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This is a follow up to a previous post. This time I share my own thoughts on Andy based on his own writing and the reports of people who have dealt with him first hand. I am convinced that Andy is building up a little niche for himself in the Destiel part of the Supernatural fandom and that, as before, people will end up hurt. As a fandom, we should take a little responsibility for taking care of each other. In this case, unfortunately, our ability to care for each other is limited to sharing information to ensure that people know who they’re dealing with when it comes to Andrew Blake, aka andythanfiction.
My motivation in doing this is a sense of protectiveness about our corner of fandom. My last post in this blog got just under 400 notes so far and there are thousands of Destiel fans. 400 notes means it’s reached only a tiny fraction of the fandom. This has to reach more people. With every new post there’s a chance of more people seeing it. Please reblog and tag #destiel for maximum visibility.
The line I took for the title of my post, “And I’m prouder of that than if I’d simply been ‘good’ from the beginning”, comes from a post of Andy’s here.
Let’s start by unpacking that. Andy doesn’t say he’s ashamed of what he did, he doesn’t say he’s sorry. For every admission in this post, there’s an accusation to cancel it out. He says he has “gotten past it”, “sought help” and therefore he is now “proud”. You know why? Because this overcoming-of-obstacles storyline is just another tale Andy is telling. Stories like that usually end in pride that a person has overcome their problems, and that’s the story Andy wants us to believe. What he has not addressed here is that he was the problem that other people had to overcome. Abbey Stone has a right to be proud; Andy does not.
If you’ve never read this post by Abbey, Andy’s ex-girlfriend and one of the people hurt most by his lies and manipulations, read it now. It details the stories Andy told and wove together in his cult days. Bookshop has written an article on cults as broken RPGs and Andy’s cult was an example of one such broken RPG, where real life and fantasy life blend and people become victims. Andy cons with stories. He’s very good at it. It’s a skill he’s been honing for ten years. And here is the current story in a nutshell: Brave Andy has overcome his own mental illness and the tragic death of the woman he loved and is now just trying to take part in fandom, write his meta and write his fanfiction in peace.
What a touching tale.
What a load of crap.