about bullying. I’m not saying all of these groups are guilty of such behaviour, but there has been some cases where authors have been harassed. There’s been demands of authors to remove part of their stories, or remove them altogether. But you know what? The admins at FF.Net will over look that as unimportant. Who cares if the moral police bully some insecure, impressible youths because his or hers story is not up to their standards. Because we all know spelling mistakes or awful grammar (like mine) is the real problem here.
I know the other issue is about adult content in stories. And yes, that is clearly against the rules. And it’s probably something most of us are guilty of. God knows most, if not all, of my stories contain adult material. But here’s the thing. The fandom’s I write for, the ones I’m currently involved in, are Southern Vampires Mysteries/True Blood. Two adult fandoms. Neither of them are suitable for children. The books/show contains vampires, fairies, werewolves, etc. They contain sex and violence. It was established from the very start that sex would play a prominent part of the series. Hell, they gave us the term fangbangers.
So if fan fiction net doesn’t want adult content, why include fandom’s that are adult by definition?
Yes, sure we could write for them without including sex and violence. – Although I’m not sure if anyone has been targeted for violence. – But why should we? Why should we censor our creativity because a few groups don’t like it? It’s ridiculous.
I have been growing more disillusioned with fan fiction net for months now. The guest review option was the first straw and this is the last. I truly despise the guest review option. Why certain people think it’s okay to insult and disrespect authors via it I do not know. I really don’t need guest reviewers being snippy and telling me I haven’t updated in weeks/months/a year. Believe it or not, I am actually aware of how long it’s has been since I updated. I really don’t need a reminder.
With that being said, from this day forth I will forgo posting any new stories on ff.net. I will complete the works in progress on there, but after that, that’s it. I will post exclusively on WordPress. I prefer it here. There’s more freedom and I can add banners/chapter images/etc.
These are just my thoughts/feelings on the matter.
And just to keep you all updated, chapters 20 and 21 are with my beta. And Hadley is about to get a smack in the mouth in 22. I’ve added a new teaser page and a teaser for the next chapter of A Marriage of Inconvenience as well as a brand new story is up.