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All these years later, I'm still not sure if this is true: are people's preferences for bottoms in slash pairings directly correlated with which character they'd want taken care of? And if so, what does this say about feminism, ideas about gender roles, etc.

I totally get that feminism gets some stuff wrong-- stuff to do with stuff women do feel rather than should feel. It can be overly prescriptive on issues that are too hormonal/biological rather than simply cultural. This is also the case with other social movements (the didacticism), but only veganism and environmentalism seem on par with feminism in this sense. Somehow, believing in 'the right thing' becomes outrage at like, human nature, too easily. Not cool with me. But still.

It's never been natural for me to associate the character I'd like to bottom with infantilizing or identification, even, and I don't know how to judge my own freakishness. Reading (and enjoying) bottom!Kirk fics has especially brought this home to me. I prefer top!Kirk because I like the dynamic with Spock better, because it exposes aspects of Spock I find interesting (his emotional yielding to Kirk becomes manifested physically, yet also problematized). I find I'm ok with bottom/switch!Kirk if the fic explores similar issues with Spock anyway, though in my mind I also simply don't like the issues bottom!Kirk has (not interesting to me psychologically). Other people seem to focus on who's more 'in-control' emotionally (tops), who's more of a woobie (bottoms), who's prettier or skinnier (often bottoms), even. It's just kind of problematic in both characterization & feminist ways. Ironically, yaoi manga plays with these cliches a lot of times where the point is having a pretty-boy top or whatever, though I'm not sure that's ideal, but it's more than slash seems to do.

The 'realism' angle seems irrelevant, btw; like, I don't care if most gay men don't do penetrative sex, or if the focus on top/bottom itself is 'wrong' (and everyone should switch). That's too didactic/prescriptive. But there's so much predictability & rigidity in most people's preferences that that itself seems problematic somehow-- gender-roles, etc-- except I myself am so hardcore about top!Harry. Though honestly, this is definitely partly rooted in just the horrid characterizations of almost all top!Dracos. Honestly, he's just not dommy at all. The whole thing where he wants to take care of Harry or thinks Harry is a woobie in any way is just so groan-worthy it's embarrassing. And I mean, having Draco be 'cool' enough to top a badass Harry is just silly. I mean, if someone wrote a pathetic Draco topping a badass Harry, ok (if unsatisfying), but that pretty much never happened. Which is probably evidence for the psychological basis thing. *sigh*

Date: 2011-11-05 07:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellia.livejournal.com
All these years later, I'm still not sure if this is true: are people's preferences for bottoms in slash pairings directly correlated with which character they'd want taken care of? And if so, what does this say about feminism, ideas about gender roles, etc.

The cliche I remember most (probably because it rings true-ish for me) is that we tend to want our favs on the bottom. Or more generally, we like it when our favs are the chased, the beloved (also the tortured and the victim). It's likely there's a societal reason for that, since I think many many women have it in common.

But I think it's also a way of "proving" a favored character is awesome. Flashbacks to the zillions of characters and love triangles in one of my 1st fandoms, Ranma, here.

There's a lot of stuff to sort through in fic about "top" vs "bottom" and sex and whether the writer actually translates it into domination in personality (topping from the bottom etc etc), though. It's all kind of complicated and tangled, especially since, as you say, realism isn't really the point and it's all kinda symbolic or fantasy-esque.

I will say, for me, a lot of it is about wanting certain characters put through certain motions and enjoying certain configurations. Like having X pine after Y, having A misunderstand and then pin B to the mattress in a dub-conish way. Sometimes these configs are done with skill, sometimes not. Other people's configs are more obvious when I don't share them (and when they require bending the plot--I'll read my narrative kinks done poorly, but my antikinks require tons of writerly skill to swallow).

It's probably a reader personality thing. Like woobie!Draco (or woobie!Krycek or woobie!Loki or woobie!villain) ... I have absolutely no interest in. I roll my eyes. I cringe at the twisting of the source material.

But I can get down for a woobie!underageHarry getting taken care of by Snape or something so... lol. I would much rather read an evil!Draco topping Harry than a woobie!Draco. So... I think my point is that a lot of it comes down to the overlay/judgment the reader brings to the source material. (Like some people thinking Slytherin is just misunderstood and outcasts, and some thinking they're basically Hitler youth)

I do think there are some tropes that will always be strong, since many female readers share similar overlays through.

