seiberwing: (Objection!)
It does my heart good to see pretentious twaddle ripped to shreds by an entire comm.

I'm a writer because I write. It has nothing to do with whether I've created an arbitrary amount of pages, put out an arbitrary amount of blood-sweat-and-tears, or convinced someone to publish my work. And it certainly has nothing to do with whether my output is fanfic or not.

On the other hand, found my evening's entertainment. If this shit doesn't make it to fandom_wank I will be severely disappointed.
seiberwing: (WTF?)
Through the magic of the internets someone got "Where Is Thy Sting" on up on YouTube a few days early. I think we can safely say "Three's A Crowd" was the fluffy breather episode because they got right back on the WHAT THE HELL with this one.

Cut for spoilers )

Also, more Prowl plz. Everyone else has complex backstory and motivation (sort of), can we get some for the mysterious ninja?
seiberwing: (Democracy)
A gay man posts a secret on [ profile] fandomsecrets about how he hates that yaoi fangirls fetishize his sexuality, and understandably the entire thing starts wanking faster than a submarine engineer who's gotten on the internet for the first time in a year and a half. I get into it here and here for the most part, but pretty much everyone's sharing their thoughts on the matter.

(Warning: Image heavy. For the dialup-gifted, the secret in question is here.)

My thoughts, highly distilled, are that traditional yaoi isn't fetishizing a sexuality so much as a specific ideal and dynamic, and anyone who thinks that real gay men act like that has a few more problems than the doujinshi on her hard drive. Any thoughts from the audience?
seiberwing: ('Con support)
I'm not sure exactly what it is about happy gay characters and romances (as opposed to dying, completely humorous, AIDS-stricken, oppressed, or disgustingly evil gay characters and romances) in fiction that makes that particular media automatically more appealing to me. Possibly it's the subversion of the usual tropes mentioned above in parentheses that depress me so much, combined with the subversion of the idea that male/female romances are standard and mandatory whether or not they make sense. Possibly it's also a bit of trying desperately to find relationships I can relate to, as the amount of non-tragic non-fanservice lesbian relationships in the kind of media I like is next to nil. I don't think I'll be able to even watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer during or after Tara's death. Fuck you, Whedon!

I slash so much, in part because of the hot and the character dynamics, but in part because I never get that sort of relationship in canon. Either the gay people are presented as nonthreatening clowns and "girlfriends" to the main character women, or the writers absolutely must make some sort of statement about prejudice and the tragic nature of homosexuality every time someone looks at another member of the same gender with wistful lust. I'm leaving out bisexuality for the purposes of this discussion, as that's a whole 'nother barrel of rant.

...the point I'm coming around to is that 'Allo! 'Allo! earns my approval not only for being outright hilarious, but for completely ignoring the mess I described in the above parentheses. It does go for the funny gay with Lieutenant Gruber's obvious homosexuality, but the comedic focus is usually less on his inherent sexuality and more on how disturbed René is by the fact that Gruber makes overtures to him personally. He'd probably have the same reaction if it was an old or unattractive woman. Despite his sexuality, Gruber's still just as well-rounded as most of the secondary characters in the show and his very existence is not played for laughs, unlike most gay characters in comedy shows. When freaking 'Allo 'Allo is beating out most modern shows for tasteful and unoffensive handling of a gay character something has gone horribly wrong. We're supposed to be more accepting of homosexuality these days, and yet I can count the number of gay characters in TV and movies who are portrayed as completely normal people I can think of on one hand.

I haven't done a complete study of British media's general portrayal of gay characters, since my main exposure to it was watching Keeping Up Appearences with my gran as a child, but I respect the show for not being complete morons about the subject.


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