03 February, 2006
Slash / Fiction
It's official. This week has been the shittest ever. I'm not even going to go in to details as some of it has been really personal stuff around my family, but let's just say that I'm glad this week is coming to an end.
So I haven't really been doing very much at all socially, and that meant that last night I was reading the latest issue of NME magazine and one particular article about 'Slash Fiction' caught my interest. I'm choosing to write about this as it did actually manage to lighten my mood.
Basically, Slash Fiction (the Slash referring to the / between the two main protaganists' names, i.e. Pete/Carl) is written by mostly young female fans about their male idols; and is homoerotic. It all sounds very similar to the Japanese Yaoi or Bishōnen... the difference being that Slash is written about all sorts of real and imagined characters in popular culture; there are stories about Harry Potter, characters from Lord of the Rings, and many male rock/pop stars.
Here's a story I found about Pete and Carl from 'The Libertines' ... if you can't be bothered reading it all, here is a little taster:
“Do it, Carlos,” Peter said, his voice coarse, “Or I’ll come before you even put the fucking condom on.”
um... OK. Of course teenage girls are writing fiction like this about two heterosexual males.
Well, I guess it at least makes a change from the media's constant obsession with 'lesbian' clinches...