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

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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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