Let's Sex It Up (This Post Not For Children)
With this post I'm leapfrogging my own middle-age to turn into my grandmother. I can't help it.
There are just some things I'm really having trouble understanding.
Some brief background: It's Harry Potter Read-Thru Season again, and to that end I'm, well, reading through the Harry Potter series. Yesterday I had a burning desire to see what various artists' conceptions of thestrals were, so I ventured into the world of HP fandom.
I've spent some time in this world over the years, but generally leave it alone now. I can only spend so much time contemplating the larger questions--is Snape evil? Will Harry die?--before it starts to ruin the magic of the books for me. But yesterday, in my quest for fan art I stumbled across something even more disturbing than thoughts of Harry sacrificing himself to rid the world of the last Horcrux.
HP fan fiction.
I've also read (and written) some fan fiction in this lifetime. One summer at camp I spent most of my time carrying around a blue denim three-ring binder wherein I wrote prequels for the Star Wars films. No, I could not be a bigger nerd if I tried. Yes, the story I wrote when I was TEN was better than the three most recent films. Although strangely enough my story also centered around Luke's mother. But all sex (necessary to get to the twins) was off-screen.
Not so with the latest Harry Potter fiction.
That being said, can someone please explain to me ******Skeeviness Warning*********
why people have felt the need to write stories about such uplifiting topics as Harry having sex with the corpse of his dead father? Why there is an illustration of two twin brothers in a sexual position? Why is there more than one story where Ron and Ginny (brother and sister) get it on?
What is the point? What is being accomplished--other than making me sick to my stomach? I get the need for fanfic authors--especially those who are in adolescence--to sexualise familiar characters. It's not my thing but I understand it. I can see hammering out a more detailed look at some of the popular romances in the canon. Harry's parents, Harry and the love of his life, Ginny. I can even see some of the disappointed Harry/Hermione shippers working it out off screen in their own writings. It's therapeutic and creative.
But why with the incest and necrophilia and other seriously disgusting sexual practices? What do the authors of these stories hope to accomplish? What's next? Hogwarts Bukkake? (I shouldn't say that. It's probably already out there.) Maybe I'm just too old to get it. But I prefer my Harry Potter to be the innocent PG-13 world thaat Rowling has nicely laid out for us.
I don't know why everything decent has to be twisted into nastiness.