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May 27th, 2012

01:31 am - The Male Female: Slash and the female writer.

I haven't been using this account much. I would say this is usually reserved for things fic related and judging by oh, the last 6 or so months, I haven't been writing much. 

But I have been reading. A lot....

And I'm rather curious about something. Well, more annoyed than anything and it's a common problem that along the entire spectrum of slash (one that I thought was limited to Twilight due to the series' heavy focus in angst and lovey-doveyness) and I wonder if it's on the slash reader consciousness as much as I think it's should be. What I'm talking about is kind of hard to explain, because I would need to cover a few things first. That being:

1) Gender roles

2) Femininity and Masculinity. 

3) Characterization

4) Slash readers and writers.

Well, here we go....

1) Gender Roles

Gender roles are typically societal norms established, practiced and directed by either male or female. Anything practiced out of that specific directive depending on your gender can lead to ostracism, hostility, orientation assumptions or peculiar looks depending on how far off the gender role grid you're willing to go. For example, an aggressive woman in authority can be viewed as a bitch because it is not generally desired or expected of her, but an aggressive male in authority will get little to no slack. A househusband might get weird looks and perhaps even taunts from other men while of course, it is to be expected from women.

2) Feminity and Masculinity

Biologically speaking, feminity and masculinity are traits found in both genders but usually tend to differ for each person. Although socially applied to the sexes, femininity shouldn't be confused with shopping, make-up or girltalk and masculinity shouldn't be mistaken for liking sports, playing video games or chasing tail though what ultimately creates those gendered ideals amongst individuals is typically charged by feminine and masculine traits. These traits aren't to be confused with hobbies. In many ways they are evolutionary forms possessed but differently distributed within sexes (though this isn't always the case). Men tend to exude more masculine traits such as: aggressive, dominant, assertive, etc. Women tend to exude more feminine traits such as: empathetic, passive, receptive.  Clearly, these traits aren't exclusive. I've seen my fair share of aggressive passive females and dominant empathetic males,  but this is clearly where individuals confuse what may be a gender influenced trait and what has to be a gender role.

3) Characterization

In regards to writing, I find characterization pretty important. Every person has a history, perspective, emotional spectrum and ways of interacting with the world. I read fanfiction, so I don't expect the work to be flawless (lord knows my stuff isn't) and I don't expect all writers to do loads of research and delve into their characters like a psychologist, but at the same time, you're telling a story and it can only work if you have some key elements involved, plot, character arc/dynamic, a believable concept/interesting story, etc. It's suppose to be fun, yes! But if you're posting it publically, chances are you are also posting it for others to enjoy. Part of what influences that character is gender, merely because of how others interact with that individual and how that individual interacts with others. For example, if you're writing a female hero fending off 2 men, chances are they view her as weak. It could influence whether or not she wins the fight. A male hero faced with the same 2 men, may have a completely different altercation. 

4) Slash readers and writers

Those of us that read slash, read for many reasons. I suppose the most popular reasons being that we absolutely love our sex/erotica/lemon/whatever the hell you want to call it, we enjoy love stories and we want to see a world that just so happens to be too awesome for canon (or in some cases totally canon and no one is admitting to it). We desire these things so much that we have our pure PWPs, hardcore Angst and Hurt/Comfort tales just for the hell of it. But we tend to fall into a Slash niche, because we become possessed with that reader/writer passion and we create all these....clones of stories and lose focus of originality in aspects of characters and story formula.

There is one thing I'm completely and utterly aware of; we're making our own worlds and it's all for fun and fantasy. Totally get it.
But even a fantasy has to be bought. Even a fantasy has to have some form of realism. I would have thrown down my controller if while playing Skyrim, taking on a dragon, it started prancing around singing Disney songs slowly sucking away my life simultaneously. Humorous, yes, but it takes away from the general mood and mythology of the story. It wouldn't have sat well with us if suddenly Dumbledore popped up in the middle of Deathly Hallows and was all "Lol, I'm alive." and it damn sure doesn't sit well with me that Princess Leia kissed Luke only for us to find out -albeit last minute - that they are related. It's continuity, realism, and total entrapment in a story that keeps the pulse alive and makes another world. We wouldn't want our favorite novel writers to sell us short because we wouldn't continue to read, so why do we allow our slash writers to do so? 

