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[livejournal.com profile] linaerys asked me: what is a book that you wish existed in the world but, to your knowledge, does not? I'm way behind on these, but I only have a couple more to do, so I'm sure I can finish them before the New Year.

What I really wish existed is the subversive tropey-ness of fanfic, with that attention on queer relationships of any type (so just.... not the traditional monogamous cisgendered f/m relationship), or much much more interesting het relationships than what you usually get in mainstream fiction. I love the fact that romance is fully embraced, but if you look a little deeper you can find fics with amazing plot and worldbuilding and really interesting ideas. So basically, I wish we could get the kind of amazing novel-length fanfic that I love to read, but with original fic. I mean, some fanfic basically becomes original fic that just builds very loosely off canon, but it is still fic at its heart.

So I wish you could take what I love about fic, then pair it with the sort of epic plot and drama and high stakes action of a profic book. Again, this is not to say that fic doesn't have these stakes, but for some reason in my mind I still have this mental block where, because it's fanfic and you can get so close to the person writing it and know so much about them and see so much of the writing process, that I don't really buy into the stakes as much as I do with profic. I think it's because, as much as I absolutely love a fic, it will still really never be what actually happened. There's always that part of me in the back of my mind that is comparing it to canon and sad that it's not the actual canon.

Stuff that comes the closest to this is probably the first three books in Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series, where the gay UST is totally acknowledged and resolved and becomes the heart of the series. Also [livejournal.com profile] freece's Captive Prince, which is now for realsies published. It has so many tropes that are fangirl catnip. And The Steel Seraglio by Mike Carey, Linda Carey, and Louise Carey is the closest femslash version of that I can think of. That was pretty much a perfect book for me. [I actually wish more femslash was like The Steel Seraglio (rather than the other way around), because I find most femslash pretty boring, as it seemingly lacks all of the awesome tropes and humor of m/m slash and just has a lot of giggling and dreamy sex. If there is good novel-length, plotty or trope-y femslash out there, please direct me towards it.]

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