Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Gateway Slash

I had the good fortune to mainline S2 of BBC's "Sherlock" last week. This is, IMO, one of the most overtly slashy shows being produced, and yet they don't (and expect won't) officially put the characters together. That's fine. In fact, that's grand. It's a helluva lot more fun this way, if you ask me. Anywho, I was watching with a friend whom I converted to slash-friendly years ago and a friend who has been pretty darned het-only for as long as I've known her. (She buys my books, but doesn't read them. I think it's sweet.) However, S2 Sherlock and John has, shall we say, enlightened her to the potential goodness and delight to be had by putting two male characters together. She's even considering reading some slashy Sherlock fanfic, to which I say, "Huzzah!" (One by one, I am winning my friends over to "the dark side". ;-) ) In this way, I would call the show and the characters, specifically, her gateway slash. Like a gateway drug only much, much more fun and better for you in the long term.

My question for anyone with similar friends, or anyone who has perhaps experienced such a gateway moment themselves, what would you consider a gateway show/pairing/fic/book/etc.? What got your friend, or you, into m/m?

(I'm rather hoping this means she'll finally read my books that she bought. I appreciate the support, but it's even better when the books get read.)


Unknown said...

I've always kind of been interested in gay relationships and gay characters, but my gateway into slash and fandom was Torchwood. Well, technically Doctor Who, the episode where Ianto guest-starred. My husband and I had been watching Doctor Who for a few weeks, and then saw Jack kiss Ianto on the forehead. I was so excited to see a gay relationship get screen time on mainstream tv I nearly died. I started watching Torchwood shortly after, wrote some Jack/Ianto slash, and after that there was no stopping me!

Maia Strong said...

Yay for Captain Jack! I've been rewatching the Christopher Eccelston season of Doctor Who and just saw his introduction to the universe. I think I need to go rewatch my Torchwood DVDs next. I do so love Ianto Jones. :-D

Keira Andrews said...

My gateway show was the US Queer as Folk. I'd seen the UK version and really loved it, but hadn't become a slasher just yet. But the US version, which was much more graphic, got me hooked. Brian and Justin did the trick. :D

Maia Strong said...

Good to see that the US habit of remaking British shows can upon occasion have a positive effect! ;-)

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