Reviews for Why I hate slash
ImmanenceEnsured chapter 1 . 5/10/2014
Thank you so much for this :) I have a lot of the same pet peeves.
KamidereQueen chapter 1 . 5/3/2014
Completely agree with you here. In my opinion, slash/femslash/yaoi/yuri/whatever just gets in the way of a good story plot.
Ghost of a Curious Cat chapter 1 . 4/22/2014
I actually share your sentiment.

The problem is a lot more aggravating when it's not simply the aimated/written characters turned gay/bi/whatever, it's the characters that are played by actual living actors (cue disturbing uncensored pictures of said characters participating in inappropriate activities here. Ewwie).

But yeah, I'm a nerd, so one day I went out to find some Linkara fanfiction on the internet (it's a guy who reviews comic books). What I found was tons and tons of slash involving Linkara's cast. Just to clarify, almost every human in Linkara's cast (and that's about 5-6 people, including Linkara himself) are played by Lewis, the actual guy who does the reviews, for the sake of convenience. Even excluding the fact that one of them is supposed to be underage and the other one, who eventually hooks up with Linkara, views him almost as a son (!), it's essentially the same guy sleeping with himself in different variations. And apparently I seem to be the only one who thinks it's pretty damn weird.

I actually read one or two stories which focused on the "non-coupled" characters interacting, and I genuinely liked them. But the slash part bothered me so much (for aforementioned reasons) that I decided to edit them out. Basically, I copied the story and rewrote (or sometimes deleted) them all, and there were several things I found out in the process.

First of all, it's amazing how deceptively lazy, even in good stories, the romance can get. And you don't even notice. Both characters are happy - let's hug and kiss while proclaiming that we love each other! The character is sad and the other one needs to console him - let's hug and kiss while proclaiming that we love each other! Both characters are sad and exhausted after a tiring event - let's hug and kiss while proclaiming that we love each other! Etc., etc., etc. Oh, and they keep crying, too, even if they never did to begin with, and calling each other sweeties and darlings, all the while pointing out how they love each other. It's amazing how much character, motivation and interaction possibilities are lost in the process, even by the authors who don't make the same mistake in the non-paired characters' interaction. Basically, when they are not talking about the other characters or someone's sad life stories, they just talk about sex all the time, and that's not how real homosexual people interact. It you try to take the slash out of these scenes, there's basically nothing left.

Secondly, characters are butchered. Yes, I've already mentioned that. But for some reason, if a male character's sexuality is changed, he suddenly turns into a pile of pink goo, unable to keep himself from bawling his eyes out on every suitable occasion. Oh, my partner is talking about his son's death and crying, so let me forget that I have shown myself to be a strong leader, capable of thinking straight and not losing it even in the wake of my best friend's death, and just start crying too while proclaiming how sorry I am - oh, and that I love him, let's not forget that. Those scenes just drive me crazy with their sappiness and with how they are just recycled over and over.

And again, when non-paired characters are interacting they are actually seem capable of expressing other emotions, even if, again, it's only the same "tragic past" thing. They can be supportive while expressing ire, guilt, helplessness, genuine interest, gratitude, shock and sympathy - and all of that without breaking into tears. Why is that? Why are slash stories so horribly stereotypical, even when they are written by authors who can do - and do - better? Why is the damned romance obscuring and smothering every damned natural emotion?

And there's the third thing that probably bothers me the most about slash and is, very likely, nothing more than my personal preference. I love team stories. They are my favorite kind of stories. I love seeing different mismatched individuals functioning as a team, going on adventures and becoming a family in a wide sense of the word, kind of like Justice League AU or the Avengers or LOTR or whatever. What slash does is break my favorite set into couples and mostly just show interactions between the two characters. I HATE that. I don't want to see just the two characters interact with each other when I came to the fandom to see the team. That's the reason I don't even like romance to begin with, though canon couples are okay when they aren't smothering everything. Sadly, it's what most slash stories are about. Not only does it screw the established relationships in the team, but it also makes the story about these new out-of-nowhere relationships that I don't care about. Again, that's only my personal preference, but it's probably the strongest one for me.

Wow, that's a long response. Sorry for ranting at you. Thanks!
Anastasia Knight chapter 1 . 4/7/2014
I agree, slash fanfiction is disrespectful to the LGBT community especially when they're written by STRAIGHT fanfic authors.
Silver Lightning Blade chapter 1 . 3/28/2014
Personally, the reason I dislike slash is that fanfiction is supposed to be wish-fulfillment and escapism. So as a straight female that identifies herself as one of the characters I don't really want to see that character turn homosexual or bisexual, simply because I'm not and that character is, well, "me". So naturally, when I see that character in a homosexual relationship my first reaction is ewww, because personally I'd never do anything like that. Sometimes it's multiple characters. So yeah, basically, one could say that slash disgusts me and I want it labelled so that I would never come across it by accident. Sue me.

