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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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ladysophiekitty: C/A laughingladysophiekitty on December 30th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
I think another big part of it (other than what was mentioned) is the character's reaction. Oftentimes when I read a story where I feel a character is being bashed, it's because the author goes ott with the reaction. I know back when I liked Bones, I read a Booth/Brennan story where Cam basically tried to kill Brennan after she and Booth got together and then ended up getting killed herself by a serial killer and nobody cared at all because she was so mean to Brennan.

If it feels true to the character and respects everyone involved (and even if there IS some reaction, like I know that Buffy in her earlier years tended to just say stuff sometimes when she was upset. Though most people tended not to care or notice) then I think you're fine. It's usually pretty easy to tell who is bashing and who isn't, so if that isn't your intent I doubt that it'll happen.