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diane duane is on tumblr and nobody told me?
(laughter) This keeps happening again and again.
Will everybody on Tumblr please just reblog this and tell everybody else I’m here? Thanks. :)
Rick riordan hasn't said it himself that Nico is gay. All we know is that Nico had a huge crush on Percy. Nico's sexuality isn't mentioned, so we can't know for sure if he's gay. The only proof is the talk with Cupid. That's it.
It’s in his FAQ!
scour my blog and see if I’ve ever ONCE used “gay” to describe Nico
Actually, I do think Riordan said Nico was gay. I have to find the source though. It was either an interview or a tweet. And while you did say once that you disregard what authors say outside their books, I don’t. I believe the author is god and what they say goes, no matter how much we may disagree (during the the time the books are being released, recanted statements are up for debate).Yeah, I don’t disregard authorial intent, per se, but it holds less weight for me than canon (luckily he makes it clear in canon as well, unlike JKR and Dumbledore). He doesn’t call Nico gay outright, but he’s irrefutably non-heterosexual.
I’ve only recently read these books, mostly thanks to you and your art, Minuiko. But as I’ve read them, I kind of came to the conclusion through his writing that Rick Riordan is just a really kind-hearted writer and really loves the kids he’s writing about. As if the Teacher Rick Riordan is writing all of these books for every kid he’s ever taught. It was nice to have reading that part of his FAQ confirm that thought.
The other thing that I kept thinking throughout reading these series is that they’re really an excellent reading primer for Greco-Roman myths. Definitely had a lot of “Ovid/Homer/ every Greek and Roman piece of literature I’ve read” flashbacks.
fanfiction/art is ALL about an author/artist exploring his/her feels. To me, when a person writes ANYTHING non-canon, they are saying "My feels for my headcanon is more important to me right now than anything else". I don't think this wrong. There are definitely some people out there who are going to write fictions with very misguided intentions (like the one the anon told you about earlier with Nico), but I don't think EVERY one will be like that, and I don't believe they deserve to be blasted.
First of all… if you’re going to dismiss canon, you are no longer writing those characters - you are writing different characters altogether that just happen to have the same names. What exactly is the point of being a fan of a character if you don’t have the basic desire to understand that character, and instead impose your own characterization on them?Headcanons don’t have to follow canon but when they DIRECTLY CONTRADICT canon and contribute to a harmful idea to boot (you can’t get more blatantly homophobic than erasing Nico’s feelings for Percy altogether - mileage varies for Nico/lady ships that also acknowledge that he isn’t straight, but in this case, we’re talking about literal erasure), well, there’s no way I’m going to approve. Also, considering that the author is never named and all I did was express disapproval of the idea (rather than resorting to ad hominem), you can hardly call that “blasting” anything. If you post anything in a public, fandom space where other people are supposed to engage with it, you better realize that it is free game for critique. Your enjoyment of your “headcanon” is not in a vacuum. #pjo #hoo
I’m sorry, I was not at all saying that you personally were blasting on that author. I meant that the fandom as a whole seems to heavily criticize any Nico/lady pairings, even when they’re platonic. I’m reminded of a post a while back on your blog of an anon asking you for advice on how to deal with the backlash she received for a fic she wrote that paired Nico with a girl, but they were not romantically involved. Negative critiques based solely on that aspect alone are, I feel, unwarranted, and I’d hate to think that that author was discouraged from continuing her story because of those negative reviews. I can’t approve of the total erasure of the one author, but I can’t see why the reaction is so strongly against the story of the second author.
About the stripping of characterization, what bothers me about that is I see authors do it all the time. Plenty of stories are written using characters in name and image only without much, if any, backlash (unless, of course, the story/writing itself is bad). I feel this happens for a couple of reasons: like you mentioned, the author doesn’t understand a character and wishes to impose her own idea of the character on him in order to indulge her fantasies, or the author does understand and love the character/s in a fandom and fixates on them so much that when coming up with her own stories, she uses her fandom’s setting as a framework for them. Both of these instances aren’t necessarily healthy practices for aspiring writers, but they are practiced, and stories written that way don’t seem to be ostracized by their fandoms. God bless those who can write in each character 100% of the way, but most authors aren’t at that level. It just seems like the PJO/HOO fandom is, with good reason, being overly-protective of Nico, but in the process, potentially stifling the creativity of other fans with non-malicious intentions (that, meaning the author is not just trying to make Nico straight for the sake of being not-gay).
Also, I noticed these two notes while writing, and wondered if you considered them valid:
“There`s a difference between writing out-of-character and writing non-canon. If you write Percico-ffs, you still don`t write canon cause percy just isn`t together with nico in canon, but anyway you can write the persons in character.”
“meh, it’s entirely possible to take a work and go “what if” and have it essentially be the same setting; it’s not even bad for someone to alter significant parts of something and still consider it fanfiction. It’s creative, but not insulting.”
I hope you don’t see this as me being antagonizing. I guess I’m just stuck. The fandom (on tumblr) is so widely in agreement on this, that I am genuinely trying to understand this stance they’ve taken for Nico/LGBTQIA characters in fan-related media.
The answer to this is pretty simple: Erasure.
If you’re part of a majority, maybe it’s not so easy to consider that maybe people will be sensitive to erasure of a character because it happens all the time. When people see an LGBT character being written as straight, it sends a message to them that this character can’t be LGBT. Even if a fan is not maliciously writing an LGBT character straight, any writer has to consider the consequences of what they’re doing. When a fanfic writer decides to write a gay character straight, do they ask themselves why they’re doing this? Do they question who this might hurt? If this was on your (general “you”) desktop or shared among a private circle of friends then maybe you can excuse yourself as being self-indulgent. But when you put your work on a public platform, you must expect that there might be a load of negative feedback, especially when you “unwrite” a character who represents an under-represented section of humanity.
Simply, there aren’t that many LGBT characters in literature period, there are even less of them that are positive. So every single positive representation is one more example for an LGBT person. It reinforces their existence and it tells them that they matter (because they do). In my opinion, it’s no different than white-washing. When you do that, you’re telling the people who are under-represented by media that they don’t matter and that their existence can be easily pushed aside.
This also brings up a question that maybe fanfic writers should think about before they post/write: what will my audience think when I write “x”? In my opinion, any writer has a responsibility for what they choose to write and they’ll have to answer for it when the questions come a-knockin’ on the door. When you write something and post it publicly, you open yourself to criticism. You open yourself to people questioning why you did something. Writers of original fic open themselves up to this sort of criticism all the time for every writerly choice they make. If writers of original fic open themselves up to this sort of blow back and criticism, why are fan fic writers not expecting the same to be done to them? You are still telling a story to people in public. <— Key words here that I think a lot of people seem to forget on the internet.
Maybe fanfic writers should consider the fact that they aren’t actually writing in a small bubble where only their close friends/like minded people are reading?
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