When Fandoms Become Problematic | Rants & Rambles

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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.

This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:


This may be a ranty discussion post because I’m EXTREMELY UPSET that I was spoiled MULTIPLE TIMES for Sarah J. Maas’s new release, A Court of Mist and Fury. I mean, it hasn’t even been out for a week yet, dammit! But this isn’t about the spoilers, although I could probably make a rant about that. This is about the way the SJM fandom reacted after the release of ACOMAF. I am both shocked, and slightly annoyed, with the way things escalated across a number of social media platforms. Readers attacking one another just because they didn’t like the direction of where Feyre’s story was going, defending their ships and favorite characters. 

Then things took a turn. Some readers took it a little too far and felt that it was okay to bash SJM as a person…

I get it, you’re upset with how certain relationships played out and while I agree that it is PERFECTLY OKAY to critique an author’s work and decisions, bashing them as a person is a NO! Come on people, we are BOOK REVIEWERS! We do not, and SHOULD NOT, be reviewing authors themselves. That was wrong on so many levels.

What’s even worse was how readers were treating each other. Many of us have big personalities in this community and that sometimes can lead to conflict. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we are all entitled to our opinions and even if we disagree with another’s opinion, we sure as hell should at least RESPECT their opinion. Shoving your opinions down someone else’s throat is never right, so why did so many think it was okay to do so? If we can’t share our thoughts with others in the fandom, who can we share them with? 

This is really unhealthy and hateful behavior. Things were taken too far and if this is what it means to be in a fandom, then I don’t think I want to be a part of the madness. Fandoms are meant to be fun. We should be able to discuss, listen, and flail about things we like. We should be able to critique things and provide reasons for why we feel a certain way without the fear of being judge. Instead, people pulled out pitchforks and torches and mass mayhem ensued. 

With the upcoming release of Empire of Storms, I fear that this situation may occur again. I’m pretty certain it will and I’m not looking forward to being spoiled for yet another SJM book. This is petty behavior and we need to CUT IT OUT! If keep this up, there will be no fandom and I’m pretty sure most of us don’t want that. Let’s clean up our act people! 

I just needed to get this out of my system  because the fighting greatly affected my reading experience of ACOMAF. With spoilers everywhere, play-by-plays of scenes on my feed, I just could not enjoy this book like I did with the first since I knew how the book was going to end. I didn’t expect for this book to anger so many people, I’m still in shock. Fandoms are meant to be fun, let’s try to keep it that way, please!

That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

How do you feel about fandoms? Yay or Nay? 

Let me know in the comments!



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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

11 thoughts on “When Fandoms Become Problematic | Rants & Rambles

  1. this is exactly how i feel about the 100 fandom, which has become one of the most toxic fandoms out there. it started out as a loving, accepting community but people got SUPER angry when their ships started sinking. They tweeted to the writers, the actors, and the showrunners that they were going to try to get the show cancelled and accused them of discrimination (a weighty word to just throw around). that’s why i don’t engage with that fandom. sorry its been the same with SJM’s fandom, that’s sad to hear…

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    1. I really don’t understand how people can get THAT upset over sinking ships. Like, it’s a show, it’s entertainment, that’s the only purpose. It sucks when people start taking things too far because then others in the fandom may decide that this is too much for them and leave. This was the first time I’ve ever experienced something like this, so it was a bit of a shock to see how nasty people can be towards others and even to SJM herself. It truly is sad, and I hope when her next book releases, people clean up their act because even if you don’t like her works, SJM doesn’t deserve this kind of treatment from readers.

