where are the flaws

Reading Like a Writer

One of the most common pieces of writing advice is to read. Important, but vague. An easy way to analyze novels to become a better writer is to sort what you read into what you don’t like and what you do like. Spend some time thinking–whether alone, in writing, or through conversation–about what makes you like or dislike the writing, and brainstorm ways that the writing could have been improved or changed.

Here are some possible dislikes and likes that you might notice when reading:

What You Don’t Like: 

  • Boring spots that you skim through
  • Unnecessary scenes that don’t advance the plot
  • Confusing sub-plots
  • Chunky dialogue 
  • Characters acting outside their character
  • Poorly done tropes 
  • Too much telling, not enough showing
  • Too much showing, not enough telling
  • Overly flowery prose
  • Big words for the sake of big words
  • One-dimensional villains
  • Lack of distinctive voices

What You Do Like: 

  • Twists on tropes 
  • Scenes where you felt like you were a part of that world
  • Characters you think about after the book ends
  • Clever plot twists
  • Good information reveal
  • Villains and antagonists that keep you on your toes
  • Characters that know what they want
  • Characters forced to make sacrifices 
  • Side-characters that have personalities of their own
  • Scenes so intense that you find yourself peeking at the next page
  • Protagonists with flaws that hold them back
  • Scenes where you felt the emotions conveyed

and then there was me, a queer girl in the catholic church with traditional parents. i grew up with a fingernail caught in my throat. i changed the words to songs so i’d be singing about boys. i was scared of “gay”. my mother told me it meant happy but i knew it meant being pushed to the floor of the bus. i remember my bible school teacher telling us that the greatest sin a woman can have is not giving a man her love. i remember realizing i liked girls and putting it in a box i labelled dirty and couldn’t bring myself to touch. when i came out i had to ask if my parents still loved me, like the idea of their acceptance ended where my sexuality began. they pull back when i accidentally slip and admit i like a girl. they promise the church doesn’t hate us, just doesn’t let us get married under god’s roof with god present. oh it’s a fine marriage, we accept it, but technically in the eyes of the church i’m living in sin. it would be better if i liked men. when i was 7 i was sure i was going to unhappily marry a man just to make my parents happy. at 23 i might marry a man just to make my parents happy.

god was this hard thing we couldn’t figure out how to handle. god came beyond the doors of the church. my god answered me at night but reminded me to cower. my god killed my brothers and sisters in the hands of others. how am i to reconcile that god that felt like love and belonging with the god called down in conversion camps. how am i to say i love the light of god when i have seen it burn the flesh of others.

i watch it still. for a while i was spitting and hissing and wouldn’t let god near me. i think it was better then, when i had shut my doors to the idea of it. once i tried to find god again i found myself desperately lost in the forest.

i was always so alone in church. always different. it wasn’t until i mentioned it once in an online chat that i found someone else who had gone through the same thing. how terrible, to form a community of people who have all been cast out. how powerful.

we, together, discussing at two a.m if god is real and if she is where she begins and ends. my brothers and sisters and family - we are all so strong for having survived this. for having been spat out by what should have accepted us. that first community. that first slap. the book that taught us not all books are homes. the book that i spent hours combing over looking for where my flaws were entombed. that curse that keeps following us, doggedly, just when we thought we shook it off - watching others take god as an excuse to punish us, to put into law our discrimination, to enact and enforce violence against us. “god loves you,” we were told. is this what god looks like? our first relationship with abuse?

i am stuck with an eternity of questions. can we find our own god? can we find her in each other? do we leave god entirely, and just find love in the stories of us lost lambs? is god worth it? was the word of god really to ruin us? is god even to blame for any of this, or is this how humans are when they find something to hit? 

all i know is this: i am not alone. and if you’re like me, come to me. talk. i’ll listen. god only knows nobody else did.

Dating Tommy Holland might include:

Originally posted by septodragon

(( gif not mine, but damn ))

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DATING THIS MUNCHKIN MAY INCLUDE:

