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Question about pairing

October 26th, 2007 (06:34 pm)

I know, I KNOW; I have been writing smut for about a... oh, I don't know, at least a year. And have been reading it even longer.

I have been wondering about this for a while (forever, maybe?):

is there a difference between, let's say, Jared/Colin, and Colin/Jared (well, duh, you can pick any pairing... Peter/Nathan, Nathan/Peter). Is there a rule, like, that the one who tops in the story should have his name there first? :P

I know, this is silly, and pointless, but if there is a rule of some sort, I think it's high time I learn about it. I usually write it in alphabetical order, or how it sounds best.

Thank you in advance ^^


Posted by: misguided_faith (misguided_faith)
Posted at: October 26th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)

My general rule is that the one who "starts" the whole thing goes first. So, if Jared comes onto Colin, it'd be Jared/Colin, and vice versa. But that could just be the way I do it...not sure.

If there's a hard and fast, set-in-stone rule, I don't even know it, so you're not alone there. ;)

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: October 26th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)

Hmm... lol, ok :P

Maybe this should be made into a poll instead XD Who uses which way to determine their pairings and the order they're put in...

But thanks, anyway! *hugs*

Posted by: Blakeley B. (ojaganshi)
Posted at: October 26th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
jared leto [peeking glasses]

I've always viewed it as the way you brought up before. Whoever tops is the dominant one and comes first. I don't think it really matters much though.

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: October 26th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)

Ok. (how smart of me in that case)

I tend to forget the whole top/bottom thing when I write the "stats" for the story... so, in my case, you can't judge the story by that(maybe I'll should add that into the warnings XP) Random pairings on the loose.

Posted by: Myr (myr_juhl)
Posted at: October 26th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)

I present my main character first, which usually is Jared. Then I list in my characters in order of importance right after him. I never arrange them after who tops or not because a top is not necessarily dominating. A 'bottom' can top while riding his otherwise 'topping' partner and definitely him in that position... you know *s*

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: October 26th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)

Lol, yes, I know XD Tops are the ones who run the game. Otherwise it is somehow done wrong. (Read the manuals, boys! *chackles*)

I am a good little author and list characters too, these days (as you've noticed, possibly). But sometimes people still want to see the pairing of the story (and in some communities you have to include it in the post, if there's one in the story).

But oh well, seems like there's no actual rule about anything, so I won't bother my head with it any more than I already have :D

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: October 26th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)

I'm most definitely thinking of too many things at once (and LJ sucks because you can't edit your comments... *glare*)

I was meaning to say that bottoms run the game, not tops... geesh... *tries to find a desk that would fit her head*

Posted by: prfctdaze (prfctdaze)
Posted at: October 27th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
slut by sigelfire

My pairings always start with Jared/???

He is my main focus and that is why he is listed first. It doesn't matter if he bottoms or tops (although for the most part, Jared usually bottoms in my stories - that's where I like him LOL).

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: October 27th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)

Oh, YES: I like him on the bottom of things, too XD

Posted by: mlady_rebecca (mlady_rebecca)
Posted at: October 27th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
kushiel -- love as thou wilt -- steel_la

I don't know that there is a common rule. In the abstract, I guess I'd put the character whose point of view it is, or who is focused on, first.

Then again, I think most pairings are usually listed one way or the other. Like by habit or informal consensus we've just decided the pairing is listed a given way. It's usually Jared/Colin, Jared/Shannon, Jared/Matt, Shannon/Tomo (or Shomo as some fans have dubbed them), ... (looks at your side pictures) ... Alexander/Hephaistion, Brian/Justin, ....

Isn't that strange in my head it's always Jared/Colin, but it's always Alexander/Hephaistion? In the case of A/H, it's the fact that historically it's Alexander's story. I think with J/C, it's the fact that I focus on Jared more than Colin.

*snort* In the end, I think do whatever you like.

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: October 28th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)


I have also come into a conclusion that it just doesn't matter :P

But that's right: Jared comes first, and so does Alexander. Hmm.. Interesting. :P

(But I was kind of aware that it didn't really matter. Slash genre has like no rules at all, anyway XP but of course you could stretch this to het stuff too... oh boy.)

Posted by: black_misty (black_misty)
Posted at: October 29th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
just woken up

Interesting question, 'doll' (now I'm dead for sure).
Well, funny thing is that me and my friends had a discussion about this some time ago. NOT about fics, and who's first in the pairing. Just: 'if you mention two or three people, why do you always call them in a certain order ?' One came up saying that you usually will name them alphabetically (first letter of the name). Which I found out to be rather true. BUT there is also the issue of making it sound like a rythm, meaning that one syllable names will be first. So in the case of Jared/Colin THAT does not work. Nor Shannon/Jared. Matt/Jared, that would do.
For me, I do not think the first one mentioned is automatically 'top' or 'main focus'. I do not base my choice of reading stories on that.
Probably not making any sense here. Too tired to even breath.
Just write, Del. I wanna know the end *already crying* of TA, and don't you forget to work on MoH !!!
Sleep tight ! I hope I will ... for once.
Love and hug. Misty.

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: October 29th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)

Haa, I know what you meant (because I probably went over each of those possibilities in my own head :P)

And TA... well, I am working on it. Maybe, if I'm very, very, really, and extremely lucky, I get it finishished this week. No promises, though!

And MoH, like I've probably said, is "over" for now - even if I know there's one more part to come ;)

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