on 2010-07-11 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] svollga
when a non-AU story avoids mentioning real-life
Yup, it feels wrong.
I've seen only one good AU without SOs (Tennant/Simm).

wanting a het pairing for someone gay IRL - that sort of feels more wrong than vice versa
I agree, it feels weird though I haven't seen such stories... Or rather, I've read several gay/woman PWPs about John Barrowman, but it wasn't quite 'pairing', it was one-night stand, and it was made clear that he doesn't turn straight, but is only experimenting. But yes, if I'd seen a story about real gay person in a het pairing, I would feel it like some sort of straight-washing.

I think I divide RPS stories into one-time PWPs and relationship stories. In one-time PWPs, I can take almost everything, but I appreciate at least one line about SOs and their opinion ('we have open relationship' or 'he/she won't mind' is enough). In relationship stories with people other that real SOs, there should be either SO's reaction or clearly labeled AU without SOs...
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