The one saving grace of fan theories is that they are optional. There seems to be some inherent design that many of these theories stop just short of conclusiveness. To conclude that a theory is correct is, like Barthes’s Authored text, to close it off, to assimilate into reality. A theory is more potent as an alternative to reality rather than a representation of it. It is an escape hatch from tedium rather than a solution to a mystery.
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