Imagine you’re invited to a party. You’re kind of new the neighborhood so you’re excited. You’ve heard about these parties – how fun they are, how good the food is. You can’t help day dreaming about the upcoming party. You imagine the ultimate party including your favorite dessert – angel food cake.
You get to the party and there’s a huge spread – appetizers and salad, chicken and roast, so many side dishes even vegetarians can stuff themselves BUT there’s devil’s food cake. You’re so disappointed you’re nearly in tears. You hate devil’s food cake, maybe you’re even allergic to chocolate. Whatever the reason, you express your upset to the host who tries to be sympathetic and reminds you that there’s other good food to eat. There will be other parties that may have angel food cake, the host says.
Instead of moving on and eating something else or just leaving, you continue to harangue the host and accost other guests about your disappointment. You accuse the host of being insensitive to your needs. You say she’s a terrible person for not anticipating your preferences.
If this is you, you’re an asshole.Unfortunately, this is a situation I’ve seen more than once in the comments of fanfics in recent months – readers complaining that the writer didn’t approach an AU in the way they wanted. In case you didn’t know, this is unacceptable behavior in fandom. Fanfic writers don’t owe readers anything. They are giving you a gift. Have some decency and accept the gift with gratitude or keep your mouth shut and move on. Go to another party. Hell, throw your own damned party and serve whatever you want. But don’t piss in someone else’s punch bowl.