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One day....

One day I'm gonna do a study of AU fanfic  summaries, just to study the difference between the type of stories people want to write vs. the way the characters are used in the original work.  The contrast to me is kind of interesting.  Kagome as hooker?  InuYasha as most desirable bachelor?  Kagome as butt-kicking spy? InuYasha as teacher?

It's not a put down...it just interests me how we use characters as a short cut to tell things far from the original story.


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Dec. 27th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
That would actually be really interesting to read, I think. Sometimes it's fun to go looking to see what new paths people can think up for characters, and sometimes the ideas people have are just so out there it leaves me scratching my head. It'd be neat to see some sort of actual analysis on the subject.
Dec. 27th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
It would be. If I were still in academia, this would be a field I'd be researching for real.

I think we see a progression from X writes the story to continue the good feel she got from the original story to Z writes the story because the names and relationships (but not the backstory that lead to them being that way) is a handy framework to set a story up.

one set of these things seem to be:

Inu = grouchy, sexy desirable male who won't let woman into his defenses, usually because of bad results of earlier relation with

Kikyou, always the other woman. Sometimes a bitch goddess who used him and dumped him before moving on, sometimes dead, sometimes the official other woman who has a right to Inu (say, as fiancee), but doesn't love him.

Kagome = heroine, often mary-sued to the point of irritation, the downtrodden girl who is thrown in to relationship with Inu.

Sango, Kagome's bff, with her groping boyfriend Miroku, who, although he never seems to have eyes for anybody but Sango in the story is almost always called pervert, even though he doesn't do anything perverted, except make sexually rude jokes for comic relief. But he is friendly, and gives good advice

Kouga: The other man, often predatory and mean, who just wont take no for an answer.

Sesshoumaru: The cold, aloof brother who, even though he likes to poke fun at Inu and get him to explode in a temper tantrum, always comes to the rescue in a variety of ways: as boss, as the man who sets up something for Inu to do, who offers his protection, as brother who comes to terms with his younger sibling's worthiness.

There are other variants, of course. This pattern pops up a lot, though, in the stories I'm willing to look at.
Dec. 27th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that trend quite often. I actually use it as a sort of litmus test before I'll read a story (and this goes for canon stories as well). If a quick skim reveals the same old cliche portrayal of characters like Miroku, Sango, Kikyou, or Kouga, without any real thought or effort put into it, I'll usually just move on and find something else to read. It's boring to read the same poorly written story over and over again, and that's what a lot of these AU stories are.
Dec. 27th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Is it awful to admit that some of the summaries in the Inuyasha fanfictions make me rofl?

It would be interesting to see how many different kinds of stories have been done using au fanfiction as a vehicle though.

Dec. 27th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
That would be interesting to read, KK. Although, I tend to stay away from reading AUs since they often sound so cliched in their summaries and settings. ^^;
Dec. 28th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
This would be interesting to read. Some of the summaries out there make you really wonder what is going on in the mind of the writer. There are some that really can do it well but imo, when you go too far outside the box, you tend to lose the basis of the whole series.
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