On creator intent and critical thinking.

I feel a little better now that I’ve vented about that particular irritation. And yes, I actually was starting to feel a tension headache coming on. That’s usually a sign that my blood pressure’s gotten a little high.

When I said ignoring a content creator’s wishes irritates me? I wasn’t kidding. I find it disrespectful to that creative individual.

I love Markiplier’s work, and I respect him deeply, from one creative spirit to another. That means, when I talk about my personal headcanons on Dark, I’m still taking Mark’s original ideas for the character into account.

Markiplier created Dark as a social manipulator and a monster. He’s meant to be taken seriously, something to be afraid of, someone to avoid if possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have your soft headcanons and humour, but it does mean that canon carries more weight than fanon every time.

If a creator says a work he’s created with that character isn’t canon, take his word for it. You can still enjoy it as a sort of “official fanfic,” if you will.

And I’m not just talking about Markiplier’s stuff either, I mean any creative works by any content creator. Listen to the work’s creator(s); hear the message behind the work itself. Learn to think critically and interpret a work, instead of immediately assuming about everything you see.

Critical thinking is something that’s not taught in schools, and is only learned by experience. The more life experience you have, and the more works you consume, the more you begin to notice the particular patterns of their tropes. You learn to analyze the work, and dissecting it becomes part of the enjoyment of experiencing it.

Critical thinking isn’t just something you should have for your entertainment, but something you need for everyday life. Analyzing a fictional work is good practice for dealing with news stories and what you’re told in conversation.

Learn to think critically, and you won’t get a nasty shock in the real world. People who wish ill won’t be able to take advantage of you. Accepting what you see uncritically means that, in the real world, unscrupulous people will rob you blind.

This is the lesson creators try to teach you when they create villains and complex storylines: Don’t believe everything you see. Question everything.

With fiction, you’re being given essential truths that first look like falsehoods. Think deeply on these things… and wonder.

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