|andreth_47 (andreth_47) wrote,|
@ 2008-03-14 17:50:00
|Entry tags:||meta, rants, torchwood|
TW: Better or Worse When Subtext Becomes Text?
What happens to slash when, suddenly, it's canon? Where's my delicious subtext gone?
See, I adore pretty men getting it on with each other (big surprise there, I know).
I also Y Torchwood and its cynical, wounded Captain Jack.
But I'm having some trouble with my slash subtext being outed by that damn show.
It's like it isn't slash anymore! Don't get me wrong, it's still hot as hell watching Jack kiss Ianto. Or, you know, watching Jack kiss anybody. But, fanfic-wise, the sharp savor of rebellion is gone: that lovely naughty feeling that you're challenging the text, seizing the power of a creator, making the story your own. Sure, we can still challenge the primary text in a million other ways. We can write stories that alter canon, that fill in plot holes and fix burning stupidity. We can mess around with who's sleeping with whom. We can still re-write the text, sure. But how do you slash the Captain when he's already gay/bi? Somehow, that takes a very special kind of fun out of it, for me.
(How does QaF fandom deal with this? Does it bother anyone but me?)