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March 1st, 2010
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From:executrix
Date:March 1st, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
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I practically *never* write violence! It's true that sex and violence are both adrenaline-driven, and the writer's intention is to produce exciting reading. But, although I don't identify with characters, I still have far more fond memories of RL sex than of RL violence.
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From:mofic
Date:March 1st, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
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LOL! Me, too. But do you only write about what you have fond memories of?

It seems to me to have fully realized characters we need to have the good and the bad in the writing. And that applies to sex, too - I don't only write good sex.

Violence is certainly not required in all writing, by any means. But I've come to feel that it can be an effective tool, and also that when writing about people who live pretty violent lives, as my characters do, it's not good to omit it. You don't get a whole picture of who they are...
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From:executrix
Date:March 1st, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
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There's a book by Meredith Skura called "Shakespeare and the Purpose of Playing," and this post really raises questions about the Purpose of Fanfic. I tend to feel that its function is as much providing extras and fix-its as continuing the canon, but I certainly see the arguments for adhering to the tone and subject matter of the canon.

And I always have to guard against the temptation to say "Gee, I can't write about that effectively, therefore IT ISN'T WORTH WRITING ABOUT." Luckily, there are plenty of other writers in my fandoms.

I am likely to write about the silly side of sex but not its traumatic aspects...
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From:mofic
Date:March 1st, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
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I tend to feel that its function is as much providing extras and fix-its as continuing the canon, but I certainly see the arguments for adhering to the tone and subject matter of the canon.

I think fanfic has multiple functions. And yes, fixing and continuing canon are good ones. I feel its purpose is whatever we want it to be.

My preference in my fandom is for very realistic fiction. That's what got me into X-Men in the first place, the ability to kind of squint mentally and believe it's all real. So, for me, the fighting is part of that. Which doesn't mean it *has* to be "on screen" but I've found there are things I can do with it that I couldn't when writing just what happened before and after the battle.

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