Anonymous asked: it really does suck. in particular i loved cas and identified with him and now i feel like he's been ripped violently out of my grasp and stomped on and its really hard. but thanks for the kind words <3 i'll get there an di'll always have paris
Try to think of it this way. SPN’s a little like fandom. In every fandom there’s that one fic everyone loves. Everyone recs. Everyone squees over. And it’s not perfect (nothing is) but even the people who don’t like it have to admit it’s not bad, for a fanfic.
That was Kripke’s S1-5.
And like every amazing fic in fandom, the fans asked for a sequel. Now there are 2 things a fic author should never do:
The first thing you should never do is agree to write a sequel. It’ll never live up to expectations. Not yours and not your readers. All you’ll end up doing is tarnishing the original because sequels are never as good as people want them to be.
Now the second thing a fic author should never do is offer up the universe for other people to play in, and then promptly leave the fandom. This is exactly what Kripke did. He let someone else write his sequel.
Now Gamble, you have to give her credit, because it’s pretty obvious by mid S7 she knew. She knew she was undermining the original in her quest to find new shit to write about. She knew she lacked the strength of Kripke’s vision. She knew she wasn’t doing it justice. So she bailed, and rightly so. The problem is she gave control of her sequel to another fic writer.
And that’s where things get worse. Because this fic writer didn’t just want to clean up the can of worms Gamble opened. No, he wanted to invite all his badfic writer friends to play in a universe belonging to a fic he read 3+ years ago.
So don’t feel like Cas has been ruined. Cas is as Kripke (and Edlund, because let’s be honest he was Edlund’s baby) intended. What you’re seeing right now isn’t Cas. The Cas you’re seeing is a badfic sequel of a sequel of the original written by three different authors. At this point he’s so badly mangled I don’t think even Misha recognizes him. In fact, the only people who really care about the original Cas ditched to play in a new sandbox a long time ago.
Cas is still there. Just go back to the original fic.