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Sep. 16th, 2010

The plus of being obsessed about a sci-fi fantasy show is that when you read fic that has adults being turned into children, or MPREG or genderswap, or can't function without the other because they've bonded or telepathy or immortality or time travel or the existence of aliens. Alien technology, spells, Badwolf, future human evolution, all of those make it possible. The fandoms I"ve been in for the most part have allowed for suspension of belief or didn't need to ask for it. (except for that one west wing werewolf fic that caused me to become obsessed with Josh/Sam).
I'd never really read fic that had a cannon universe that didn't have magic, that still wanted there to be magical stuff.
Ballyk never tried to pull that stuff on me. Studio 60 and Sports night were just angsty or slashy or episode like usually. Josh/Sam fics adopted or had a surrogate mother, they never got preggers. Assumpta lived or died, she wasn't imortal or had alien technology bring her back.

But now I'm reading Sherlock prompts and fics where Sherlock is immortal or John is up the duff or Sherlock can see the future or John can read minds. They aren't crossover fic, they are set in the "normal London" universe. I hadn't realized what level of comfort and suspension of belief a sci-fi show can give you while reading about telepathy and immortality.

Its frankly a bit jarring to read a fic where John gets pregnant. Jack? No Problem. Ianto? No Problem because either alien technology or Jack's super evolved crazy sperm. Giles? No problem either super Slayer powers or a spell or affect from demon blood. Sherlock has snuff fic that is you know actually snuff, not Ianto went a bit too far and then Jack comes back from the dead.

It's jarring but still fun to read about.

This has been on my mind for a couple of days now. Where I work I frequently don't have much to add to the discussions my coworkers are having, so I think a lot. And I don't have anyone to have this convo with in real life b/c Nick always laughs at/makes fun of fic that I read.