on 2010-07-11 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Cheating/breaking up canon, especially real, pairs is my pet peeve. I remember that in some of my first (fictional) fandoms, I was okay with it, but mostly because I disliked the couple together (like Harry/Ginny in Harry Potter). But in all my current fandoms, the canon couples are lovely.
For real people, I find it especially problematic. And I don't think that writing a cheating/break-up story is a valid plot point because there are a lot of other tropes and twists that let the author achieve the desired effect without writing a problematic situation. I prefet open relationship - most PRS stories are porn anyway. In some cases, I've seen good relationship development stories where the author wrote AU without real-life SOs (and the characters were written as always gay vs real-life visibly heterosexual). I think it's okay because it's clearly labeled as AU.
...It's interesting that I'm more calm about break-up stories in J2 fandom. It's probably because I'm not as emotionally invested in the characters/people they are written about. But I still feel some discomfort, especially now when the J2 are married.
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