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January 29th, 2007
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Some Further Thoughts on Realism in Slash

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From:melty_girl
Date:January 30th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
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I'm bi and I have to say that I really favor realism. I'm one of those who gets really annoyed and often tunes out if one or both of the men sound more like women. I'm also really annoyed when things are too mushy too often or the main characters are always virtuous and never make mistakes. I like both fantasy and non-fantasy fic universes, but unrealistic dialogue and unrealistic sex distract me.

Even though my reading habits are probably 70/30 slash/het, so far in my short porn career, I've only written het fic, and one of the main things that moved me to write the series was because the all the het RPF I was reading at one point was just so distractingly unrealistic. I was left wanting more, and I wanted the smut I was longing for to exist. So that was the challenge I took on for myself: to write a Cillian Murphy het RPF series with messiness, male insensitivity, power issues, miscommunication, realistic dialogue sans overtalking, and believable behind-the-scenes-on-set elements. And the most gratifying feedback I received was from Cillian Murphy fans who generally dislike het (but had decided to venture in anyway because it was new Cillian fic and the pool is limited), but who raved about how realistic and hot my series was. That's what made me feel like I had been able to write a male character successfully. I had satisfied a nice number of women readers, straight and queer, who generally favored realistic slash. Goal achieved -- woo hoo!
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From:mofic
Date:January 30th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)
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Good for you! I would think that realism would be highly valued in RPF.

I like both fantasy and non-fantasy fic universes, but unrealistic dialogue and unrealistic sex distract me.

Very well said! My friend kestresparhawk tells me that, among fantasy writers, the ability to give the fantasy world a texture and consistency that feels legitimate to the reader is called "magical realism." That's what I want - magical realism. I want to believe in the fantasy universe - be it close to ours like the X-Men, a little different like HP or way out there. And dialogue or action (sexual or otherwise) that doesn't seem real distracts me and diminishes that belief.
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From:melty_girl
Date:January 30th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
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I hear you on magical realism.

I would think that realism would be highly valued in RPF.

You would think... but sadly, often you'd be very wrong. The divide you describe in this post exists in RPF/RPS just as it does in all other fanfic. I feel like there's a lot of unrealistic hearts and flowers in het RPF in particular, where everything is an easy romance with Prince Charming falling to his knees saying everything that girls who like boys dream of. I prefer realistic, human characters who are often inarticulate, plus some angst.
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