I WOVE you frodo!
Okay, yesterday I got reminded of something I also though was odd in the fan world: Slashies or fan service gay relantionships. It's not that I have something against gay couples, a lot of people in my class are gay and I love talking to them. I also appreciate gay couplings in certain books are series such as strangers in paradise, runaways, buffy and xena. Slashies annoy me because of two things:
a) They are imaginary.
b) It's just not a gay relantionship.
Slashies are imaginary. In series such as slayers, a lot of people coupled zelgadiss with xelloss. I though that point of view was interesting so I watched slayers looking for any trace of Yaoi I could encounter and all I saw was zelgadiss pissed off. I know that whole "you hurt the ones you love routine" but usually when you choose that routine there's an evolution to be noted in the characters closenest as well (aka, stuck in more situations together) which never happens with zel/xel since xelloss teleports in and out of stuff all the time and usually close to Lina, the heroine. Not to mention there's a limit to hurting the ones you love routine. I kinda draw the line at wanting to grin their bones. Not to mention zelgadiss falls in the blushaton everytime amelia falls on him. Now, I admit that certain entertainement pushes fan service to the max and makes slashies hard to not consider (has anyone else seen the return of the king? The loooong meaningful looks) but it's still imaginary. If you read the book, there is no gay relantionship at all. It's simply a strong bond that the director of the movie was a moron in adapting. I congratulate people that create slashies, it prouve that they have a lot of imagination for one, and also, what's the use of being a fan when you write fanfics if you can't play it around a bit? I just don't like when people make official couplings out of it when those clearly don't exist. Fan coupling, yes. Official coupling...noooo. I mean, if you love slashies, there's some perfectly good gay stories out there that I reccommend like nothing else. All yuri fans, hell, all gay story fans, grab yourself a copy of strangers in paradise from Terry moore right this second. It's a homosexual relantionship like you've never seen it...
And it is, because manga does a shitty job in portraying gay relantionship. Manga portrayes it like fans see it: as an imaginary thing. Why? Because in a lot of Yaoi, one of the characters looks like a girl, acts like a girl and needs to be protected like a girl. Yaoi in japan is basicly an excuse for writting a sappy story. Well, at least commercial yaoi is. More underground manga have a very interesting yaoi collection that explores the depts of being in that kind of relantionship, because it's not like an heterosexual relantionship. Homosexual relantionships aren't always accepted everywhere, where as heterosexual yes, hence in partriarcal societies like japan, being gay is probably not as fun as in the commercial yaoi. It can be stressful. I find interesting books that explore at the same time how gay relantionships are similar to heterosexual relantionships, and yet different and how it can be confusing for the characters to mistake it with certain things like Doseiai (a renoun feeling in japan that unites two women in perfect harmony and trust, but that aren't gay. They have a very strong complicity and express their feelings strongly. It's a loving relantionship.)
Okay, well, that's my rant for today. I say people, demand good yaoi. The kind that is sensible, well plotted and if possible, dosen't include an idol (aaargh, why are they always idols?)