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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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sinkwriter: Mulder - Smart is Sexysinkwriter on December 30th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
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?

I think for me the line comes depending on how all the characters are treated as characters. If C1 in particular is being distorted or vilified in order to make the breakup make sense, then the characterization no longer feels genuine to me. Instead it starts to feel like C1 is being made into a bad person or ridiculously out of character just to make it okay for C2 to break up with him or her and be with the person that the author wants C2 to be with (in this case, C3, whomever that may be).

On the other hand, if all three characters are treated with honest characterizations and the breakup feels natural and believable according to the story, then I'm okay with it.

But it's definitely a very fine line. For me, anyway. Not everyone cares if the characters are 'in character.' But I do. :)
Kellyxlivvielockex on December 30th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Me too. I really like to pride myself on being in character or actually, the highest compliment I can get is "this feels like a missing scene or something that should have been on the show". So I really want to stay true to that.

I don't want to villianize C1 because I LOVE C1. I just don't think C2 was good for either of them. I told leobrat above, I just want it to be a realization that while they love each other, it is just too hard sometimes. More like a natural progression of the stages of a relationship kind of thing.
sinkwriter: Snoopy - Writingsinkwriter on December 30th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
Argh. I was writing a response and got kicked out as I hit send.

Let me try this again..

I just want it to be a realization that while they love each other, it is just too hard sometimes. More like a natural progression of the stages of a relationship kind of thing.

That makes a lot of sense. If you write it that way, and present it as C1 and C2 caring about each other but slowly but steadily coming to realize that it's just not going to work for them, then I think it sounds like it could work. If you honor the characters as you write them, and write what they would believably do and feel as characters from what we know of them, then I think it could be a believable and lovely (though potentially angsty) story.

Ah, the challenges of writing! ;)

Will this be something we'll end up being able to read here on LJ? :)
Kellyxlivvielockex on December 30th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
That is why I was asking for help. LOL I haven't written in so long, I feel so rusty at it.

And yes, it is a gift fic that I will eventually post over here when I finish. I just got the idea today (in the shower of all places) so working out the kinks before I sit down to write it.
sinkwriter: Snoopy - Writingsinkwriter on December 30th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
Well, if you need an extra pair of eyes to give it a glance, I can't promise I'm any expert but I could give you my observations.

:)
Kellyxlivvielockex on December 30th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That would be great. I might take you up on it. It's still planning and note-taking stage right now. LOL I will PM it to you at some point when I finish it.