  • him laughing when he tries to teach you proper English table mannerisms
  • you trying really hard because you want to make him proud
  • “I guess you are too adorable to be proper, eh?”
  • if you are short: he would bring it up any chance he was given
  • because he is used to being the youngest and the shortest
  • he is pretty deviant and quite sly
  • you soon understand why Seb and Robert call him a little asshole
  • WANNABE GENTLEMAN
  • he tries so hard to open doors for you and pull out a chair and get your coat
  • he whines when you do them yourself
  • he whines in general
  • he’s a big baby and you take care of him often
  • when he is sick he will play it like he is dying so that you will take care of him
  • because he loves your cooking
  • praises it
  • he will often shower you in what you call over exaggerated compliments
  • but he calls them understatements of blatant facts
  • he can and will take any aspect about you and ramble about how much he adores it
  • but he is also the person where if you mention a flaw you see about yourself and genuinely would like to change it for the better; he will give you constructive advice and help you in anyway that he can
  • he wants you to love yourself as much as he does
  • hand holding
  • inconvenient hand holding
  • always touching in someway
  • PROTECTIVE TYPE
  • an arm around you
  • glaring
  • at any man that walks past
  • even Harrison
  • just because
  • some random on the street
  • gave you a cat call
  • he was physically ready to slice of their arm
  • and beat them with it
  • “Guysss, I’m really homesick“ :(
  • “Tom, you just went home to grab a hoodie and came back seven minutes ago?”
  • “I knowww. But (Y/n) isn’t here…”
  • because home is where the heart is
  • “She left to get some coffee. You hugged her three minutes ago– what is wrong with you?”

If you ever feel sad just imagine that there’s an alternate universe where you are a fictional character and everyone absolutely loves you and your flaws. People make blogs and lovely edits of you and probably ship you with your best friend. They have your funny one-liners you thought nobody heard as their bios. Even better, people make fanart of you. They pretend you’re a chief, or a scuba diver in some alternate universe of their own. Some people attempt to replicate your personality because they love it so much. Others dress as you for Halloween. Imagine an alternate universe where you are so unbelievably loved from people you don’t know exist.

A Handful of Questions to Ask Yourself While Creating a Character

Compelling characters make compelling stories. Here’s a bunch of questions you can ask yourself while developing a character. 

1) What does your character want from life? What is their motivation? What drives them? Most people want things - it could be as small as wanting a sandwich, or something huge like wanting to change the world. Does your character want something? Does your character dream? What about? And if they don’t, why don’t they? 

2) Is your character shy? Outgoing? Insecure? Proud? Why are they the way they are? My favourite example of this question answered well is Ron Weasley from Harry Potter. He’s insecure because he doesn’t come from a wealthy family, has a bunch of older brothers who are all amazing in some form or way, his mother always wanted a daughter, Ginny, and so he doesn’t feel as wanted. Also, one of his best friends is the Chosen One, and the other is the brightest witch of her age - a cocktail that would make anyone doubt themselves. 

3) What kind of clothes does your character wear? Why? The way you dress says a lot about who you are. For instance, If a character wears designer clothes and the latest fashions, it shows that they have the means to keep up with the trends. However if they wear a medley of things bought second-hand, or buy cheap stuff from supermarkets, they might not have the money to spare on outfits, or maybe they just don’t care about fashion.

4) How does your character speak?  Speech patterns have origins. An accent, language, a dialect, all signify geography, social class, personality. It could be as simple as cussing too much. But be sure you know why your character speaks the way they do. And if it’s not a speech pattern you’re familiar with, do your research!

5) Likes and dislikes I sometimes give characters specific likes (”I like tomatoes”) or specific dislikes (”I dislike eggs”), simply because it humanises them. You don’t have to do this, or be as specific as that, if it doesn’t serve your story. But it’s definitely something you can consider. Everyone has those little things they love and hate, and you can go places with them. (”I hate eggs because my childhood bully threw an egg at me and scarred me for life.”) Be creative and have fun with it.

6) Who does your character love? Romantic attraction isn’t necessary to create a wholesome character. Nevertheless, if they are in love with someone, be sure to understand why they love someone. Love is at its best, a complicated emotion difficult to break down, but a relationship has to be believable. As a reader, I need to be able to look at a couple and think, yeah, I can see what their love is built on. 

7) What would their favourite songs be? This is not so much a question as it is a trick I use to get a better feel for who my character is. No matter what time period your story is set in, you can use this to understand your character better. Take your playlist and pick what songs they would enjoy. It says a lot about who they are. For instance, one of my characters would enjoy Western classical music and nothing else. Another character listens to the worst kind of pop and loves it. 

8) How does your character react under stress? Can they cope with it? Do they get tense? Angry? Teary? Why? Why not? How a person deals with stress is a vital part of their personality. Decisions taken under stress can be the worst you’ve ever made, or (depending on how you handle stress), can be effective solutions to problems. The way a person reacts to stress often has a lot to do with their background and upbringing. Example (this is a generalisation, of course): someone who comes from a difficult family background may have more extreme reactions to stress than someone who is well-adjusted and comes from a happy family. 

9) What does your character do when they’re alone? You’re often a different person alone than when you are with other people. The pretences and false faces come away, and all the little thoughts you usually ignore now have time to play in the open. Who is your character when they’re alone? What do they do? What do they think about? Why do they think about/do things in that way?

