Ask the Author: belyste
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|Title:||Ask the Author: belyste|
|Date(s):||August 16, 2009|
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I've been writing fic since before I knew what it was (as a 12-year-old, I thought it was totally normal to write my own book where Ned Nickerson got killed off and Nancy Drew ran off into the sunset with Frank Hardy), but I first stumbled upon fandom back when I was in high school, when my cousin sent me a link to some fic about those Harry Potter books I was a little obsessed with. While I enjoyed reading some of the fic, it wasn't until I discovered Remus/Sirius slash that I was truly hooked. I've always been fascinated by the whole best friend dynamic, and adding romance to that (especially if it's not expected or socially acceptable) only makes it better. So, as you can imagine, when I caught a summer rerun of S1 SPN and discovered two brothers closer than a married couple (and their actor counterparts), it was pretty much a dream come true. So here I am! I've written the occasional angsty piece, but for the most part, I stick to things that are more light-hearted - especially humor, because I lovelovelove to laugh.
I'd been reading slash for quite a while when I discovered RPF, but when I first encountered RPF AUs, it was a whole different thing - basically, the ultimate open sandbox as far as fandoms go. Endless possibilities for plots, a certain amount of freedom with characterizations, whatever setting you could imagine (which makes it a lot easier to write what you know, or go the other way and set a fic in space if you want), and they're all love stories involving two men, which aren't all that common outside slash fandom. I think that's what drew me in as a reader, and then led to me writing it - that slash didn't have to be about characters in a book series or TV show, it could be two (somewhat) normal men in (again, somewhat) normal situations.