I may be following the wrong Tumblrs, here.
I am feeling blocked on writing DOFP fic, because I came away from the movie wanting to write ALL THE REUNION FIC, EVER, and I feel like all the meta I’m seeing can be summed up as “Charles can do no wrong, Erik can do no right, and Charles should never talk to Erik again.”
So if you are out there and you feel like there is room in the fandom for the Erik Is Traumatized From Being Underground fic or the The Last Half Of The Movie Didn’t Even Go That Way fic or the Erik Is Sorry And Says So And Charles Sleeps With Him fic and the Erik Needs Hugs Too fic and the Erik And Charles Get Back Together fic, say something! I really really need to know you’re out there.
(This also applies to Erik/Raven shippers, btw — if there’s room out there for the Erik And Raven In 1962-3 fic or the What Do You Mean She Was, We Were fic or the What If Erik And Charles Really Had Come To Get Her Together fic, or anything that doesn’t require Erik to be the punching bag of the fic, I really really need to know you’re out there, too.)
In the meantime, great big apologies to anybody who really can’t forgive Erik for DOFP, but I am just feeling so down about my beautiful fandom lately that I think I need to start unfollowing people. Don’t take it personally! I just need to get my fannish enthusiasm back, and I get really easily discouraged by negative posts and I just haven’t seen positive posts about Erik. And I need to move away from negativity and toward positivity, so I’m going to be going in that direction for the foreseeable future.
I can’t even say how happy I am to see this post. I’d been quite down about the fandom lately due to the attitudes on tumblr and had been considering leaving fandom as it no longer appeared to be a fandom where I would be welcomed for loving Erik as much as I love Charles. They’re both such beautifully complex characters, and I’d hate to see that dynamic ruined by a forced hero-villain dyad archetype.
"Erik Is Traumatized From Being Underground fic or the The Last Half Of The Movie Didn’t Even Go That Way fic or the Erik Is Sorry And Says So And Charles Sleeps With Him fic and the Erik Needs Hugs Too fic and the Erik And Charles Get Back Together fic" is entirely the reason I’m writing Ten Years Gone.
Okay, but I am SO DOWN FOR ALL OF THIS.
I’m hugely relieved to realize I’m not the only one who loved the movie but also wants GOOD THINGS. I have an insane amount of love for Erik, and I’ll have to agree- everything I see around here nowadays is “How dare he” and “How dare Charles ever even think of forgiving him”.
Personally, I think the general theme of the movie (ERIK NO. ERIK WHY. ERIK. BAD DECISION ERIK. ERIIIIIKKK) doesn’t mean that Erik is automatically “bad” or that his choices were “unforgivable”. From my point of view, the end was delightfully optimistic- the look he and Charles exchanged at the end, the words that clearly meant more to the two of them than to anyone on the outside. (My own personal headcanon here is that there was some telepathic conversing going on that we didn’t get to see.)
tl;dr- I LOVE ERIK AND DOFP CHANGED NOTHING ABOUT THOSE FEELINGS. ALSO, ALL THE FIC. YES PLEASE.
(I’m not great at actually getting myself to write, but I’ll see what I can do with one of those fic ideas up there. :D)