Reminder: Dark Touhou portrayals are okay. Without them, we wouldn't have Koishi Komeiji's Heart-Throbbing Adventure, Imperfect Metamorphosis, the works of Usually Dead, Osana Reimu, or even Forbidden Scrollery. If you personally don't like them, don't watch them, but content creators are allowed to make dark Touhou works as freely as they're allowed to make lighthearted Touhou works. (And by that same token, don't knock the light works, either: we need stuff like Life of Maid, Hang In There Kogasa-San, the Walfas sketch videos, or the MMD works of Totty to brighten our days as well.)
Sure, I give DitR a lot of crap, but only because it misrepresents Touhou since it's more about Touhou fanfic culture and the self-insert fic cliches (kid gets gapped over by Yukari, meets cast, falls in love, gets midway through trying to resolve "the worst incident ever," occasionally sex and over-the-top violence, and then another author restarts where they left off, over and over again, with the characters not remembering nor learning from anything that happened). I made it dark and dystopian to get fanfic writers to think. To quote Yukari in my latest comic, "Would you like to hear about the future of Gensokyo? A future that will create enough terror to sustain the youkai indefinitely? Just imagine self-insert OCs unwittingly causing the worst incident in Gensokyo's history, over and over and over and over again... FOREVER!" Basically, DitR's not about dark fics: it's about repeating the "gappy formula" again and again and again, and it will continue until we do something different.
Here's a definitive list of what kinda Touhou fan content you're allowed to make, assuming it's not intentionally offensive or illegal:
-Anything. Period. Light Gensokyo, Dark Gensokyo, mean Reimu, nice Reimu, manipulative Yukari, heroic Yukari, serious, funny, dramatic, comedic, bittersweet, surreal, realistic, high school AUs, mecha combat AUs, AUs where everyone is sentient talking toasters, AUs where the youkai are globs of bacteria in the Gensokyo petri dish, ANYTHING.
Sure, craft is important: audiences want to be entertained, and writing/editing skills aid in this (but even then, nothing is foolproof: better craft only raises our chances of a successful project, not guarantee success). Beyond that, anything is possible.
Everyone has a Gensokyo to share, and nobody else has one like yours. Don't just blindly copy the other Gensokyos: share yours, and if it's good enough, maybe it'll be remembered among the other oft-imitated-never-replicated Gensokyos of so many others. Never let anyone tell you what "is/isn't allowed" in the Touhou community, nor its niches like Walfas, MMD, fangames, and so on: we all want original and well-executed ideas, regardless of what it is, so go ahead and share your Gensokyo with the world!
*The same applies to any other fandom. Life's too short to copy other people's ideas, so if you want to march to the beat of your own drum and give us an original portrayal of an existing series, be it light or dark, DO IT!