And about fan fiction...
Just thinking about fan fiction in general since there seems to be a bit of discussion about it on dl_anon.
In general, I admit to occasionally perusing the odd fanfic or two. I had actually never read slash until I stumbled on a Domlij one a couple of months ago. Why yes, I do live in a cave, thank you very much!
To be frank, guy-on-guy action doesn't get me excited per se, but this little ficlet was short, sweet, well-written, and seemed to encapsulate the guys' characters perfectly. Also, it was only slightly suggestive, as far as sexual innuendo goes. Of course, I fell head over heels in love with this type of short story. I read more fanfic in the hopes of recreating that *squee* experience, but I ran into more bad than good.
And this is not to dump on anyone, because I know how hard it is to write well. Personally, I think fiction is the most difficult type of prose to do simply because you have *so* much freedom...it's hard not to go completely ape shit. Making stuff believable, even if you have existing charas, becomes rooted in either your personal experience or your own kooky imagination.
And, for every fic that I sighed over and admired immensely, there were ten others that made me squirm with their graphic, terribly technical descriptions of sex, melodramatic and co-dependent relationships, and people acting COMPLETELY out of character (er...I think).
The good ones that made me *squee*? Had a delicious mixture of comedy and angst. The romantic stuff was intense, but not necessarily an anatomy lesson. The dialogue was good and any out-of-character behavior was explained and well thought out. The writing was clean, succinct, yet flowery enough to make the romantic in me gush. I think many of the writers I like have probably been in at least one serious relationship and have had some life experience from which they draw their stories.
Anyway...just blathering as usual. Don't get me wrong. There are tons of talented fic writers out there. And it take serious balls to put your stuff out there for everyone to critique. I know I couldn't do it. Even if I did actually sit down and write a fic of my own. But I do think the more technical side of sex can be left to Anatomy/Physiology class.
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