1. When it comes to thinking more in terms of small bookstores rather than being famous or on the best seller’s list, there’s an observation made in several Youtube comment sections that might be good to keep in mind: The observation is that, back then, many nerds wished, or at least liked the idea of, their favorite stories and hobbies going mainstream. Maybe if more people liked sci fi and fantasy, there would be more people to talk to about those subjects, and less people that would bully the nerds.

    Fast forward to today, and this idea seems to have backfired in some respects. When something goes mainstream, there is an element of it that is expected to appeal to everyone, or at least the widest audience possible. It can also get noticed and overtaken by people that act like something is only legitimate if it furthers their opinions. When all that stuff starts to happen, it becomes less about telling an awesome and unique story and more about taking certain things out to make it more ‘palatable’ to whoever has influence over the franchise.

    In that sense, obscurity is freedom. Significance and renown aren’t bad either, but we should consider the time, place and manner aspects of those things. In this case, it can be hard for something to truly maintain its identity and autonomy if everyone knows about it and has reasons to turn it into something else. If we keep those dynamics in mind, hopefully we will be more prepared for them.

What say you?