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Day 2: What themes or patterns do you write?

Can I be lazy and turn this around and ask what themes/patterns people see in my writing?

Because I don't think I do anything intentionally.

I think it could depend on the pairing, though, and I might revisit the same ideas over and over. Touya/Kaho is a good example of that. I think I very rarely write them happy. There's always something overcast, maybe a little melancholy, that looming expiration date.

And I think once I said I like to take a character who has little dignity in canon and give him some, or take someone who has too much and strip it away. I like to give them more dimension than they have. I don't know if that's a theme, but I guess it could be a pattern.

I like to put the two prettiest people together. That's a pattern.

Um, what else....

OH! I know. I try to give my female characters enjoyable sex lives. That's very important to me. I hate this fandom idea that any woman who has/wants/enjoys sex is either a whore or a nymphomaniac. I want my female characters to really have that fun/romantic/intimate dimension in their relationships and have it be a perfectly healthy, normal thing. I'm tired of my fandoms having this misogynistic double standard about sex. My girls like to flirt and be physically affectionate, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. A woman should never be made to feel ashamed for wanting to be intimate with the person she loves. So the theme there is "Sex is good".

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peacewish From: peacewish Date: October 17th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whether it's a theme or a pattern (or both), I've noticed you work very hard to follow through and firmly establish a character's motivation. WIDK is the best example. You didn't take a single action for granted, but always had a careful reason for everyone to do everything. It sounds like, 'duh' the way I'm describing it, but it's a refreshing change from lazy authors who make their characters do things because 'it felt like the right thing to do' or their 'intuition told them' to do it. Blah. You never have 'just because'. Even in the guilty pleasure fic where Touya knocks up Tomoyo, you spent the entire flashback fleshing out why Tomoyo was suddenly finding Touya very attractive, and the loneliness and heartbreak that had Touya noticing Tomoyo's femininity, instead of just throwing them into bed together. I've always appreciated that maturity in your writing.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: October 17th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, and I hope I can continue to do that. I don't want my characters acting randomly. They need to behave in a way that makes sense and moves the plot along because that's how they would act, not because that's how I need them to act. If it's working, then I'm glad.
serena_b From: serena_b Date: October 17th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I enjoy that you try to give your female characters enjoyable sex lives. :)
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: October 17th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fandom is so slash-heavy, and I'm like, "Why don't the girls ever get to have fun?" So my girls have fun.
angels_archives From: angels_archives Date: October 19th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)

I agree with the last part! Sex is good~ I tend to do that too.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: October 19th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's always nice to show it as something fun and healthy and an expression of love/intimacy. Fandom seems a little too interested in dysfunction sometimes.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: October 23rd, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just remembered a manga that I liked which seems to fit your preference perfectly. Sakuranbo Syndrome.

The first 3 vol.'s scanlation can be found here:
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