This is a question I didn't actually ask myself until after I
had already started writing. I had the idea, I could see the
scene, and I wanted to get it into words. As Dorothy Sayers says,
"In the meanwhile she had got her mood on to paper--and this is
the release that all writers, even the feeblest, seek for
as men seek for love; and having found it, they doze off happily
into dreams and trouble their hearts no further." (Gaudy Night)
Then I started reading some of the things other people had to say
about the element of weirdness involved in women writing slash,
and I started wondering if I could account for my own motivations.
I'm still not sure I can, but here are some of the possibilities
(all more or less extreme) that the brainstorming session produced:
I guess that's all I can come up with for now. Take your pick.
And let not your heart be troubled.
- The cultural stereotype that gay sex is (in itself) more bizarre, kinkier
and therefore hotter than het sex.
- The extra charge the gay factor gives the UST (as opposed to the sex itself).
A romance plot needs obstacles to resolve, and getting past the motss threshold draws out
the courtship dance just that much longer.
- Some dark, hidden personal hangup of mine that only lets me
when it's dissociated from myself?
- I got hypnotized by the Deutsche Bank. (Check out their
- For M/K slash in particular: I'm really rooting for a depiction of a long-term
male/female friendship that doesn't go the Harry-and-Sally route--no MSR here--and yet
I'm still a romantic at heart (sigh). M/K steers nicely clear of that dilemma (though of course it raises others...).
- Um . . . they'd just look really cute together?