I should have written this a week ago, but to be honest I was too angry and too hurt to put words to screen. Other people have spoken far more eloquently than I on the subject, so this is just my two penn'orth.
There has been... how to be polite... a rumpus this week, among others, on the conversion of fanfic to published fiction. I have read some self-righteous bollocks on why authors using fanfic to start their career are sub-standard, not real writers, and one of the best ones yet, "Fanfic is free, why should we have to pay for it?"
Now, dear hearts, you do talk out of your arses. I get that. You love creating drama where there is no drama. But seeing as you are so good at it....
I have been in two fandoms; in one, I wrote fanon, my fiction was based around the programme and in the other I wrote RPS, real person slash. In the former, I've realised it is impossible for me to adapt my fiction: immortal, time-travelling captain meets shy, young Welshman. Hmmm, yeah. There will be a few who recognise Captain Jack and Ianto from Torchwood, especially the Brits.
The fact is, we all write variations around the same theme.
My men are always large. I like big men... six foot plus. Some of my friends like Native American men, shifters, big man/little man etc etc. We all like different things. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki ding my hotspot (if only). So does John Barrowman, Matt Rippy, Paul Darrow, Brent Corrigan (yes, really) and the bloke up the road with the dog. Have any of them ever had Morning Report together, got off in a lake, taught elementary school, been a night porter? Who knows, who cares? Not me.
The fact is, that in my head, the men are having it away together in every conceivable situation. I'm not infringing copyright because I'm not using the universe of a TV programme. Is it icky using real men for my nefarious purposes? That's your decision. I don't care. As time has gone on, the men in my books have changed. Are they any shorter? A shade. Are they still gorgeous - absolutely.
A week on, I have calmed down. I have said my piece. Thank you.