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