Mating/Bonding in Fanfiction (7)

1 Name: JayLewis : 2009-12-20 17:06 ID:PoLtbbar

I have to ask this question because, apart from myself and two other people I know in the fanfiction universe, it seems like everyone else likes it: why is the fanon idea of biting someone's neck to bond the couple eternally so widely spread? I have a list longer than my arm of reasons why I hate this particular piece of fanon, so basically I'd like to know the following:

  1. Does anyone else agree with me that it's unnecessary?
  2. To those who love it/write it, why do you like it so much?

I have to say I especially hate it when someone writes a fic where character A accidentally bites character B and then they HAVE to fall in love... This is, in my opinion, just lazy writing.

Thoughts/comments appreciated!

2 Name: Lupa Dracolis : 2009-12-20 17:12 ID:avC4jcFO

Sad for me knowing this, but it comes from Dracula by Bram Stoker, where Drac bites a poor, unsuspecting woman, who later becomes his willing vampire slave.

3 Name: Vic Taylor : 2009-12-20 17:13 ID:6WMrZNYZ

I don't write it or anything, but I presume people use it to represent a bond because by biting someone, you're marking them as your own.

That's what I'd make of it anyway.

And I agree with the last point about "accidental" biting.

4 Name: inulover90 : 2009-12-20 19:52 ID:ZaClaiWV

it depends on what the subject is.... i did use it in my Inuyasha story. it just fits. honestly i think it probably does have to do with the whole Dracula thing like Lupa Dracolis said.
i also agree about the 'accidental' biting thing.... either they love each other and do it or they don't at all.

5 Name: Iaculus : 2009-12-21 03:04 ID:lo2t6YFj

Love as a symptom of the zombie plague? Intriguing...

6 Name: Lupa Dracolis : 2009-12-21 03:08 ID:avC4jcFO

Zombie love! Aww!

7 Name: JayLewis : 2009-12-21 05:52 ID:PoLtbbar

>>2 It makes sense to have it in a vampire fic, but I keep finding it in Inuyasha, Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragonball Z and even a form of it in Harry Potter.

I just think it shows insecurity and lack of understanding. I read things like "he poured more of his demon energy into the bite to strengthen the bond" - seriously, can't two people just love each other? Why do they need some physical imprisoning thing to bind them together? They should trust each other enough and love each other enough that they don't need that sort of thing. It gets ridiculous, because most writers then say that it only happens during sex, and that the characters in question are virgins, which in some cases is just ridiculous because they are talking about grown adults who seem like they would have no problems sleeping around.

For me, it's like a childish fantasy that the two people never love or have sex with anyone else - real life isn't like that, and whilst I know this is fanfiction, I just feel like I'm reading the story of an insecure little girl and her ideal man.

(Not the mention the practicality - a human bite delivered at such a time does a severe amount of damage and there's nothing loving about it, a super-powered being of any kind biting at such a moment would kill - seriously.)

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