Okay so first of all, HIIIIII :D I have missed all of you over these past few weeks, but I am happy to report that RL is finally slowing down a bit. I have been busy with many different things, most of which are totally boring to anyone who is not me. Most of them are boring to me, too. But! The one thing I think that might be of interest is that I AM WRITING MY LITTLE HEART OUT RIGHT NOW OH YES. I have not been this ridiculously excited about a fic in like, FOREVER, so I have to say that it feels pretty awesome. TO ME, ANYWAY. But see I am getting myself all worked up about some of the details in this fic. This is all par for the course since I am incapable of writing anything more than straight up porn without having some sort of freak out, but rather than keep my neuroses safely contained in gchat, I am sharing it all with you. DON'T YOU FEEL LUCKY.
A couple weeks ago I talked about the relative importance of realism in porn
, and sort of related to that, I want to hear what you think about historical accuracy in fic. With Merlin, there are so many anachronisms in the show that it's hard to get too picky about accuracy, though obviously it varies from person to person.
Okay, now I am going to give away a BIG SECRET about my writing process here. I am VERY VERY LAZY and I tend not to do a lot of research for my fics. Well, actually that's not true. Since the vast majority of what I write is porn, and the best research for writing porn is reading porn, well then yeah, I guess you could say I do QUITE A BIT OF RESEARCH ACTUALLY. But other than that, my research generally consists of sending frantic messages to derryere
asking ridiculous questions about the kinds of animals that would be in medieval British forests. AND THEN JUST GOING WITH WHATEVER SHE SAYS.
But the truth is that unless it is some crucial plot point (and let's face it, when do I ever write anything with a plot
, let alone crucial plot points?) my philosophy generally consists of the following:
1. Make something up.
2. Distract with porn.
3. Hope no one notices.
Really, it all comes down to my number one goal with fic which is GIVE THE PEOPLE PORN. I find that this is generally seen as a positive.
But here is the thing: I am writing this fic right now, and it has - WELL. Okay, let me back up for a moment. In the past, you have probably heard me say any or all of the following:
1. I don't write long fic.
2. I most definitely don't write anything with plot.
3. I never ever ever write action scenes.
WELL YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHAT MY CURRENT FIC HAS. OH YES, REALLY. I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT MYSELF. And I mean yes, there is porn, but there is also all of this other stuff in there, and for some of it, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHAT THE FUCK I AM TALKING ABOUT. I am definitely going to do some research, some of which will even go beyond harassing my friends via gchat, but I'm worried about getting it right, especially since the questions I have go beyond PRECISELY WHAT NOISE DOES MERLIN MAKE WHEN ARTHUR FUCKS HIM ON HIS KNEES BEHIND THE STABLES? AND HOW MUCH DOES MERLIN LOVE IT WHEN ARTHUR COMES FIRST? I mean, don't get me wrong, those are REALLY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS, and ones which I have spent a very long time thinking about in explicit detail - questions which I will never stop endeavoring to answer for all of you, ALSO IN EXPLICIT DETAIL. But now I have all of these other
questions that have nothing to do with whether or not Merlin is secretly a little bit annoyed that Arthur is better at sucking cock than he is.
So my question is this: how important to you is historical accuracy in fic? Does it make a difference if it's canon time (which is sort vague at best) or a definite time period (such as an AU set in Victorian times, for example)? Does the degree of the inaccuracy make a difference? For example, a one line mention of Gaius using an herb that wasn't in Britain back then vs. the entire plot hinging on Arthur sending secret text messages to Merlin in a canon fic. SHOULD I JUST THROW A WHOLE CRAP LOAD OF PORN IN THERE AND HOPE IT'S ENOUGH?
In other news, FRIDAY YAY, Y/Y?