I've been around fanfic for almost as long as I've been around the internet. That means that I've read a lot of stuff from a lot of web sites, and obviously a lot of the same stuff over the years. I'm sure we all have stories that we like to go back to from time to time. But it's also nice to dicover new stuff, and not just the new stories that pop up on ff.net, but stuff that may be on some web site somewhere hiding that you hadn't even realized was there but could've been reading for years. So, on occasion, I get my Google on and search around to see if I can find any new stuff. I usually never have a problem I can't Google my way out of.
Well, sometimes I have some luck and do find some story somewhere that I hadn't read before that I really liked. Often these are found on live journals because I just never think to look there and have no idea how to sift through that stuff. Almost seems a shame that they're so well hidden. I know there are some good stories at theforce.net but again, I just don't have the patience to sift through hundreds of pages of stories in the hopes that I might find a good Han and Leia one in there somewhere. I feel like if someone writes a really good one, it should exist somewhere else even though I know that is not always the case. I've definitely found a few gems over there that I'd never seen anywhere else.
Then, well, sometimes these searches don't go as well. Now, I don't want to personally insult anyone if you happen to be into, I'll say, different kinds of Star Wars stories. But if you're here on this site reading this blog then I feel as though chances are you're probably going to agree with me when I say that one thing I'm looking for in a Han and Leia story is for the characters to actually act like Han and Leia. And this goes for the other characters in the movies, too.
Recently I've stumbled across a few web sites that I'd never heard of before. To be fair, some of them actually have some quality stories that are posted elsewhere. But they also seem to have an overwhelming number of stories with some content I really wish I'd never read. Now, I'm sure all of us (who are of "legal" age - you young teenagers stop reading this stuff!) enjoy reading some Han and Leia sexy time on occasion, especially if it makes sense within the context of the story and is done tastefully and doesn't just seem to come off as pornographic. I honestly struggle with finding the right line there myself in my own writing which is why in the future I may just choose to leave the sex out all together, but anyway...
Okay, that makes sense to me. But it seems that there are quite a few people who feel differently on the subject. They'd rather take these characters, pretty much in name only because the ones they're writing about don't seem to have any other resemblance to those we see on screen, and write them in some scenarios I personally just don't want to be reading about. Just ask Push how often I e-mail her and tell her about some horrible story I just found after having gotten all excited to have found a new fanfic site. Luke and Leia stories, Luke and Han stories, even Leia and Chewie stories! I don't understand the appeal and yet somehow I always seem to wind up in the middle of some story that starts out innocently enough and suddenly out of nowhere clothes start coming off and my curiosity makes me at least scroll down and catch a few important words here and there that let me know that yes, they're actually doing what I think they're doing and I just have to get out of there as fast as I can. This sort of thing can also occur with an innocent Google image search except those get you when you're least expecting it and certain images are forever trapped in my mind.
So, please, be careful in your internet searches that you don't wind up reading something you probably don't want to be reading. Or maybe you are interested in that sort of thing and I guess that's your business, but for a lot of us we just don't want to read about the explicit tortures Leia endured while a slave at Jabba's.
As a side note, will someone explain to me what the fascination is people have with slash? Let me just say that it is not the same-sex nature of the relationship that bothers me. There are homosexual couples out there and I get that. That's fine. What I don't get is taking heterosexual characters from the movies and placing them in same-sex relationships. Again, to me this just goes along with my desire to have the characters in my stories as much like the characters in the movies that I see. And at no point in time do I see Han and Luke eyeing each other and waiting to sneak off for a secret tryst. And come on, let's face it, even if they were gay Han could do a whole lot better ;)
Anyway, beware your internet searches! If you come across a site that you've never seen before or have never been referred to, there's probably a reason for that. That said, these stories can certainly sneak up on you almost anywhere, but they are more prominent on some sites than others. I mean, on some it makes up almost the entire content. Be careful out there, kids.