Hmm, I'm a little reluctant to post this. But, in the spirit of cleaning out my folders, I will.
This is something that I wrote for 2am_optimism
in... *checks date* woah! November 2005! We called it "indulgence fic" for reasons which I'm sure will be almost immediately obvious.
There were many reasons that I never did anything with it, but the main two were that it never had enough structure or interest to maintain as a revised, stand-alone story, and also that around that time, several people came out with much much better stories that followed the theme of this story. To the extend that now I would say the premise is almost one of the SG:A fandom cliches. But, like all good cliches, I suppose it's just really really nice to have something comforting to read occassionally.
So, without any pretense to originality of any kind, completely unbetaed, off the cuff, and over a year old:( The Luxury of Takeout. John/Rodney. NC-17 )
Now, some brief meta thoughts on this story and fandom as a whole.i warn you, the below is rambly and disjointed. More a splurge than proper thoughts!
A friend and I have a theory. People get into fandom from one or more of two routes:Science Fiction vs. Romance
Personally, I most defintely went the romance route. I'm a fiend for romance novels - especially of the bodice-ripper persuasion - and although I do harbour love for the main genre-crossing staples of sci fi (Star Wars, for instance) I don't have that passion for the genre that some people cherish.
Then there are the Sci Fi fans. I obviously can't talk with as much authority about their point of view, with the exception that my friend is in fandom and is a die hard sci fi nut
. She will read anything - no matter how poor the writing/characterisation etc., as long as it has a good, solid science fiction premise. For that reason she is also completely open to gen stories, or those catagorised as pre-slash, etc.
For me, that just don't kick it. She is in almost constant wonderment that I will not really love
a piece of fanfiction unless it satisfies what she laughingly terms my romantic fiction criteria. And I am equally baffled that she can read 100,000 words of angsty holding hands, or whatever, because the science fiction is good.
SG:A seems to be that rare kind of fandom that has possiblities to satisfy both these types of people. The fanfiction backs me up. We have as many sci fi/gen writers as we do AU/romance writers, and the canon itself is so malleable as to be completely at our disposal in a way that someone watching it can't help but want to mould and shape into their perfect story.
Improbable sci fi scenario complete with million-dollar special effects and gay sex? Check!
Self-indulgent, earth-bound historical porny AU? Check!
To bring this back to the story above, I think that is my main reason for the fact that all
of my SG:A fics (the public ones, at least!) are set on Earth. The romantic in me wants a Harlequin, not a Star Trek, and so turns canon into that. And I would say that this is why stories like this - indulgent earth-fics - are so popular in a fandom whose canon is, after all, science fiction!