Another meme - three words given to me by spiced_wine
Universally reviled, but I like it. When it's well-written, which admittedly is rare. Very often, you can see that it is more a young teenager's fantasy of cute little babies, making use of every conceivable cliché there is, which isn't exactly what I'm looking for. I've always been interested in gender, and mpreg seems to me like a perfect way of exploring and breaking the gender binary. One of the opinions I've often seen when mpreg comes up in discussions every now and then is that people seem to think it's pushing heteronormativity, that it shows a belief that a relationship needs to result in a child to be perfect, and what I'm interested in couldn't be further away from that.
What does it mean to be a man, to be a woman? Is
there such a thing as being a man, being a woman? What if someone who has always identified as male were to get pregnant - what would change for him, for how he sees himself, what wouldn't? That are the kind of questions I'm interested in.
Here, btw, is a very interesting essay on male pregnancy and gender roles
I stumbled across a few weeks ago.2) Legolas
I love Legolas... But it wasn't so much Orlando Bloom in the movies, but the bit of mystery that clung to him in the books that intrigued me. His father is a king, yet he is never referred to as prince; he seems rather young and not particularly experienced, and Tolkien called him the member of the fellowship that did the least. All of which made my brain go into overdrive creating scenarios which would explain all that. I think we are told about the childhood/background of all the members of the fellowship but Legolas, so of course that is the thing that immediately grabbed my attention.
Also, of course, when I began looking for LotR slash there wasn't really any elfslash yet, so I had to make do with one of the humans paired with Legolas, until at last people began to write things more to my liking like Elrond/Legolas. I was really mostly interested in Tolkien's elves, and since Legolas is the one with the most screentime in the movies, it is probably no surprise that so many stories centered on him.
I like him best sexually submissive, but I don't mind reading about dom!Legolas either - it's not as if there is a plethora of Tolkien bdsm elf slash, so I'll take what I can get. ;)3) Glorfindel
Another character I'm completely in love with. And how can you not fall in love with someone who is described in such a way when he first appears: Glorfindel was tall and straight; his hair was of shining gold, his face was fair and young and fearless and full of joy; his eyes were bright and keen, and his voice like music; on his brow sat wisdom, and in his hand was strength.
My Glorfindel is not a saint - indeed he is far from it, yet despite his many faults I've always envisioned him as possessing an innate nobility, and compassion and generosity to balance his possessiveness, arrogance and natural dominance. Again, as with many of Tolkien's characters, there is a lot of space left for fans to fill, and while many would probably say I abuse that privilege, I cannot see him as a passionless saint, or else he would have never joined the rebellion of the Noldor.
Also, dom!Glorfindel is just hot. ;)