And, in my traditional attitude of "you probably don't give a fuck" I'll LJ cut it. That and my habbit of being long winded...
I'm doing this "backwards" just cause
10: If your one goal is to be a BNF, you're in fandom for the entirely wrong reasons.
9: Unless you're personal friends with the creator, or at least on speaking terms, you do not know what they really meant. Rowlings didn't really want to make Harry gay. Akira Toriyama did not really intend for Piccolo to be female. People who create people we "borrow" for fanfiction are human beings and perfectly capable of speaking for themselves. They're also perfectly cabable of making characters the way they want them to be, so let's assume that how the character is in canon is the way they intend them to be. If you want to play with the idea, that's fine, that's what fanfiction is for, but please, get off your fucking high horse and stop acting like you're plugged into the mental wavelength of the creator and know what he/she wanted to do, but just couldn't
9a: Yes, I do understand there might be circumstances where a creator/writer wanted to do something and was convinced that would not be a Good Idea. However, unless they publicly come out and announce it, or again, if you know them personally and they told you themselves, assume that as it is written/shown is how it was intended.
8: Yes, you can take 2 frigging minutes of your valuable time and tell an author you liked their story. No, just reading it is not encouragement, because the author has not a clue if you read it. The next time you see a story you love that's been abandoned, remember that. The writer spent a part of his/her time to write the story, you can take the time to say, "I love your story and hope you'll be continuing it." God knows everyone has hours of time to write and say if they dislike a story. Time is never an issue when it comes to bitching that someone has offended your precious sensibilities. But when it comes to being "nice" suddenly people become "Too busy."
8b: Don't give me the, "people should write because they want to, not because they expect anyone to read it" bullshit. Steven King has a big fat paycheck to tell him people are reading his stuff and enjoying it. Fanfiction writers only have feedback to tell them if they're reaching anyone or not. Since most fanfiction is free of charge for you to read, think of feedback as your "payment." You "Pay" the writer, they continue to be motivated and continue to write. If you read and don't give any feedback ever, you are depending on others to do "your" part of the job.
7: Fandom is a hobby. However, some people take hobbies more seriously than others. There is room for both the "this hobby is my life" and "this is something I do when I have nothing else to do" types.
6: If you decide to flame a writer, don't fucking cry because they flame you back. You were the one that threw the gasoline and struck the match. It never fails to boggle my mind when I see that someone tears a story apart in the most vicious way they can, then gets all weepy when the writer responds that they're being a jerk. "I was only trying to heeeelp!" Sure you were. I'm sure that part where you accused the writer of having no life really made them change their ways.
6b: I am not talking about helpful, constructive critism. There is a difference. If you don't understand the difference, then chances are you're a flamer.
5: Original characters are not automatically Mary Sues. There are some fantastic original characters in fanfiction that are well worth noting. Some of the best X-Men fanfiction has original characters in it. Just because so many fanfictions with original characters are of the Mary Sue variety, doesn't mean all of them are. A good writer can have a new mutant show up at the mansion, or have a new student arrive at Hogwarts without them automatically being a crimson haired goddess with purple eyes and long, sweeping lashes that make every man and woman melt within five hundred miles.
4: Don't ever write, "Please, let me know what you think!" at the top of your story, then pitch a royal baby fit to the whole world cause every peice of feedback isn't sunshine and lollypops. You asked for the truth and you got it. Yes, if a peice of feedback is nasty, you have the right to respond in kind to them (see number 6) but don't start writing long posts etc. about how unfair it was that not everyone fell in love with your work. If you're totally unable to handle any critism, let your readers know.
3: People do have the right to be sensitive. We hear way too much about the rights of people to snark, flame, critisize, etc. And the response is, "If you're sensitive, you have no business being on the net!" Well, fuck you too. Why does your right to be an asshole override someone else's right to get upset?
2: You did not invent vampires. Neither did Anne Rice. Vampire have been around for a very long time.
1: If you know something is going to bother you, don't read it/look at it/hang around it. No, you don't impress anyone with your abilities to find things that bother you and then blast people out because whatdya know, it bothered you. Most people are pretty good at putting up warnings, because you know what? If they want to write an unpopular pairing, the last thing they want is to wade through nine million letters that all say, "How could you doooo that? I hate that pairing!" Don't add insult to injury, cause it really doesn't make you look inteligent. It's rather like going to a strange country, where you're told "don't drink the water" then deciding that you don't care, you'll drink the water anyway, then bitching at the tour guide, the hotel people, and the rest of the world that now you have the trots. It's easier just to walk away, really it is. Try it. Of course, it won't get you a lot of attention, but if that's what you're seeking in the first place, try getting a dog instead. Or, if it's negative attention you crave, try getting a job at the DMV.