shehasamind asked: Hey! Remember when ages ago (months, really) you recommended me some SeiSub fanfiction and asked me to tell you what I thought of it once I had time? No? It's okay :P I read most of Sakura and Snow and a bit of Nukume Dori so far. I LOVED S&N... till it lost itself by the end. Tbh I think her characterization of Seishi and Subaru was nearly flawless, but she wasn't half as good at handling the other chars and the fanfic was ruined when she tried to include them. (+)
(+) I’ve only read a couple of Nukume Dori chapters, but I don’t think I’ll finish reading this. It saddens me a little, but I don’t think I like her characterization of Subaru. I guess I just don’t see his relationship with Seishirou the same way she does. I’ll probably give her other fanfics a go though. I still haven’t got to reading the Decagram Series. I guess they’ll be my next. x) Thank you very much for the recs!
(I’m merging your two emails together so I can reply to them all at once!)
Yup, I remember, don’t worry ;D
1) Now this is funny: I actually don’t like Sakura and Snow. (Sure, there are some spots I’m fine with, and the writing style is extremely professional and beautifully (beautifully) written…)
…But I dislike the overall story - for starters, I feel it was just so OOC for Seishirou to just take in Subaru from the hospital on a whim, let Subaru live with him, sleep with him that very same evening and whatnot. Even though it was explained, Seishirou just allowing this after not seeing Subaru for ages just felt…Really cracky in such a serious story to me. I also felt that the plot (whatever that was) lost itself over and over in the sexual nature of the story, and even in the…”over descriptiveness” (though the conclusion of the plot was revealed entirely in the epilogue - I’ll get to that in a moment). I (like you) also dislike the way the author wrote the other characters - I feel she didn’t have such a good grasp on them, and their inclusion felt…Out of place somewhat when the story was so intimate and personal. And as for the ending…Well, that was what really killed the story for me fully. The first part with the whole final battle I just could not for the love of me get into - it felt so out of place, messy and just completely out of tune with the rest of the story. And of course the actual ending of the story - no, just no. After all they’ve been though, all the development, suffering…Just to end it like that? Especially with Seishirou realizing the truth and having the most development? I’m fine with downer/tragic endings, but for this particular story I would have not taken that route, especially with all the detailed and rather psychological/introspective characterization and development. I absolutely despise the ending. Absolutely despise it. That was really the crowing moment of no for me.
2) I’m curious, what don’t you like about her characterization of Subaru in Nukume Dori? Not arguing or anything; just genuinely curious.
I personally like her characterization of Subaru: I feel he’s very balanced in all his characterization from his root series - I feel her writing is just an expansion and growth of his natural personality in her own setting - but that’s just me.
Anyway, I like many different types of characterization for these characters as long as they are written well. The story can be tragic, humorous, romantic, crack (yes, I like crack…lol)..Just as long as they’re written well.
3) You should read what you like, regardless of what anyone says. At the end of the day, we all have our own likes and dislikes when it comes to characterization and personal introspection of the story and its characters. I think fandom in general puts way too much pressure on fans to like things “in a certain way” and for all that talk about individuality in the fandom, people still get bashed and hated on for personal opinion. I’ve noticed this many a time in CLAMP to mention one, and the fandom fights and snooty behavior are utterly ridiculous. What makes a fandom good, is having multiple viewpoints and opinions on things - that is what makes it diverse, and a welcoming place for everyone. People can find something they like because of the diversity and inclusion of everyone’s ideas/feelings. Being a fan is not limited to a certain viewpoint, or set of “fandom rules”. Many a time, we take ourselves far too seriously over a set of beloved, but completely fictional stories and characters.
Anyway, I hope you find a story to your liking! Good luck :)