Author has written 211 stories for Supernatural, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Jurassic Park, Paranormal Activity, and Hannibal.
Demon Dean is finally canon.
Now everyone's jumping on the Dark (Demon) Dean bandwagon. Welcome abroad, you Johnny and Jane Come Latelies. You guys finally caught up with me and other artists/writers who've been re-creating Dean dark for years. I remember some early reviews I received: “Your stories are well written, but they're so dark!” That amused me. Still does.
Even tho I'm not happy (and not surprised) with the fact that “The Year of The Deanmon” (stupid name) was only 3 weeks, or 3 episodes, I'm happy that my boy finally made it. I don't believe Demon Dean is coming back, ever, which makes the CW's promotion of “The Year” even worse, but that's a rant for another time. Even if that particular pair of black eyes makes a return after mid-season, the Year of the Deanmon is still a pretty short one.
As Joss Whedon said once: “That's what fan fiction is for.”
Jensen's performance was amazing, but a lot of the vocal, immature fans don't want Dean to do anything but stand around and look handsome and worried. I guess Dean's stuck because it seems Carver and company listen to them a little too much. I've heard a lot of talk online about how Dean couldn't stay dark for long because that would damage the brothers' relationship. I call BS on that one. Those same fans didn't say a word about the endless seasons of the neverending variations of Sam: Angel, Demon Blood Junkie, Soulless, Wall, Limp, Corrupted by Ruby, Samifer, you name it. Poor Dean goes dark and all of a sudden it's “Quick, change him back. He scares me!”
You wimps are the reason the rest of us can't have nice things like compelling Dean storylines on the show.
Well, duh!!! Supernatural is supposed to be a show about the (gasp!) supernatural, right? If Jensen scares you then he's doing his job. SPN should let him strut his stuff more often, but for some reason they don't. This would have been the perfect opportunity to really explore what it means to be a demon. I knew Demon Dean was in trouble when Carver proudly announced that there would be a time jump of six months in the season 10 opener. Why? Demon Dean's story should have started from the moment he opened those pitch black peepers of his. We should have seen exactly what he and Crowley did when they howled at the moon. Sorry guys, that photo of Crowley and Dean grinning like loons wearing those silly cowboy hats in the bar was cute but I expected more than that. And I have to say, we Dean fans deserved more than that. But this is Carver that I'm talking about, the same showrunner who announced at a con a year ago that he thought Dean was boring. And I'm not letting the writers off the hook, either, although I have changed my opinion of some of them. Case in point? Demon Dean. Jensen asked the writers why DD was cut short after 3 lousy episodes. They told him Carver told them to do that, which only confirms in my mind that the man wouldn't know a decent story if it walked up and bit him on the butt. And before you PM me defending him, bear in mind that Carver was also the one who told the writers to kill Charlie off. I wasn't a fan of hers and I never was. Just remember, that decision came from him. Seasons 1 through S3 were the best because of the the legendary Kim Manners and the writers on staff back then. I don't include Sera Gamble in that group, even tho she was there. Never liked her and I see no reason to pretend I do now.
I never had high hopes for Carver as showrunner. I took an instant dislike to him after I watched "Point of No Return." The scenes with Dean, Sam, Adam and Zachariah at the end were decent, primarily because of Jensen's acting, but I hated the scenes where bird butt beat Dean bloody and senseless and apparently Bobby and Sam approved because they didn't say a word. Well, excuse me for thinking that Sam would be just as protective of Dean as Dean is of Sam? Guess not. It never occurred to Carver to have Sam say to cassbutt, "Hey, I told you to stop him, not beat him"? That scene had a ripple effect: suddenly there was a whole lot of Dean bashing all over the place, awful stories in which Dean deserved to be beaten because he was a "whiny loser and a quitter." Their words, not mine. Idiots.