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Edited Date: 2011-11-05 07:32 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-06 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floorpigeon.livejournal.com
Hm. Doesn't this assume that most people favor one character over the other? I mean, I do favor Spock (somewhat), so ok, but I don't really favor Draco... though you could make a case that I loved Draco first and got imprinted? Maybe? I mean, it *started* with Draco, though on the other hand I mostly wrote Draco topping back in the beginning 'cause he was all fanon and obsessively badass or whatever (haha IP days). I was always pretty sure I wanted Harry to be chased, even when Harry topped. At the same time, Draco was always the more emotionally vulnerable and desperate one. Um. And then there was the super-freaky days when I was heavily favoring Harry and going very far onto the dommy!Harry side to the point where my Harry morphed into someone a lot harsher and more ruthless than canon, but the more I loved him, the darker I got. I'm just weird, I guess. But then, Harry was always The Beloved, because like, the whole point of the pairing (to me) is that Draco Wants Harry, and he taunts Harry into snapping and pushing him against the wall just to shut him up, etcetc.

To be honest, it's not like the whole 'favorite = woobie' dynamic is foreign to me-- I mean, I wanted him to be happy but I tortured him. So yeah, weirdly, I guess maybe my top!Harry does fit into this dynamic, 'cause I did make him a victim, albeit of himself. I dunno if I'm on crack with this, but I *think* my pushing him to extremes and making him self-destruct might have been a different manifestation of the more typical 'torture woobie till the top heals him with sex'. Well, except my Draco never healed Harry with sex or anything else, and Harry was the one dealing with Draco's issues/mood-swings/sexual needs, and in fact mostly Draco made his life worse. Huh.

With Spock, it kind of works-- sort of-- I guess Jim desiring him sort of(?) proves he's awesome, though I can't imagine either Jim's or Spock's awesomeness being in question, or their regard for each other (well, in the Reboot, ok). Again, I guess Spock bottoming for *me* is more about love/desire compromising his emotional integrity (same as it does to Harry). He has to break something he believes is precious to get together sexually/romantically with Jim or anyone other than his betrothed, but especially Jim, who is so special, his only true friend (and even that he barely acknowledges in TOS after TMP). So yeah, getting them to go further was always a breaking. This is actually the reason I used to be insistent I wasn't a K/S shipper-- I wanted them both to be whole. This is also the reason I eventually preferred Harry to be with Ginny/un-slashed. I didn't want to break him, and could only do it in Reboot (when it's AU so ok) and only half-heartedly with TOS fic sometimes.

I'm with you about the 'putting them through certain motions'-- I sort of mentioned that with exploring issues through Spock bottoming, to do with my general bias toward logical/in-control types letting go, melting the ice, etc. The people who're like, 'Jim is a Captain and thus should shed control in the bedroom' make me gack. I mean, seriously?? haha. blah blah :)

Date: 2011-11-06 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellia.livejournal.com
Well, I'm not 100% sure, but I think you do fall a little more into having a more unusual interpretation and preferences with characters. I mean, this is just me trying to remember how you prefer things and how (HP, Trek) fandom has tendencies, so... (Also those are huge fandoms, so what do I even know).

I actually don't know if most people tend to favor 1 character over the other. I know I do though. I can't even think of a pairing right now where I love both the same! Like there are pairings where I think both are cool people and equal to each other, but I almost always have a not-so-secret fav.

Hm. Now that I think of it wanting to read about people being in love with your favorite is probably a very immature urge. I blame the cartoons I grew up on as a child and romance novels. I have primitive emotional needs ok.

I have so many thoughts about reboot!Trek ad TOS, but yes, Kirk and Spock are both awesome. But having another character be ultra-into your fav character is like... leveling up or something. Or the prince coming with the slipper for Cinderella. The hot popular guy into our clumsy, mousey shoujo heroine! The other characters never guessed how secretly awesome this person was! I feel like these all stem from similar impulses.

Though a well-written Trek fic avoids this since Kirk and Spock actually have a good support system and are functioning adults, which is why I can actually happily read gen for them--just following their adventures and not having anything to do w my lame emotional porn needs. I actually don't care who puts what where with the couple, as long as it's not one of those creepy Spock-is-abusive-Jim-is-a-golden-enabling-god fics.

