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10 February 2010 @ 11:08 am
Fic Reader Question: on pairings, particularly OFC/OMC  
I know I haven't posted fic updates or actual fic in a long time.

I *am* working on various things, but since I have so many incomplete multi-part pieces out there already with no sign of completion - I'm no longer posting anything until it's complete. I have several things in the works, unfortunately, real-life prevents me from spending as much time writing as I'd like to, whether it be fanfic or original stuff.

Anyway, here's a question for the fic readers on my flist.

If a fic begins with Character A with a OFC/OMC before getting together with Character B - how much of the OC 'ship is too much? I mean, if it's revealed that Character A & B will ultimately be together do you mind reading about the life Character A and the OC have before Character B comes into the picture? Is it okay if OC is a good person, knowing they're going to get bailed on eventually?

Or are you okay with Character A/OC so long as you get the resolution you are reading the fic to get to (presumably Character A/Character B)?

Any thoughts? Comments? I'd love to hear them!
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Invalid Username: [TBC] John/Brian | What're we having?tailoredshirt on February 10th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
I like Character A/OC if it adds depth to the A/B pairing that I'm reading for. I like to see their life together, especially if it sets the scene and shows where Character A is in his/her life before B comes into the picture (physically or metaphorically). I think A/OC interaction is good if it serves its purpose, like to show how the OC is different/similar to B, how their relationship is dissatisfying compared to A/B, what A wants out of life, etc. If you're writing an A/B pairing fic, I think it's good to have just enough A/OC stuff to get to the A/B resolution. As long as the focus is on Character A and not the OC, then I think it's usually fine.

Also, I usually dislike one-dimensional OCs and prefer that they're not complete jerks, unless it's essential to the plot and not just to make it easier to get A and B together. If OC is too much of a jerk, it feels predictable. I find the situation more realistic and interesting if OC is not a cookie cutter villain, but someone who will be genuinely affected if A falls in love with B.

I feel like that was a big rambling mess, but hopefully you understand what I'm trying to say!
apckrfan: unashamedly a hopeless fangirl!apckrfan on February 10th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Not a rambling mess at all. I appreciate your taking the time to comment. I've worked with OC's before, but never to the level I'm planning to in this fic I've been working on lately.

And it got me wondering if maybe I was stressing too much in flushing out the details of A/OC.