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30 December 2011 @ 12:12 pm
Got a question for fanfiction writers/readers  
In setting up a new relationship and ending an old one, where is the line between realization and ship/char bashing?

What I mean is let’s say I’m writing a fic where C2 and C3 get together but it is set in a season where C1 and C2 are together. If C2 realizes the relationship is not working out, is trying to justify the breakup to themselves, where is the line where it is serving the story vs. bashing? Is there a line? (And feel free to link this so I get a variety of replies, not just from friends, though you all are A-MAH-ZING)

Also, anyone have some time to beta one maybe two 5 things fics for me this weekend, preferably someone who has a good Spike voice cause my Spike voice is lousy?
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leobratleobrat on December 30th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
What is the thing that is causing them to break up? Is it the old infidelity route? That's a fine line, because I think we all know that it happens in real life, even when it's least expected, but what was the driving factor?

Is it something else? Does some random thing happen that pushes this couples issues (commitment, a future, etc.) Is this an Angel/Cordy fic? Can you give a bit more background?
Kellyxlivvielockex on December 30th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
I don't want to give too much away because it is a gift fic. It's not an infidelity issue. It's more like C2 realizing that while they love C1 and always will, things are just so much easier with C3. That in the long run, C1 and C2 will be better off if they break up. So it's more like what naturally happens in relationships. Sometimes you realize it's not working out. It's not anyone's fault really. It just is.

Was that enough to help or should I PM you details?
leobratleobrat on December 30th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
It doesn't sound like villification, it does sound realistic.

Would you like to email me if you want opinions on specific details? (Do I know the characters?)

If you want to hammer it out, my email is leobrat12@gmail.com
Kellyxlivvielockex on December 30th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
I fired you off an email. Thanks for the help, bb. :)
The Anti-OTPsnowpuppies on December 31st, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
IMHO, as long as the above scenario is fairly clear in the fic and C2's thoughts are fair to both relationships - not harping only on the bad, but recognizing the good as well, I think you're okay. If it's appropriate, allowing C2 to have a little grief over the end of the C1-C2 relationship goes a long way, again IMHO.