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26 March 2014 @ 11:44 am
HP Cross-Gen Fest?  
So...I was making a list of all of my favorite pairings, as you do, and realized that significant chuck of them are cross-gen pairings. Which got me thinking about all the fests I follow and the fact that I can think of a single active fest for all-pairing Cross-Gen fic. I know there is hp_darkages, for angsty cross-gen, but I'm not a huge angst reader, and while I definitely enjoy in on occasion, a whole fest of angst overwhelms me. There are also a few pairing-specific cross-gen fests, like the Snarry-a-Thon at snape_potter and hds_beltane, but I was thinking on a broader scale. I know there was hp_cross_fest, but I don't think that has run in 4-5 years....

Anyways, am I missing a fest? Or is fandom just not as interested in cross-gen as I am? I'm curious about people's opinions/stance etc. and since I have been dying to use LJ's poll feature, I figured this would be a good chance!

Poll #1962189 Cross-Gen Fic Poll

Do you enjoy reading cross-gen fics?

Yes
10(58.8%)
No
1(5.9%)
Only one or two specific pairings
6(35.3%)
Other, explain in comments
0(0.0%)

What type of cross-gen do you prefer to read?

Maurader Era/Trio Era
6(25.0%)
Trio Era/Next Gen
11(45.8%)
Maurader Era/Next Gen
2(8.3%)
ALL THE CROSS-GEN
4(16.7%)
Other, explain in comments
1(4.2%)

Would you be interested in a cross-gen fest?

Yes, as a participant
9(37.5%)
Yes, as a reader/commenter
14(58.3%)
No
1(4.2%)
Other, explain in comments
0(0.0%)
 
 
 
traintracks: charlie/teddy by notearchivertraintracks on March 26th, 2014 06:51 pm (UTC)
Big ol' YES from me!
Amoretteamorette on March 26th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
Your icon is making me want this fest to happen so bad xD
traintracks: Teddy Minetraintracks on March 26th, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
Heh. :-9
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 26th, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
haha I figured! And such an appropriate icon! ;)
traintrackstraintracks on March 26th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
IKR? ;-) :-)

Yeah, me saying I'd want to do a cross-gen fest is really rather redundant. I should just stand there saying nothing. LOL.
Amoretteamorette on March 26th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
You should totally do it:) There were other cross-gen fests in the past that I think have died out. When I'm not at work I can look some up for you. But I think it's awesome when new people get involved and start a new wave of excitement over pairings/themed fests.

If you ever need any mod-type consulting or help, PM me, I'd be more than happy to help.

You know, im not big on heavy angst either. Its more the potential for noncon im personally excited for at darkages. Thats my thing;)

Edited at 2014-03-26 07:46 pm (UTC)
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 26th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
Haha if I decide to try and do something I will definitely take you up on your offer! I always see you starting up new comms and fests and whatnot! :) I would really love to try and start something, but I've never done any modding, so I'm a bit nervous about starting something solo.
Amoretteamorette on March 26th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
Hee, yeah it's because I'm crazy and impulsive. I'm like IDEA! IM DOING IT! NOW! :D

I wouldn't ask to comod (I have to much stuff as it is) but I could like GIVE you all the tools I've come up with over time. And then even if you don't get a comod, it will be fine anyways:) It's only overwhelming the first time ♥

Edited at 2014-03-26 08:03 pm (UTC)
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 26th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
Haha yes! I will definitely need ALL THE TOOLS if I decide to try a work something out here. :)

I'm actually pretty good with things like this and organizing and working under pressure, but I am such a perfectionist, that I would probably let it eat up all of my time, but, there are worst things to get obsessed over I suppose ;)
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on March 26th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
YES! Bring all the cross gen! It's my favourite reading aside Harry/Draco and there's just not enough.
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 26th, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
Agreed! Harry/Draco will always be my baby but after them I love pretty much all the cross-gen! :)
inglevine on March 26th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
I am in favour of all the cross-gen and another fest would be great, as long as angst was allowed along with the fluffier things. :)
Amoretteamorette on March 26th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah I agree. Ours is dark and angst, so a crossfest for fluff would be cool w me:)
inglevine on March 26th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
Lol, I actually said the opposite. A cross-gen fest for only fluff would bore me to tears and the thing that attracts me to cross-gen is the tension and problems intergenerational relationships bring up. A fluff-only cross-gen fest would be full of the kinds of fics that make me uncomfortable as to whether or not the writer really believes that a thirty-five-year-old and a seventeen-year-old could have an equal and healthy relationship. :|

I'd love another general cross-gen fest that allowed everything.

ETA: Okay, Amorette says my comment makes it sound like I'm okay with running a fest that excludes fluff, but not okay with one that excludes angst. So I'll clarify--fluff is the default in fandom, imo. You don't have to search for fluff. It's everywhere. So a general cross-gen fest would automatically include loads of fluff, no question. I don't think fandom needs encouragement to write more fluff, but it does to write angsty darkfic. That's my perception.

But, whatever, I'm not going to explode and die if a smooch cross gen fest occurs.

Edited at 2014-03-26 07:50 pm (UTC)
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 26th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I am definitely wanting one for al the options of cross-gen! I would want there to be both fluff and angst options because I really enjoy both. I agree that Cross-gen pairings don't read as true to me if they completely gloss over the inevitable issues that come with such a big age disparity.
inglevine on March 26th, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
♥ ♥
Keeper of the Cocks: SDK_Glassestorino10154 on March 26th, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
Butting in because I can't contain myself but what issues are "inevitable"? I think this is why I get agitated with assumptions about cross gen because it assumes there are problems when I think it's just as likely two people the same age could be on different pages. Physical age and level of maturity aren't always in sync either.

