Today I got a set of “cease and desist” anonymous messages in the inboxes of both my personal journal and my writing one:
Your DC/WoW crossover idea is just… horrible. They’re not even remotely compatable, and the DC universe is riddled with “everyone is related to everyone else” and “this person has died a million times” drama, that again, doesn’t mesh with the WoW universe at all. Just, stop. Or make it private. These ideas are horrible and you’re embarrassing yourself.
No, no no no. Stop. The DC universe/WoW crossover is just a horrible idea. I’ve read it, and it just doesn’t mesh at all, unless you’re ignoring all of the character’s personalities and backstories and replacing them with your own childish fantasy. It’s really very bad. Please cease and desist, you’re embarrassing yourself. Really. Make it private and go away.
To that person, I say simply this.
If you don’t like what I’m writing, then simply don’t read it. Either skip over them, remove my journals from your watch list so they don’t show up on your dashboard, or you can block my journals specifically so none of my posts show up on your tag watch list.
Ultimately, I’m writing for my own pleasure.
I write fanfiction because I want to create new stories in my favorite fandoms. If I crossover two completely unrelated fandoms, it’s because I’m curious to see what happens when they are meshed together. When I share my stories, it’s because I want to make my stories available to those readers who might actually enjoy them. I do this knowing full well that there will also be people who won’t. However, I’ve been doing this long enough to realize that if anyone doesn’t want to read something I write, they have the freedom to move along to the next writer/story and see if they prefer that one instead.
So to my anonymous critic, I will end with this:
You are entitled to your own opinions. However, you are in no position to order me to “cease and desist” writing ANYTHING because you don’t like my “childish fantasies”.
Here’s what we will both do. I will continue writing whatever I want, whenever I want. You will then continue to read whatever you want, whenever you want as well. If, by some twist of fate, you read something I write that you don’t like again, you can write me another cease-and-desist message, if that’s what you want to do. I can then promise you that I will glance over it briefly, roll my eyes, and send it straight into the trash with the rest of the junk mail.
That is all.