Warning: If you like Hinata drama-centric fics where guys fight over her or she likes more than one guy, do not read this rant. Please. I'm not trying to offend anyone, this is just my personal opinion on the topic and I am not in any way trying to bash anyone in particular. And no, I am also not saying you're a bad writer if you write these sort of fics or that your particular fic is bad. I just don't enjoy them.
I'm going to say it: I cannot stand Hinata fics where a she goes back and forth between 2-5+ guys. It makes her look shallow and fickle.
There. I said it.
I know those kind of drama fics are popular, I've seen the fics and I've seen the reviews. I've read them. They do not impress me.
Note: I am not talking about Harem fics. Those are different and are usually for laughs anyway. Plus, normally you know what you're getting into with those.
It's annoying to read a fic were Hinata is all about Naruto, but then (Insert Male Here) comes along and she slowly starts falling for him. THEN, Naruto all of a sudden realizes *gasp* "I've been in love with Hinata all along for no real reason beyond the author wanted to throw it in there! Go out with me Hinata!" And suddenly "OH NOES! I'm in love with two guys!"
Insert cheesy plot twist where Hinata goes back and forth between the two, unsure of what to do. If you want to be extra special, throw in another guy. Gaara. Usually Gaara is thrown in there. If not Gaara, Itachi or Sasuke. Then, to put the icing on the cake, let's throw in a car accident, plane crash, someone almost dies, someone gets amnesia(usually Hinata), jealous Sakura/Ino/Karin usually involving pointless bashing to make them look like bitches and Hinata look like a pure goddess (Mary Sue), Hinata starts dating one of the guys and then dumps him for her ONE TRU WUV only to feel bad about it later(*rolls eyes*), and other extreme misc plot devices that make Hinata look like a shallow, fickle, ninny.
But then again, I also don't watch/care for soap operas, which are very heavy with this. As are many shojo manga. Usually in a deep rooted shojo, the girl mysteriously has all these fine hunka man loves wanting in her panties and she just can't decide on who! This normally starts with her liking one guy, but the guy doesn't like her or won't give her the time of day. Then the bullshit starts.
I could see these sort of fics with Sakura, because Sakura is a fickle character and has shown this. Hinata is an extremely loyal individual, I honestly cannot see her ever going back and forth on love. If she gave up on Naruto and started falling for someone else, I cannot see Hinata leaving that person for Naruto just because the guy decided he all of a sudden liked Hinata for no reason in particular. She just isn't that fickle. Hinata would probably make sure she had given up on her feelings for Naruto before she persued any other relationship. Once she decided to pursue that, Naruto is done. I don't see her jumping back to him, because she probably wouldn't love him the same anymore, that love would now be with the one she had fallen for.
I know it's fanfic, so it's not like a huge massive pet peeve of mine, but I was reading this fic today and just the sheer amount of drama involved made me cringe by the latest updated chapter. By then, I was glad it had ended, because I couldn't stomach anymore 'bombshells' the author wanted to drop to keep the readers going "OMG OOOOOO!"
So the next time I start to read a fic and I see it going down that lane, I'm just going to turn and run for the hills and spare my eyes the rolling they'll do. I mean seriously, the fic was like this:
- Hinata loves Naruto, Naruto loves Sakura. Sakura loves Sasuke. Typical square. Naruto confesses to Sakura. Sakura, being a big bitch, confesses to Sasuke and then turns around and dates Naruto when she gets rejected. Hinata is sad, Sasuke comes to her rescue and the two grow closer. Hinata moves on and OMG Naruto is jealous and decides to confess. Hinata is confused but decides to stick with Sasuke. HINATA THEN GAINS AMNESIA. Doesn't remember Sasuke. Naruto decides this might be his chance and we find out that in reality, Naruto had ALWAYS loved Hinata (this came completely out of the blue with absolutely nothing to back it up besides it being random). Sakura lies to Hinata about Sasuke because she's a bitch(Unfortunately, I could actually see Sakura doing this). Hinata remembers Sasuke. Drama. Hinata chooses Sasuke but then Hiashi interferes (This is typical of a Hinata fic) and sets her up in an arranged marriage (Very, very, very typical) with *gasp* Gaara. Sasuke decides to leave without telling Hinata, Hinata is disappoint. Did I mention Itachi had hit on her for a while? No? Throw Karin in there for no reason and give her a pointless plot (I didn't even get why she threatened Sakura to try and break up Hinata and Sasuke if she already had a boyfriend and didn't want him).
It's TOO MUCH DRAMA. There is a limit to drama folks, there really is. The concept was good for a while, but then it just got ridiculous towards the later chapters and I couldn't take it anymore. It's just not my thing.
I've had people ask me to write fics like that, or reviewers that were disappointed because one of the guys in my fic that liked Hinata gave up on her too easily. I can't do drama like that. It feels unrealistic and it's not fun for me to write. I want to focus on the couple, on their relationship, because a relationship has enough problems without adding meaningless drama to it (IMO).
If I can help it, I will never write these sort of fics...so please do not ever ask(Yes, some people have). I do enjoy harem fics though, especially if they're humorous in nature.