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About writing non-canon pairings? I've never done it before, and I'm struggling a bit with it. In the pairing I'm playing with, I'd say that a situational shift that occurred *in canon* makes it a possibility, but it obviously didn't develop the way I'm going to take it.

Words of advice about staying true to character when it's clear the pairing won't/didn't really happen? General words of advice on unconventional ships? Pointers to good articles or examples of UC het fic? Doesn't have to be smut, btw. Emotionally-driven pieces are probably preferable.

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siobhan_w
Jan. 27th, 2003 08:21 pm (UTC)
I think the non-canon 'ships can sometimes be the most fun 'cause you can do whatever you want and never have to worry about being Jossed.

I read a lot of slash and that is pretty much all non-canon. Maybe the only thing that is ever hinted at in the show would be a relationship between Angel/Spike/Dru and even that is all innuendo. But, if done right, non-canon 'ships can work. The most important thing is that whatever you do with the characters you have to be sure that the potential is something that is in canon. And then you change a couple of decisions the character may have made on the show and take them to a new place. But they're still the same character. Any changes have to grow out of the person they have already been established as being. Does that make any sense?

Pointers to good articles or examples of UC het fic?

No UC het fic but I have all of the best slash fics bookmarked on my computer. *g* If you're interested in those I can give them to you. Even if slash-fic isn't your thing they're excellent examples of how non-canon 'ships can be done and still stay within the context established by the show.
lounge_lily
Jan. 28th, 2003 02:42 am (UTC)
If it's the pairing we spoke of before then I think you're lucky in that there's lots of interaction on the show between the characters and an obvious fondness for one another. I think this would lend itself to staying true to the characters and a relationship between these two would not be far-fetched.

The back ground story you showed me already shows elements of a natural progression towards a more intimate relationship. And you have an uncanny understanding for the pair anyway as individuals so I have every confidence you can pull this off. I understand that there are some stumbling blocks regarding the characters involved but I think the circumstances would make it viable to get around these blocks.

I can't help you with articles but sparkledark's Geek the Girl http://www.redsoulmates.com/spike/anton/geekseries1.html
is a great example of an unconventional het pairing. Rachel has an incredible insight into both Spike and Willow and weaves her story around the show's episodes so neatly that you'll believe it's canon. Enjoy.
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