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mpoetess

2003-08-19 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hee!

Also FWIW, I don't mean people who just don't have a thing for slash, and/or have noticed that there *is* a big influx of people discovering that they like both slash and het. Wisteria's original comments on it didn't bother me at all.

It's just the folks who seem like they have to prove there's something wrong and bad happening to the fandom, who have a *problem* with other people writing fic they're not interested in that no one's forcing them to read, who are getting up my nose. If this isn't the clearest case of "Don't like it, ignore it" that I've ever seen, I'll eat.. um. I don't know. anniesj's boobies.

"Hey, there's a big trend of people getting into slash who didn't used to be -- it's not my thing, really, and I'm a bit disappointed that there's less of the fic I do like from these people." = Totally cool.

"I'm really getting sick of all the slash that people are writing. It's just a big bandwagon and they're just doing it to see two hot guys together and that's disrespectful to real gay guys" = No one is making you read it, and please name the 'bad' writers. I'd bet quite a bit of money that you either can't, because you're thinking of an author you usually like but don't want to be seen insulting, or it's someone who was *always* a bad writer, and probably an original fluffyduffy-don't-need-a-beta, just-doing-this-for-fun slasher.

obsessedmuch

2003-08-19 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

No I get exactly where you're coming from, and you're right, 100% dead on right. I've never meant to come across as being against those writers who don't like or even buy into the slash vibe at all. Hell, you ship who you want, who am *I* to say what works, I write freaking Lindsey/Riley, for the love of all thing Jossy. But it's the dissmissive "just a trend" attitude that tweaks me. Also, yeah, we've been wading through badfic for years, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting badfic writers, surely you can POINT ONE OUT.

*waves hands in annoyance* It's just so silly. Like you said, if you want to be sad because your fave Spuffy writer has found a new topic that caught her attention, be sad. I'll hand you the tissues. More great Buffy writers have left the fandom altogether than I care to count, and I can relate to the loss of the work of your favorite people. Luckily there's still amazing folks left, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't all sniffly about the ones who aren't here no more. (*sniffle*) But I haven't started ranting about the other fandoms that seduced them away. I just miss them. It's not the other fandom's fault that they appeared all shiny and new.

Unless it's those damn HP plagiarists, those perverted popslashers, or those snotty BNF SV freaks, of course.

thebratqueen

2003-08-19 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Doing one post so I do not spam your LJ. =)

You took the words right out of my mouth. The people bitching seem to be the ones who hate how some of the het writers are now doing slash, like we've "corrupted" them or something. Would this be happening of Anna and AnnieSJ and Herself weren't doing slash? Possibly but somehow I doubt it.

WRT to the "now it's trendy and bad" argument - uh, what? I'm sorry, I wasn't aware that a year ago all slashfic was wonderful, well-written, had stunning characterization and rivaled Shakespeare in its quality, for verily all slashfic back then was good because it was written For Art and Queers Everywhere [tm].

You know, LJ really needs to install the snopes board system where you can easily insert that smiley face that rolls its eyes. I haven't had a need to use it so much in my life.