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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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Kim: hughessumeragiskank on September 28th, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I don't think I've ever quite understood the feeling that a fandom having boys love/yaoi in it diminishes it, and the phrase "______ is too good to slash" has always been a red flag for me that just pushes a lot of my annoyed buttons. It's fandom, nothing is too good for fandom. It's like, yes, Mary Sues tend to be terrible fics, but they're not the end of the world and last I knew, they didn't actually affect a series. Same thing with the multitude of yaoi fics out there. There are plenty of series I like that I do not slash, but those are the series I watch and do not participate in fandom for. To me, fandom is for the slash or the wacked out pairings that I want to see in the show or that really catch my attention and hook me and make me want to seek it out. It so happens that in FMA, I think all of the het pairings are beyond boring and none of the female characters really interest me. Hawkeye is very cool, but her and Roy don't jive in my mind romantically. There are, however, yaoi pairings in FMA that make me tingly and trip my imagination and engage me like none of the het pairings do. I personally don't like Roy/Ed very much, but I can understand why people do. It just doesn't fit with the way I see Roy Mustang. Not for the age gap/antagonistic aspects, as those are actually two of my kinks, but because to me, Roy is a control freak who needs to be tipped down over his desk and fucked, and frankly, I don't see Ed doing it. I just wait until someone posts devastating Hughes/Roy or the amusing Havoc/Roy, and I am happy.

I don't see the problem with with squealing fangirls, we were all squealing fangirls/fanboys at one point in time, and generally, people get over it in time. If they annoy me, I can ignore them and just play in my own sandbox, same thing I do with all the Roy/Riza stuff, I just move on and ignore it, even if it does make me go "ugh." I don't have to read or look at it. There are asshole yaoi fangirls, and there are asshole het fangirls. Either side makes me want to kick them upside the head if they start in on telling you are stupid for liking your particular 'ship or kink, or "My pairing is better because it's CANON," especially when it is NOT. As much as people want to go on, there are NO canon pairings in FMA, unless you count parents, since Ed and Al had to come from somewhere, or married couples and such. Ed/Winry and Roy/Riza, as popular as they are, are still subtext, and are not canon. If you love a crack pairing, embrace it as such. *waves her FuumaxKeiichi from X flag* Mmm pretty pretty CLAMP crack.

Thinking back to my days of slashing literary characters in my head before I even had the internet when I was young, I don't think I ever did it for the "ooo this is naughty" aspect. I did it because dammit, Tom and Huck were slashy! Not to say that that is not the reason why people latch onto it, but I think to stick with it, they have to develop other reasons for liking it. There has to be an appeal to the yaoi couples beyond it being trendy to continue to do it, and for me, it's usually some aspect of the relationship, either explicitily shown in the series in question, or hypothetically extrapolated upon in my mind, that sparks my interest and keeps it.

I think I had a point in there somewhere, but I have undoubtedly lost it. I really want to know how attractive this tree stump is, if it's taller than Ed, and do they have any slashy moments before I declare it an OTP. I think at the moment I am leaning towards Armstrong/Ed for the sheer WTFit'ssparkly!!! aspect.
kuromitsu: Mittermeyerkuromitsu on September 28th, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC)
*standing ovation*

This is what I would've written if I had time and the ability to express myself coherently. ^^;;

Thinking back to my days of slashing literary characters in my head before I even had the internet when I was young

Oh, so I wasn't the only one who did that. :D I remember reading books and slashing (often subconsciously) characters like Sinfjotli and Helgi or Darcy and Bingley, before I even knew about slash or yaoi. Now that I think about it, it was because I found the relationships interesting and the charas seemed to be a good pair together... definitely not because I was being rebellious or anything.