10) Where does your character fail? Characters must have flaws to be compelling. Nobody is perfect, and your character shouldn’t be either. Whether its insecurity or anger, or a lack of initiative, or smaller things like not being a good artist, or not being the best at sports–we all have personal failings and we all have things we aren’t good at. Consider: where does your character mess up? 

I hope this helps! Remember to have fun. Developing characters can be the most exciting thing. Keep an open mind while working. Happy writing! 

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                         “I found love where it wasn’t supposed to be
                                              Right in front of me….

(Requested by @lydias-martin). 

‪i saw a post abt how lance is always quick to call out keith on his bs and i realized that he probably can pick up on those flaws where others can’t because‬ he’s spent so long trying to live up to him. lance is already an incredibly perceptive character, and feeling like he’s always been one step behind keith would understandably lead lance to study keith both as a pilot and a person, and thus pick up on these things where other people couldn’t.

lance probably saw keith making those mistakes and quick/impulsive choices and wondered “how the hell can everyone always be looking at him and yet never see these things?”

YOI Fan Rec Friday

Thank you so much for all your great recommendations this week! (Reminder to please send in your recommendations before Friday! Thank you!)


Rec’d by anonymous:
P.S. I Love You by c000kiesandcream, Teen, 17k **Major character death
My dearest Yuuri,
If you are reading this then, sadly, the inevitable has happened. First things first, I am so sorry for the hurt I know I am causing you.
Secondly, this means that the next step of your adventure is on the horizon.
P.S. I Love You

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Rec’d by @peacefulgun :
A Spoonful of Sugar by Budinca, Teen, 15k (WIP)
The miraculous process of Victor learning how to cook, in short installments.

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Rec’d by anonymous, anonymous, and @skatinggays :
Meet Me by the River by c0rnfl0wer, Explicit, 11k
Every Kupala Night has come and gone without his attending, but now that Viktor Nikiforov is getting older and taking over the position as leader of his village, he has to start taking his life in a different direction. He wasn’t sure whether he expected anything at all in this way. But when Yuuri catches his wreath, he finds the path he had always longed for.
Ivan da Maria by c0rnfl0wer, Explicit, 10k (WIP) **Graphic depictions of violence and major character death
Viktor never minded when human civilization built up around him, or when other spirits began sharing the waters with him. He easily dominated every tradition that the centuries presented; that was what he minded. No one wants to be known for tragedy. No one wants to be subjected to loneliness and despair forever. No one wants to drag their beloved one down. Everyone wants a happy ending, even if it isn’t in their nature.

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Rec’d by @atrium-nocte :
count your blessings (not your flaws) by zerotransfat, Teen, 15k
In the countryside where Victor’s Aunt Natasha lived, there is a forest. People say that there are strange things living there, and if you wander in you can never find your way out again.He was six years old when he got lost. And then, just as Victor was crying alone in the middle of the woods… he appeared.

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Rec’d by @victuuriengineering:
Olympian Newbie by ratherbehere, Teen, 3.3k
Yuuri doesn’t know why Victor Nikiforov is in Detroit, and he doesn’t know why Victor–an Olympic ice skating champion–is pretending to need his help learning to skate. And frankly? He doesn’t care what the reasons are, as long as he gets to spend time with his idol.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
The Tsesarevich lives! by mtothedestiel, Explicit, 7.1k (WIP)
An Anastasia AU. Victor is an orphan with no name, no family, and no memory of a time before he was ten years old. Could he really be the missing Nikiforov heir? An adventure across Europe with two conmen will lead him to the answer.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
My Valentine by QueenofFennoscandia, Explicit, 10k (WIP) **Graphic depictions of violence 
An apocalyptic Fantasy AU in which everyone seems to want Yuuri dead. Honestly, he never expects to meet someone who would want something else from him. That is, until he falls on his knees before Viktor Nikiforov.

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Rec’d by @duckie-duckduck :
There’s a Difference series by GordandV, Gen-Teen, 7.6k (WIP)
A series of one-shots surrounding the podium family and their friends!

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Rec’d by anonymous:
The Return of the Little Piggy by JMonCheri, Mature, 21k (WIP)
Once there was a boy named Katsuki Yuuri, who was shy, loved to make clothes, had adorable smiles and was fatter than the usual average human being. After numerous accounts of bullying, Katsuki Yuuri disappears for good. Now years later, there is now a man only known as Y.K. Fashion tyrant, multimillionaire, professional cold-stare giver… and is trying his ultimate best to run away from his dark past, until a certain silver haired CEO of a certain rival company who went to the same certain college he went to back then decides to flat out entangle their fates together. 

