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Hurt Me! Love Me!
by Ginger Snap (earthwhatwere)
at August 25th, 2006 (02:02 pm)
contemplative

current location: Big Damn Writers
current mood: contemplative
Soundtrack: Patty Griffin: Standing

The device of hurt/comfort has been around fandom since before the Internet, probably before zines. I think that in a lot of ways it's a dual payoff for the reader in that there's action and conflict, and then there's a platform for the characters to bond and grow closer together.

Oddly enough for me, writing hurt/comfort is easy. What I really have a hard time writing is conflict for the characters, especially conflict that will hurt the characters emotionally or cause division between characters. I want things to be happy and good for the characters, and then I remind myself that if there's no conflict, there's no story.

Which do you find easier to write: hurt/comfort or emotional/interpersonal conflicts? Do you have problems writing either?

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Posted by: cornfields (cornfields)
Posted at: August 25th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
NIMH: teh angst!!!

Hurt/comfort is the old standby when you want to get your pair together, or if you want to set up some sort of conflict/resolution. It's so easy for me to get burnt out on these types of fics, though. I've been trying to avoid using the device in my own fic, especially the big AU I've been working on. I also notice it's bigger in some fandoms than in others.

When I was involved in the Xena fandom, literally every other fic was hurt/comfort. Oh noes, Xena, you abandoned me to go to Chin. Now I betray you! Now I die. Now you follow me to the Afterlife and bring me back! Now with the hugs and flowery makeup sex. w00t!

Posted by: Ginger Snap (earthwhatwere)
Posted at: August 28th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)

I always question what's real about the relation when it's based on life or death decisions. I can't give perfect endings, but I'll try to give the ending that feels right for the characters and the story, which usually does not involve flowery makeup sex! :P Alas.

Posted by: cornfields (cornfields)
Posted at: August 28th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)

Everything of yours that I've read has rung true to me. I was never given the impression that you'd compromised your characters to make them do something I didn't think they'd do under the same set of circumstances. Hurt/comfort scenes within a larger body of work don't bother me near as much as one-shot fics that are h/c for the sake of h/c. And flowery makeup sex is always awesome! :D

Posted by: Ginger Snap (earthwhatwere)
Posted at: August 28th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)

If only my real life trails could be solved with hurt/comfort. ;)

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