Azure Jane Lunatic (azurelunatic) wrote,
Azure Jane Lunatic

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Fic Preferences: Relationships

If there's a relationship in the story that isn't at least hinted at in canon (for example, Ron and Hermione may at least attempt to date in canon, Harry and Hermione may at least attempt to date in canon, Hermione and Viktor Krum did go to that Ball together in canon) then I would prefer to see it get started before I watch the pairing going at it hot and heavy.

I mean, the author doesn't have to go ahead and write the story of how they got together, although that is often nice. Even a "They had been a couple ever since a stray curse had forced them to snog for hours. After they'd been un-cursed, they decided that they rather liked it, and kept it up," would do. A little implausible, but no more so than the rest of it...

But established relationships where I don't know the background information tend to bore me, especially in a PWP where the words do not immediately seize me by the gonads and strife and/or attention. Harry/Draco? They're all mushy over each other? Back up a second here and hold on -- last I saw the smug little ferret was lording it over the school and especially Harry, and then getting his pants hexed off on the train. Not romance material. Unless you tell me that Draco has reconsidered his political position because he's just realized that hangin' with Moldy Voldie is going to ruin his surprisingly mature good looks (as opposed to making him look good by contrast) and has made a peace with Potter and one thing led to another and now, ta-da! Romance! -- then it's going to severely jar my credulity and I'm not going to follow the fic that much.

Same goes for, say, Mulder/Scully. Unless you make with the explaining pretty fast when you've got an established relationship, I'm going to leave the fic in a hurry because while I want to believe that they belong together, unless someone shows me how it could happen, I'm going to stay very, very skeptical, and that's going to ruin my enjoyment unless you distract me with a lot of plot very fast.

Also, unrelated -- careful with some of your imagery. "... A cesspool of spiralling emotions..." is not something I'd really want to associate with what you're undoubtedly meaning to be beautiful lovemaking. The rest of the fic is shiny, though, and wonderfully cute, just that one *facepalm* image. Nothing like raw sewage to jar a sex scene.

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