There are technically no rules in photography but accepted best practises. I believe you should know the rules before trying to break them. Breaking them makes sense if you know why you are breaking them.
Scientists in photography are passionate about the bell curve . For that perfect exposure. The perfect exposure is what you want to make. For eg take this shot. The exposue is 1.5 times brighter then the camera meter suggested. If I wanted correct exposure I should have had less light. The problem is I didnt want that. I should have reduced a stop and a half. I wanted the one I ended with. So I purposely over exposed. Think about exposing the picture you want and not the camera wants. Thats the difference between making and taking a picture.