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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: 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.)

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