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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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samsom: angel cordysamsom on December 30th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
Well, I think it's like pornography - you know it's bashing/villification when you read it. :)

Honestly, if the break up reasons stem from text/canon, it can't be bashing. Even if it happens earlier than it does in canon, because the root causes will already be there. And if your characters are in character - ie their voices ring true - you're not villifying them.

It's okay to break up with someone who's completely awesome, who does all the right things and says all the right things. It's not always about fighting or drama. Or it shouldn't be. I think that's one of the mistakes some writers make - hell, some movies make - that for a person to find love with someone else, the person they're with has to be a total monster.

So, in short, follow your instincts, missy. You do not bash characters in your fics, so I don't think you need to worry you're doing it now, just because their SO doesn't believe it's going to work out, or they don't love that character that way anymore.
The Anti-OTPsnowpuppies on December 31st, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
It's okay to break up with someone who's completely awesome, who does all the right things and says all the right things. It's not always about fighting or drama. Or it shouldn't be. I think that's one of the mistakes some writers make - hell, some movies make - that for a person to find love with someone else, the person they're with has to be a total monster.

OMG, yes. Can I quote you on this??
samsom: cordy profilesamsom on January 1st, 2012 08:15 am (UTC)
Sure!