NOTE TO MODERATORS: If this post is out of line, in any way, let me know. I will remove it immediately. But as far as I know, it's in line with the rules. First off, let's get this out of the way. No matter what kind of clever comment someone makes that you want to follow up on, whatever raunchy sense of humor you have, or connection to this sub-culture of the fandom you have; under no circumstances do I want any explicit pictures (duh) or excerpts from slash fics popping up in this thread. Let's keep it at least as clean as your average WTF@TFW episode. Welcome one and all to a series of threads intended for serious, intelligent discussion about various "big idea" topics in the Transformers franchise and fandom. Please note, things might get pretty heavy handed, so if you're not really in the mood for that, come back later, we understand. Tonight's topic comes from the fiction. More specifically, fiction created by fans. Now, we could all sit here and debate on how it's possible for giant alien robots to "do it" or even have gender, but that's for another thread. Here, we'll be talking about what to do about slash fiction. For those who don't know, slash fiction is any type of fan fiction that involves characters partaking in sexually explicit acts, intended to be erotic to the reader. Weather it is or isn't depends on the individual, and that may very well factor in to this discussion. Some will think it's great, some will think it's an abomination, some will think it's just a silly little sub-culture. So, I submit the following overarching question to the Transformers fan community: What do we do with slash fiction? Have you ever read slash fiction? If so, what was your initial reaction? (Keep answers to this one PG, OK?) Did you ever read more? Why did you go back to it? Was it for laughs? For thrills? A test of your endurance? How many times have you read slash fiction? For the writers out there: did you ever write a slash fiction? Regardless of weather it was published or not. Do you feel that writers and enjoyers of slash fiction should be destroyed? Should they get a chance to be more out in the open? Or should we just leave them to thier hijinks? And perhaps most importantly: What if younger fans were to stumble upon slash fiction? Some things to keep in mind: -Everyone who has ever written a slash fiction is a person. A fellow human being with a family, friends, and a life. These fics are not the product of some faceless smut machine or demonic creature hell-bent on torturing the "normal" fans. -I don't think it's a stretch to say that a lot of us (humans in general) who have hit puberty have certain quirks to our, let's say, romantic preferences (BTW, please don't share those). Everybody has different tastes. To be perfectly blunt, some people like leather, others like metal. The former is often joked about in popular culture, but not in the same sort of damning way the latter has. -Even the most open-minded person has to admit: any type of slash fiction dealing with subjects such as rape and torture is wrong. Just wrong. Not just on the level that these are characters from a kid's TV show, but on the level that someone, out there, somewhere, thought this sort of thing would be erotic. If anyone wants to defend this type of slash fiction, I would LOVE to hear what you have to say. And if your argument is too explicit to post here, I would be happy to PM you my eMail address. -Most likely, the general public has no idea about slash fiction. What it is or where it comes from. If slash fiction were to become general knowledge, those writers and reader out there would probably be faced with even more ridicule than already subjected to. And so, I let loose this rolling stone onto the fandom. Let us hope it doesn't pick up too much nasty moss, and let the discussion begin!