Why are you so boring?
Seriously, now. I'm replaying the game for the umpteenth time, not because it's an incredibly moving storyline or has particularly gorgeous art, but because I am not going to give up until I get 100% in one playthrough, gods all dammit! So, it's not like I'm particularly invested here. (In the Icon Measurement of emotional investment, I have 2.5 FFX icons, 4 FFXII icons, and 0 FFX-2 icons. This is not a fandom about which I talk much.)
But! I play through this game, and there are so many hooks to hang fanfic on! Partly because the canon itself is not for me sacrosanct, partly because of the episodic nature of the game, but whyever it happened, the fact is that FFX-2 is simply full of plotbunnies!
And yet, I am not in FFX-2 fandom writing any of these. You know why? Because I skim through the entries on ff_press
, and say to myself, "Oh, look, more Rikku/Gippal. Blah." Not that I object to this pairing per se, except I'm leery of any pairing, especially het, that has so much of the fic in the fandom. The odds of fail are high. And I fumble through the FF.Net section, and say to myself, "OOC, OOC, HSAU, OOC HSAU, OOC, OOC, OOC, WTF?" It's like a bizarre game of duck-duck-goose, one of those rounds where the person picking walks around the circle at least five times.
If I sidle into this fandom, I don't actually want to write the stuff that shows up either of these places. Except the Crimson Squad fic, but I'm more inclined to go the pure-gen or ship-according-to-taste route with that. Because that's what I like. And it's hard for me to want to get into this fandom at all, when I have a sneaking suspicion that no one would read the stuff I want to write.( This stuff, I mean--spoilers, duh )
But really, this all boils down to: there are more than seven characters in the game, guys! Really! Tidus, Yuna, Rikku, Paine, Nooj, Baralai, and Gippal are just fine, but they're not the only people around!
And really, I would settle for them being written in character and occasionally in gen: Tidus being culture-shocked, Yuna being sweet and giving up until the point where she's as unyielding as diamond, Rikku being chipper but smart, Paine being the level-headed one she is in canon and snarking at her boys, Nooj being suicidal but incredibly bad at it, Baralai being the smooth-faced manipulator and politician he is, Gippal being actually smart enough and good enough at getting things done to still be the leader of the Machine Faction. And maybe sometimes hanging out without being fraught with UST. So many possibilities! Why are none of them being written?
Because the fandom gods hate you, Cygna. That's why.