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

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From:thelana
Date:January 30th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)

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I also think that fandom attracts people who want something more than what they get in canon. Not just more episodes, particularly with tv where you get another one every week. But more of something that they just touch on and don't focus on in the episodes. And for action/adventure canon, that's often relationships between characters.


*shrug* I entered fandom for The X-Files after a particularly cool Monster of The Week character (Eve) was left open ended and I was dying to know more about it. Yes, I also loved Mulder and Scully, saw the chemistry and wanted more, but the MOTW stories occasionally drew me in as well. No, not to the extent that I wanted to read fanfic on all of them, but to the extent that they at least affected me and I wanted to talk about it. When somebody polls best or most emotional or most memorable moments of a tv show, I often list guest star stories too. Why? Because guest stars are often more limited and therefore you often can do more radical things with them (have them die, get married...).

To me, a lot of shows with a procedural structure try to say something meaningful with the MOTW episodes, try to showcase certain moral questions (that often can't be answered). If I was a fic writer maybe I would write fic about the characters meditating on those issues or experiencing those issues. Since I'm not a writer I talk about those issues myself.

There's lots of that kind of thing in X-Men. And it just doesn't make sense to me that you have a fandom where it's understood that finding out you're part of an oppressed minority is an emotionally affecting experience but putatively straight guys start fucking each other senseless with nary a thought of how others might categorize them...


Heh, that might be why I'm a total DC girl rather than a Marvel girl. To me "I have superpowers, how do I use them for the good of the world, how do I have a normal life in spite of them, how do I make sure that my powers cause more good than harm, can you fight evil, how do you protect the ones you love..." are just much more interesting to me than oppressed minority angst. I could never get into the X-Men because they just felt too incestuous to me (mutants interacting with mutants, fighting to protect fellow mutants, fighting other mutants...). On the other hand, most DC heroes have a normal family or a civilian identity. Because of that it feels more rooted into typical reality to me, rather than typical reality being mostly hostile.

In that way X-Men is certainly is utopically more progressed (regarding social changes and stuff). But yeah, I do like the movies and I do like the characters, but I could never really get into the comics.
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