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Very old meme about Fic Warnings. - moonspinner
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Very old meme about Fic Warnings.
Spoilers: Of course, I always warn about spoilers, long after the whole world has found out that Vader is Luke’s father.

Character death: I don’t give warnings for this. Sorry. It’s one of those things that are usually in my story for shock value (not merely shock value, but yes, I do want my readers to jump a bit when I bump off Palpatine).

Slash or Het: I usually list the pairings in the story, or enough of the characters that it’s easy enough to guess the pairings.

Violence and traumatic non-sexual events: The violent stories I remember off the top of my head (Shmi’s Stories; Through A Mirror Darkly), I warned would be gory. And I usually put ‘dark’ or ‘violence’ if there’s any indiscrete bloodletting.

Rape: I’ve only ever written one story that this happens and I didn’t warn about this. Most of my readers didn’t even know this had happened until long after the event itself had occurred. I felt guilty about that at the time because I know I would want to be warned for rape, especially between those two characters. But I honestly don’t know how I would have written that without giving the whole story away.

Underage sex: I’ve never written this and I’m never likely to write this, but I would definitely warn for this.

Incest: The one incest fic I did write, I didn’t warn for. But nobody seems to have figured out that it was an incest fic either so I think that’s about fair.

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fialleril From: fialleril Date: May 27th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, what an interesting meme!

I'm a big fan of warnings, particularly for triggery stuff. The one I'm somewhat unsure about is warning for character death, because...half the time the whole point is that the death is surprising. I get why people want to be warned about it, though. So I'm torn on that one.

I may do this meme myself.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: May 28th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Before I wrote that meme, I'd never thought through my own preferences about warnings. I realized that I like to be warned about certain things but not about others.

Looking forward to reading what you come up with. :)
fialleril From: fialleril Date: May 28th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I had thought about some of the warnings, but not all. I also realized I haven't been as consistent as I might wish when it comes to warnings, but I think that's part of the growth process.

Here you go!

P.S. I love that icon!
sunlit_music From: sunlit_music Date: May 28th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting meme! :) It's interesting how some people will warn about character death, and some don't.

Rape definitely needs a warning, as rape survivors can be triggered by reminders of rape in a story.
sunlit_music From: sunlit_music Date: May 28th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I also think people need to write a warning for incest too, seeing how that can trigger traumatic memories in incest survivors. It must be so awful if someone who survived abuse of some sort unexpectedly comes across a story on a similar abuse they went through. I'm glad that you leave warnings for violence and underage sex.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: May 28th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I definitely will warn from rape if I ever wrote a fic referencing it again. And I'd definitely warn for incest as well. This might not make a lot of sense, but the fic that referenced incest (I won't call it an incest fic per se since nobody that read it picked up on the fact that the relationship in question was incestuous) was not a fic where the incest was abusive - or about abuse. It makes sense to *me* because I was writing a story in a "bubble", so to speak, not referencing any real-world implications of that kind of relationship. It also helped that the characters in questions were siblings close in age, affectionate in canon, and neither had a magical or political advantage over the other. Most importantly, it helped that I referenced the incest so vaguely, that *I* could read it without realizing the precise relationship being portrayed. ::shrugs:: If I was writing an out-and-out incest fic (a fic where incest was central to the plot and had more real-world repercussions), then I would definitely warn for it. On the other hand, I don't think I would ever write a fic of that nature.


Edited at 2010-05-28 01:35 pm (UTC)
charmisjess From: charmisjess Date: May 28th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great meme!I hadn't given my own warning systems a ton of thought, but I certainly found I had strong opinions about them. Neat! Thanks! :D
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: May 28th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome! It's nice to know that I wasn't the last person to do it. :D
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