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Fated Series: Prologue

Ahh guys I finally am posting this Fated Series I’ve been toying with for ages. Inspired by this incredible gif-set created by @solohux

Title: Prologue
Author@mugglelissa​ // _melodic_
Pairing: Armitage Hux/Kylo Ren
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~3,400
Summary: He wondered what their lives might have been like if they met when they were younger. What would have happened if they existed together somewhere else, in some other universe? Would Ren have loved him in another life? Would Hux have let him?

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I was a TeWo multi shipper so I had my fic writing/reading hands in all the ships (well… None of the ones with Peter because he’s horrible and I hate him) and the one thing that stood out to me was how the fandom made a lie out of their own claims that they were pushing $terek for queer representation by how they dismissed Danny.

Danny. Precious, gorgeous, brilliant, and gay. Dude had chemistry with Scott from episode one and had a Canon love interest or two. And yet fandom only used him as a way to make Derek jealous or to get in your daily dose of “no homo” with Jackson.

I remember when the hotel episode was about to air, how a bunch of $terek shippers actually were like “boycott the episode” because Danny and his boyfriend were going to get horizontal. You know, because representation doesn’t count until it’s two white guys fucking.

There were literally people pissed about how Stiles/Derek “should’ve been” the couple on the show to have sex. And like… They’re not a couple on the show?? At all??

They planned to boycott the show and were freaking out all over because the “wrong couple” were going to have sex.

Seriously!

(In the same vein, see all the Sp!rk shippers who responded to the Sulu reveal with outright anger because the “wrong” character" was gay. Like they did that shit.)

If the desire here is for slash fiction to pave the way for queer representation, why are canon queer characters rarely centered (especially if they’re characters if color)?

Why is it that femslash isn’t more popular (and its not because y'all are so worried about replicating the male gaze so shut up with that nonsense)?

Why is it that multiple times in RECENT fandom history (within like 2 years) we’ve seen huge slash shipping fandoms get ridiculously angry over gay characters of color being canon or showing their relationships in canon instead of the more popular noncanon white dude slash ship?

If it’s all about representation, why weren’t Hikaru Sulu/Ben or Danny/that Twin ever popular main ships?

Why isn’t Queen Sugar with a queer Black woman as a main lead getting held up by these slash activists who claim to fight the good fight for representation?

Riddle me that.

Aha wow I’m reading the night vale podcast commentary from their new books (which are excellent and have creepy illustrations, spot on,) and bascially until August 2013 they had no idea why their show was the number 1 (beating out This American Life) most listened to podcast in the nation. They searched twitter and google and couldn’t figure out why they breached 8.5 million downloads and then- they discovered it.

Tumblr. 

In their words: “Boom. Night Vale was everywhere on Tumblr. Fan art. Fan fiction. Slash fiction. Arguments over canon. Lovefests over how cute Cecil and Carlos were. Heck Yeah Tamika Flynn. And so on. We were no longer giddy. We were… um… errr… [wild gesticulation.]”

lmao

for those curious, this is what they saw in tumblr tags round that time. https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/cecil%20baldwin?before=1377273600

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“I hate the way you talk to me
And the way you cut your hair
I hate the way you drive my car
I hate it when you stare

I hate your big dumb combat boots
And the way you read my mind
I hate you so much that it makes me sick
It even makes me rhyme

I hate the way you’re always right
I hate it when you lie
I hate it when you make me laugh
Even worse when you make me cry

I hate the way you’re not around
And the fact that you didn’t call


But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you
Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.”

10 things about you/Sterek I had to do it I love too much this movie

Bonus Scallison: 

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i find the evolution of approaches to the eternal riddle What to Do With the Canon Girlfriend in My Slash Fan Fictions in response to TUMBLR CULTURE fascinating. like i MISS the straight up character bashing! instead now you see a lot of people obviously going like OKAY we know misogynistic nastiness is like, BAD, so instead i will just make her a lesbian. we LOVE lesbians now, right? of course, i don’t care about this woman as a PERSON with an INNER LIFE, or women in general, or lesbians. she just exists to be vaguely supportive and female but like, PROGRESSIVELY. i miss the character bashing of yore! at least it was emotionally honest!

Sexuality Modding vs Slash Fiction

Lesson learned: update discussion posts with your findings and final opinions as soon as you have them, or people will start angrily rebloggong your half-finished thesis and call you a homophobic asshole.

If your reading this because you followed an angry reblog, hello!

This post was originally a request for some perspective. I wasn’t trying to offend anyone or justify homophobic behavior. I knew that the modding was more offensive (and questionable) than slash fic, but I needed help articulating the reasons why to help me with a discussion. Sorry if my post came off toxic or insensitive.

After a few days of discussion and comments from followers, I’ve been able to articulate my thoughts better. See below.

CONCLUSIONS

Though modding a game character to be straight and writing Fanfic that makes a character LGBTQ may be, on the surface, similar acts of fandom (in so much that they are swapping or expanding sexual preference to fufill a need/fantasy of a fan) there are key social and ethical contexts to consider:

Erasure and rejection of canon LGBTQ characters is not okay. Slash fiction only relates to the act of straight modding so far as it swaps a charcter’s sexual preference. However, slash fiction does NOT undermine heteronormativity in any way, as it is still the basis for most media representation. Straight modding, on the other hand, destroys what little LGBTQ representation there already is in media.

LGBTQ representation in media is still heavily suppressed, marginalized, and villfied, so in terms of slash fandoms, subtext or inference is vital if someone in the community wants to be able to identify with a ship or a character. Changing a character from a minority back to the traditional status quo (we’re talking sexuality, race, gender, etc) can be very painful for fans, and feel like erasure or betrayal by the established majority that has had the luxury of representation since forever.

My SO conceded that as a white straight male, he’s doesn’t have this experience, but agrees its a totally legitimate reaction.

‘Live and let live’ is easy to say when established majorities aren’t trying to - at best- pretend you don’t exist, and - at worst- remove your meager media representation entirely because it makes them feel uncomfortable.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to make salient and helpful comments without getting mad. I appreciate the help and the perspective.

Everyone else, I hope that my comments here make sense.

I am so sorry that I offended with my questions and statements. I had already half-written my self- corrections, resulting from the discussions I had with my followers, before this post blew up.

I am happy to admit when I’ve done or said something wrong.

What I am not happy with is how much I’ve clearly hurt people. It was never my intention, and I apologize.

Again, I’m sorry. I don’t hate any of you. I didn’t mean to show hate to anyone.

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“Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.”