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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

MORE Gandalf and Frodo in the Cart Scene....

Posted on 2005.11.07 at 21:58

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Scarlet
stillscarlet at 2005-11-12 13:45 (UTC) (Link)
Slash fanfics allowed me, for the first time, to experience what it might be like to be a man in love with a man. I had had several gay friends when I was young, studying theatre, friends whom I cared for very much. But, privately, I was always squicked thinking about what they did together sexually. Imagining myself into the head and body of a besotted but gay hobbit, through good slash fanfics, has helped me get a sense for what they were feeling back in those days. In a way, I have wished I could meet up with some of those people now to beg their pardon for being so dismissive, in my heart, of their amorous feelings and relationships.

I wanted to reply to this a few days ago, Mechtild, but you know how it is. And now it's 1.30 a.m. and I may not make much sense, but I'll have a crack at it anyway!

What you said about slash giving you an insight into gay relationships speaks for me, too. Slash got rid of that "ick" factor for me, because it allowed me to see how male/male sex might be romantic and loving. Now, I don't imagine that erotica written by straight women depicts what really goes on between gay men, but just to be given a glimpse of how it *might* be was enough to totally change my point of view. If I take nothing else away from my foray into fan fiction, that will be enough.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-11-12 15:10 (UTC) (Link)
What you said about slash giving you an insight into gay relationships speaks for me, too. Slash got rid of that "ick" factor for me, because it allowed me to see how male/male sex might be romantic and loving. (...) If I take nothing else away from my foray into fan fiction, that will be enough.

Exactly what I meant but said in fewer words. It really has changed my mind -- and heart -- about male/male erotic love relationships.

Now, I don't imagine that erotica written by straight women depicts what really goes on between gay men (...).

True. I have read that gay men who have read slash written by women don't always have compimentary things to say about it. But the detractions are usually directed at the style of the erotica in most slash. That is, gay men are first and foremost men, and don't find smut written for women something that "works" for them very often. But I have not read that they thought the relationships themselves were badly written.
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