K/S don't need to be broken to get together! T'Pring dumps him! So then he's free :D I... don't know what to think about Harry not being with Ginny meaning brokenness. There's something I'm not understanding about your reasoning there...

Jim is a Captain and thus should shed control in the bedroom' make me gack

lol I can kind of get this reasoning though. Aren't ~powerful men supposed to tend to like to be dominated in bed? idk It's not something that turns my crank. I do like my fav being held down/dominated, but... lol maybe this is why I tend to skim 99% of sex in all Trek fics.

Date: 2011-11-06 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floorpigeon.livejournal.com
Hahah I do think the love-my-favorite is common. Ok, I know Maya did it... haha. I certainly want people to love my favorite when I have on (like Heero... everyone needs to realize Heero is awesome... thankfully, Duo already does). Anyway, I was overstating-- T'Pring does dump him, but I mean 'broken' in the sense of Spock breaking his own preconceptions. Those sorts of things can be traumatic, especially for Spock (which is why the whole TMP drama occurred, basically, but then he did get over it after the whole dying business).

I think it's specifically my Draco that's the problem, but like... any reasoning I can come up with in my head for why he'd leave Ginny ended up being unacceptable for his emotional health if I swallow JKR characterization 100%. A lot of people are like, 'but no, this isn't Harry's *real* feelings' whenever they feel Ginny's unrealistic or whatever, but I wasn't doing that. So he's just moving towards not obsessing over the Voldemort stuff anymore, accepting Draco as bygones, becoming an Auror and being family with Ron-- and then, to take Ginny away, suddenly I'd be taking this whole happiness away from him. The only reason that this would work for me is if Harry is messed up by war, can't allow himself to have good things, doesn't really buy the whole OBHWF future, etc. Why doesn't he buy it? For him not to buy it anymore, his innocence would have to be broken. In a way, this was always a foundation of most H/D fics-- note just how many involve him distancing himself from Hermione & Ron, considering Draco to be someone who understands his 'true' nature, etc. Basically, I was no longer someone who was ok with Draco being the only person who understood Harry's 'true' nature-- because this would involve breaking something good, breaking his heart to remake it in Draco's image, or something. H/D shippers justify this by saying stuff like the whole OBHWF thing was just wool being pulled over Harry's eyes, he was *naive*, he needed to see the truth to grow as a person, he needed to see Draco (same thing), and Ron/Hermione/his childhood dream of family was holding him back. But then I wasn't really as on-board with that being healthy as I was before after canon was so hardcore 'this is what makes Harry happy'. It became even more obviously a breaking.

Yeah, I generally don't care who tops with K/S either... but I'm a *bit* in favor of bottom!Spock 'cause it makes it more likely Jim isn't like ~~letting go~~ in the bedroom 'cause I'm like, STOP STEALING SPOCK'S SHTICK >___>;; haha. No, I mean, everyone should let go in the bedroom, but my favorite Jim (esp. in Reboot) is like, pretty casual and guy-ish about sex (in contrast to Spock, who is, to put it mildly, uptight). I'm ok when Jim is like, 'ok, whatever, topping, bottoming, fine', but not when he's like, 'omg actually I really luuurve to bottom', 'cause it's just... whut? Why? And also I don't like the skewed dynamic where Spock becomes the one sweeping Jim off his feet, putting on this whole romantic shtick, wooing and so on. In some kind of ideal universe, Spock would be like, awkward and semi-robotic until he snaps and is like, wild animal (neither tend to presage great sex).

There's this one fic where TOS Spock goes into
Pon Farr post-rebirth (I think) and Jim just volunteers (I mean, I think he's available) an*suffers* through the serious pain and like, extreme intensity of 24/7 sex (his poor ass! so little lube! etc). I really liked that a lot, haha. Smooth Spock, this ain't (see, that's Jim's shtick). And then *finally* Jim trains him not to like, leave bruises and finish in 2 minutes *or* go on for 2 hours without ever breaking a sweat, so to speak. And then one can make a mind-meld and emotional rapport the real deciding factor in terms of success. So I guess I still like mild-melding more than sex? In fact, I think back in the days when I read commercial gen as a teenager, I related to mild-melds as if they were sex, hahahahah.

