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Utter crack, and a couple of random things 
1st-Oct-2007 03:43 pm
Detail of 'Yuuwaku' by Audrey Kawasaki
Anyone have any recommendations for where I can get some nice Mohinder icons?  I'm feeling the need to expand my icon selection a bit .  

I might not have to go to the work meeing in Las Vegas.  Whee!  (I'm not a gambler, I can't afford any shows right now, and this means that instead of running from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm for 3 days, I can spend those days in the office in almost complete quiet and sleep in my own bed.)

Also, I mentioned the new pictures of Zachary Quinto bowling to my best friend (who allegedly finds slash disturbing).  It resulted in this conversation:
 
Her: Could you imagine Sylar bowling?  Him and Mohinder having a family outing?  Mo would be all pissed off because Sylar would always “somehow” get a strike.
Me: *boggles for a second that she of all people went there, and then runs with it*  Also, any time Mohinder got a strike, Sylar would claim he’d “helped” Mo out, just to irritate him more.
Her: After bowling, they would go to a movie.  And if Sylar ducked out to the bathroom alone, Mo would check his breath afterwards for brains.
Me: Of course Sylar would respond by pointedly sniffing his drink, and Mo would blandly comment that pop tastes better with a curare chaser.  And on the way home Sylar would insist that they stop at that little ice cream place that’s open late, and Mo would make fun of him for always getting vanilla.  Mo probably gets something bizarre and disturbing to match his scarf collection, like spumoni.
Her: Mo only says such things because of those eyes.  Those irresistible eyes. Sparkling with the perfect combination of love for him and love for brains.  He wants nothing more than to look into those eyes for the rest of his days.
Me: Dude, I think this is veering into fanfic territory now.  Also? Talk of the man’s eyes distracts ME.
Her: You know you both love it.
 
Comments 
1st-Oct-2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
Dude, I think your BFF is in slash-denial. You should try and maneuver her out of it-- it's like a public service. Or something.
1st-Oct-2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
I know! I think I need to trick her into reading some of cerebel's fics. It might snap her out of it.
1st-Oct-2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Never underestimate the magical power of the Mylar. It's pull is strong enough to, in extreme cases, infect even those who have never seen it in its full live-action glory, only in pictures. ::nods head in sister's general direction::

Another thing to not be underestimated is the power of slash-denial. Not saying that I know anyone still kind of working through it. Nope, not me.

1st-Oct-2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
I keep threatening to write up my treatise on Mylar fanfic but never get around to it. However part of it would read like this:

Mohinder's looks are quite frequently described as "pretty", which is a feminine word. And in smut, he's far more likely to be in a submissive role, the one who's being penetrated, than the other way around. These things make it easy to cast him in a stereotypically feminine role.

A lot of women find powerful men, and the idea of being pursued by a powerful man, attractive. Sylar is about as powerful as you can get. And an extremely common element in Mylar fic is Sylar pursuing Mohinder, and moving heaven and earth to get him.

One other element that pops up frequently (most impressively in cerebel's "Gravity", but it's present in plenty of other fics and in crackfic) is Sylar stopping his rampage because of his emotional connection with Mohinder. The idea of softening a bad boy is a very common theme in fiction aimed at women, and judging by the durability of romance novels, it strikes a big chord in a lot of women.

Put all these elements together, and I think it could be argued that on a subconscious level, Mylar slash may not be quite as slashy as it seems at first glance. And it also explains why there are a lot of women who have absolutely no desire to watch two men together in real life, but yet are drawn to this particular pair and often emotionally affected by fic about them.

I haven't really read much Petrellicest stuff because, ew, they're BROTHERS. But at a quick glance, it seems to have roughly the same characteristics: a smaller, prettier character who's empathetic and caring, and a larger powerful man who's drawn to (and somewhat contained by) that empathy and caring. Also the same recurring feeling of "this is a bad idea but I need you so badly I can't stop myself".

OK, I'll shut up now.
2nd-Oct-2007 12:25 am (UTC)
I think you should definitely write that up. I'd read it. I once typed up a post in response to repeated inquiries into my admittedly weird stance on both slash and fanfic, but I lost it. It's somewhere on my computer, but I can no longer locate it.

I came across a Petrellicest segment in some multi-character fic the other day, and I found myself quite uncomfortable while reading it because... brothers. Gross. But I did notice, in what I did manage to make it through, that the same dynamic was at work, only instead of "you are a serial killer who murdered my father" the issue is "we have the same parents. I sure hope mom doesn't find out about this." One of those bothers me way more than the other.

How about there is someone I know who, if they have any sort of Mylar-related materials laying about when someone comes by to drag them out of the house, packs said materials into their messenger bag so that a certain other someone, who always comes into their room in their absence will not discover it? Of course then they have to consider, "What if I go out and get into a bad accident? How will that look in the hospital/morgue?" It's like the ever-popular Catholic guilt... without the Catholicism.

2nd-Oct-2007 06:22 am (UTC)
How about there is someone I know who, if they have any sort of Mylar-related materials laying about when someone comes by to drag them out of the house, packs said materials into their messenger bag so that a certain other someone, who always comes into their room in their absence will not discover it?

Heheh. I might know someone who keeps any sort of Mylar-related materials tucked out of sight, but worries, "If anything happened to me, and my family came digging through my files, they'd be in for one heck of a shock..."

I think you should definitely write that up.

The thing is, my hypothesis is limited to reading things posted in mylar_fic over the last 6 months, and I feel like I should read fics in other fandoms and/or parts of the fandom to verify and support my hypothesis. Except...I don't WANT to. Why waste my time with icky squicky Petrellicest when there might be shiny new Mylar to explore? (Forget I said that, OK?)
2nd-Oct-2007 07:13 am (UTC)
I might know someone who keeps any sort of Mylar-related materials tucked out of sight,
All I'm saying is, when it looked like I somebody may have had to go to DC for the weekend, they gathered up all such materials and buried them deep in the closet. Appropriate, no?

I feel like I should read fics in other fandoms and/or parts of the fandom to verify and support my hypothesis.
That is a big leap to make. I have been known to read the occasional Sylar/Peter, but that is about as far out as I seem to be willing to stray. I tried mixing it up the other day, reading a Moheter (Seriously, I feel silly even typing it.) but all I kept thinking was "Sylar now?"... plus they were just being all friendly with each other. Where's the fun in that?

(Forget I said that, OK?)
Said what?

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2nd-Oct-2007 12:35 am (UTC)
Hahaha your friend is made of Awesome and Win.
Hee. I'll have to tell her that. I think that's one reason why I don't feel the need to have tons and tons of friends - the few close friends I do have are so cool, I don't need more.

I'm going to be going to Ohio for Christmas. I hate traveling over Christmas. Every year I say I won't...but then I give in and do it. At least my mother's midlife crisis involved minimalism and throwing out all kinds of stuff, so when I go back there, I have a real bedroom to sleep in...
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