Some Further Thoughts on Realism in Slash - Mo's Journal
Some Further Thoughts on Realism in Slash|
My usual example is that in any real :-) sense, a guy who can kill people with his eyes is a lot less realistic than a sexually active MSM not thinking at all about HIV in early 21st Century North America, but I'll gladly go along with the ride for the former and not for the latter.
Well, a reality that has killer eyebeams is one of the things you have to expect reading X-Men fic. Whether this reality is going to deal with real world problems such as HIV or the rising cost of energy bills is up to the fanfic author and the level of grit they want to invoke.
|Date:||January 30th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)|| |
Yes, I think I said that in the comment you're replying to :-). I said: "within a given fandom, you're only going to have people who accept certain kinds of unrealistic elements (e.g. if someone is going to say "Gawd that whole mutant powers thing is so bogus I can't bear to read it" she's not going to be in X-Men fandom), so where people differ will be in some of the other issues."
so where people differ will be in some of the other issues
But it's not just a reader-by-reader thing, it's also (for some of us, anyway) a story-by-story thing. An X-Men fic that worries about broken plumbing and energy bills but doesn't worry about unprotected sex is problematic in the inconsistency of its level of realism.