|Publisher:||The Nut Hatch|
|Author(s):||Jane of Australia|
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More information on this series is at The Hunting Universe.
The Hunting is a "series of alternate universe fantasy Raven/Bodie slash novels and stories by Jane from the Nut Hatch Collective in Australia, comprising 20 stories across various zines." . Portions of the story were released to the Professionals circuit library and also inspired fan-made cover art.
For more information on this series, see The Hunting Universe.
Covers and Title Pages
- The Escape into Morhod
- The Death of Falcon
- The Hunting of Amber
- The Chrysalis
- The Warband Rides
- The Bonding of Two Worlds
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR STORY IDEAS?: That's a hard question! Some pop into my mind full-formed, some take weeks to work out. FLESH AND STEEL came from a fever dream, when I had 'flu a few years ago, and a story I'm about to write, "Callisto Switch" -- which has nothing to do with Xena, and is a pro SF story, incidentally -- popped into my mind one day in May, and I didn't "get the ending" that would make it work writing, till July! Some stories are 99% inspiration (like THE HUNTING), and others were worked out logically, step by step, without one iota of inspiration! In the latter case, I'll have "glimpsed a flash image," a scene from a story that I really, really wanted to write, but the story was the original sonofabitch, it would not take shape by itself. Where this happens, and where I genuinely want to write that story I glimpsed, well, it's time to put on your engineer's hat and CRAFT the story! 
Reactions and Reviews
You are not the only one in fandom who doesn't llke The Hunting. I thought the first chapter was good, as a 19th-century style romantic fantasy, but then it moved into being a story about the land that these characters lived ln and I lost interest. I'm just not much into "milleu" stories; I llke stories about charaeters and their reactions, and how they inter-relate. I'll stop readiag any series when the characters no longer interest me, regular fiction included, not just fanfic. 
The story is a wonderful example of the best and worst of fan writing. I, too, am one of the fans who can't say I like it. I have, however, spent considerable time trying to figure out why. I believe that the first 40 pages is one of the finest A/U stories ever written in B/D fandom. I have read it over and over, entranced. It should have ended at the bridge, for me. About 600 pages later (and there must be, what, a couple thousand pages of it now?) I stopped reading, completely unable to force myself to read another page. I was burned out. But why? The characters were still there, the universe interesting — why couldn't it hold my attention? Why did Fayleen/Kevin/Raphael not interest me? Well, on one level, there is no peace in the tales. Never home, for long, never the satisfaction of a story rounded off and finished. Or was it simple? The Bodie and Ray here have nothing at all in conmon with the characters from the show except appearance/sexiness. The plots also were difficult for me to identify with.
Raphael's search for a method to grow back his cock comes to mind as an example. Perhaps I, as a woman without such an appendage, can't properly understand a male's desire to have one, or have one back? Was it a flaw in the story or in myself, that I found it not appealing? This story started on the circuit; I believe it went on in zines. I think it is exactly the sort of story the circuit is meant for, and I was disappointed when it went to zines, not only for the cost involved, but because I never got the feeling it was polished before it was launched. Parts were repetitive (they had to be, to explain for anyone coming in to the universe at a given point.) I did finally decide that the factor which colored my view of this universe is the underlying racial prejudice which is so subtle. Humans are the bad guys here, and with the exception of Kevin/Feyleen/Raphael, and of course Bodie, they are rapists, both of the land and the people. Selfish, crude, smelly, and cruel. It skews a great many scenes; it surfaces again and again, and it makes me uncomfortable. What this has to do with anything is, this is one of the few stories which caused me to step back from the tale and really look at the writing. I had to study bits of it, think about it off and on for weeks, consider points of view, assumptions, length, construction. I spent time thinking about how the writing created the universe, about mechanics and the author's themes, and this is something I have not done much in connection with stories I adore. This story I don't like taught me a great deal.Can anyone who likes the series explain what makes it work for them and why? 
My "problem" with The Hunting is it seems they were in bed by page three. A little slash can go a long way so I'd like to be introduced to the characters and setting first (especially in A/U), let emotions build and give it all a REASON for ending up in bed. I have trouble with most A/U. It's not only not Pros and not B&D, it's merely look-alikes; it's roles being filled by Shaw & Collins by the Central Casting author. To me, that's a cheat. I didn't like it in B7, either. I read Pros fan fiction to read about Bodie and Doyle, not Raven and Guillaume. 
Finally, I have a THAF (Throw-the zine-Hard And Far) when there is a very good angsty situation and the author "wastes" it by resolving the angst and the tension too soon. ... Example: at the beginning of The Hunting (Jane, Nut Hatch Press - also in the Library I think), Ray has been blinded. Ooodles of angst: what can a blind warrior do? So I wiggle in my armchair and prepare to pages of angst -- only to be cruelly disappointed when the healer conveniently reveals that Ray is not really blind, it's just a temporary thing. So, Ray is still blind for all the following 50 pages or so, BUT any angst has gone out of it since we know since page 2 that it's not real blindness. AAAAAGGGHHHH!
Jane of Australia isn't one of my favorite Pros authors, but she's got a definite following. She leans toward Alternate Universe (AU) stories, fantasy universes, and "happily ever after." My recommendation of The Hunting actually does double-duty; it's a good example of Jane's style, as well as being representative of the kind of Alternate Universe stories that are common within Pros fandom. 
Dear heaven. I've no idea why they appeal so much, but I'm helpless to resist. 
I love The Hunting--all of it, not just what you can get online. She did a wonderful job creating a wonderful universe. 
I'm not always in the mood for being grown-up either and I can enjoy escapist stories very much, hence my love for Pam Rose's Arabian Nights and the early parts of The Hunting...[why just the early parts?] Because I hadn't read the rest...HAHAHAHAHAH!!! No seriously, I *haven't* read all the rest but it did start to get very repetitive after the first few parts... You know the kind of thing, lots of outdoor sex, Doyle being treated like a girl by Bodie, lots of outdoor eating/picnics, lots of outdoor sex and then you had lots of sex/eating/sex/eating/few fights/more sex/more eating and so on until it began to remind me of Enid Blyton but I did *love* the first couple of parts. 
"The Hunting" in Professionals ... never ended, but only because I think I died of old age before I stopped reading. It was ... Okay, assume an A4 page, the British ones that are extra long. With a half-inch margin all the way around, single-spaced, printed both sides, a stack of 1,000 sheets. I don't even know how to estimate the word count for that.... But, uh, we can just agree it was really long. 
- The Hatstand
- Close Quarters Desert Island Episode/Zine/Fic dated July 18, 2009; reference link.
- from Interview with Jane of Australia
- from alicambs Professional Recs, Archived version
- from Cold Fish and Stale Chips #10
- from Cold Fish and Stale Chips #11
- from Cold Fish and Stale Chips #12
- MS' post to the Pros-Lit mailing list on Oct 30, 2001, quoted with permission.
- from a 2003 comment at Crack Van
- from a 2003 comment at Crack Van
- from a 2003 comment at Crack Van
- a 2009 comment at CI5hq
- Fan Fiction Oral History Project with Jacqueline (2012)