With regards to Tommy… I don’t want to repeat myself too much—I’ll drop this quote from before Tommy was saved, and if you’re interested, you can look at more of the discussion before and after.
Basically, this is not from the angle of “oh, a heterosexual should die,” but from the angle of “why does the gay guy die?” It’s a matter of proportion. And it’s about the impact this would have on readers.
Anyway, I don’t believe anyone was accusing JimD of anything. This was a matter of feedback aimed at making ZE:SH better… much like if someone suggests honing a bit of characterization or tweaking some scene structure, that’s not an accusation; it’s a suggestion.
As far as Tommy being fawned over… no more than Madison. Much less than Madison. That’s not to say that I mind people talking about how much they like her—I’m happy to see people get engaged in character discussions—but I’m noting this for the sake of comparison. Just look at the conversations after part two came out… so much Madison love. And I’m glad that people get to share and enjoy that. But while I might see people saying they’re not into her, or don’t get her appeal, I do not see anyone calling this “fawning” or calling it excessive, but, on the significantly less frequent times that people express Tommy love, this has been met with significantly more criticism, to the point of rancor. Why the double-standard?