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Let's Just be Friends
Alternative-to-Slash Plots
By Tania

Most writers of Angel and Spike would agree, they just look pretty together. These two vampires are so easily slashable that it is easy to forget they have never had an openly gay relationship in canon, furtive looks and name-calling aside. Spike and Angel, as far as Whedonverse canon are considered, are straight. They enjoy sex with women.

I know, it's shocking.

Why is it then that they are two of the most frequently slashed characters on BtVS and Ats? An even better question is this: Is it necessary to slash them to make a good story? Of course not. We've all read a piece of fiction at some point or another that was so good and plot oriented we forgot to look for the sex. Maybe you want to explore this side of writing, or maybe you have never been comfortable with slash but love the characters of Spike and Angel and want to write the pairing. A good author can turn a plot bunny into a gripping tale effortlessly, for the rest of us it takes work, research and work.

It also helps to keep a few of things in mind when writing non-slash, or even completely non-sexual Spike/Angel fanfiction...

All in all the questions posed above can be pondered, and possibly answered, in slash or non-slash stories. While PWP and smut are always fun, there are so many other stories to be told, and now that Buffy has ended and Angel is on summer-hiatus writers have the whole summer to write before getting Jossed in the fall. Hopefully I have given some useful ideas and points to ponder during the interim.


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