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

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Date:January 31st, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
I agree -- mostly. That is, I agree that realism is important, but for fanfic, my definition of "realism" includes being realistic to the source material.

Right now, I'm doing most of my writing in the James Bond universe -- it's a universe where criminal masterminds and mad scientists try and blow up the world with regularily, only to be foiled by a spy with cool gadgets. Not the most realistic 'verse in the world; one could even make an argument that the AIDS epidemic never reached the same proportions in the Bondverse as it did in the real world. (James made a joke about 'safe sex' in Goldeneye, but he's still as promiscuous as ever.)

But a big part of "canonical realism" -- maybe even the big part -- is keeping everyone in character. James Bond isn't going to turn into an angsty uber-woman just because he's let his best friend and partner fuck him -- and neither is he going to suddenly quit sleeping with women or start (actively) supporting gay rights.

And why should he? He's still getting as many women as ever, and his thing with Alec is just sex. He's certainly not gay ... and he's certainly not in love with Alec. Of course, we-the-readers all know better, but having him get in touch with his emotions -- or worse, discussing them with Alec -- would be completely OOC.
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Date:January 31st, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
Your fiction sounds interesting! I've never seen James Bond fanfic. Anyway, I think there are a number of different aspects of realism, as etrangere comments elsewhere in this entry, and being true to canon is an important one for many people, both in terms of being true to the canon universe (criminal masterminds, mad scientists, spies with gadgets) and true to the characters.
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Date:February 2nd, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
Bondfic tends to be about equally divided between the Goldeneye (slash, which I write) camp and the authors of action fics, although the recent release of Casino Royale has brought new writers into that side of things. About the only contact the two groups get is being on the same board at Fanfic.net. Though so far, at least, it seems to be an amicable situation, both fandoms kind of go along doing their own thing, waving at each other when they pass in the halls but not stopping for any in-depth conversation.

Part of what I like about this particular fandom is that it can be such a dark and twisted place. James Bond is an assassin; he's killed dozens of masterminds and hundreds, if not thousands, of faceless minions. He's not a nice guy, his lover's not a nice guy, and when they're putting each other through hell, we're not just staying out late or forgetting to do the dishes. In my current WIP (which goes AU just at the end of the movie) there's physical trauma, brainwashing, mindgames of epic proportions -- and all in the name of love.
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