Reading wiliqueen's "stockings," last year's as well as this year's, was a highlight of my day. She wrote them wittily and pithily, of course, but I also got a happy charge out of feeling, on several specific points, "Yes! That's exactly what I would have said -- if only I were that witty and pithy, and, of course, participating in this!" :-) Across many fandoms, I really don't much care whether characters are girls or boys, and I usually care very little who they do or don't sleep with; what I care about, as she put it, is "friendship and/or family running as deep as any 'ship... pieces of people's lives we've never seen but which make perfect sense... tests or explorations of faith, in whatever flavor is appropriate to a character... thoughtful sensuality" and "emotional consequences (especially of canon events)."
Conversely, I also agree with her aversion to "endless detailed sex scenes... the very concept of soulmates... importing vampire rules, social structures and/or vocabulary from another universe, or inventing complicated original ones without a logical basis in canon," "grownup professionals shagging in supply closets" and "for the love of all that's holy, no vampire miracle babies!"
Okay, okay, I'll buy a "Serena's Cure" baby, yes, when I must -- makes more sense than three out of four other explanations of "The Human Factor" -- and also a hard-won-through-the-years, built-not-born, "soulmating," but . . . you know what's meant, right? To each her own without prejudice, but getting to feel in accord for a bit just made me smile a lot. :-) It was a treat.
Okay, all done. We return now to...
merfilly has proposed a "Gen in January" ficathon. It will be prompt-claiming style, rather than assignment driven. Minimum 500 words, gen only, any fandom, any characters -- including, of course, FK. (Gen, as recently discussed, is defined as every kind of plot and theme in human experience except romance and sex.)
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