Monday, June 22, 2009

The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

I was inspired by Zeek's Supernatural post awhile back. In it, she mentions the show's reference to the wide world of slash fiction. If you're not familiar, slash fiction is fan fiction that depicts romantic or sexual relationships between characters of the same-sex. In other words, stories depicting Captain Kirk and Spock making sweet, sweet love on the bridge of the Enterprise.

Now, one of the best academic discussions I've ever seen of slash fiction happened in the Bitch magazine article "Fan/tastic Voyage." Check it out if you want a truly thoughtful exploration of the implications of slash. (Slash writers = predominantly straight women. Slash audience = mostly other women. So why the focus on male/male romantic relationships? This is what the article explores.)

While I admire the article, I do not aspire to such lofty heights of feminist analysis here. I honestly just wanted to give you the recut Top Gun trailer. If you can't view the video at the top of this post, you can always follow the link here.

I don't know about you, but I thought the recut trailer was hilarious. If nothing else, it reminded me about the importance of editing! My, my... how it shapes a story...

What did you think? Did anyone else do a spit-take with their coffee?


Angelia Sparrow said...


Kirk and Spock are very discreet. They never make love on the bridge, since that is a working area and alwasy busy. They prefer the privacy of their quarters, or better yet, shore leave.

Me, I'm a Spock/McCoy shipper. 8) (Also former listmom of the Luke_and_Han yahoo group)

But yes, editing is vital. It makes the story what it should be, instead of a loosely collected mess.

Vivi Andrews said...

Oh wow. Oh wow. That trailer is amazing. LOL. I particularly love the lingering glances in the bar scene. Beauty.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Very clever--except the fingers in the love scene were obviously female. Still, a very good effort.

Shelli Stevens said...

ha ha ha! I love it. Haven't seen that before. And you just reminded me how much I loved that movie and why I developed a thing for navy guys! LOL.