So yeah, that is exactly what fanfic is for. I prefer Dean with Powers in my 'verses, and even my Normal!Dean is BAMF. My stories are my reaction to all the crap I've seen Dean take over the years, both on the show and in certain weird corners of this fandom. I'm not a fan of Dean bashing or Dean-Who-Just-Loves-To-Be-Raped-And-Sexually-Brutalized or dumb!computer illiterate Dean. Just because the man didn't know what MySpace was does not mean he's a Luddite. On the show Dean's shown that he's computer and tech savvy on numerous occasions, but some questionable fangirls cling to the notion that he's stupid. I guess that makes them feel better. They conveniently forget about all the innovations and inventions he made while hunting: the rock salt shotgun shells, the EMF reader made from a busted Sony Walkman. I've seen plenty of fics with Dumb!Dean and I always bail when it becomes apparent to me that the story won't work unless Dean is a dummy. They're lousy fics written by careless sloppy writers who cater to brain dead readers. And if you react badly to what I just said, as Bobby Singer would say "A whipped dog will holler."
Now, just to recap: I'm a Dean fan. Have been since 2005. I've written SPN fanfic since 2006. Dean will always be either the Big Damn Hero or the Big Bad in my stories. I do not feel the need to make Sam look bad (stupid or foolish) just to make Dean look good. I've never done that and I never will. I stay away from fics like that and I also drop stories like a bad habit in which the writer makes Dean stupid and Sam the brilliant one. I'm looking at YOU, Keith DiCandido (Nevermore). That's the first and only book I ever had that I burned. No really, I did. I torched it.
A lot of the characters who are dead in canon are still very much alive in my 'verses unless I kill them off. I use Castiel (AKA bird butt, the pigeon, the feather duster or cassbutt) very very sparingly. He's not the big hero here and he never will be. I don't do destiel, and while I have written a few wincest fics on request in my world Dean Winchester is straight. If you like wincest or destiel I'm certain you can find plenty of writers who specialize in that sort of thing on this site.
As a final note, I have to say this about reviews: writers like feedback, and I'm certainly no exception. If you see or follow or fav a story that you like, let the writer know. We're not mind readers. Doesn't have to be a long detailed critique on what worked and what didn't, unless you feel up to it. A simple "Hey, I really like(d)" this story will do the trick and would be greatly appreciated, and might just inspire a writer who thinks no one is interested in a certain story to continue with it. It's been my experience that Real Life can be a purebred bitch, and sometimes writing has to take a backseat, so don't take it personally if a writer doesn't immediately jump to it and start producing new chapters. Stress has a really negative effect on the creative process. Just ask my muse, and be kind. You never know what another person is going through out here.
Climbing down off my soap box now.
And now a word from BlackIceWitch:
An Interesting Thought from a Dedicated Reader
I am tentatively trying to organise a new forum, one featuring a monthly writing competition for the Supernatural fandom. There used to be several competitions on the site, encouraging writers and readers alike to pursue high-quality stories, but they haven't been around for some time. Ideally, a monthly award competition would rekindle interest in writing well, provide feedback for writers and showcase stories for readers to enjoy. We have several confirmed judges and require more, to make the job of reading through the nominated stories easier and therefore not doom the project to fail before it starts.
So, to the basics: Anyone can nominate any story for the competition, provided the author of the story agrees. There are three sections of eligible stories, with eleven categories (genres) per section.
All stories must be complete.
More details will be found on the Supernatural Fan Fiction Awards Forum when it is up and running. If you are passionate about writing or reading Supernatural fan fiction and have the time to commit to the reading and judging of stories, please PM BlackIceWitch to participate in the forum as a judge, specifying the sections/categories you prefer.
A word of thanks:
To LeeMarieJack, who relentlessly pimped “Black Horse and The Cherry Tree” over the summer while I recovered. I owe you, girl. Big time.
To SciFiNutTX. Always a true friend.
To beata101, whose art gave me the inspiration for the “Army of Cain (Darkness Is Coming)” Demon Dean 'verse. I used her artwork for the cover over here on FFnet, but you can't get the full effect of her art from that little postage stamp. Google beata101 on Deviantart; she does beautiful work.
And in closing: if you're in good mental and physical health do everything you can to maintain it. I hope you appreciate how darned lucky you are. If you have recurring problems, hang in there. Take it one day at a time and don't let it get you down. And don't even think of leaving this big noisy party just yet.