Why don’t you just break my heart, dashboard
I heard Lorde’s “Royals” song twice today and it will now always remind me of Allegiant.
“As a fan you may have helped build the kingdom, but it is the author who reigns on high as queen.” - Kit Steinkellner, Book Riot
"We all know that it is possible for a book to become more than a book. Once a book (or series) becomes a phenomenon, the rules change. We don’t treat these books exactly like books anymore. They’re more royalty than literature, more living, breathing beings than inanimate objects. We see this happen with classics like Catcher in the Rye and Pride and Prejudice, and with recent fan favorites like aforementioned HP and HG. The fans that made the book the success know they are responsible for this success. So many stop seeing themselves as mere fans and begin to see themselves almost like a board of directors, shareholders in a company, people whose demands must be met. The problem is, their demands do not have to be met. They feel like partial owners, but they are really just readers. This discrepancy between perceived power and real power is jarring.
So the reaction is extreme. This is not just a reaction to a story not going the way readers hoped it would. This is a reaction to the realization that you are powerless in a community you have helped build from the ground up. The fan community is often such a democratic arena, fans can be lulled into a false sense of democracy, but at the end of the day, they don’t really have a vote. If an author has built an empire, she’s allowed to rule that empire as she sees fit. She’s not going to get that much pushback from publishers, nobody shuts the door on that much money. As a fan you may have helped build the kingdom, but it is the author who reigns on high as queen.”