No hate or disrespect to my fellow, slash writers. This is to better our writing, but surely what we are seeing now is pure laziness. And after about 5 of minutes blabbing, I think actually bring to point what the hell I'm talking about: Feminized/Idealized Male Characters in Slash Writing. This is different from effeminate gay characters in slash writing, or male characters that have strong feminine traits. It's a form of writing where either the writer gets too involved with their own emotions regarding the story or not enough emotions period and start to bleed their own mind and personality into the characters. That's not to say that our creations aren't pieces of who we are. Write what you know, right? But....for each character, there is a story, a history, etc.

Here's my problem then. There is a difference between a good angst story and a melodrama. There is a difference between a good, male character and a perfect male character. These differences are realism and mediocre storytelling and the more I expand through slash fiction, the more I'm seeing it and seeing that a load of readers are buying it. I don't like to think of Slash fiction as Romance Novels, because I've seen stories go places, talk about real emotions and issues while utilizing owned characters of multiple fictions. I've seen gay rights brought up, mental conditions, family loss, rearing children and other interesting aspects of life. I've seen multiple awesome kink tales, stories that made me laugh until I choked, made me flail and made me cry. They are out there. But it is becoming harder to find them and more common to see the simple formula of what we idealize in the male gender and his role while applying it to a male/male relationship which is different within itself and nothing like the heterosexual world most people live in. Not to mention, most of us are women influenced by woman thoughts and woman desires. This isn't me establishing a gender bias but cold, hard facts of biological/societal differences. So for every Twilight Jasper/Edward fic (oh lord, there's a lot of them) that profess their undying love for each other every fucking paragraph, singing songs on guitars and reading poetry to each other and crying all the god-damned time, there is another potential story wasted, an expansion of character squandered. Not to say that lovey-dovey stories can't be done, just those types, those heavily idealized heterosexual men with female minds in homosexual relationships doesn't cut it for a believable story.  Well, not to me at least.

It's so common, I believe its accepted and even sought out. I even see some of it in my own writing, especially my oldest stuff, so I'm not immune. I'm not stating that this is necessarily a problem. It annoys me like hell, but I can live with it. I bring this up because a story told is important and it wouldn't hurt to consider these thoughts while reading or writing one. It changes and opens up your imagination, realism and understanding of human interaction. For writers, it provides complexity, richness and flesh to characters and a story. They become your children, rather than your clone or dream men. For readers, your enjoyment is enriched and more enjoyable and so much more addicting. 

In the end, slash stories should be good and fun, no matter what couples/universes/genres/fictions you like. 

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October 23rd, 2011

03:20 pm - Just to get an idea of my readers out there.
I've been writing Twifics for going on three years now (WOW!) and am curious as to what the general crowd that reads my fanfics like? It's to satisfy a curiosity and it some way to see the demand. I have so many unfinished stories waiting to be completed, I don't know where to start, so let me know what interests you and your reader's palate. 

What slash couple is your favorite?
Poll #1789128 Your Fave Slash Couples?

Your Favorite Slash Couples?

Jacob x Edward
Edward x Jasper
Carlisle x Edward
Seth x Jasper
Emmett x Jacob
Jacob x Emmett
Paul x Jacob
Carlisle x Jasper
Jasper x Emmett
Other (Tell me what couple!)

Preferred Slash Characters

Others (Share!)

Favorite Category For Your Slash?

Crack Fic!
Others (Curious to know!)

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October 11th, 2011

12:40 am - Twilight the Big Bang!
I'm such a loser for not finishing my one-shot in time for Twilight the Big Bang, but it doesn't mean I shouldn't celebrate the stories that are being posted up. Check out the stories, you guys!

Twilight Big Bang!

Give the writers your love!

I'm still going to publicly put up my entry. I've taken to splitting it into parts! It's up on FF!
Skeleton Skyline

It's not the initial place I wanted to showcase it, but it should do. Thanks to those who already told me how they liked it so far!  

Current Mood: determineddetermined
Current Music: 4Minute: I, My, Me, Mine

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12:32 am - Finally! Voted stories up for posting!
Hey guys!

