My comment on a fic day has run into a snag. *sigh*
I've been reading Keira Marcos' Tangled Destinies
series all week long. (It's incomplete.) And while I did find positive constructive things to say on her writing craft, I was so caught up in the Keira Marcos Misogyny Thing (KMMT) that I didn't actually find positive constructive things to say about her writing craft until after I'd worked through the KMMT and the resulting thinking I'd ended up doing about slash-fic tropes. So, there were no comments from the muffin gallery last week. At all. Sadly.
Originally, I was going to stop here, with the this-is-what-I-read-and-why-I-didn't-com
ment-as-promised so I don't have to read Sailor Moon het fic written by 8 year olds, but. I worked through the KMMT in writing, as I usually work through theory things and, perhaps it's narcissistic and self-indulgent of me, but there is a minimum of discourse on the subject and, as an academic, my default setting is to join the discourse when I've written on it. That, and I'm a nobody in fandom so I feel pretty secure in the idea that no one will actually notice my contributions on the subject. So, under the cut is my addition to the KMMT. Fair warning, it's written the same way I'd write any lit crit paper, though with some editing for clarity and rhetorical sensitivity.( Collapse )
Now, to take the literary criticism hat off and put the fanfic reader hat back on. I adore me some Keira fic. I love how the good guys exist solely to make sure the two main characters get together. I love how the bad guys are over the top in the Snidely Whiplash way, and how the good guys can do absolutely terrible things socially (diva! diva! diva!) and be praised for it, and how every fanfic trope rears their cliched little heads to make the whole thing a world of character-bashing fun.