I'm not certain how "cliche" and "projecting" are meant to be mutually exclusive, but I actually think the primary cause is a sort of True Art Is Angsty
mentality among many fans - the idea that an "angsty/dark" work is inherently better
then a "happy" work.
This is why we get what seems like a larger proportion of Dark Fic
among more idealistic works (although that's also a matter of contrast - Dark Fic
can't really exist
if the original work is already very dark), and why it seems like "depressing" Wild Mass Guessing
is more common among works that it's very unlikely to be true in then anywhere else. I think that there is a mindset among fans that holds a character who only pretends to be happy while being secretly depressed to be somehow better then a character who really is happy all the time.
edited 26th Sep '11 6:53:11 PM by nrjxll