Tell Me a Story

If this was a story, one of them would be dead by now; trampled by a rising action or gored by a plot twist. But it isn’t, and they aren’t, and they soak in the blissful lull where life happens when the narrators off having fun. It’s love without the misty eyes and sappy promises, lust without the weight of destiny or finely orchestrated dances where every touch is perfect. It’s life, and love, and lust, and none of it worth writing home about, except that it is. And someday, when the narrator has had it’s fill of Action with an A, and Romance with an R, they’ll show it just how much it missed, and why sometimes it’s the story that isn’t a story that’s worth telling.

Martha Bechtel

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  1. hotspur18

    *nodnodnod*

    It’s love without the misty eyes and sappy promises, lust without the weight of destiny or finely orchestrated dances where every touch is perfect. It’s life, and love, and lust, and none of it worth writing home about, except that it is.

    *aims for that every time*

    *has nothing else to say*

    ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    1. Martha Bechtel

      I know fanfic holds to the same 80-20 rule as everything else, but seriously, why do writers seem to be driven into making every relationship into a massive power imbalance?

      A dumps B, B kills themselves.

      A loves B, B is indifferent, A goes to insane lengths to convince B, who finally relents and they live happily ever after.

      B dumps A, A goes zomgEMO, B realizes they are a horrible awful person for hurting B and they get back together.

      etc. etc.

      I know stories written on the extremes get more a reaction from readers (be it good or bad) and that reaction fuels the writer to write more… but -really-. *snorts*

      Is why I like , you keep the emo real. ^_~ *grins and ducks thrown objects*

      1. hotspur18

        *insert the English bowman’s salute here*

        Er – thanks?

        More seriously: A loves B, B is indifferent, A goes to insane lengths to convince B, who finally relents and they live happily ever after no….B finally gets out a restraining order *snickers*.

        In fact, I think B would end up doing so in most of those cases. With relief.

        There are very few fics in which A’s absolute idiocy inspire B to hit A repeatedly over the head with a blunt object, which is what you suspect would be the more usual case…

        Emo!situations are so rarely brought about by anything drastic…there’s too much of the ‘Truly Annoying On Top Of Bad Day’ in life to need existential drama added.

        And some people *whispers* manages to get through relationships with absolutely minimal manufacturedly drastic A and B cliches.

        Though I gather these are not as interesting to readers on fanfiction.net…

        *smirk*

        1. Martha Bechtel

          There are somedays when I wonder if it’s against the rules to post anything other than OOC wish-fufillment to ff.net ๐Ÿ˜› *sighs* Sad thing is, I remember when that site first started and how I thought it was never going to get off the ground as an archive if they didn’t vet the fics before they posted them. Just goes to show, eh? ^_~

          Every so often I have the urge to try and set-up a massive world-building attempt (OF not FF) and see how many people I could get to come write. Part RPG, part shared-world, part Wiki, just start from a basic idea and let folks loose to see where it runs. There are plenty of writers out there (per ff.net), just think of what we could do… ^_^ *daydreams*

          1. hotspur18

            *thinks*

            *is skeered*

            Brain, we are not taking over the world today. I’m still on a word count ban….

            *hugs*

            ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

            1. Martha Bechtel

              MWAHAHA! ^_^

              Um, yes, so probably in a year or two when my school daze is over… ^_~ *whistles innocently*

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