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I am full of fandom FAIL!

When I ran across a rec for a story by a well-loved author, containing a pairing that is not my OTP in the fandom, I thought I would be open minded and experimental – so I read the story.

Now I’m agitated, my face is all frowny, and I really REALLY need to connect back to my OTP. The story was very well written, the characters true to canon, the plot was intriguing – absolutely nothing wrong with the story. Except – wrong pairing. WRONG WRONG WRONG pairing.

I am really surprised at my extreme visceral reaction to this story. I certainly mean no disrespect to the author, or those who follow the pairing of the story as their OTP. But, it just doesn’t work for me. My brain and my heart feel sprained. The foundation of my world will not be right until the correct two characters are returned to their proper place TOGETHER.

Actually, I’m a little dismayed at how strongly this story affected me. Perhaps a little shame and embarrassment is lurking over my own extreme reaction. Yes, I need to get a life, etc – but until I do, my OTP’s WILL remain together and I’m going to try to avoid crashing headlong into a world view that makes my head swim and my heart break.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 27th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
Well, shit, now I'm
dying to know what the *wrong* pairing was - feel free to tell me off LJ! LOL!
Oct. 27th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Re: Well, shit, now I'm dying to know
But then I'd have to face up to having waaaaaay too many OTP's. (Seven is my current limit)

I even have an OTP that made a friend comment "Ewww, that's just WRONG." However, I am proud of that one :)
Oct. 27th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
Hey, that's exactly the reason why I restrict myself to reading only stories with my OTP. *g* Apparently you're not alone. ;-)
Oct. 28th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
I guess opening new vistas of fandom isn't going to work when it comes to splitting up my OTP's!
Oct. 27th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)


No, I'm the same - I get a OTP in my head, and then nothing else will do. I've tried to unbend a few times, but I end up feeling cheated, so now I just accept I'm fixed in my lust ways. *g*

Oct. 28th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
I am still amazed at how strongly I reacted - power of the written word !?!?!?!??!?!?!!?!?
Oct. 28th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)

LOL - you should see me creeping nervously up to death fic, peeping round the corner at it and then scuttling away making little meeping noises. The first death fic I ever read had no warning at all (and yes, five years on and I'm still sulking *g*) and I was a blubbering damp heap for days afterwards. I'm the same if I mistakenly read the wrong pairing. At least I can be proud that as a reader I'm definitely emotionally invested *g*

Oct. 29th, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
I thought I heard a death-fic meep the other day! *snicker*

I can certainly understand the long-term sulking... the death-fic that got to me the worst was a well-written story and I knew from the start that it would end badly (twas a medical fic). I read it anyway. I learned my lesson. *sigh* It still haunts me.

Of course, a good death-fic would fix the problem of the wrong pairing in a story - especially if it ends with the OTP together. Hmmmm, maybe we need to bludgeon persuade some author to write MORE death-fics... with the proper h/c endings!
Oct. 29th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)

Hee! I like the way your mind works *g*

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