Spring break is nigh upon me, but of course, before all good things, there must be 期中考 (midterms!) and problem sets due. In this stressful time, how am I staying amused? Reading Homin fanfics.
Homin is the pairing of Changmin and Yunho from TVXQ. Defined by UrbanDictionary, fanfiction is:
A piece of fiction within a fandom utilizing characters and situations from a pre-existing work including (but not limited to) books, television programs, films, and comic strips.
Wait, why am I reading Homin fanfics? Didn’t I swear to myself at the presumptuous age of 14 to stay away from fanfiction? That they were a waste of creative productivity?
Okay, well, I renege on my 14-year-old self. First, I find Homin TVXQ completely adorable– so much bromance, so much good music. Despite all the bromance, I don’t think they’re gay or will ever have more than a brotherly relationship with each other. I support Homin in the sense that if I could pick two people to be a couple, I would pick them, but I do not necessarily believe that they are homosexuals or attracted to each other. So, let’s read some fanfiction to assauge my distress because Changmin and Yunho will never get together.. (please insert theatrical sob here).
The second thing is, Homin fanfics are so funny that I can’t stop reading them. The situations that authors imagine them in! The Harry Potter crossovers, the strange outfits of lace, Yunho as cat, Changmin as Yunho’s teacher.. no matter how serious the story is, no matter how beautifully written the story is, I will laugh myself silly. Fans’ imaginations are really the best. Some of the plots are so intricate that the characters don’t even seem like Yunho or Changmin anymore; these characters may have their likenesses, but that’s about it. I mean, really, Changmin as a homeless boy? I think I cried tears while laughing. However, somehow I feel like my reaction while reading fanfics is not the general one; judging from the comments, most people leave starry-eyed and cling onto their OTP even more.
I’m curious, do you read fanfiction? What is your motivation behind reading it? What are your reactions?
As I read Homin fanfics, I will compile a list of good ones that are not R-rated, so everyone who visits this blog can feel comfortable reading them. (But sometimes the R-rated ones are the most hilarious.. Yunho and lace.. how could I not die of laughter on the spot? And also, this summary, “Yunho meets Changmin, a young man that could be more than just friends with him…if only he could forget Jaejoong.” That is just so LOL. Who can resist reading some of that?)