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Sometimes it takes a second look...

Sometimes a third. I'm not sure how many times I've read this -- two or three already, I'm sure. But I saw it today, and... just saw it. You know?

Benaresq says:

There is no way that darkfic is more "mature" than than the less cynical kind. I think it's often easy for pessisimists to gain the intellectual high ground over optimists, and make them feel naive. This truth about life seems to translate into fandom. Writing darkness is not wiser or truer or more real than writing love stories.

Humour is so badly underrated in this fandom: so many of the fics I've read take themselves absurdly seriously. I"ve never understood why tragedy is frequently considered to be higher art than comedy. Either is equally difficult to do well. And writing joy or euphoria is the hardest thing of all, far harder than sorrow.


twinklejules

2001-10-28 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)

First off, I get what you said about how you can see something a billion times, but not actually *see* it until the billionth-and-one viewing.

Second off, that's a good question -- why is tragedy held as inherently superior to comedy? Perhaps it's because comedy is so subjective, and tragedy is slightly less so. Everyone has different ideas about what's funny, but less so. For instance, everyone agrees that the Taliban's treatment of women is horrible and tragic, but not everyone thinks that Modern Humorist's joke about the "Seventh Annual Parading into the Kabul Stadium of the Women Who've Committed Adultery and Shooting Them in the Back of the Head" is funny ("you should've seen the dress Bjork was planning to wear to *that*!").

Personally, I write darkfic better than humor (which is ironic, because I'm actually a pretty chipper person), so I tend to appreciate more those who do darkfic well because I realize how hard it is to make it good without being trite, but on the flip side of the same coin, I also appreciate good lightfic because I see how hard it is to make the audience care without making it sappy. Why do you think I love your stuff so much? Because you do *that* so well! You make things sweet and funny, and stay true to the characters, and never let things become sappy, which is really hard to do when mixing romance and humor.

alexandriabrown

2001-10-30 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)

As someone who used to act and direct in college, I've ALWAYS felt that comedy is far more difficult than drama. Good drama does half the work for you, set up the right situation and the audience comes to meet you with emotional responses all primed and the chords ready to be struck. Comedy requires timing and just the right touch and you have to get the set up just right or the whole thing falls flat.

I primarily write darker things, I have that tinge to my personality, but that doesn't mean I think my stuff is superior or carries greater intellectual weight. That's simply the nature of what I write.

It does seem that intellectual credibility can be confused with a somber mindset. You can discuss very serious subjects in a very amusing manner. And many times that gets the point across far more effectively.

I wish I could write more comedy. I really do.

mpoetess

2001-11-01 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think Brown Paper Packages is very comedic (though it obviously has its angsty side, with the Amsterdam backstory). It's heavy on the smut, of cours, since that's part of the theme of the series, but even there, I've seen humour that I like. (Just the *concept* of Xander having left Spike a homemade porn vid had me laughing. Um, until I read the description, at which point the smut-factor took over!)