Date: 2011-11-06 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellia.livejournal.com
Omg Maya's Draco. I can't. flames. flames on the side of my face. Just a little OT rant here, but this villain-valorization-pulled-from-author's-butt is one of my pet peeves. If you like a "darker" character ok. But remaking them into someone else? Shitting all over other characters' canonical good points? GRRR ARG. It's happening in Thor fandom with Loki now (and many other fandoms as well, I'm sure, but I'm not reading them atm so w/e)

ok just needed to get that out

Also I'm getting into Iron Man and am a complete apologist so I might be a hypocrite. But only a little! And anyway comic canon is different. It's practically required to ignore 3/4 of it since it often contradicts itself anyway.

Heero is lame sry :DD

I get what you mean by breaking... but Spock breaking his preconceptions is AWESOME. I mean, even in canon, him just being best buds with Kirk is so huge. Sleeping with him or having a romantic relationship (imho) is almost nothing compared to the step he already takes.

As for Harry, yeah I see your point. And I agree with you about the value of his friendships and emotions. Though I also don't think this means he needs to marry the girl he dated in high school. They can still all stay close friends. And you know I'm not a big Draco fan, so that other stuff about "only Draco understands" bleh. But I'm also one of the people who grew increasingly disinterested in Harry as a character as he grew up. So if you take his starting point as a weird little kid and then go from there, instead of him becoming basically the Dursleys of the wizarding world, I'm happier with reading about that person anyway. And that person could still be friends with Hermione and Ron and get together w a non-Ginny person v easily.


lol Spock def has more of a payoff in ~~~letting go~~~. Like half of Starfleet doesn't know what Kirk letting go looks like anyway. That's on display in the impassioned speeches he gives to alien races every Weds. And, yeah, Spock isn't really the "sweeping you off your feet" romance hero. Unless it's in a v odd way.

Actually the one awesome thing about the movie is some great Spock/Uhura fics (my hetOTP for TOS). The way they have them interacting is often just really unique and cool and respectful of both characters.

Oh Pon Farr. TOS has given us so much. So so much. But I'm in a zone that I remember you used to talk about w Trek. Like K/S is kinda like reading your parents sexing. So I want relationship and adventures and romance, but sexin'... idk idk. Also I have a thing about the green-ness everywhere. I wish I were more enlightened, but I'm just not >:(

Mind-melds are totes sex so you are correct

Date: 2011-11-06 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floorpigeon.livejournal.com
Hahaha Maya. I reconciled myself by thinking Maya's Draco was his own AU. Possibly also his own planet, and his own gov't and his own fanclub all rolled into one. I feel I can be generous 'cause I know Maya *meant* to make him pathetic but simply *failed*, haha (ahh! sometimes our wit is our greatest enemy... this is def. the case for Maya). Though Loki not being badass would make me cry. D:

Yeah, theoretically I agree with you-- emotional health for Harry (or anyone!) *shouldn't* have to mean marrying your best friend's little sister. I mean, whuh--? They can just-- grow up! Right? So logically I see that, and yet I don't see H/D from it without the corruption I mentioned (I can see, like, Harry/OFC), *unless* you do the thing you mentioned and delete books 5-7 from existence (but I luuurved book 5). The thing that happened to me with book 6 is a crux, though, in my thinking about all this. I mean, it's not like I loved it the way I did with OoTP, but it was like, 'real' to me, in part 'cause it really reflected a lot of what I thought *should* happen in book 6 (and fanfic never realized). So to get some stuff I wanted to happen, I could only go to HBP (and book 7 is just part 2 of HBP). Anyway, I don't think ickle!Harry is incompatible with OoTP!Harry at all-- he *needed* to flip his shit, and the boy was crying out for hormones and creepy Dumbledore reveal big-time-- but then I was stuck 'cause HBP seemed logical to me, at least in regards to Dumbledore and Snape and Draco, if not necessarily Harry (esp. re: Sirius). I loved the whole anger/fear thing on Draco's part, and Harry's fixation (always there!). Anyway, it was a weird mixture of stuff I wished didn't happen and stuff I thought had to happen. Some stuff about Draco's characterization only seems sucky 'cause people wrote bad fanfic about it, for instance, but at the time, I was more miffed that dark!Harry got snuffed so easily. Meh. And yet, the larger context of HBP made *sense*, so I felt stuck with canon, canon, canon, and I'm an all-or-nothing person in some ways.

