Do you ever finish reading a fanfic and are just so fucking disappointed that the author chose to throw away 200k+ words of character development in the last fucking chapter by having the main character act OOC? “No, no, never mind this slightly-hopeful future we’ve been building towards, let’s go the doomed lovers route!”
Do you ever sit there with your laptop at 4am and see one of your favorite fics slowly turn into something you wish you’d never read? Like, what was the fucking point, man, if you were going to go down that road from the beginning. Why even bother dropping hints that you were going somewhere else with this? No, no, far better to head down to the crapsack ending you could have so easily avoided!
I. I just. I know reviewers have no say in how a story turns out, I know there’s no use throwing my disappointment at the author in question. That would just be mean. And obviously she saw it going down this route for far longer than I did— I just wish she’d been better at getting me to come along for the ride, instead of needlessly getting my hopes up and then dashing them to pieces quite so spectacularly. It is absolutely ridiculous to feel betrayed by a fanfic and yet that’s what I’m feeling.