It's been forever. This summer has been very draining and now I can say I have some free time for the next two weeks to catch up with some writing. That means I'm posting up The Summer one-shots err...for fall. Sorry for the long wait, guys! The first story is the runner up Sunkissed Skin and a Dimpled Smile (which is 2/3 done right now!) followed by the number one voted story A Black Heart (which should hopefully be ready before December).

Stay tuned!

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August 11th, 2011

03:26 pm - Bad News
The one-shot fic is on hold. 

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July 9th, 2011

08:03 pm - Summer Fan-Fic Update
 Currently I'm participating in the Twilight Big Bang and am finishing some chapter stories, so unfortunately I'm not close to completing the one-shot, but I'm definitely working on writing period, so readers will be seeing something posted real soon. Keep your fingers crossed! and I'll keep mine typing :D
Current Mood: busybusy

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June 27th, 2011

09:28 pm - Poll Closed
 Poll is closed and A Black Heart it is! I'll try to have it completed and ready for reading on my Fanfic account by mid-July. So about 2-3 weeks I hope! Stay tuned and if I'm able to finish this fan fic in great time, I'll put out the second placed one-shot!

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June 19th, 2011

06:33 pm - Let the Summer Palooza Commence!
With the last chapter of "Our House" being posted today, I am officially going to begin with the highest voted story first for the summer. Then from there, I'll move on to the second and if there is still time before the summer ends, I'll move on to the third. Right now "A Black Heart" is in the lead. There is still time to vote before I officially close off the poll on the 26th of June. You have a week!

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May 10th, 2011

12:44 pm - The Poll!
Poll #1740065 Which One Shot For the Summer
This poll is closed.

Pick One (or more) One-shots I should write for the summer

Sunkissed Skin and a Dimpled Simple
Flashes Before Your Eyes
Rose Is Red
A Black Heart
Dress Rehearsal
Thrift Store Jeans
Ride the Cowboy: The Lone Star
The Sacrifice
Make sure to look at the previous post for the more information on each fic before voting!!!

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May 7th, 2011

04:56 pm - You can determine the one-shots I will write!
For the summer, I'm once again dedicating time to completing unfinished chapter stories while writing some med-length one-shots. So I figured this time around, I'll let readers decide which I should work on first. Here's a list of stories I have chosen out of the 15 in my list. They are all a mix of different couples. One het and one femslash. And they are all AH. Let me know which you vote for judging by the summary provided , couple and title. The poll will be closed probably sometime in the beginning of June. 

Title: Sunkissed Skin and a Dimple Smile
Couple: Seth/Jasper
Summary: "It was like riding a rollar coaster. The anticipation before I knew I would see him. The excitement would build up, my nerves climbing , then he'd be in my view or step into a room and my stomach would drop. The world would become a blur and the hours we'd spend together would twist and curve, rise and drop and my breath would be taken away. " 
Rating: M (NC-17)

Title: Flashes Before Your Eyes
Couple: Alice/Jasper , Jacob/Edward
SummaryFor years, Alice has had foreboding feelings before something bad happened, up until now, when she sees it happening.
Rating: T (PG-13)

Title: Rose is Red
Couple: Rosalie/Bella
Summary: Rose is red
Her emotions are blue
She's in love with a girl
And knows not what to do
Rating: T (PG-13)

Title: A Black Heart
Couple: Edward/Jacob
Summary: Jacob, a homophobe, becomes interested in a college mate, only to find he's gay - attraction and hate unfolds.
Rating: M (NC-17)

Title: Dress Rehearsal
Couple: Jasper/Edward
Summary: A life of panic attacks, stitchings and plays has Jasper winded and meeting a handsome, regal friend of a playwright.
Rating: M (NC-17)

Title: Thrift Store Jeans
Couple: Jasper/Emmett
Summary: Following a rough break-up with an ex (after a misunderstanding), Jasper gives away his favorite pair of jeans; the very same jeans that brought him to meet and lose the love of his life.
Rating: M (NC-17

Title: Ride The Cowboy: The Lone Star
Couple: Jasper/Edward
Summary: "It was a shame really. Sundays were becoming my favorite day of the week."
Rating: M (NC-17)

Title: The Sacrifice
Couple: Seth/Jacob
Summary:What happens when the new love in your life is willing to sacrifice themselves to bring your first love back?
Rating: M (NC-17)

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