i run nedxnancy.tumblr.com for my daily fix of nancy/ned action. i love: nancy drew, law & order criminal intent, the fall, dark city, mad men, arrested development, archer, community, justified, lois & clark, star trek, perry mason, jane eyre, eddie izzard, terry pratchett, addams family, apple, bertha cool & donald lam, MST3K, interpol, my morning jacket, st vincent, playmobil, diana gabaldon's cracktastic outlander series, raymond chandler, cillian murphy, wodehouse; alias, chuck, carnivale, pushing daisies, the adventures of pete & pete, tomorrow people (new series), veronica mars, legend of the seeker/the sword of truth, lost, x-files.
13. Has a fic ever made you cry?
14. What tropes/elements/scenarios get you the worst?
I suppose this means which ones bother me the most. It kills me when my OTP breaks up and there’s no hope they will get back together, or when one of them is dead and the other one moves on. Even reluctantly.
15. Do you mind when characters cry?
Mind? Okay, these questions are not worded well. If the character is not generally an emotional character and he or she cries, that does affect me. Even more so when I’m the one writing him or her crying.
16. How do you feel about character death in fic?
It can be a magnificent plot device. I don’t like when it’s cheapened to just a mere plot device, though. Even better are fics where one partner returns from the dead; those are awesome.
17. Any characters who you can’t stand to see in pain?
Hmm. I really hate when children are hurt. And I REALLY hate it when an already weak or compromised character is hurt further, or emotionally or physically broken.
18. Favorite angst fic?
19. Do you read porn or does it make you uncomfortable?
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH I read a lot of porn. The majority doesn’t make me uncomfortable.
20. Do you like PWPs?
Porn with plot? Yep. Porn without plot? Yep.
21. How and when did you get introduced to smut fic? Any horror stories?
The first fandom I read fic in was X-Files, and I’m sure my first intro to smut fic was in that fandom as well. I would have been about fifteen. And I’m positive that I limited myself to R-rated fic until I finally worked up the courage to click on my first NC-17 one.
22. Biggest turn-ons in fic?
Really hot sex, generally grounded in an existing relationship. I love fic that has a strong emotional component too.
23. Biggest turn-offs in fic?
Sex that’s too far out, enough so that I’m uncomfortable with it. Extremely dubious consent or non-consent, or such a wide power difference that consent is already dubious. Relationships I perceive as pedophilia. Incest. I’m sure there are others.
24. Do you have any dirty kinks that you’re ashamed of?
To be quite honest, any dirty kinks I like, I’ve generally included in fic I’ve written. *shrug*
25. Any kinks that you’d love to try in real life?
26. Any kinks that you don’t want to try in real life (but are still hot in a fanfic)?
I’m pretty sure that some kinks are borderline physically impossible unless both partners are Olympic gymnasts, so probably yeah.
27. Rough sex or gentle sex?
Depends on the circumstances. I’m a big fan of both and everything between.
28. How do you feel about masturbation in fic?
It’s fine. I generally prefer the kind that stems from frustration or impatience to be with a preferred partner, as a way to deal with that tension.
29. How do you feel about non-con and dub-con?
I’m not a fan of non-con. Dub-con, depends on what’s going on. Dubious consent in a pre-existing relationship really depends on circumstances and personal boundaries.
30. Favorite porn fic?
I’m going to hijack this one in favor of souhait accordé, since that story is basically purely porn. For the majority, anyway.
31. Do you read AUs?
32. Favorite AU tropes?
Different scenarios for first meetings. Power dynamics shifts. Also TELEPATHY EVEN WHEN THE CANON SOURCE WOULD TEND TO MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE.
33. Least favorite AU tropes?
Eh. Ones that don’t involve my OTP, I suppose. Or ones that twist the characters until they’re unrecognizable.
34. Do you like UAs (universe-alterations, when the main universe and characters are the same but one plot point/decision/outcome is altered)?
Well, I especially like them when the canon fucked up somewhere.
35. Do you like high school and college AUs?
36. Do you like crossovers? If so, favorite crossover?
When I’m familiar with both fandoms, yes. And when done well. Nothing’s really coming to me right now, though.
37. How do you feel about parent!fics/lovechildren? How about mpreg?
Anti-mpreg. I like family fics, when my OTP gets together and has adorable babies.
38. How do you feel about genderbending? De-aging? Animalizing?
Genderbending/gender-swapping is fine. De-aging is better done as a flashback, I’d think. Making a character into an animal? Eh.
39. Favorite AU fic?
I’ll go with pretty much anything from prufrock’s love. And I adore littlemsmessy’s Louder Than Sirens. Oh and also THAT ONE FIC WHERE GOREN AND EAMES ARE CHASING VAMPIRES AND YESSSSSSSS. (Don’t get me wrong, Choices is epic and I love it, but OMG.)
40. Do you like fluff?
Especially when I’m in a bad mood, yes.
41. Favorite fluffy tropes?
Cuddling, being sweet, hugs and kisses and mild hurt/comfort like having a cold and the partner bringing chicken noodle soup. Kidfic.