Also, if you do decide to mod, I too, would be glad to offer advice/suggestions if you're interested.
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 26th, 2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
When I say "issues" I definitely don't think it means insurmountable ones, or even ones that are that much worse or more difficult than issues a couple from the same generation would face.

In any relationship, there are always differences etc, and that tension is something I enjoy reading about. In cross gen relationships, you tend to get a different set of issues that I think is interesting to explore. Because even if emotionally/physically/maturity-wise the couple is on the same page(which I do think is perhaps slightly less likely in cross-gen, but not mandatory tension), then you can deal with external pressures. My favorite things in cross gen fics is usually not any issue within the couple via compatibility, but how they handle friends/family/society etc. reactions to them being together. The tension that arises from that I think is really interesting, and while I definitely think support from friends/family is totally possible and even probable eventually, I do believe that it's likely that there will be people in the couple's life that disapprove in someway.

Sorry, that was super long, but I definitely believe that cross gen couples can be just as successful as pairings from the same generation, there is just a different set of issues that I think carry more weight in cross-gen fics. (I'm less interested in reading about why Draco feels guilty about being with Harry the hero then why Sirius feels guilty about being with Harry, his god-son.

And I definitely would be interested in all the advice I can get! :)

Keeper of the Cocks: Equustorino10154 on March 26th, 2014 11:50 pm (UTC)
I hope I didn't come across as hostile, because that wasn't my intention. When I earlier said I didn't see it as a kink, I think this is what I was getting at. I don't seek out the problematic aspect of it. And I had a big long tl;dr reply but that's not really necessary. LOL

Anyway, if you ever need anything, feel free to poke me.
digthewriter: scarstardigthewriter on March 27th, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
Physical age and level of maturity aren't always in sync either.



THIS
Amoretteamorette on March 26th, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
:) ♥
Keeper of the Cocks: Voyeurtorino10154 on March 26th, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
TL;DR and you didn't really ask this but for me cross gen isn't a kink, it's just more pairings. So while I'd like to see something like hp_cross_fest again I'm also perfectly happy just seeing that sort of pairing in any fest.
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 26th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
I definitely agree that i don't really view it as a kink personally. I always leave cross-gen prompts for all-pairing fests and love reading them basically all of the time :)
Josephine Stonejosephinestone on March 26th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
Okay, my answers make me seem confused, so I feel I must explain.

I'm not really into cross-gen, and none of my favourite pairings are cross-gen. But if I was to read it, I think Trio/Next Gen would be what would interest me the most, because I don't have too many head canons for the Next Gen, as I already do for Maurader's Era. I like Teddy/Victorie and Albus Severus/Scorpius, but outside that every other Next Gen character is open.

Also, as a side pairing to Harry/Draco I like Harry/Scorpius and Draco/Albus Severus. And because of my James/Sirius head canon, I can see an unhealthy Harry/Sirius. I still don't really seek it out to read it.

Writing is completely different though. If I see a prompt that I like with a pairing I think I can make the story make sense with, then I'll write it. Especially if it is for rare characters that I have no specific head canon for.
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 26th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that totally makes sense! It can be hard to multi-ship once you get a solid head-canon in place for certain characters!

And I totally love a messed up Sirius/Harry with all the misplaced James feelings!
digthewriter: scarstar_artdigthewriter on March 26th, 2014 10:12 pm (UTC)
I believe in Harry/Sirius fluff. Lol.
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 26th, 2014 10:22 pm (UTC)
I know :) I love seeing all of your happy Sirius/Harry prompts for fests!! I definitely like them happy as well, god knows they deserve it!
digthewriter: scarstardigthewriter on March 27th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
I love any story where Harry/Sirius have (consensual) sex... LOL
Josephine Stonejosephinestone on March 26th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
LOL. I know you do. I just have problems letting go of my pairings.
digthewriter: scarstardigthewriter on March 27th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
<3
digthewriter: DRACO_GIFdigthewriter on March 27th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)
I would love a fluffy cross gen fic like: Remus/Draco where Draco gets turned into a werewolf and Remus goes from teacher to lover.

SIGH.

<3
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 27th, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
Agree! I have been ALL about that pairing lately! IDK if you have read, The Fields of St. Herve, but that one has a good teacher to lover type deal. Not the fluffiest of fluffy, but their relationship is pretty angst free :)
digthewriter: scarstardigthewriter on March 27th, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh the link isn't working!
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 27th, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
Oh no, it was removed! Why is that happening everywhere! Here's another one!
digthewriter: scarstardigthewriter on March 27th, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
......but I found a link for the story here: http://www.tasteofpoison.inkubation.net/viewstory.php?sid=11
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 27th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
lol, yup that's the one i found too! :) now to update my Cross-Gen recs list page with it!
digthewriter: scarstardigthewriter on March 27th, 2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
Awesome, I am looking fwd to reading it.
Kittykitty_fic on March 28th, 2014 07:45 am (UTC)
LOVE LOVE LOVE Crossgen! If you need any help let me know! <3
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 28th, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
I will definitely let you know! I'm sure I'll need lots of help once I get going! :)