notaflower asked: p, v, x
Mistakenly assumed to be gay
I have a bit of a kneejerk frowny response to this solely because it’s such a common form of queerbaiting in shows like Sherlock, but I certainly like it as a feature (or even central premise, why not) of a story that we all know is going to end up with the two parties getting together in the end. (Or does that negate the ‘mistakenly’ aspect of the trope?)
Mistakenly assumed to be a couple is perhaps a better way of putting the version of this trope that I like. I know I wrote it in the five things fic that was the sequel to my psychic AU White Collar story, and I would absolutely write it again.
No, really, I fucking LOVE end of the world stories. The only one I’ve properly thrown myself into in terms of writing was the Naruto one, go figure, but I would scribble apocalyptic ficlets for any fandom and any pairing at the drop of a hat.
I love the overlap between disaster and the mundane. I love the fact that you have to worldbuild furiously, even if you only hint at the larger picture, and that it’s the perfect excuse to strip people and relationship dynamics down to what’s raw and essential, and to show them in a state of chronic stress and survival instinct.
hahahah I am such an aficionado of this trope that I immediately want to complain about it being grouped together in this fashion. Break it up!
Telepathy is another of my absolute favourites, I am a COMPLETE sucker for it, and the fact that the White Collar psychic AU is the only time I’ve ever written it properly is a travesty. Well, that and Prayers for the Living, but I’m not sure if that counts as trope because Charles Xavier is a legitimate telepathic character and no canon was harmed in the making of that aspect of the fic. I guess telepathy forms part of my weakness for almost any kind of magical realism/superpowers story, but it’s so intimate and has such potential for plot and emotional tangles that it lends itself beautifully to fanfic.
Soulbonding is another beast entirely, and although I’m usually intrigued by it (again: worldbuilding! you have to invent the system and show me what the rules are) and adore it if it’s done well, sometimes it’s used lazily and as an excuse for overwrought emotion.
Anonymous asked: M. Handcuffed for the meme?
I assume we mean handcuffed together, rather than use of handcuffs in a sexual setting (which, for the record, I am absolutely in favour of as well).
Definitely! Though come to think of it, it’s not a trope I can recall many specific instance of in fanfic as opposed to TV/movies, where it’s very common. And Death Note, which more or less used it as a shiny platter handed to fandom and engraved with the words please enjoy your slash.
It’s a great trope for antagonistic pairings, obviously. For facilitating the much-needed and long-in-coming Work Out Your Shit conversations. For physical humour. For explicit forcing of one character to exist within the sphere of, and thus begin to accept the perspective of, another.
I haven’t written it but I totally would, and now in fact am itching for someone to provide me with Kane/Teows handcuffed together fic that turns into use of handcuffs in a sexual setting. That might involve some gymnastics. Whatever, they’re athletes, they can handle it.
lollard asked: 11!
Forced to share a bed/fake relationship
Mostly to the latter. I like forced to share a bed fine, it can be amusing and/or hot in the right context and the right story, but I haven’t seen much in the way of original takes on it.
but fake relationships
I’m distinguishing ‘fake dating’ or ‘fake married’ here from ‘undercover as a couple’ because I think that’s a slightly different trope in that the characters are usually playing roles, ie. not themselves.
Whereas fake dating is wonderful because it’s a way to show what these people are like in relationships, and to force them to think about what they want. I am a total, total sucker for that ‘I WANT THIS FAKE THING TO BE REAL! I WANT EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE NOW!’ moment, and also all the pining and awkwardness and public touching that leads to angry jerking off. Give it all to me. Yes. Right now.
I have not written fake marrieds before, but I FULLY INTEND TO, cough cough the imminent sochi tropefest project cough. The Brooklyn Nine Nine Amy-and-Jake-get-drunk-Vegas-married fic I have in mind is less about fake marrieds because the element of charade is lacking, but it’s got a few of the same elements.
demotu asked: Crooooossdressing :D:D:D
I am picky when it comes to fanfiction and crossdressing, though I will 100% be on board with it in Regency novels and, of course, Shakespeare (I did a whole high school English assignment on that, in fact).
Whether I enjoy it in fic would depend a lot on which character is doing it and why. Especially men dressing as women, because I have a lot of feelings about fashion as both armour and extension of identity.
I think I either need it to be taken fairly seriously in the context of the story, for that reason, or for it to be 100% a prank and not taken seriously in the slightest.
As for whether I have written it: yes, twice that I can think of! The first one harkens all the way back to my Milliways days and was about the Milliways version of Thom of Trebond, which was 50% examination of gender in the context of, well, Thom’s crossdressing sister. The other 50% was Lucifer being an asshole.
The other one was in my Merlin adventure-romance fic Quickening Days, and that was very much on the prank end of the spectrum, though I did include a sprinkling of the erotic aesthetics of dressing and undressing.
I’m trying to think of any fandoms I’m in now where I’d be tempted to write a crossdressing story, and the only one springing to mind is Captive Prince. I loved writing Damen/Laurent for Yuletide and I absolutely think Laurent could wield female clothing to devastating effect in the bedroom.
Put a number in my askbox and I’ll tell you my thoughts on the trope you’ve asked me about and if I’ve written it myself, or if I ever would
- Huddling together for warmth
- Shag or die
- Undercover in a gay bar
- Pretending to be married
- First time together
- Forced to share a bed/fake relationship
- Mind control
- Mistakenly assumed to be gay
- Let’s play truth or dare
- Mary Sue fic
- Curtain fic
- Apocalypse fic
- Someone has a baby
- Telepathic soulbonding
- Circus AU
- Language barrier
- Historical AU
my askbox is ready and willing
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