Various comments I have received in response to my whiny post have led me to make the following conclusions:
- Pretty much everyone sees their own views as a minority opinion, and their own fics as of specialized interest only.
- It is very hard to determine who is right about this, because the evidence we have (meta discussions, fics, and fic comments) are a very biased sample of views-at-large, and are often emitted in highly correlated clusters.
- Many (most?) people enjoy well-written stories that conflict with their own headcanon, but some of those same people are made uncomfortable by impassioned meta that conveys the same opinions.
- I should stop stressing out about this and just write stuff.