Still. You're right-- third/fourth-year!Harry would think epilogue!Harry was like, Dursleyfied, wtf. Fifth-year!Harry would be disgusted with his behavior re: Sirius and Draco. First-year!Harry would be freaked out at his own darkness, Crucio-ing, Dumbledore/Draco/Snape stuff and pretty much everything about DH!Harry. I wrote this fic (http://www.skyehawke.com/archive/story.php?no=2822) once and it's telling that in my head, this is pre-HBP!Harry post-war, as happy as I could make him, and he wasn't paired with anyone except his broomstick. ^^;;

Ok you're right, Spock breaking his preconceptions is awesome (which is why it's my kink! right! melting-the-ice kind of goes with melting-the-dogma, haha). But poor baby, it hurts. You're right, though, that by the time he admitted he needs Jim as a friend, fucking is secondary. I mean, yeah. This is why TOS sex is kinda boring and sometimes gross (though I stand by that Pon Farr fic being awesome and necessary for the world). But Reboot lets me play 'cause there's this sense of possibility again. Sex is more interesting when it's not a sure thing. Like, knowing that TOS K/S would be so easy (in a sense) kind of kills it, yes. Also, old. Dudes are OLD. You think GREEN is bad, last fic I read had a self-lubricating Vulcan peen with TENTACLES THAT DID THE LUBRICATING like a SEA ANEMONE (this analogy was in the fic).

The whole thing with Uhura is that I can't bear anyone being close to Spock except Jim (you know, I was uncomfortable when Bones had his katra... like....... gah creepy-crawlies, your family uncle found 'holding' your dad's penis 'for safe-keeping' falskjfaslkjasflkjaflkaj). This is what happens when you imprint on a character when you're 12. >____>

Date: 2011-11-06 07:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellia.livejournal.com
your family uncle found 'holding' your dad's penis 'for safe-keeping' falskjfaslkjasflkjaflkaj)



Date: 2011-11-06 07:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floorpigeon.livejournal.com
hafjkhfkajsh i was kind of wondering if that was a little graphic, but then that was what made it funnier?? haflk hahahah sorry ^^;;

Date: 2011-11-06 07:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellia.livejournal.com

Date: 2011-11-06 07:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floorpigeon.livejournal.com
HAHA all of a sudden, I was like, 'well, Reboot!Bones can hold Spocks peen katra, ok' fakljsasddas

Date: 2011-11-06 07:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellia.livejournal.com
Everyone is cute in reboot.

Not that I care.

And this also makes people ship Kirk/Bones


Date: 2011-11-06 07:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floorpigeon.livejournal.com
Haha yes. It is Very Wrong, and this is where I draw the line (on Kirk-being-able-to-stick-it-anywhere in my head). Though it seems I'm repressing 'cause everytime I read cute Kirk/Bones interaction in fic, a part of me wonders (very quietly) what it'd be like if they had sex... ^^;;;;;; I AM SHALLOW. D:

Date: 2011-11-06 07:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellia.livejournal.com
well reboot!Bones is hot and not very racist and that undisciplined reboot!Kirk punk prob would

who even cares

even though spiritually it rebounds through the greater multiverse that Kirk/Bones is wronnnnnnnggggg

Date: 2011-11-06 07:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floorpigeon.livejournal.com
Hahah "not very racist" *dies* It's the snark! I blame the snark. Whenever two people share snark, I'm like, 'why not just skip to the chase and get naked' :> Ok not really, but still.

It *is* wrong. TOS!McCoy/Spock is wronger, though. I used to have this strong conviction that Spock should be alone until the Pon Farr comes, and then he could, I guess, start inappropriately feeling up underage half-Vulcan females... gross...

Date: 2011-11-06 08:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellia.livejournal.com
omg is this a confession of your vulcan Mary Sue days?

I would of course be the dashing earth woman scientist etc

Date: 2011-11-06 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floorpigeon.livejournal.com
HAHAHA no, I meant Saavik. >____>; Though that would be hilarious. I WAS a Mary-Sue but I was Amanda Grayson's ancestor, 'cause I would name my daughter Amanda and it would become a family name, you see, so I was totes his great-great-great...grandma. :> :>

Date: 2011-11-06 08:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellia.livejournal.com
Oh yeah the Saavik thing...

