Hello, everyone! This journal entry is another one of my personal opinions involving Fanfiction.
I'm here to talk about a thing I seen thrown around too many times in fanfiction. I may not be the best author, but I take time to try and educate myself on how things work and turn out when taking sensitive topics that are regarded as taboo and planning on working them into my stories. That being said, I cannot stand it when people take such subjects and twist them in ways that seem they are completely oblivious to how this situation would happen in the real world. Just because it's fanfiction doesn't mean you get to be insensitive.
Back in September, I read a Powerpuff Girls fanfiction, and afterwards I left a less than positive review for the author. To give a little more insight, this story was basically about Blossom being raped by a drunken Brick the night they graduate high school, she ends up cutting off all contact with him, his brothers and her family, she gets pregnant and raises their daughter for several years before coming back, and its basically a romance being rebuilt between Brick and Blossom.
I left a review because the way this author writes the entire story involving such a sensitive subject like rape annoyed me. This author has the audacity to, when Brick finds out Blossom's daughter is his, make Blossom seem like the bad guy and Brick's anger be justified because Blossom "should've told him" when not two seconds before Blossom points out that Brick RAPED her. This author has the audacity to write that Blossom can't "pull the rape card" because Brick told her "he was sorry soo many times."
That really gets to me. I actually wrote that I do not feel that the author has any idea of just how emotionally tramatic rape is. The fact that this author used such a topic like rape to write a romance involving the victim and her rapist disturbed me, and this whole chapter with Brick turning it on Blossom, making her out to be the bad guy because she didn't tell him, her RAPIST, that she was carrying his child is pure victim blaming. And I said so the in review. I go back and check on the reviews to see if anyone felt the same way.
Sure enough, most of these reviews are just "Oh my god! Best fanfic on here!" and "Hope you update soon." But then, I found this comment, and that's when I had it:
Okay firstly brendaboo22 stole my name and secondly IT IS A FANFICTION! GOD people take these things way to seriously I mean okay yea constructive criticism is great and all but honestly! Thirdly this is my favorite story on this website I relate to Brenda because I was in a simular situation when I was her age, things happened and then instead of mum running away dad left, came back when I was 8 and is still trying to find out where I go to school! Creepy much? lol</span>
When it comes to a topic like rape, yes, people are going to be taking it seriously. Because there are enough problems involving rape and the injustice of victims in the world without inexperienced authors making a story where the victim not only never gets justice, but we're expected to be in awe because of the supposed "romance."
You cannot compare topics like divorce with rape. This is not a story where the parents of a child are going through problems and it's affecting her, this a story where a girl has her left turned upside down by the boy she has a crush on because of his selfish choices (It's mentioned in the fanfic that Brick actually scars Blossom when she tries to scream), a story where she flees because she is ashamed and scared because she feels like it shouldn't have happened because she has superpowers. This is a story where the rapist tries to turn everything around on the victim because she kept something from him that happened because he assaulted her physically and sexually. This is a story where we're somehow supposed to feel sympathy for said rapist because he wants to be a good father, and somehow him saying "I'm sorry" is supposed to make it all better.
No. Saying sorry when you do such an awful thing like rape somebody doesn't cut it. It doesn't even come close to that. This is why people really need to put some thought into it before they think of writing a fanfiction where rape is involved. Because of stuff like this- stuff where they take such a atrocious act with a grain of salt and don't even seem to understand just how effective it is. Do your research and educate yourself before you think of using rape as a plot device.
If you don't know what you're talking about, you shouldn't be writing it.