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12th-Feb-2010 02:30 pm
There's a very interesting post here about the lenses that we view shows through, particularly in pairing terms. As a multishipper I come in at the opposite end of the spectrum to gabrielleabelle, but the concept still explains me very well.

I adore many, many different pairings, both to read and write -- and the rarer, the more unconventional or uncanonical, the better. In Prison Break, Michael/Alex is the pairing of my heart, but I would read Alex/Lincoln, Michael/Gretchen or Alex/Lincoln/Sara in a heartbeat. (Seriously, Alex/Linc/Sara? I would be ALL OVER THAT).

I think this comes from my default lens, which is 'It's perfectly possible that X is attracted to Y' where X is absolutely anyone and Y is absolutely anyone else. (As I commented, my lens is clearly like that of a fly, with multiple little windows for each and every combination *g*)

I am completely prepared to believe, without needing any textual support whatsoever, that any given characters will fancy the arse off each other -- regardless of gender, race, age, species, position, usual orientation, past history, relationship, whatever. It doesn't matter whether they're on different sides, whether they canonically hate each other, whether they're related, in love with other people or whether they've never even met, this lens lets me see an attraction between them.

It's why slash is so natural -- why I immediately ship Alicia/Kalinda despite Alicia being absolutely *defined* as The Good Wife, why my first thought on the latest Survivors is 'ooh, of course, Tom/Greg'. It's why actual sibcest (Sam/Dean, River/Simon) or faux-cest (Buffy/Giles, John Connor/Cameron) doesn't squick me, why I like Willow/Giles at both ends of the power imbalance dynamic: S1 Willow as barely-legal naive schoolgirl and futurefic Willow as all-powerful witch-goddess.

Ray Carling hates Sam Tyler, Mulder hates Krycek, the Master hates the Doctor -- I'm still quite happy with the idea that they can also, at some level, *want* them. Rhys absolutely and thoroughly loves Gwen, but that doesn't mean he can't also want Jack. Buffy never met Gunn, but that doesn't mean she wouldn't want him if she did.

What I really enjoy about unconventional pairings is the context. Suspension of disbelief is pre-programmed, so I approach it from the point of 'okay, obviously they would fancy each other -- now, what would make them act on it?' This is, I think, why I love first times and Aliens Made Them Do It, but not established relationship stories or pure PWP -- because in those, the 'how/why/when it happened' is irrelevant, and that's my favourite bit.

There are pairings that don't really move me, but I don't think there are many that I couldn't, in some way, shape or form, manage to *see.* I guess I'm just easy that way :-)
donna by lindenharp
12th-Feb-2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
Hee! Coming from the creator of Buffyverse1000 and the author of Dawn/Cheeseman, aka The Greatest UC Pairing Ever Written, this doesn't surprise me one bit :-)

12th-Feb-2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
:D lasultrix asked me at connotations if there was any Buffyverse pairing I couldn't imagine writing or reading. I couldn't come up with anything. Some people are just built to multiship.
12th-Feb-2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Some might be *trickier* than others -- say Maggie Walsh/Harmony, to pick a random example -- but honestly, I think there's always a way.

And yes, I would totally click on a Maggie Walsh/Harmony fic if I saw one :-)
12th-Feb-2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
And now I think about it, if you have an AU S4 where Harmony is captured and chipped instead of Spike, that practically writes itself...
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