So the other day — week? ago? — I saw a gifset from “The Monster at the End of This Book” when Dean Winchester discovers ~fandom~
and he says,
“For fans, they sure do complain a lot.”
with tags basically agreeing (and yes, yes, seeing it did rankle
a little bita lot okay)
This got me thinking about a) how the actors view their fans b) how the narrative itself views its fans and c) how the fans perceive both these perceptions and unnecessarily conflate the two into something that isn’t really so, while also inhabiting a shifting space (which is unsurprising, actually, especially considering that Becky Rosen conceptualizes the fandom space).
a) I think it’s pretty clear that the actors appreciate their fans. Individual personal stories (as opposed to more on-stage stories) that I’ve read indicate more good things than bad things on that front (but, Sonja, weren’t you that [slur redacted] who started up that crap about misha and j2 — yeah, i did. remember that part where nice people can still be douchebags? how people have piles of good things and piles of bad things and neither one invalidates the other but goddamn don’t use the good things to apologize/excuse for the bad things? okay i’m glad we got that out of the way).
b) the narrative really, really, really hates its fans.
c) often times i feel that fans fail to distinguish between actors and narrative and conflate the idea that Supernatural loves its fans — so they tend to ask why certain members of fandom keep complaining so damned much.
Emily Perkins - (Fun Fridays: Q&A with actress Emily Perkins of “Supernatural”)
#yes please #DO WANT THIS!!!!
On another note entirely: Emily Perkins, are we the same person? .__.
That time when Emily Perkins had a better grasp on her character than the writers of the show.