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28 September 2004 @ 09:33 am
An introduction--somewhat opinionated, hold onto your butts  
*waves* Hello all. I go by the handle Nabuca online usually. I'm both new and not new...I've been watching this community on and off before I decided to subscribe to it. Got into FMA sometime after Febraury, read both the manga as well as watch the anime. Big supporter of Ed and Winry, as well as Roy and Riza, because yes I must do the whole cliche "My favorite pairings are blah blah blah!!!1one"

Where someone to really ask me what my favorite pairings are, or if I'm a supporter of yaoi/shonen ai, or yuri/shoujo ai, you'd might as well ask me if I'm into romance novels or something. I really seem to lack what alot of fans have, and thats the understanding of the huge hype over same-sex pairings, more specifically same sex pairings between two males. It really makes me wonder if this is merely the result of the fact that current modern-day thought--to be more specific--the U.S. culture in general, is highly repressed. The U.S. in and of itself was founded on very strict Puritanical principles. Not only was homosexuality highly discouraged for a long time in history, or more specifically U.S. history, so has sexuality in general. Now that times are starting to change, I find people, mostly young females, latching onto the whole homosexual phenomenon like rebellious teens after a bottle of their father's booze. And I make this metaphor because, for example, in Europe drinking laws (and depending on where you are, NO drinking laws), are far more lax there than in the U.S. And yet still there are far-less alcohol-induced crimes there than in the U.S. I was raised by an Irish Roman Catholic household, the laws against me drinking where very lax within family circles, and yes although I've done my fair share stupid things under the influence, I've always taken responsibility afterwards, and I've never really seen alcohol as such a big deal as most kids around me did. By the same token, I myself am a transgendered bisexual male (FtoM). All of my decently-sized circle of friends I surround myself with are gay or lesbian, with the exception of one. All of us seem also to not grok the hype over same-sex pairings in anime fandoms, unless of course such pairing is already present, or hinted at such. I used to think that this was a thing mostly common with straight young females, but then I am also under the understanding that either a.) older, or b.) gay/lesbian females and males share this hype too, but as I understand it those numbers are a bit fewer. I've watched the pattern of same-sex pairing fans in the GWing fandom, and I'm noticing similar patterns in the growing FMA-fandom as well. Though personally...I am of the opinion that FMA as a whole really is NOT condusive to same-sex pairings. Then again I'm not a romance-novel type person either, just in general. I've written a small handful of shonen ai fics back in the day. I'm not sure if I pulled it off right, and I notice most people who do, don't seem to pull it off right either, but then again I'm really not one to judge that, so I generally avoid it altogether with a few exceptions. At any rate, it really seems to me like the whole "must pair the prettyboys together"-thing has gotten so out of hand in recent years. Its as if some people are desperate enough to pair someone with anyone or anything with a phallus...OMG EdxTree-stump!!!11

Now...understand that just because I don't agree to something or subscribe to a certain thought, does not mean that I don't respect other people's right to agree with a certian thing or subscribe to that thought. This rant is merely a musing over what I see as a common trend that has flared up over the past several years. It also expresses my wish to participate in some more refreshing lines of conversation...I found loyalwolf108's informative post a rather refreshing change from the usual talk and banter that goes on in fandom communities. For one thing, I've always had an invested interest and fascination with Hermetic Philosophy or alchemy (I found myself very intrigued when I first discovered FMA's exhistence), and it would be interesting to see more discussion on the alchemical symbolism in FMA or the poetic licensing that goes on in the series versus real-world alchemy and alchemical principles. This is assuming that not many conversations of like have gone on already, and I am merely too daft to have seen it, or merely too busy with stuff outside of the glowing computer monitor, as what tends to happen frequently.

At any rate, I'm done. I feel as if I've rambled like a homeless wino, and perhaps I have, though in all reality I'm merely just waking up and waiting for the caffeine in my coffee to slam my system. I will, therefore, go back to lurking, and nursing my skull. Somedays I feel like a flaming zeppelin fell down onto my head.

>.>...

Yes.

~Nabuca
 
 
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girl_starfishgirl_starfish on September 28th, 2004 03:51 pm (UTC)
I have to politely disagree, if only because I am a bisexual female, who was not born/raised in America or a country founded by Puritans (NZ never really got into the missionary thing although they tried hard). At 22, I don't know if I'd be considered young (young in fandom terms seems to me to mean the 15-18 age bracket -- that's just my opinion of course. I feel like I've been in fandom a while, at any rate) and I'm not particularly rebellious . . . and I still prefer yaoi/shounen-ai pairings generally speaking to het. There are het pairings I really like, and I've written and enjoyed fics that were het or het-centric, but I think I will always prefer shounen-ai. Your suggestion that the sudden 'craze' for shounen-ai/yaoi is a reaction to a conservative culture/act of teenage rebellion seems to me very . . . lacking.

The other point I want to make is regarding canon and fanfic. You seem to be trying to make the point that if something isn't in the series (such as you consider Roy/Liza, Ed/Winry) then it isn't as valid or deserving of support/ fanfic. Since when has fanfic been about what is canon? If you think about it, people tend to write what they *want* to see, not what *is*. I don't know if you're familiar with the Full Moon O Sagashite fandom; it's a pretty small, shoujo thing. My favourite pairing (and it is het) is Takuto/Mitsuki, and its *the* canon pairing. They have a great dynamic, they're funny, cute, great together -- and they get a happy ending in the manga and anime. Grand total of fanfics about them? 0. There is simply nothing to add. People write instead of Meroko or Izumi, the 'left out' characters. People will always support pairings/write fanfics regardless of how 'canon' they are, and objecting to them on that basis seems a little like objecting to the Lord of the Rings movies on the basis that Tolkien wasn't the director.

Incidentally, I completely agree with csakuras that the character dynamics for me, make the pairing -- which is why I like the shounen-ai FMA pairings over the het. That gets very subjective, so I won't go into it, except to say that with the series being very general in terms of pairings, there is at least as much potential for shounen-ai and shoujo-ai as there is het.

That's my two cents, thanks for listening. #^_^#