Annihilating love and heterosexuality without women: Romance, generic difference, and queer politics in Supernatural fan fiction

Monica Flegel, Jenny Roth

Abstract


This essay examines the differing generic tropes and sexual politics evident in Supernatural slash and in J2 fan fic. We argue that while some stories within Supernatural fan fiction provide happy endings to the characters that are denied them in the show's canon, dark!fic instead focuses on the intensity and exclusivity of Sam and Dean's love, thus illuminating dangers at the heart of the one-true-love trope. We also argue that RPS written within the Supernatural fan community demonstrates greater adherence to conventional romance tropes and normative sexualities, and thus reveals important ideological constructs of heteronormativity.

Keywords


Fan fiction; Gender; J2; Real person slash; Sexuality; Slash

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2010.0133

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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