xie_xie_xie: (reading fic Brian computer)
xie_xie_xie ([personal profile] xie_xie_xie) wrote on June 16th, 2013 at 08:21 pm
I haz been aca-fanned!
I stumbled across this academic paper on the OTW site called "'Queer as Folk' and the trouble with slash" -- and was really geeked out with joy to see that my fic and my meta were both referenced in a few places in the article.

I admit I'm a total sucker when people like the very things *I* like best about my fic... which she did:

The second direction taken by fans writing post-513 fiction is more consistent with canon but still pushes the characters toward romantic closure. This variation, exemplified by Xie's Only Time (2007) series, gets the couple back together, but only through a lengthy and complicated process of secret visits, sex, hesitation, and angst that follows the patterns of the various breakups and reunification of the couple in the actual series. These fictions generally end in the same place as the other variation—with Brian and Justin together—but they usually do so with greater complications and with a cynical, tongue-in-cheek tone consistent with the characters in the series, rather than the romantic comedy tone that characterizes the former version.


As a result of the series' refusal of a clear resolution, a fan fiction with any variation of an ending for the couple that moves toward closure would be inconsistent with the canon's own ending. How canonical or legitimate it is to reunite the couple is beside the point. Instead, what must be examined is how closure is achieved, and the extent to which the relationship is restored by either a traditional heteronormative wedding or by the much more complicated and volatile variation evidenced in series like Xie's.

She also writes about Assbaby!Jesus AND quotes vamphile (now epicallytired).

Well, that made my weekend! Here's the article if you want to enable my squee:

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