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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Reminder -- Het Fic Rec Challenge over this weekend....

Posted on 2006.12.12 at 16:05
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~ detail from "Frodo and the Enamoured Woman", photomanip by Mechtild, made from Sheilah Metzner's "Uomo".

If you are a reader of "Het fic" (fanfiction featuring male and female characters depicted in sexual and/or love relationships), you may not know about it but Lord of the Rings Fic Recs ( lotr_fic_recs ), an LJ community that sponsors challenges to gather together fic recommendations, is finishing up its two-week-challenge for Het fics: any race, any characters, fictional person or real person, multiple partners -- as long as the main relationship of the fic is male/female, any rating.

There has been only one other opportunity to rec a het fic there this year, which was the challenge for fics featuring canon couples. No, Sam and Frodo did not qualify as a canon couple. Sam and Frodo get their own slash and gen rec challenges during the year, along with challenges calling for fics featuring most of the popular slash pairings, since there is so much slash fic to rec from.

For me, the canon couple-challenge wasn't satisfactory because I couldn't rec any of my personal favourite het stories, since my personal het favourites all star Frodo (surprise). Even I know (when sober) that Frodo is not part of a canon couple. The currant challenge has been the first opportunity since I registered at Lotr_fic_recs that I've been able to rec a het Frodo fic.

I am hoping to see some more recs made before the challenge closes, though. For one thing, I haven't read nearly as much fic as most of you reading this, het or gen or slash, and I would really love the benefit of your wider exposure.

I know het is sort of a niche interest in the fandom, but if there is a het fic you have really enjoyed, featuring any LotR characters (not just Frodo); fictional or real person (I assume this means LotR actors), which is not in the challenge list so far (or was recced last year-there's a short list), or if you want to add remarks about anything recced in there so far, how about posting it? The challenge is over this weekend.

I love the convenience of a central location for these recs since LotR het fic, especially, seems to be scattered all over the place, some of it only on LJ or salted away on the hard drives of individual collectors. There's not that much het out there, I know from looking -- all the more reason for its readers to pool their resources.

I just hate to see this opportunity go by. I can always find gen and slash to read. If I were to read a story a day, I'd have enough to keep me occupied for years. My list of "do-not-miss-this-fic, Mechtild!" stories that are slash or gen takes up pages in my "to-read" folder.

Finding good het fic is a challenge. If you can help, please do write a rec. It doesn't have to be fancy, just what it's called, who's in it, why you like it, and where to find it.

If you can think of a story you've read and enjoyed, please say so on the thread at the Lotr_fic_recs Het Challenge.


~ Mechtild


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(Anonymous) at 2006-12-13 01:47 (UTC) (Link)
ps... not quite! I want to rec Ariel's Promises, but won't have time till tomorrow.

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mechtild at 2006-12-13 03:20 (UTC) (Link)
That ought to be fine. I asked Elanorgardner, the administrator, and she said the rec went on until the weekend. The challenge was originally posted on Dec. 3, so that would make Sunday the 17th last day.
mechtild at 2006-12-13 03:17 (UTC) (Link)
Twenty-four fics have been recc'd, White Gull. Twenty-four. Out of all the het written starring hobbits, Elves, Man and Dwarves, twenty-four is it?

I recc'd five, feeling like a total thread-hog, but I felt if no one else was going to say anything, at least I could toss in a few of my faves.
primula_baggins at 2006-12-13 01:22 (UTC) (Link)
I wrote an Elijah/OFC het fic in 2004. Would that qualify or does it have to be recc'd by someone else?
mechtild at 2006-12-13 03:28 (UTC) (Link)
That's a good question, Primula. I know people can nominate their own fic in several of the fic competitions. I'll look.

Disappointing news. I just checked the rules page at lotr_fic_recs:

Writers should not recommend their own work, even if anonymous. IP logging is turned on.

That's too bad. Well, you can always rec it here while you're at it. Not every person on my f-list is strictly slash; people who read het do come here. And this is a post about het fic recs. I don't know how many read real person het, though, but rec away!
lame_pegasus at 2006-12-13 07:26 (UTC) (Link)
I rec'd five tales so far and will probably rec two or three more, but - as you said -I can't rec my own stories. *smiles*

mechtild at 2006-12-13 16:35 (UTC) (Link)
but - as you said -I can't rec my own stories. *smiles*

*tweaks your saucy little chin*

Nudge Ariel; she doesn't care how many she recs. She's read all your things, where as I've still only read a handful (well, BIGTS was more than a "handful"!!!).

