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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.

I can't stand it, I'm sorry. I'm not saying people who write them are writing bad fics (although some are), and some are executed rather well. Some, not many. But to be honest, it really feels like I'm reading a fic where the writer is the one who really wants these guys fighting all over her and she's living vicariously through Hinata. It's uncomfortable.

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.

Date: 2011-02-15 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] windrider1.livejournal.com
Good rant is good.

Date: 2011-02-15 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pervert-bitch.livejournal.com
Good, the moment I had seen the fic was going for OMG TEH DRAMA I'll had hit the back button like whoa...
That said... you certainly don't like Sakura XD
Not that I like her (or dislike her) but hey... I don't think her fickle at all... she's been in love with Sasuke since forever, and no other boy. And sure he is starting to develop feelings for Naruto (although I still think those are the more brotherly kind) but hey if a girl cannot change her mind after three years of absense (and said crush acting as an asshole... even if I like Sasuske, he IS being an asshole) then maaaaaaaan I must be the ficklest fickle that ever fickled considering between 12 and 16 I have had like 10 crushes and fallen in love twice :P

Date: 2011-02-15 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catriana-chan.livejournal.com
I don't like or dislike her. I hate a lot of her decisions, and when I mean fickle, I don't really mean romance. I'm fine with her liking Naruto now, it's a pretty solid progression. I also understand why she did the whole fake confession thing...but it still came off as fickle because seriously? She was really fucking obvious. Hopefully next time she confesses, it'll be for real.

But she can be indecisive and go back and forth on things (not specifically romance), and normally this is done when she really shouldn't be indecisive.

Date: 2011-02-15 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ero-chibi-chan.livejournal.com
I know exactly how you feel. Although, I don't know which one I hate more: when the author butchers a character so they can do a self-insert or just go right ahead and make an OC that is still obviously a self-insert.

Date: 2011-02-15 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinata6uchiha.livejournal.com
This is a very good rant. I must admit, I think I've been guilty of a few of those. A bad a habit of mine when it comes to my stories, making a few guys like Hinata and so on. But I noticed that a lot of Hinata-centric fics are like this. Especially making Sakura/Ino out to be like really bitchy characters to make them rivals of Hinata and some obstacle she must overcome to get to Sasuke or whomever.

The fic you read, I know there are probably millions like it but the way you described it sounds just like this fic I know of. I think we must have read the same story, lol.

Date: 2011-02-15 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I've only ever read one of those fics (and did not enjoy it, I'm EXTREMELY against character bashing of any kind) and since then, I start reading a fic and often don't even go further than a paragraph because they portray Hinata so unlike how I imagine her - I mean, come on!, a cynical/swearing Hinata? a sassy wanna-be coyote that hides behind her 'fake' shyness? Seriously, I've seen the worst kinds, which makes me all the happier that you're not one of those writers. When I check this page and see you've posted a new chapter/story I always look forward to reading it because I know it to be quality work XD

Dalia

Date: 2011-02-16 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catriana-chan.livejournal.com
I'm not a fan of character bashing either. I try to keep the characters in character as much as I can, unless there's a specific reason (The story is supposed to be funny, dark, angsty, etc), but I'll ignore the character bashing as long as it's not too bad.

And yeah, a cynical, swearing, bitchy Hinata isn't really what I'd imagine her being like. I think that's just folks wanting to write her how they want. Or self-insert, IDEK.

And thank you so much! :) I love writing fanfiction just as much as original, honestly ♥

wow

Date: 2011-02-21 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onlylunag.livejournal.com
i felt like i was reading my personal diary. lol.. i hate those fics and loved the way you ranted

Date: 2011-02-22 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spammishrice.livejournal.com
I know this was a rant, and RAWR! I hate those fics too. But...your synopsis of what I'm assuming is a real fic had me ROLLING. What makes it sad is that the author has no idea how hilarious their stuff is! xD

Date: 2011-02-23 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catriana-chan.livejournal.com
If you found this amusing then my job here is done. ♥

Date: 2011-02-23 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fhclause.livejournal.com
Try to watch Korean drama or Indonesian drama. Nuff said...

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