I strike that from my mind every time I'm reminded of it

Date: 2011-11-06 07:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellia.livejournal.com
I actually agree with your HP points, but I just didn't like the later books as much. I just... disagree with jkr's worldview lots, and the characters weren't *quite* fun enough to make up for it (and also how she used magic).

Pon Farr was such a gift to us *___*

I can deal if I imagine them all younger I guess? lol the tentacles

I wish I were kinky enough to get off on cool xenophilia like Kirk is. But alas

Uhura/Spock is fine though because no one will be close like Kirk and Spock are! idk idk if the fic is well-written it has the mature vibe that people can love more than 1 person in different ways and it's all good and even better and nothing is diminished. Weirdly, I have more mature fic enjoyment in TOS. Maybe because I think it's more actually more fun when they're acting like awesome, mature, adults. (One annoyance I have with the reboot. And maybe lots of media nowadays. But dammit people seem more mature and professional in the 60s! Even in comics! To my knowledge! And we walked to school in the snow uphill both ways etc etc)

Date: 2011-11-06 08:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floorpigeon.livejournal.com
Oh, JKR. I think I got immunized early on, 'cause I got my OMG ALL-ENCOMPASSING HATRED of JKR's 'vision' out before I was even part of fandom (well, it's why I didn't read the books! and threw book 1 against the wall, etc). But then I was like, reading fanfic and thinking 'man, Draco is so hot when he's pining for Harry' and then I was like, 'fuck it, I'll read the books or they'll never stop making fun of me' (Cassie Claire once piled on with others at her lj, after which she suggested I recuperate by getting an ice-cream). And it was all down-hill from there, but mostly I just stopped paying attention to her world-view/the wizarding world/anything but Harry and Draco and Ron (with some Snape). I was happier with canon but increasingly dissociated from reality (but oh well, haha).

Nooo people can love more than one person (see! Jim loves Bones! and he can love the Enterprise! and his son! and whoever, really), but SPOCK can have ONLY JIM. haha. >___>; See that's what I meant about 12-year-old!me >>> maturity. Theoretically this is true, but I can't... well, I'm just a romantic-- for me, any romance I'm on board with becomes a big deal, all-encompassing, etc, unless I just like it 'cause it's cute (like Ron/Hermione). Plus, the maturer it is, the less I tend to feel it needs me to ship it-- this is how I feel about Heero/Relena, say. It's like, so... proper, like the sort of pairing a well-meaning friend of the couple would set up by a blind date. Since my favorite thing about Spock romance is him being super-unreasonable, I can't help but feel threatened. Though I like them as friends and think they're well-suited. Some people seem to imply Spock could have sex with her without any great angst or investment, which also makes me sad. But! Also, if you're not strangling your beloved on the bridge in rage, IS IT REALLY LOVE?? D:

Date: 2011-11-06 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellia.livejournal.com
idk idk I totally get what you feel for Spock because I am kinda that way with other pairings, but TOS is just... different for me. Like all mature but goofy but sincere adventures and being officers and laughing together on the bridge at the end of every ep and clasping hands during movies. It is a diff type of fandom for me. Like it's about IDEALS ok? lol idek

I like the idea of K/S because it makes them even happier and more well-balanced as humans. I guess that's actually true for many of my pairings. Well unless just fun, 1-off kinky noncon like Harry/Lucius. But mostly I don't care about couples that will spiral into unhealthy obsessiveness or something. Not that I don't get it, it's just not my cuppa. I always want to shake the ppl and be like "omg your angsting about your relationship all the time is dull! get a hobby! take up needlept or st!"

Date: 2011-11-06 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floorpigeon.livejournal.com
Hee! Sincere adventures, of course-- I'm a total Star Trek idealist (there's that teenage imprinting again). Spaceships and camaraderie all the way. This is why I'm most at ease with all of them being asexual, except that Jim is everything-sexual and Spock is Jim-sexual, haha. Mind-meld-sexual?? um. As idealistic as I get about spaceships and team-work, I can never be all free-love/communal in that sense, I guess. >___>;

