And here I thought that all the high school AUs I was reading were so recognizable because the high school experience was just that universal. But now I have this hypothesis that when American fic writers try to write British secondary school AUs, they essentially end up writing what amounts to the typical Canadian high school experience (unless they really like doing research). In all fairness to Americans, when Canadian fic writers try to write British secondary school AUs, they probably also end up a lot like the typical Canadian high school experience. It actually makes a lot of sense, since the typical Canadian high school experience basically seems like American high school stripped of everything but school work, the ubiquitous teen angst and insecurity, and an extremely vague sense of social hierarchy. The blandness of your average Canadian high school makes it the perfect blank canvas.
Canadian High School: the school that isn’t like anything!
This amuses me.
(Admittedly, I really have no idea what the high school experience of Canadians from Quebec eastward is. It probably is a bit different, particularly in Quebec. And we do have a few expensive private schools with uniforms and such, but they’re very much outside the norm.)
Complete personal opinion here. YMMV. To each their own. One man’s junk is another man’s etc. etc.
There’s a fic I’ve been reading which I will not mention by name, but it’s a long fic, and the premise is that Sherlock suffers from horrible mutant migraines. And I’m not sure why, but this fic is bugging the heck out of me. I usually enjoy Hurt/Comfort as much as the next person, but this just feels really over the top. Like, let’s just exult in Sherlock’s magnificent pain for 70,000 words. And I don’t really get any enjoyable feels from that.
There are definitely kinds of hurt that, in a fictional context, can be emotionally enjoyable: a sprained wrist, a wound that needs stitching, a nasty cold that leaves the afflicted kitten-weak, even a gunshot. But this is really missing that mark for me.
I think there should be an Injury/Doctoring trope tag. That’s usually the kind of H/C I like best: “You are hurt. I will keep my shit together and patch you up. Then, once I’m sure that you’re on the mend, I will have feels about the whole situation.” The proactive brand of H/C.
Though I guess I do have a weakness for stories where John is hurt and Sherlock completely loses it – dramatizations of the whole Three Garridebs You-Hurt-My-Watson plot. But even there, it’s a sudden intense hurt accompanied by sudden, intense helplessness and emotional flailing. Then, cut to Hospital, and everything’s okay. A hurt/comfort firework, as opposed to a hurt/comfort parade.
- i should just start titling my posts with numbers