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Jul. 21st, 2008 @ 07:24 pm
I do not mind infidelity fic -- these things happen, and if it's well written, it can be a powerful dramatic device. The thing I hate about them is that invariably Ginny (or Tonks, in the Snupin version of it) is HORRIBLY written, a one dimensional piece of cardboard -- either a shrew, or clueless, or snotty, or a slut who beds every man who comes her way*. That, however, is part of a larger problem with a lot of HP slash (and indeed, slash and yaoi in general) -- the fact that too many slash writers think they can get away with ignoring, brushing aside, dehumanizing, or maligning inconvenient female characters who get in the way of their OTP -- all it really is, of course, is terrible writing, and pure laziness. :/
* Of course, she's often only depicted as the slut; Harry USUALLY isn't judged that way, because he is suffering so for his inability to be with his twoo wuv.
The thing I hate about them is that invariably Ginny (or Tonks, in the Snupin version of it) is HORRIBLY written, a one dimensional piece of cardboard
Oh you have to read "Between the Lines". It is written from Ginny's POV, and she is a well rounded character in this story.
"Sadness of Eros" is also a great fic. It truly shows Harry (the cheater) in a very bad light. Harry is a slut and depicted that way, and even his
can't stand that.
I will check those out, thanks!
Yes that is what bothers me very much in infidelity fics where Harry is the cheater.
Not only is that bad writing but it weakens Harry's ultimate decision to leave Ginny (if that's the goal). I would find it far more fulfilling if Harry left Ginny despite her being nice and wonderful or whatever and because he simply has more in common with Snape.
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