Some Further Thoughts on Realism in Slash - Mo's Journal
Some Further Thoughts on Realism in Slash|
|Date:||January 30th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)|| |
Why is it so hard for some people to accept that there are women who want realism and not fantasy?
Or even women who want realism in fantasy. Give me telepathy and telekinesis and mutant healing factor and shape-shifting and weather-controlling and optic blasts and x-ray vision and adamantium claws. Give me people using all of that in sex, even, but make them sound like real people.
I love this comment. (here from metafandom and can't do much more that just agree with so much of what's here). I read m/m slash, and I also read published gay fiction, and on the whole I'd rather read something that has its roots in some kind of recognisable emotional reality. I have trouble with the ultra-romantic schmoopy slash, because I don't really want to read about feminised men. I guess I like reading about Real Men who just happen to want sex with other Real Men... oh no, that sounds like pure kink now, I don't quite mean it like that!
It's also important to me that a gay reader could read the same story and wouldn't get turned off or appalled by it. I'm not sure why. I just like it to have an echo of passing reality, even if is set in cyberspace; perhaps it's because my idealised view of the slash audience is that it's a very mixed-up one (straight, gay, bi), and if I write something I have that mixed-up audience in mind.
|Date:||January 31st, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)|| |
I like the diversity of the "mixed-up audience," as you say. Somewhere on metafandom, someone was conducting a poll on demographics in slash (to counter the idea that we're all middle aged heterosexual SAH wives and mothers). Judging by the readers who write to me about my stories, we're a lot more diverse than that. Yes, most are women, but a significant minority are gay men and even the occasional straight man. And age is all over the map from high school to grandmothers, and there are people from all over the world. It's one of the things I love about this hobby, the ability to cybermeet people in so many different circumstances. Who would have thought that stories about mutant superheroes who have sex with each other could have such broad appeal :-)?
Damnit I need to get into X-Men!