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Fascination over slash?

I thought I'd post this and see if anyone can give me a good reason why slash is so popular? I mean, every fandom I read in -- which are varied and numerous, has a slash element to it. Not that I'm adverse to slash, hell, I've started writing and posting Sentinel slash myself. But, I mean, none of these shows are slash to begin with and until I started reading it, I never understood how anyone could slash perfectly hetero men and women.

What does bother me, to some extent, is the slash element in Numb3rs. I mean, those two guys are brothers!! How can you slash brothers? Not that I read any stories in that fandom at all, but I've seen them posted on different lists, such as WWOMB.

Believe me, I am not a prude and as I stated above, I have written slash myself. I just don't understand why it seems to be taking over fandoms like crazy. Or maybe it's just the lists I'm hanging around on. Any insights would be more than welcome.

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tommyboybbi
Apr. 9th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
This is my take and how I progressed. (sorry if I seem to ramble .. I rarley get to voice my opinion on this for usually if you start saying something about slash it leads to contraversy... So please, don't flame me)

I didn't know about slash till 2001. I was a closet writer I guess you could say and found a world here on the net. I just got my computer and was on line with a egroup for Buckaroo Banzai. And someone pointed me to WWOMB to Man from UNCLE and I read my first slash. I'm opened minded so there was no ick factore to it. I was intrigued. Very intrigued.

I look at slash this way. You write a story for a fandom. You add a character and it can misconstrued as a Mary Sue which in some fandoms that is a horror. Many shows have two (or more) strong maile characters.

Some people just want to use the characters of ths show but want to show a relationship. You can do smarm which the Sentinel does well. But we went to the final frontier you might say and brought them into each other's personal space.

Can we blame the powers that be to only providing one or two female characters versus the 5 to 10 male characters running around the screen?

It's rough bringing in outside characters into a well liked show. You need to create a story for them, why are they there and how are they.

It's easier to use the characters given to you.

Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. US .. Russian, Capatalist .. Communist, opposites yet partners .. next step, put them together.
Monkees, four crazy characters with different issues, and slashed them. Pushed the envelope with them a bit.

Now Buckaroo Banzai. There is a small group of us wanting to slash a few of the characters but the main stream is very queasy about it. But we are willing to push the envelope to explore additional avenues.

I think most any show is slashed by someone, not many perhaps. Dukes of Hazard, has the kissing cousins doing it ... MASH has RADAR doing it, though I can see Hawkeye and Trapper doing it. Any show (barring that they are sister/brother/mother/father) can be slashed I think.

I have no idea if this made sense .. let me know ...I just have a bit more freedom wit hthe characters slashing them, then adding another character in to do what I want them to do. It also helps explore the connection between the main characters that gets lost with the additions.
debbiet
Apr. 9th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
No, that makes perfect sense to me. And as I said, I've written slash (only for Sentinel), but I've read it in many, many other fandoms. I like writing a well-constructed story, with a plot, with angst, with h/c (most of the time bordering on smarm, I suppose)

I've never posted a Mary Sue story (although I've read plenty of them!) and I've never had a problem with inserting yourself into a story. I did that when I used to write Star Trek fanfic (never anything posted on the web) That's what I had when I was a teenager.

I can see where slashing the main characters helps to explore the connection and the closeness of them better.

Thanks for your insight. It's helped a lot.
tommyboybbi
Apr. 9th, 2006 02:14 am (UTC)
Buckaroo Banzai offers to the fandom to write marysue .. it's a perfect forum to create a character to join in the exploits of Dr. Buckaroo Banzai. So there Mary Sue is welcomed. but it's male dominated so hence the no slash quiesiness.

I did some great gen Monkee stories, but getting involved with a fan fic group we dared each other to write slash so we took them the final step.

Now with the younger writers coming up, RPS is getting popular while we did it on paper before getting on line. I think we are seeing a new learning curve.
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