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So I've been thinking, and I think one of the reasons I'm not interested in reading X-Men First Class fic unless it 1.) is AU, or 2.) involves Raven (or at least Emma) in some capacity, no matter how minor a role, is because Erik and Charles fundamentally bore me. Or at least, Erik and Charles as fandom most commonly chooses to portray them bore me.

I like the way a lot of AUs paint their relationship, because the AUs really push to redefine the relationship between the two, whether it's an AU where there is no "divorce", or a completely different AU in a completely different universe (those are always just fun because they're fun, though).

But the idea of a universe where Erik and Charles part ways on that beach in Cuba, and Charles spends more time/effort/heart mourning the end of his epic romance with Erik instead of mourning the fact that the sister he grew up with has chosen to leave him behind to perpetrate genocide -- that is upsetting to me. I may not ship Erik/Charles in that fanfic that solely focuses on Erik/Charles sappy romances or porn with no plot will bore me, but I do ship Erik/Charles in that I see their epic romance, I acknowledge it, and the idea of a non-Erik/Charles relationship is bizarre to me and must be pulled off really well before I buy it.

Given all that, I still don't buy that Charles's epic romance with Erik is more important than his kinship with Raven, who is for all intents and purposes his sister. I will never understand any proposed situation in which a character would choose his/her love over his/her family (provided the family in question isn't composed of horrible people, or unaccepting people, or any other number of factors that would make it imminently reasonable for love>family).

Date: 2012-03-22 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eldarwannabe.livejournal.com
Well, I don't ship Charles and Erik (*gasp* goes the internet*) so I've always pictured him being far more devastated about Raven anyway. I'm crossing my fingers that they go into that in the next film.

(I loved Raven in the film, which surprised me as I wasn't exactly a Mystique fan going in.)

Then again, I haven't read a lot of XM:FC fic. Do you have any Raven recs?

Date: 2012-03-22 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laleia.livejournal.com
Sadly, no. I don't think I've read any Raven fics that have stood out in my mind -- I've read a few Erik/Charles fics where Raven was a strong minor character, but that's it. XM:FC is also not a fandom where I've read a lot of fic either, though, and it's also a fic where I'm not actually interested in introspective character reflection fics, and prefer ... well, I prefer plotty complete AUs -- bakery AUs, crime procedural AUs, daycare AUs, etc. And sadly, nobody ever writes these with Raven as the main character (that I've read, at least).

Date: 2012-03-22 05:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laleia.livejournal.com
Like, this (http://archiveofourown.org/works/251773) is the kind of ridiculous AU that I like to read, and this is also as big a role as Raven usually gets to play.

Date: 2012-03-23 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eldarwannabe.livejournal.com
I just gobbled that fic up, thank you. Yay Raven!

Ok, I get what you mean. She was fantastic...but the fic wasn't exactly about her. I've never dug around much in the fandom, but I can totally see where your preferences are coming from. :)

Date: 2012-03-22 05:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meganbmoore.livejournal.com
But don't you know that no matter how shortlived it may be, even as compared to much longer and emotionally intimate you may be with someone else, the relationship between two presumed-heterosexual-by-canon biologically male characters of the dominant ethinictity is ALWAYS the most important thing?

Of course, we live in a world in which casting a bisexual woman of color to play a role usually played by a white male and who creators of some versions of canon frequently state is 100% straight is claimed to be homophobic and a strike against homosexuality in media.

Date: 2012-03-22 05:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laleia.livejournal.com
Haha, don't even get me started on how the main cast of Inception is only half composed of white men, and yet 90% of fic written ships two white men, and are more likely to feature the third white man as a supporting character than any of the characters that aren't white men.

I, for one, am really looking forward to Elementary because even if the producers/writers screw it up (very likely, given the many possible ways for them to do so), there will at least be awesome fix-it fic. If I could control fandom, people would start writing Joan-centric Elementary fic now.

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