That said, I'm completely okay with canon gay couples, such as Jack/Ianto, or Steve from Warehouse 13 being gay or all that stuff in Sailor Moon. As long as the character is established as gay or bisexual to begin with - fine, it's canon, gay people exist and I don't hate them. And I also don't read non-canon het pairings - at all. So maybe it has something to do with wanting canon to remain canon.

The other thing is that good slash stories mostly have to address all that gay acceptance stuff to be realistic and have at least one homophobe in the group. If it doesn't, it would be be entirely cut off from reality (like turning EVERYONE gay with no explanation whatsoever or everyone being miraculously accepting regardless of the time period), which would strain the suspension of disbelief and take away from the story. And quite frankly, the gay rights topic is everywhere and I'm sick to death of hearing about it. I get it. It's important. I don't want EVERYONE to keep talking about it and I damned sure don't need that stuff in my fanfiction escapism. It doesn't mean I'm a homophobe. I just don't want to hear about it ALL THE FREAKING TIME.
Heterosexualgirl chapter 1 . 3/21/2014
I hate it too, although I mainly hate it becase many good plots are shadowed by the slash relationship in the story. I also think it is unfair for us, people who like heterosexual pairings, because the number of stories including this kind of relationships have decreased drastically.
Worse of all is that asking for stories that don't include slash gets you in the very uncomfortable position of having to explain why you like boys being with girls, and not girls with girls or boys with boys, without someone telling you how homophobic you sound.
Has the world really become so twisted that liking heterosexual relationships is wrong?
Stepan chapter 1 . 3/3/2014
I agree with you. And as a gay man who has attempted to write, and who has been told by heterosexual women that my characters aren't "real" enough due to the fact they don't sleep with every thing they see. I have since given up on slash why bother they seem to know what it's like being gay, even more than me.
Dwm chapter 1 . 2/17/2014
I 200% agree with everything you said.

One of your reviewers, Alice, seems rather on the retarded side by the way. Not because she hates het, but everything else in her review.
Guest chapter 1 . 2/11/2014
I agree I can't stand slash! I hate the yaoi slash pairing of TonyxLoki from The Avengers/Marvel Comics.
Not to mention that Loki is always horribly OOC and I can't stand it when people pair him with someone he doesn't have a relationship with in the series canon.
Guest chapter 1 . 1/22/2014
I completely agree with every word you say. I too was accused of homophobia for exactly the same reasons. I used to really enjoy the Harry Potter fandom until it became more or less a dumping ground for every conceivable slash pairing. The Snape/Harry pairing grates on my nerves more than any of the others, as I find it disgusting and insulting to the integrity of the characters, for the simple fact that Harry was the son of Snape's lost love and his arch enemy. In book and film canon Snape stated that he loved Lily 'always'. Therefore, it's completely bizarre to even begin to take the Snape/Harry pairing seriously. Neither Snape or Harry were gay, and people do not change sexuality. For the same reason I hate it when people ship McGonagall/Dumbledore. Dumbledore was gay and therefore not likely to fall for McGonagall's charms. I hate when people say things like, ''if you read a well written fic you'll fall in love with this pairing'' or ''so and so's fic was so hot it made me ship them'' Yet those self same people attack other (usually new) authors for making the characters OOC. That's hypocritical, if you ask me, as there is no bigger out of character leap than a complete change of sexuality...
Guest chapter 1 . 10/14/2013
I really hate it when i want to read a fanfic about adventure and friendship and 9 out of 10 fics has yaoi/yuri in it. I think yaoi lovers are sexually deprived.
Guest chapter 1 . 10/6/2013
Well done
Maiwishes chapter 1 . 9/25/2013
As much as I think male/male is hot as hell, and considering I have gay friends, I fucking HATE slash too. Great points all around.

As for my own rant...These horny teenage girls will maul a character, neglect character interaction for porn and have no concept of the beauty of platonic friendship and love. They force sexual attraction where emotional intimacy must come first or substitute it for sexual attraction and call it "Romance". 98.9% of Slash is shallow and just done for the sex. The massive amounts of slash oneshots disgust me more and more every time I log into a fanfiction site. If you are going to pair x STRAIGHT male/female with y STRAIGHT male/female and still call yourself a fan, by god at least try to do the characters justice and be a quality author by making it believable. Makes me feel asexual, Im just so sick of SEX SEX and more SEX on fanfiction. We need more writers that love the characters for who they are not because they think a pairing is so hot or cute.
Inari chapter 1 . 9/17/2013
I'd been wondering if there was anyone out there with the same reasons for disliking slash - my definition is the same as yours - that I have. Well done expressing it.
Stephen chapter 1 . 8/15/2013
as a gay man I have seen this alot...I have also been atacked for voicing my concern about this writeing...they say it;s not gay but they refer to it as slash aka gay fanficion...
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