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30 March 2004 @ 11:34 am
Slashy Nominations 12: Squick, Squick, Squick  
I try to avoid the seriously squicky in my FF rambles; I think we all do. But sometimes I start reading a story, realize it's going to be squicky, and then realize I'm going to have to finish it anyway. These are stories that made me keep reading through the skeeve.

These stories all have a serious squick factor, at least for me. I've got a fairly low tolerance for this stuff, so some people will probably find them tame, but I sure didn't. The stories also have redeeming aspects, things that might make the discomfort of reading them worthwhile, which is why I'm putting them here. Let nomination in this category serve as a warning to those with weak stomachs: don't even think of reading these stories.

I don't warn in this blog, but this nominations set is going to be an exception. And I don't cut away in nomination posts, but again, this set is an exception. And I try to be amusing in most of my nominations, but you know what? Exception.



Best FF Look at Those Who Do Nothing and Allow Evil to Triumph: Welcome to Purgatory, by penknife. Horatio Hornblower, Clayton/Kennedy, Kennedy/Simpson, (Clayton/Simpson). Warnings: rape, physical abuse, abuse of power. Kennedy is in hell. But watching him suffer is purgatory. This one is incredible; it gets right into the minds of those who watch, and sympathize, and do nothing. A true jaw-dropper of a story, but painful and sad and very hard to read.

Best FF Featuring Topping from the Bottom: Action, from Principle, by Weirdness Magnet. Batman comics, Batman/Robin. Warnings: non-consensual sex, probable statutory rape. This is the perfect in-character Batman, to me - twisted beyond hope, powerful and helpless at the same time. This story plays with balances of power and does it really, really well.

Best FF with So Many Warnings That They're Practically a Story in Themselves: Border Men, by Janete. Hellblazer X Buffy the Vampire Slayer, John Constantine/Ethan Rayne. Warnings: rape, implied child abuse, enslavement, violent sex. This one's a crossover between two fandoms I know nothing about, so it's possible that a lot of the elements that I found interesting - the magic, the chaos, etc. - are simply imports from the canon. But even if that's true, this story does two difficult things very well. First, it handles sex-between-enemies in a believable way. And, second, an abusive background for a submissive person almost never works. But in this one, it does.

Best FF That Was Both Funny and Nausea-Inducing: A Most Disquieting Tea, by Telanu. Harry Potter, Harry/Snape. Warnings: implied pedophilia. Why does Snape treat Harry so badly? Maybe because the alternative is even worse. There's nothing explicit at all in this story. It'd be PG if the underlying concept wasn't so squicky. The author does a remarkable job of writing to the canon, and both Snape and Dumbledore are perfectly in character here, and this is an excellent answer to an often-posed question.
 
 
 
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tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on March 31st, 2004 06:59 pm (UTC)
Friend away. Anyone who can appreciate meanness *and* good fanfic is welcome here.
ex_animal_dr135 on April 1st, 2004 03:57 am (UTC)
You must really have a low tolerance for squick if you have trouble with 'A Most Disquieting Tea.' There's nothing wrong with that, I just have to wonder how you've avoided worse. I mean, I only read Harry Potter slash, and I've come across chan, bestiality, incest, and worse, stuff that made my eyes bleed and my brain flinch away in disbelief. Fanfic is corrupting my soul!
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on April 1st, 2004 05:13 am (UTC)
You must really have a low tolerance for squick if you have trouble with 'A Most Disquieting Tea.'

Totally. When I die, they're going to put "She Had a Very Low Squick Tolerance" on my gravestone. Or, no, wait, that makes it sound like I died of being skeeved out. Maybe they'll go with "Please Direct This Patron to the Afterlife That Does Not Include Chan, Bestiality, Incest, Rape, Torture, or Character Death."

Although I should note that my problems with "Disquieting" didn't get really severe until I read the sequels.

I just have to wonder how you've avoided worse. I mean, I only read Harry Potter slash, and I've come across chan, bestiality, incest, and worse, stuff that made my eyes bleed and my brain flinch away in disbelief.

Oh, I have encountered worse - much, much worse - but not anything that I ever felt like linking to. Mostly they made me seriously contemplate turning off my computer and dedicating my life to good works, a la Rebecca.

Fanfic is corrupting my soul!

Fanfic is corrupting everyone's soul - I suspect even those who don't actually know what it is are experiencing some sort of halo of corruption (unfortunate word choice, but you see what I mean) effect - so you're in good company there. We're all on the slippery slope of slash.