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August 2007

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mod post - mini challenge - MPREG

Well, chaps, I don't know about you, but the events that have been occurring on LJ over the past few days have got me a little depressed, so I thought I might propose a mini-challenge of sorts to cheer us up.

By now you've probably looked at the subject line and thought, "Oh god, what's she trying to make us do now", but before you run away screaming, I want to give you two links.

As Sharp as Sunlight by amanuensis1. NC-17. A squicky fate awaits our heroes after their defeat. Can anything be salvaged?

Before I'd read this, I'd never read an MPREG fic before. I knew what it was and half-listened to debate about it, but the mere idea made me roll my eyes. A lot of the MPREG out there is silly and really rather funny (though I don't think it's intended to be), but As Sharp as Sunlight is a whole different ballgame; it's dark and bleak, with a touch of humour here and there, and damned if I didn't cry the first (second, and third) time I read it. *nudges* Now go. Challenge your prejudices.

Paternity by Scribe. NC-17. Ron can no longer conceal his symptoms, and those concerned insist on trying to find out what's wrong.

This offering is a lot lighter than the first, but it's still very well written, and manages to do the two things every MPREG should: give you a logical, plausible reason for a male pregnancy, and make you believe it. One of my pet peeves with fic involving pregnancy (male or otherwise) is that it's rarely done with any sort of realism - it's rarely depicted as tedious or nerve-wracking, and often you get a rose-coloured-glasses scenario where the hero(ine) swans about being all glowy and saccharine. Not so here. Paternity is realistic, funny, and just so damn cute you can't help but love it.

This challenge sort of falls under the greater umbrella of the Yuck, I hate that pairing challenge, because I know MPREG is either a squick or a joke for most people, but if you can try reading those fics I just recced, then maybe you can find some inspiration writing it yourself, even just a drabble.

And hey, while we're at it, why don't we open up a discussion? Have you read MPREG before? Loved it? Hated it? Were indifferent? What are cliches that bother you? And who even thought of MPREG in the first place?