June 24th, 2013


On the vagaries of internet smut

So in the last year or so I've read a reasonable amount of fanfiction. I've already written about the problem with people constantly letting out breaths they didn't know they were holding*, and my uncontrollable giggling at the sight of a supple mound or a marble column. I think we all have these moments, and I can forgive the occasional slip up from a good author. But oh, there's some bad fic out there. So.Bad.

There is also some very good fic out there. Fic that if it weren't using someone else's world and characters, would actually be of publishable quality. No, I'm not talking Fifty Shades here, because ugh no. Give me some credit for having some discernment. But it is true that if you read fanfiction, smut is kind of inevitable.

I've got nothing against smut** - if it's good smut in a good story I'll read it with relish and probably repeat the experience for good measure. Bad smut in an otherwise good story I'll skim over, but if the story isn't good, the smut will make me stop reading.

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To which I go "Oh bollocks." (kind of literally I guess)

Because it would be nice if that changed. But as of right now, it seems that slash is more common and usually better written, and what I have read of het is generally biasing my perspective towards choosing slash over it purely for the sake of the writing quality.

And yes, I have already read all the non-smut-containing gen in the fandom, why do you ask?

* See also: He raked his eyes over the other man's body. Only ever do this once in a story, or your reader will start to have some really creepy visualisations.
** On most days my mind is a cesspit of filth and debauchery. Seriously, you have no idea.
*** I get off on good writing.