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  2. I have yet to read any of Sarah J Maas’ work but I’ve heard all about the drama and have basically been spoiled for every single one of her books. I definitely understand why people may have disagreements but that doesn’t mean that you should be attacking one another for stating an opinion. Instead of attacking one another for not liking a character, story, couple simply respect their opinion and move on. No one should ever feel bad about stating their opinion and the fact that people are so determined to bring each other down over a difference in opinion is ridiculous. Everyone has a different interpretation of the books they read and everyone should be entitled to discuss their thoughts in a respectful manner without having to worry about being “attacked.”
    Where I do draw the line is the hate for Maas herself. I always believe that whether you like the book or not you should be respectful to the author because at the end of the day this is her work.
    Typically, I know a lot of the drama is centered on the shipping wars and because I am generally intolerant of love triangles/squares I can’t see myself picking up the books any time soon but the fandom drama and hate has definitely contributed to my reluctance.
    Sorry for the rant, apparently I needed to vent as well haha.

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    1. I appreciate the rant, so rant away, lol. I’ve heard time and time again that everyone has a problem with the way she writes romance and the number of geometrical relationships in her books and it can get annoying because you never know who will end up with who. But honestly, if the most important thing while you’re reading a book is whether or not your ship survive, then I wonder how unbiased your review will be because I’m pretty sure if your ship sinks, it will affect your rating and overall enjoyment of the book. It was wrong that people thought it was okay to send all that hate towards Maas. You can disagree with her choices, but flat out criticizing her as a person and calling her an ‘overrated author’ is just plain hateful!

      I’m also sorry that you’ve been spoiled for her books. I really feel that all this drama is unnecessary and people just need to calm down. I’m scared to see what happens when ToG5 releases. I’ll probably stay off social media to avoid that mess.

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  3. This post is so great!
    I really don’t know how I haven’t been spoiled for a lot of books. I haven’t been spoiled on the Throne of Glass series (I still need to read Queen of Shadows) and I haven’t been spoiled for other popular YA book series as well. I guess I’m just really lucky.
    But I definitely understand your anger and frustration. Firstly it should be law that before you say a spoiler, you say the word SPOILER! It isn’t that hard!
    Secondly, you should never bash the author because you don’t like their work. That is just illogical on so many levels.

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    1. You are SO LUCKY that you haven’t been spoiled. I’ve also been spoiled for The Raven Cycle, but I still plan to read it. I wish people would be more considerate when they post spoilers, like use some warning or something. IT’S NOT THAT HARD TO SAY ‘SPOILER ALERT’ -__-. The bashing of the author was just the worst and I am so disappointed with the fandom.

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  4. YES. THANK YOU FOR SAYING THIS. I feel like we often divide ourselves over books instead of coming together. It is fine to have a different opinion and to dislike something, but you don’t have to go hating the author and people who love it. At the same time, it is also not okay to attack someone if the dislike something. It feels like some people are just waiting to create drama.. and don’t get me started on the spoilers. I HATE THEM.

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    1. I honestly didn’t expect things to blow up like they did. I had to stay off Twitter because of the nasty insults being thrown. When people started tweeting spoilers, that’s when I lost it and I had to calm myself down before I could continue ACOMAF, ugh! There’s no reason for all this hate and if you don’t like a series or an author, just stop reading the books. Why waste your time reading something you know you’ll hate when you could be reading your next favorite read? It was just petty behavior and I hope that this doesn’t happen when ToG5 releases. TOO MUCH DRAMA just for a book -__-.


  5. Oh this is why I stopped using Tumblr, the drama is absolutely insane. (And Twitter can occasionally be this way too) What is it about shipping that makes people completely lose their heads? Yes I can be disappointed if something in a book doesn’t go the way I want it to, but it’s certainly never worth getting angry over. It’s certainly NEVER ok to attack an author personally just because you’re being pissy about which fictional characters are dating one another. I think it’s great that you’ve brought attention to the issue, and maybe someone will think twice about the way they act after reading it. πŸ™‚

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    1. I really don’t understand why anyone would get that upset over a sinking ship. This is fiction after all, we don’t need to spend our time defending characters that don’t exist outside the pages of a book. The attacking of the author just got way too out of hand. Some of the comments were down right nasty -__-.

      Hopefully those who thought it was okay to behave this way look back at their actions and think twice next time they find themselves upset over an author’s choices.


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