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Rec’d by @fisukisuki :
Down but not out by IllyasJames, Gen, 1.3k
The one thing Yuuri never thought he would experience is a Victor down with a fever. And apparently Victor was holding back on his clingy behavior til now. Which is just exhausting.

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Rec’d by anonymous and anonymous:
In the Cold of the Night by impolitecanadian, Mature, 41k
In which Yuuri never skated and instead is a small town cop with no idea who Victor Nikiforov, THE Victor Nikiforov, is until he arrests him for public intoxication. Meanwhile Victor is enamoured, and absolutely plastered.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Cognitive Dissonance by Katyaton, Teen, 51k (WIP) TW: kidnapping
When Yuuri gets kidnapped one night in St. Petersburg, all hell breaks loose. The police claim they are doing all they can to find him, but with so little clues to track him down, it seems like he’ll never be found. Viktor begins growing desperate, and just as it seems like his Yuuri will never be rescued, he and the police come across a startling video - A video of Yuuri.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Catch Me, Capture Me by GlitterDrop, Teen, 33k (WIP)
Yuuri is an aspiring artist looking for a tutor. Victor is his hero, only Yuuri has never been able to find a picture of his face. Their meeting is accidental, yet it feels almost fated.

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Rec’d by @deadlychildartemis :
Sweetsilversub by phlintandsteel, Explicit, 71k
When Katsuki Yuuri thinks about his life, he feels like maybe it should have the subtitle ‘A Study In Contradictions’ after it. As he grows and learns more about himself though, he decides he’s willing to acknowledge that being a 'Work In Progress’ is ok too.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
You Set My Heart on Fire by whelvenwings, Teen, 36k
Everyone has a soulmate. And everyone sees any marks on their soulmate’s skin appear on their own body; it starts with the first marks, drawn on by the midwife at birth. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a soulmate who replies, but Yuuri does, and he knows that he should feel fortunate - however, when he’s trying to make a living as a small-time painter, and his soulmate is the famous artist, Viktor Nikiforov… well, it seems slightly less than fortunate.

✧·゚: *✧·゚:* *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by anonymous:
The Carnage of the Art by ExorcisingEmily, Teen, 52k
When Yuri Plisetsky faces a career-threatening injury during practice in the days following Yuuri’s arrival in St. Petersburg, Victor and Yuuri take up the task of helping get him back on his feet as they juggle training, competition, and their evolving relationship. Life is what happens off of the ice, and love in all its forms—romantic and familial—is what makes that worthwhile.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
silver scales and golden wishing wells by JMonCheri (they changed their username to this!), Teen, 13k
the knights fought valiantly, they have slayed the dragon
Yuuri cried from days on end… he loved that dragon

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Rec’d by @tragedy-boy :
All The Better by fundips, Mature, 15k (WIP) **Graphic depictions of violence 
Viktor Nikiforov is often labeled as a “big bad wolf” by urban legend, though he doesn’t exactly consider himself a terrible being. He doesn’t try to do bad, even though his past could be riddled with such. He settles down in a small town, part-wolf by night and human by day. However, Viktor isn’t the only one who lives a double life. Yuuri Katsuki catches his eye one day, and Viktor discovers the boy to not be all he seems to be.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Petals on Black by stormfree, Mature, 6.9k (WIP)
The cliche where the Top Student™ reluctantly falls for the delinquent playboy (who in reality is just a shy drug dealer).

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Send Me An Angel by Neoniichan, Teen, 41k (WIP)
They’d discussed becoming parents before, but they’d never expected it would happen in such a profound, life-changing, and beautiful way. Both Yuri and Viktor are totally in awe of how overwhelmingly perfect their son is in their eyes, from the time he’s a tiny newborn and increasingly more so as he grows into a young man. They wanted to be parents, but are they really ready for the struggles this whole parenthood thing brings?

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Rec’d by anonymous:
The Devil Wears Gucci by Multiple_Universes, Mature, 1.7k (WIP)
Christophe Giacometti watched the new interviewee walk out of Victor’s office. Everything about him was wrong from the clothes and the haircut to his general attitude and walk. At the same time there was something naïve about him and Chris was prepared to bet that he’d just graduated from college. “Who is that sad little person?” he asked Victor. “Are we doing a before and after piece I don’t know about?”

