May 9th, 2020

OF: Sandbaggers (Binoculars)

30 Days of Fandom Meme Day 10

10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

The answer to the second part of the question is a resounding 'no'. If I don't like a pairing (or at the very least be able to see it) then I would never attempt to write it as I know I couldn't do it justice.

There are a few pairings that whilst not being 'my' pairing I believe I would be able to write, because whilst I don't necessarily see the pairing, I can either see how others can see it or it's canon. For example whilst my Buffyverse pairing is Buffy/Angel, I think I would be able to write a Buffy/Spike story and do it reasonable justice. However, I know for a fact I could never write Gibbs/DiNozzo or Fraser/Kowalski as I simply cannot see either pairing.

When I was writing NCIS and I ventured outside of my main pairing and in fact expanded my pairings rather dramatically, I did end up writing pairings I never thought I would, even with characters I didn't necessarily really like; a couple of these pairings I actually 'picked up' via other people's stories - Kort/Jenny was one of those. However, in all of those cases I could see the pairing about whom I wrote, at least at some level.

The answer to the first part of the question is a slightly hesitant 'no' insofar as I do not believe or remember ever trying to write a pairing I liked but not being able to. However, I wouldn't swear under oath it has never happened. I have started stories that have subsequently come to a halt and have been abandoned. However, I really don't think I've ever failed to write a story for a pairing I like.

I have considered writing the odd story for a pairing I like and then decided not to do so. I've maybe even run an idea through in my mind. But that's about all. If I like and see a pairing enough to really want to write them, then I do so. If I don't, I don't.

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