Learn From Webcomics: Lesson Nineteen
Today’s Teacher: Learn from Webcomics
Today’s Lesson: An Author’s Guide to Self-Defense
Now, I’ve spent a fair amount of time in webcomic criticism communities. I think this much should be pretty obvious by now, right? That means that I’ve seen a lot of authors called out on a lot of…
Good stuff for general internetting. In particular, I liked the bit about the “Bayonetta defense,” something I’ve seen pop up all over the place in response to criticism of X work. There’s this weird attitude that a story is some kind of self-contained alternate dimension, fully real and inalterable, and a writer is just some kind of journalist reporting what happens.*
This is a really backwards and bizarre way to view things, and kind of insulting to the people who work hard to make stories happen. The events are not some exterior entity, and the creator is fully in control of everything. Everything.** There is no part of the story that is outside their influence.
If, as a creator, you can’t take responsibility for your work, you should probably do something else.
*I kinda wonder if certain fanwork communities, with their emphasis on canon as a strict framework and interpretation of character and event only through the lens of said framework, are to blame for this.
**Barring cases like “my editor told me I have to break up this couple” or “a crazy person is holding me at gunpoint and forcing me to make their OTP canon.”