Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I'm in the Mood for...
After I had exhausted my supply of these type stories, I moved on to others, slowly allowing myself to appreciate a well-written action story that pitted Han and Leia against a common enemy and let them talk to other people and get out of the bedroom (or the Falcon). I truly began to appreciate a light-hearted comedy as well. Especially when I started to dabble in writing myself and found how truly hard writing comedy can be.
So, here I am. Really almost exactly two years later and I began to look back on from whence I came and the circuitous trip I took to get here. Lately I've been heavy on the action/adventure reading - perusing back through old favorites to relive the ones that I enjoyed the most. Although, some days I can still feel like a good, old-fashioned love story and I'll head straight for one of my many 'trip to Bespin' (and other) favorites that I have accumulated over the past two years.
So I began to wonder if anyone else found themselves pigeon-holed in a genre of stories. For instance, I totally ignored 'AU' stories when I first started reading but now have become very open to them. Maybe it's because I had read everything else. Or maybe it's because what is considered 'EU' has been done over and over and it's refreshing to see something new happen? I don't know. I just know that some of my most recent favorited stories have been very AU.
If you do find yourself with tunnel vision on your reading or writing, I would recommend that you broaden your horizons. A really good writer can take your characters to places you hadn't thought possible and you can thoroughly enjoy the ride. And just because you like a story doesn't mean you have to commit yourself to it. For example, just because I might like a story where Han dies at the end (you know who you are), doesn't mean that that is the future/life that I see for these characters. You know what I mean?
It's kinda like me reading the entire EU (again). I'll read it. I'll even enjoy some or most of it - okay maybe only some. But it is NOT the future that I see for Han and Leia. By no stretch of the imagination. But that is probably an entirely different post...
Which brings me to another thing. Don't limit yourself as a writer to only see something in one way or write just one type of story. You may find yourself compelled as a writer to write different lives/endings for Han/Leia (or insert other characters here) as I think we touched on in a separate post. The most infamous/easiest example of this, I think, would be to write a scenario where they DO do it on the way to Bespin and one in which they don't (if you are like me and can't decide!). It sort of takes the pressure off if you are trying to write this perfect story but can see it in different ways - just write both! It's better than being frozen in indecision, believe me.
So, all of that being said...do any of you guys have a 'type' of story that you prefer to read over another? Do you find you write (or is easier to write) in that same genre? I think that would be the case, but maybe not for some.
Finally, do you have any recommendations on stories that you have found that wasn't your normal 'type' and it ended up being one of your favorites? Tell us what the story is/was and how you ended up reading it.
I'll start with two.
The first one is a comedy and I think I only read it because Zyra told me that it was worth the read. It's called "Perfect Pairs" by GreatOne and it's on ff.net. I can't write comedy and it's not easy to make me laugh when I'm reading something. This story made me laugh. Out loud.
The second one, I believe I read it while going page by page through the Corellian Embassy website stories. I just reread it last week when I recommended it to someone, it's an action/comedy, it's called: "Resolutions" by Martha Wilson and it's got some UST in there, as well. You can find it on Live Journal since the Corellian Embassy is no longer.
Please feel free to share the stories you've liked, even if you can't find them anymore - maybe somebody will know where they are!