But there has got to be more. For instance, Mona, I am always hearing positive references to a certain story, which I have never read (because I don't think it has any hobbits), which sounds as though it has a het relationship in it. I even see it rec'd on the LJ's of people who are otherwise slash-only. It's a long fic by Surgical Steel, featuring Halbarad and a character named Serinde, who I have been assuming is an OFC, a human woman, who is a medical person. I can tell it's not supposed to be a "romance" per se, but isn't there het in that story? I get the impression there is. If it's so well-liked, why doesn't somebody rec that? It would be great to have it in the het challenge thread for later reference. Maybe people think "het" has to be primarily erotica or a romance, but that's not so when people are recommending stories for slash challenges.

Just like you novel, BIGTS: I don't think of its genre as "romance" or "erotica", although it has both in it. It's more like a story of the Shire, focussed in the tale of a particular Shire woman, who eventually fell in love with the hobbit who became the Ring-bearer.

Do you see what I mean? Perhaps people are thinking of "het" too narrowly. Outside of fanfiction, there would be no such category. What we call "het" and "slash" would merely be called "adult reading", whether it was about male/female or same-sex couples, categorized by its genre, rather than its pairing.
lame_pegasus at 2006-12-13 17:29 (UTC) (Link)
*laughs* I already pondered reccing The King's Surgeon (and no, there are lots of hobbits innit, LOTR main characters and dozens of delightful OC's), but it is not a pure "romance". It contains a very moving and utterly beautiful lovestory however, and perhaps I should simply go ahead and rec it anyway. And yes, there is plenty of het in there, and yes, you should read it by all means. It is breathtakingly good.

Saucy little chin?
mechtild at 2006-12-13 18:36 (UTC) (Link)
"The King's Surgeon"!! Yes, that's what it's called! By all means, rec it. As I said, if slash stories are rec'd under slash challenges even if they are not primarily romance stories, why not het stories?

I really find the way things are divided up very artificial -- at least in terms of the main dividing lines. I can see making sure readers know what is slash and what is het because they might not want to read the other sort, but readers like me, who are looking for "adult" - whether because they are racy or because they are more mature in terms of themes and treatment - consider that the main category, not what sort of orientation the characters have.

At WotM, for instance, it still astounds me -- the implied judgment, anyway -- that when you open the site, your first choice is between "gen" and "slash".

If you choose "gen", you can look up any story -- all the way up to NC-17 fics that are virtually porn -- and no disclaimer, no little warning pops up that you have to click -- you know, the sort that asks if you are 18 years old, etc. I just this minute opened "Too Many Tooks" to make sure, and there is no age-related warning at all. Do either slash or gen stories get much more sexually graphic? I think not.

Yet when you click "slash", you get a warning and a notice that you must be 18 years old to proceed. Even though the stories' ratings range all the way from G! You have to be 18 to read "On Gorgoroth Plain", since it is archived under "slash". How ridiculous is that?

What this implies is that the merest *whiff* of a same-sex pairing -- even if there's nothing in the story to indicate a pairing, and you would have to know the author meant it to be slash in order to get it -- is too illicit to be viewed by anyone under 18. It seems positively Gothic -- and senseless. (Although I am sure that is not fair; they were a lot more open-minded in the Middle Ages.)
lame_pegasus at 2006-12-13 19:24 (UTC) (Link)
I have no idea how open-minded they really were in the Middle Ages, but I can clearly see your point. I'm just writing a story from the Mistress on the Hill-universe (I finally decided to give the BIGS-AU a proper title), and there is no sex involved at all - but I presume it would be considered as het, due to the simple fact that the heroine simply sleeps with her husband when she goes to bed (and is not too tired to do so, *grins*).

Okay, I'll go and rec The King's Surgeon - but I won't nudge Ariel. She has already made my wildest dreams come true when she wrote such a lovely rec for BIGS.
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