Heroes of the Galaxy
|Title:||Heroes of the Galaxy|
|Date(s):||02 May 2000|
|Fandom:||Star Wars: The Phantom Menace|
|External Links:||Heroes of the Galaxy (Master & Apprentice)|
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Sansei_55 has just posted a link on M_A through to this journal: dear_mralley, which is fandom's collective response to a gentleman who was kind enough to say,
- I find it patently absurd to put straight women's interest in gay sex on a par with the obsession of straight men for girl-on-girl "action." Clearly the majority of women are not seriously aroused by scenes of sex between men. Female sexuality just doesn't work that way.
By odd coincidence, the story I'd already chosen for this evening, written way back in May 2000, pokes gentle fun at just that attitude.
Because it's Emrin, though, it's not just funny: it's also sexy and soppy and scrumptious. This was the story that showed me how erotic fade-to-black could really be, and it's because the emotions in it read so true. The plot, however, might seem a bit opaque if you're coming to it without having read any of Terri Hamill's Riding the Wheel of If, especially Episode 16. Heroes of the Galaxy is a spinoff from an alternate universe Obi-Wan visits in Wheel 16, in which he finds that the counterparts to himself and Qui-Gon are actually a pair of actors, Will and Ian, playing Master Jinn and Padawan Kenobi in a popular daytime soap. Emrin took up where Terri left off, after Obi-Wan has vanished again, leaving a confused Will and Ian behind him. Read the Wheel episode first; they're neither of them very long. [...]This is a real fan story, as much about us and what we desire of TPTB, as it is about the relationship we fantasise between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. Indeed, if one were to be truthful, Terri set up Will and Ian to be quite dissimilar to Qui and Obi, either fanon or canon version; but Emrin has managed to drag Ian back towards the earnestness and boldness that characterise Obi-Wan, and she plays very skilfully with Will as the older man no longer confident of his charms, a common bit of Qui fanon (cf Ladonna King's Noise). Just as Wheel shows Terri's fluency in capturing the tone and setting of a multitude of sf and fantasy worlds, Heroes shows how fans pervert canon to their own desires. It's knowing meta-fiction, and great fun.