i’m both highly amused and a little baffled that you’re calling lilaeth’s perfectly benign rant “gross” and “problematic” while taking absolutely no issue with actual gross and problematic things in the teen wolf fandom, like the stiles as pack mom trope, or taking scott’s traits and giving them to stiles, or scott getting pushed aside/ignored/erased even though he is, canonically, the crux of the (tenuous, reluctant) relationship between derek and stiles.
if people have a right, as you argue, to write these things (these actually gross, problematic things) in their fics without being criticised, then lilaeth has a right to post her rant without you shitting all over her and crying “POLICING!!!”
because she ain’t policing. she’s not telling anyone to not write these things. she’s not making any personal attacks. she’s simply stating that, actually, these things go against canon and it would be nice if there were more fic that adhered to canon characterisations rather than fanon characterisations.
p.s. if there is one thing that makes me want to punch people in the throat it is the use of condescending pet names, ‘cause honestly, honey, they don’t make you seem more mature.
If it were perfectly benign I wouldn’t be responding to it in the first place, now would I? This sort of elitism and policing is a common issue in fandoms and ignoring it won’t make it any better.
Also, please keep your deflecting out of the discussion. I never once said I didn’t find certain things problematic, and I don’t do criticism silencing, either. The post, however, was enforcing canon-compliance, not criticism of problematic issues, which is the issue here and the target of my responses.
Scott erasure is a problem, but attributing similar traits to Stiles (including the pack mom trait) isn’t inherently a problem if they’re shared with Scott. That’s just you folks being elitist about your faves, frankly.
Except she is? She really is telling people not to write this or that - which would be fine if she were actually talking about real problematic things, such as, like you stated, Scott erasure, and not simply writing Stiles/Derek/Sterek as OOC, according to their interpretation, which is being pushed as fact.
It would be nice too if people stopped trying to force others to adhere to canon like it’s the be-all and end-all for fandom works, but sadly that just ain’t the world we live in.
the post wasn’t “enforcing” anything. there’s no declaration in the op that people can’t write what they want. all she was saying is that the teen wolf fandom has a problem separating canon from fanon and that’s annoying, and that in turn means people aren’t writing about the canon characters, they’re writing about original characters who happen to share names and appearances with the canon characters.
so pray tell, how is any of that policing?
if traits are shared between two characters, that’s an entirely different story. a bit socially awkward, extremely loyal to each other, fine. but when you start saying “stiles will help anyone! so selfless!” that’s when you’re going against canon and transferring scott’s traits to stiles. and pointing this out isn’t being “elitist”, it’s telling it like it is. (and scott ain’t even my fave so…nope.)
and also i can’t believe i actually have to say this but the pack mom thing is not a trait shared between scott and stiles because a) they are both cis dudes so labelling one (usually stiles) the “mom” while his partner (usually derek) is the “dad” is wrong on so many levels, b) stiles isn’t even a part of the pack and c) stiles has never acted in any parental way to isaac, erica or boyd.
the whole concept of the pack mom as it exists right now in this fandom needs to go die a fiery, painful death.
look, nobody’s trying to force anyone to do anything. you continue to write your ooc sterek fics if that’s what you want to do, as you are perfectly free to do, and others will continue to rant and vent and make general complaints about the ooc-ness of fanon, as they are perfectly free to do.
no one’s dictating. no one’s enforcing. no one’s policing. no one’s telling you you can’t write however or whatever the fuck you want to.
literally all this is is “the majority of teen wolf fanfic is based on ooc fanon and that is annoying”.