I imagine some of you may be looking at the subject line of this post with disbelief, especially those of you who ship Obidala. "Not LIZ!" you're saying. "Liz, the avowed Obidala shipper, has claimed Anakin/Padmé at fanfic100? How is that possible?" Particularly if you're an Obidala shipper, it must be something like discovering your grandmother is actually a spy for the other side. But let me explain. There is a logical reason, I promise you, and this does not mean I've sworn off writing Obidala forever. Really, it doesn't.
Put simply, I want to see Anakin/Padmé done right. That is why I claimed it.
What exactly do I mean by "right"? Well, when I first got into the fandom, I shipped Anakin/Padmé, and I read a lot of fanfiction. I came to realize that Anakin/Padmé fanfiction falls into two primary categories. The first category is fluffy, trite, sugary, happily ever after stuff. The dialogue tends to be just a notch below Lucas's - which requires talent - and typically consists of phrases such as, "Oh, Anakin, how I love you!" "No, Padmé, I love you more!" "No, Ani, I love you more!" Etc. This kind of fic also focuses heavily on the looks of the couple in question and has them going like bunnies.
Look, I enjoy my smut and fluff as much as the next girl. I seek it out often, and there's some fluff and smut fics I consider to be unmissable. The problem I see is that there is just so much of this in the Anakin/Padmé ship. There is not nearly enough of the second kind of fic, which is the sort that focuses on Anakin and Padmé as people. Two people who are in love, and are married, and who find the separations enforced by the Clone War nearly unendurable. The kind that deals with Anakin's emotions after Padmé's death. The kind that explores Anakin's motivations for falling in love with Padmé, and Padmé's motivations for returning his affections. Do these goals sound too weighty for fanfiction? Well, obviously they're not, because I've read fics that do this very thing, and do it admirably. There is just not enough of them.
I can still "do" Anakin/Padmé, and by most accounts I can do it quite well. (Just ask Wendy and her Anakin!pup at TM. XD) I just don't often choose to. But this is one instance where yes, I will be choosing to, and doing so from a somewhat unique perspective. I love Obi-Wan/Padmé, and I always will. It's the very definition of One True Pairing, for me. But Anakin/Padmé was my first ship, and I still feel a certain amount of attraction to it. There is also a certain challenge for me in writing a pairing that is not the one I like best. I like it, I just don't like it best.
This, therefore, is a writing challenge for me. I want to see if I can write the sort of Anakin/Padmé fics that I as a reader find enjoyable. I want to see what I can do with Anakin, as a character, because he has always been somewhat of an enigma to me. I want to stretch myself as a writer. That's what this is about.
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As with all my claims, this one will be linked in my sidebar, and the fics can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate prompt. Wish me luck! This'll be interesting, if nothing else. XD