Author has written 18 stories for Mega Man, Harry Potter, Ranma, Beetlejuice, Naruto, Pokémon, and Dungeon Keeper.
Stage 2 of my rant from earlier...
I recently got a bad review from a writer who complained that I shoehorned Hermione in. They liked the story at first, but, as soon as Hermione appeared, it was terrible. I checked their profile. They declared that Kooky!Luna, the most popular fanon portrayal, is a load of rubbish, and prefer her as the mildly insane, shy, introverted girl of canon, and that they can't stand stories with Harry or Ginny, preferring stories with Tonks or Fleur, who both, notably, are much older than him.
They also can't stand Hinata, declaring her to be an uninteresting stalker, and would prefer Naruto go screw one of the girls from Kumo, maybe Anko or the Kyuubi. I kid you not. Probably given long enough they'd also find Sakura to be loathsome.
Thankfully, they didn't get to Ranma, my other fandom for working in, or any of the dozen or so I've never got anything good down for.
However, these are a similar kind of idiot to the ones who declare Mary Sue Smith that was created by them is 1,000,000 times better than any other girl in the series, so should be shipped with the main character and they should kill all the other love interests to protect her.
These are people who look at pairings, often grounded in canon references, and go 'No, No, No... I can't stand the canon pairings!'
"How about we have that the Kyuubi is female, and wants to make little kitsunes with Naruto?"... Never mind that it would render the latter three or four arcs largely useless.
"How about we have Harry end up leaving Hogwarts after 4th Year to be with his french girlfriend?"... So, Ignore Voldemort being back, because you want him to shag Fleur silly.
"What if Ranma accepted the kiss of marriage deal and had the Amazons seal his curse?"... OK, Ranma's story is over in a single chapter. Might expand to a few more with a bit of fanon about the Amazons, but things like the Tendos? No longer happen. Period.
The reason the canon pairings are there, and used heavily, is that the story revolves around them as much as the main character. Numerous stories have been hampered by Naruto leaving Konoha or by Harry leaving Hogwarts.
Ranma, I have to note, is the most robust series I know of, being so well compartmentalised, you can have Ranma decide to become Hild's daughter, Great story there, Ozza, AND IT CAN STILL WORK. You have Ranma move to New York after finding out he's really a girl, and IT STILL WORKS.
If you find a fandom like Ranma, where you could twist the narrative into effective knots, and it still springs back, perfectly fine, GREAT. But don't test it by declaring "I don't like the canon pairings, so I want to read stuff where he leaves them behind..."
Because, more often than not, there's no way to write the story, because the author only ever assumed the status quo.
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