TVTropes is dangerous

Or so Chad warned me.  But now after reading pages for lots of shows, I’ve determined that (a) not only do the folks who write it see HoYay EVERYWHERE, they hate fandom (the creepy fanfic-writing kind) as much as I do.  Sometimes the writers of a show throw plenty of shipteasing at us on the HoYay side on purpose.  Most of the time, however, I think that the Tropers are just reading too much into things.

But come the hell on, when you have an already ambiguously gay character whose latent homosexuality is pretty much an open secret/running gag, you DON’T throw a bromance/falling in friendship episode at us and insert lines that are MEANT to be misinterpreted as double-entendres.  Unless you want to throw the freaky fans into a tailspin of HoYay fun.  For this, I both love and hate writers:  Love them for their creativity and desire to have fun with their show.  Hate them for taking any opportunity to sneak things under the radar and throw a bone to the fanfic-ers.  Seriously, don’t encourage them.

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  1. #1 by Chadwick on July 18, 2010 - 10:30 AM

    At least when that sort of evidence exists, it’s not wandering into the Epileptic Tree forest.

    • #2 by Joshua on July 18, 2010 - 10:49 AM

      It’s ripe for crackpots, though, as there hasn’t been much Word of God except on Continuity.

  2. #3 by Joshua on July 18, 2010 - 6:42 PM

    Okay. At least they admit that 95% of Ho Yay is in the minds of the viewer. And I notice that every damned show has a heavy dose of what they call “Ho Yay” despite the fact that they take normally innocent situations (e.g. man hugs) and turn them into evidence of a latent sexual desire. I know plenty of straight men that have done some pretty Ho Yay things and can honestly say that there is no latent homosexual desire.

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