Thanks to Starshades for the inspiration!
I’m don’t know how I feel about this, but I love discussing posts like these. I value ALL Final Fantasy related discussion.
The comment was to express general disdain for the idea, not a lot of thought went into it. I understand I’m being negative and probably shouldn’t have just went ‘Ugh..’, for that I apologize, not trying to rude, I just didn’t really wanna go into detail, but since you asked I’ll elaborate a little.
I have mixed feelings about fan theories. I know for a certainty that I’m not the only one. The weird thing is, I like theories as a discussion idea. Someone puts forth a hypothetical idea and that can start a discussion of the implications of that idea on whichever story it’s applied to. That’s great! A frequent poster on this sub, Gary I think his name was, posts some theories structured like this.
Side note, Starshades is most likely talking about me. But who knows, there could be another Gary out there making theories and I’m just being vain.
Most fan theories are very rarely structured like this though. Instead, they present themselves as canon fact and use very loose “evidence” to sort of shove itself in your face like “whoa look how canon this is!”. This is how Squall is dead functioned, for example. What’s worse is this somehow generates fans who would defend such theories with such fervor that it would simply be exhausting to interact with these fans.
An example of what I consider even worse theory structure is when the author inserts fan fiction to glue the story together and then push that as fact. The Pitioss theory comes to mind. The whole thing was baseless, yet it kept pulling all these crazy ideas which were awesome ideas and would work great as a fan fiction story, but that they tried to prove themselves as fact it left a bad taste, made worse how Pitioss had its own army of fans who just ate it up without question. They weren’t pleasant to interact with.
Then there’s FFpeasant… to be honest I don’t watch his stuff. I tried a few videos of his, but I didn’t like them too much and he kind of seems to be the face of all the things I don’t like about fan theories.
When SE shut down a bunch of these theories, I was glad. I see this post as an attempt to “reload” on fan theories and I can’t say I’m onboard.
I agree to an extent. Part of a successful theory involves a very interesting catch and a large amount of vagueness. Let others “fill-in-the-blanks” to create more interesting theories. It’s can be annoying if it’s not your cup of tea. For those who like theories, it can be fulfilling.
But I never make these theories about canonical facts. It’s a hobby, and the hypothetical discussions are the best part of discussions like this. Final Fantasy Peasant makes great and interesting theories. I spoke with him before, he’s a pretty chill guy. I hope he’s doing well, and still making awesome content!
As a side note, I think the danger might be Square Enix’s adversity to making really interesting games. Maybe they don’t want to copy the ideas of fans, so they don’t have to give anyone credit. Maybe they feel very, very insecure about their ability to make more theories. If the fan theory is more interesting, maybe they’ll keep it very simple and formulaic. Maybe it’s easier to make a simple and formulaic game.
Either way, fan theories generate interest. And as long as we don’t take them too seriously, we can enjoy this awesome series together.