Haha I think that's a good thing (I mean, shipping healthy couples). There's a reason I come back again and again to K/S and not to H/D, which I'm sooo burnt out on... and I come back to Heero/Duo, which btw I also think is healthy & good for them. Actually, if you asked me when I shipped 'em hardcore, I'd tell you Buffy/Spike and H/D were also healthy and were awesome 'cause they had the capacity to make both better people (this is super-especially true of B/S). H/D was only more iffy 'cause so much of the fanfic so spectacularly failed to demonstrate this potential (B/S had some good fic in that sense! so it's not impossible! why suck so hard, fandom???). This is actually why I prefer Bella with Jacob in Twilight, hahahahalfkajslkjaflkjf ok pretend I didn't say that even though it's true. ^^;;;

So yeah, spiraling into obsessiveness isn't like, my dream or something, esp. for characters I like. This is sort of the major mental block I developed with H/D, probably, convincing myself that it was ok that it was so fucked up. Partly this is due to fandom & woobie!Draco backlash and happy-shiny!Harry I was reading, partly inspiration from OoTP, partly wanting to work through angst and bitterness about relationships. But yeah, I mean, I'm an idealist and a romantic... of course I believe love can save you. And, um, it should. Although, angsting about the relationship just makes it spicy and fun to read. Angst! It's what's for dinner.

(This is why I'm all omg about say, Snape/Lily angst and doom and teenage hormones/Death Eateriness/asshole!Snape, and yet I totally believe if it worked out, it'd be great for both of them, and it doesn't seem contradictory in my head.)

...You can clearly guess who's the NF here, hahahlafkjlkajflk.

Date: 2011-11-06 08:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellia.livejournal.com
Some people seem to imply Spock could have sex with her without any great angst or investment, which also makes me sad. But! Also, if you're not strangling your beloved on the bridge in rage, IS IT REALLY LOVE?? D:

also I am totally one of those ppl :D

and strangling on the bridge is dumb and not a mark of an interesting relationship >:D

srry I am reading a bunch of comics and I am just so TIRED of people hitting each other to solve things. It never works boys! Use your words!

Date: 2011-11-06 08:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floorpigeon.livejournal.com
Hahah! Ok you're right. I've been poisoned by H/D?? Also, that scene was hot... Spock losing control! I can't not think that. Of course it doesn't actually help, but I just like that he drives Spock totally insane (ok granted he was 'emotionally compromised'). Also, if things *worked* it would just be a *healthy relationship* and those never make for good fic. This is my excuse for never actually shipping healthy relationships very hard... except K/S... and there's a reason that's mainly asexual... ^^;;

Date: 2011-11-06 08:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellia.livejournal.com
No way, there can be very cool stories with healthy relationships! Or healthy enough for fiction. Or I guess getting to the healthy part can be the plot. Unhealthy relationships are usually the dull ones, where they expend too much energy moping and navel-gazing and ~~misunderstanding each other (so hard to pull off) when they should be sexin' or fighting vampires or st. I guess I come at it fr a romance novel pov. I'm into the slash usually for a greater sum of happiness. Or sometimes a little pining or noncon with some characters that it turns my crank for.

The bridge scene was very cool, BUT! It had nothing to do with friendship or any good relationship buildup. It was about Kirk's tactical decision to get Spock out of power by hitting him at his weakest point in his weakest spot and encouraging him to do something he'd be VERY ashamed of later.

I mean in the movie it was kinda hot. But eh for the characters it's eh

Date: 2011-11-06 08:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floorpigeon.livejournal.com
Yeah, I did admit that in the other comment, so you got me. :> I do enjoy it most when it's the 'getting to', though-- drama! You're right that too many misunderstandings get tedious (unless it's a comedy), so it has to be going somewhere. It's useful (the pining/misunderstanding) insofar as it makes the characters really question themselves, struggle, and grow closer through adversity. Psychological conflict can breed breakthroughs, eureka moments, and just overall emotional intensity that leads to hotter sex and better teamwork with monster-killing, but of course it takes someone who's actually good at psychological angst to do it well. Then again, slice-of-life stories take a specific talent also.

DAMMIT! Ok you totally called me on my rhetorical flourish-- I know it wasn't really relationship build-up/about the two of them as such, though you wouldn't be able to tell from how often Reboot!K/S writers bring it up, haha. I know it's tactical, etc. In my defense, I still think its power was partly from the fact that it's *Kirk* getting under Spock's skin, and that 'getting under the skin' thing *is* something I associate with relationships are the preliminary stage. Or something. But yes, to develop them you'd have to get them to get *over* this incident rather than incorporating it, etc.


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