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Rec’d by anonymous:
we were together; i forget the rest by TrumpetGeek, Teen, 2k (WIP)
It’s in the moments between sleeping and waking, when he becomes conscious of Yuuri in his bed and in his arms -soft moments just before sunrise when he can hold out his hand and admire the way the gold creates shadows on his skin.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Ptichye Moloko by lilithduvare, Melody_thysoulandthylove, Mature, 28k
Viktor is a two time Academy Award winner actor who, while shooting a movie in Japan accidentally found a small cake shop Agape & Eros and instantly fell in love with the stunning desserts on display. He, however, did not expect to fall in love with the gorgeous but shy man who ran the shop.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
so this guy walks into a bar… by silvercistern, Explicit, 16k
Instead of talking over their future, two grown-ass, married adults pretend to be strangers in a club.


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If You Won’t Love Yourself, We Will

Originally posted by amynelsons

Request: Hiya. Its me again. I’m sorry 😳 but um, I was wondering if you could do an Ethan imagine (I frickin love Ethan) where y/n isn’t very skinny and is slightly overweight and is so self concious of her body and what not and Ethan is there to tell her encouraging words to.her (it doesn’t have to be romantic but I wouldn’t mind if it is) sorry this is so long

Summary: Fem!Reader is overweight and self conscious about it and Ethan goes and makes her feel better about herself. What a nice guy I love Ethan.

A/N: Hey guys, this request hit very close to home as I too struggle with being self conscious about the way I look and wih body dysmorphia. It sucks, and there are definitely better days than others, and I wanted to kinda depict the way I personally feel on the bad days when I don’t want anyone to see me. It’s unedited because I honestly just didn’t want to reread it and get sad while watching Harry Potter. As always, italics signify the inner monologue of a character. Hope you guys enjoy this one. Also I’m pretty sure I’ve used that gif of Ethan before, but I kinda had to use it for this fic, it’s too perfect not to.

Wordcount: 1190good length, yes?

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Ship: Jungkook | Reader ~ Jungkook | Seulgi
Description: You were in love with Jeon Jungkook since you were 14, but made the mistake of introducing him to your best friend at 16. Now you’ve slept with him at 19, and it appears that fate isn’t done screwing you over when it comes to your two best friends.
Warning: Hella Angst, EXTREME Toxicness (don’t read if you can’t handle the abusive side, it gets bad), Sexual Assault, Self-Harm, Mentions of Suicide, Handjob, Blowjob, Violence
Word Count: 4,549

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i hate how cassandra clare is criticized for making alec biphobic at first. 

no person is perfect, and like anyone else alec too had flaws. point is, he overcame his prejudices and learnt from his mistakes. book!alec is a deeply flawed person with good characteristics too, just like anyone else. he is a PERSON, and his sexuality made him insecure. the antis go like “ugh but this was PrObLeMatic!!!” like yes susan it was, it was supposed to be problematic because that is supposed to be a problem. cassandra clare wrote that particular scene in just because she knew that a part of her audience may be looking at magnus through alec’s eyes and slutshame him just because of his sexuality.

alec and magnus’s book relationship had so many barriers, their genders, their SPECIES made it difficult for them to be together, but at the end, they respected each other as equals and were in a loving relationship. the show is removing all of alec’s character growth and turning their relationship into a slowburn au where all their flaws don’t exist. 

the same alec who tried to make magnus mortal out of selfishness respected magnus’s refusal to marry him without getting angry. alec’s parents, who at first did not approve of alec’s boyfriend, gladly accepted a warlock baby into their family. the entire point of the homophobia and biphobia was to show that despite having superpowers, shadowhunters are still humans with prejudices. 

and i’m angry af at the show for removing the bigotry of certain characters in the universe, because they are depriving us of important development of some characters

i hate that fanfic that’s clearly written by a gay fan for gay fans hardly gets any attention. like gay fans can TELL when something is written by someone who’s lgbtq+ and when it’s written by a straight person. and it’s a tragedy that those fics that don’t feature that much sex (and even then it’s written correctly and not in a fetishistic way) and focuses on the characters as flawed human beings where the relationship isn’t 100% stable all the time, where it is has its issues because the characters probably don’t know HOW to be in a relationship with someone of the opposite gender and might even struggle with their own internalized homophobia, those fics don’t get any attention outside of what it can attract from gay fans. and if it’s a fic for a rarepair then you’re fucked. these fics usually end up languishing at the bottom of ao3 until the writer never wants to write anything again, even if their characterization and story is perfect.

you know what’s at the top of ao3? porn fic written by straight women. it could be horrendously out of character or even badly written and yet as long as other straight women can get off to it then it shoots right to the top of the pairing tag. they might not even care about the character’s relationships or their happiness - especially true with slash fanfic where the female love interest gets completely erased despite having a vital friendship with one or both of the characters.

honestly you guys need to stop sleeping on fic written by gay fans just because it doesn’t cater to your urge to fetishize (usually white) gay men.