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

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From:carmarthen
Date:February 7th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)

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where the writer shows some understanding of the variety of experiences and behaviors gay men do exhibit. And there are many writers who not only know nothing about gay men's experience (sexually and otherwise) but don't *want* to know anything about them, because they prefer a fantasy creation to realistic sounding fiction. And I'm fine with that, for them, but I don't like the idea that preferring unrealistic fiction is something all women want, since I don't.

Yes, I would agree with that--although it's going to be hard to show a variety of experiences and behaviors in your average short fic with only a few characters. Variety builds up in a given writer's works as a whole....

And, for me, it shows in a negative way, because I'm looking for fiction informed by real life.

I am as well, but apparently my real life experiences are worlds away from those of many of the people drumming for realism. I can only write what I know, and other people may read it and say, "Well, all the men I know aren't like that." But the ones I know are, and why is my experience automatically less valid?

But it's also complicated for me because I primarily like historical/fantasy/SF fandoms, and in the first case, we can only know so much about what being queer was like in a given culture at a given time (usually very little and read between the lines), and the latter two can only be informed by modern or historical experience but there's no real benchmark of reality. So whenever someone is all "Fandom should deal more with Modern Gay Issue X!" I am over here going, "But...there wasn't any AIDs/coming out/gay identity in 1500...."
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From:mofic
Date:February 7th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)

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Yes, I would agree with that--although it's going to be hard to show a variety of experiences and behaviors in your average short fic with only a few characters. Variety builds up in a given writer's works as a whole....

The writer must know a lot more than she writes in any one story. Knowledge of variety shows even in shorter works, I think.
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