42. Least favorite fluffy tropes?
Ones with no romantic aspect.
43. Do you like fluff on its own or in conjunction with other elements (angst, sex, etc.)
Uh, I like pretty much anything with romance/porn and angst, including fluff.
44. How fluffy is too fluffy?
Saccharine-sweet is too much. Sweetness needs a touch of salt, I think.
45. Favorite fluff fic?
Mmm. Too many to count/name.
I think fanfiction is literature and literature, for the most part, is fanfiction, and that anyone that dismisses it simply on the grounds that it’s derivative knows fuck-all about literature and needs to get the hell off my lawn.
Most of the history of Western literature (and probably much of non-Western literature, but I can’t speak to that) is adapted or appropriated from something else. Homer wrote historyfic and Virgil wrote Homerfic and Dante wrote Virgilfic (where he makes himself a character and writes himself hanging out with Homer and Virgil and they’re like “OMG Dante you’re so cool.” He was the original Gary Stu). Milton wrote Bible fanfic, and everyone and their mom spent the Middle Ages writing King Arthur fanfic. In the sixteenth century you and another dude could translate the same Petrarchan sonnet and somehow have it count as two separate poems, and no one gave a fuck. Shakespeare doesn’t have a single original plot—although much of it would be more rightly termed RPF—and then John Fletcher and Mary Cowden Clarke and Gloria Naylor and Jane Smiley and Stephen Sondheim wrote Shakespeare fanfic. Guys like Pope and Dryden took old narratives and rewrote them to make fun of people they didn’t like, because the eighteenth century was basically high school. And Spenser! Don’t even get me started on Spenser.
Here’s what fanfic authors/fans need to remember when anyone gives them shit: the idea that originality is somehow a good thing, an innately preferable thing, is a completely modern notion. Until about three hundred years ago, a good writer, by and large, was someone who could take a tried-and-true story and make it even more awesome. (If you want to sound fancy, the technical term is imitatio.) People were like, why would I wanna read something about some dude I’ve never heard of? There’s a new Sir Gawain story out, man! (As to when and how that changed, I tend to blame Daniel Defoe, or the Modernists, or reality television, depending on my mood.)
I also find fanfic fascinating because it takes all the barriers that keep people from professional authorship—barriers that have weakened over the centuries but are nevertheless still very real—and blows right past them. Producing literature, much less circulating it, was something that was well nigh impossible for the vast majority of people for most of human history. First you had to live in a culture where people thought it was acceptable for you to even want to be literate in the first place. And then you had to find someone who could teach you how to read and write (the two didn’t necessarily go together). And you needed sufficient leisure time to learn. And be able to afford books, or at least be friends with someone rich enough to own books who would lend them to you. Good writers are usually well-read and professional writing is a full-time job, so you needed a lot of books, and a lot of leisure time both for reading and writing. And then you had to be in a high enough social position that someone would take you seriously and want to read your work—to have access to circulation/publication in addition to education and leisure time. A very tiny percentage of the population fit those parameters (in England, which is the only place I can speak of with some authority, that meant from 500-1000 A.D.: monks; 1000-1500: aristocratic men and the very occasional aristocratic woman; 1500-1800: aristocratic men, some middle-class men, a few aristocratic women; 1800-on, some middle-class women as well). What’s amazing is how many people who didn’t fit those parameters kept writing in spite of the constant message they got from society that no one cared about what they had to say, writing letters and diaries and stories and poems that often weren’t discovered until hundreds of years later. Humans have an urge to express themselves, to tell stories, and fanfic lets them. If you’ve got access to a computer and an hour or two to while away of an evening, you can create something that people will see and respond to instantly, with a built-in community of people who care about what you have to say.
I do write the occasional fic; I wish I had the time and mental energy to write more. I’ll admit I don’t read a lot of fic these days because most of it is not—and I know how snobbish this sounds—particularly well-written. That doesn’t mean it’s “not good”—there are a lot of reasons people read fic and not all of them have to do with wanting to read finely crafted prose. That’s why fic is awesome—it creates a place for all kinds of storytelling. But for me personally, now that my job entails reading about 1500 pages of undergraduate writing per year, when I have time to read for enjoyment I want it to be by someone who really knows what they’re doing. There’s tons of high-quality fic, of course, but I no longer have the time and patience to go searching for it that I had ten years ago. But whether I’m reading it or not, I love that fanfiction exists. Because without people doing what fanfiction writers do, literature wouldn’t exist. (And then I’d be out of a job and, frankly, I don’t know how to do anything else.)
AHHHHH JESS’S META IS ALMOST TO 30,000 NOTES. SO AWESOME.
good news: i just finished writing nancy and ned’s 13,000-WORD honeymoon chapter in letters
bad news: nanowrimo just started so i probably won’t be able to work on it again until december
Please note that the latest story, precious, is rated NC-17 for sex and language; don’t read it if you’re underage, or if the thought of Nancy and Ned hooking up upsets you.