It’s pure coincidence that the editors over at AfterElton sent us this sort-of literary story this morning (we guard our editorial schedule like a hooker guards their real age). In it, Michael Ricci takes a look at “slash fiction:” “self-published stories written by fans featuring characters from television, movies and books.” While the genre got it’s name from the backslash separating the characters involved, we prefer to think it came from some over zealous fan having one too many slashes and finding a geeky outlet for their amphetamine soaked imaginations. But that’s just us.
While GLAAD may bemoan the dearth of gay characters on television, they’ll find plenty of homo-lovin’ in these fictional takes on television favorites. For example, Angel and Spike are bitter enemies on Buffy, but may find themselves getting a little closer than they ever did on television. It may surprise you to know that many of the pensters behind slash fiction are women. Why? Good question.
Marianne Landon, whose slash fiction career started ten years ago, says:
In my case, I can tell you that television writers have a massive problem right now in heterosexual relationships. It’s a simple one really: They don’t know how to write them. I don’t tune into shows, watch movies or read books for the unresolved sexual tension. I tune [in] to watch the characters and the advancement of their relationships. I’d rather see no romance at all than what television considers romance these days. They go into it to tease us with the ‘will they, won’t they,’ and at a certain point I stop caring… The fact that the characters are both men is not an obstacle to me – nor should it be. In truth, it’s a factor that very rarely enters my mind.
Hmmm, not so much of an explanation, so we can’t help but assume this young lassie gets her rocks off thinking about hunky men enjoying other hunky men. And, really, can we blame her?
The first slash fictions arose after Star Trek got the televisual ax. It’s gained popularity ever since. Not surprisingly, not everyone’s so enthused. Anne Rice, the Queen of vampire books, says:
It upsets me terribly to even think about fan fiction with my characters. I advise my readers to write your own original stories with your own characters. It is absolutely essential that you respect my wishes.
We tend to agree with Rice. Why not stretch your imagination a little and write something original. Yes, we all have our favorite tv characters, but why not save them for your masturbatory fantasies like the rest of us?