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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?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Rebcake: btvs_spi_biteyourtonguerebcake on December 30th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
This is a great question! My daughter is sort of mystified by all the adults she knows who are still friends with their exes. I tried to explain that if people aren't cruel to each other, eventually you might be able to remember why you liked each other in the first place.

It's tricky though, because breakups often bring out bad behavior, even OTT and OOC behavior, because of the stress and the high emotional state. Nobody likes to be rejected. I'd say if you DO have one (or both) parties behaving badly, just give enough of their internal reaction, so that the reader can feel their pain and hopefully a bit of their awareness that they are not being rational. Maybe?

I'd be willing to take a whack at betaing for you, especially if it has Spike in it. ;-)