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You see, whenever I read stories, I always, always read the summary and the warnings. When I read the summary and warnings and all that jazz, I decide whether or not I want to read the story. Usually, even if I don't want to, I have to. One, because the site I go to to read stories(AO3, you guys know, you've been there or heard of it) has the summary, warnings and everything else you need to know about what you're reading is inside of the story, so you don't have to press the back button and read them. Two, because I don't want to read a story and see something I don't like when there was a clear warning about that particular thing. Sometimes I read stories with warnings in them, go down to the comments/reviews(Because I like doing so) and see someone complaining about the non-con/dub-con or incest/step-cest/pseudo-cest or the violence or whatever.

Now these people, I don't know whether or not they have actually read the warnings, or just read the warnings and proceeded to read the stories to have some reason to complain or to make the author feel bad for writing those kind of stories. I'm not saying that you're a model person for writing those kind of stories, or that you're a bad person for writing them, I'm just saying that you shouldn't be shamed for liking whatever you like. That's a completely different topic anyway, I'd be here all day if I got into that. For the former, you're not being forced to read it, if you accidentally click on it, or you click on it thinking it's something else, read the summary or warning inside before just reading the whole thing willingly and complaining in the comments/reviews, saying that the author's a bad person for making that kind of story, or that you hate that kind of story. All you have to do and read the summary and warnings and press the back button. I'd be lying if I said that shaming a person's work or complaining about it is the right thing to do.

The only exception for this is if you plan on giving some constructive criticism, not just saying that the author's a bad person or that the story is bad. I'm not saying you're a bad person for disliking, I'm not saying you're a bad person at all, I'm saying that it's annoying to just say you dislike something not state why, or to shame the author.
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