Ah, sweet, sweet femslash. Whether you know it as “femmeslash”, “f/f slash”,”altfic”, or, our favorite, “saffic” (you clever lesbians!), the love you so devotedly offer it remains the same. Seriously though, “saffic”? Could there be a better portmanteau? Aside from “lesbrarian”, “gaydar”, “Buffyverse”, and the dreaded “hasbian”, we think not.
Now, for those of you unfamiliar (avid readers or not) with the meaning behind femslash, it’s a subcategory of fan fiction that focuses on the relationships between, usually, heterosexual female fictional characters. Think Buffy and Faith from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, or Xena and Gabrielle from “Xena: The Warrior Princess.” Generally, these relationships in femslash are romantic, and, if the mood is right, sexual in nature. Sounds like a typical date-night, doesn’t it?
Just for the record, when we say “female fictional characters”, we’re talking ALL fiction, whether that’s television, movies, books, comics, video games, etc. Basically, if it’s fictional, it’s up for grabs.
Now, for the tricky part.
The authors here at Indulgent Pen have often scoured, and trust us when we say scoured, the Internets for femme-on-femme fictional goodness. To our dismay, there seemed to be a lack of such, and this, dear friends, made us very sad. So very sad, that we then spent days drifting aimlessly in a deep and abysmal trench of hopelessness and desperation, questioning why our preference was being neglected so. It was in our mourning, however, that we found answers.
We decided it was time to take action, to take it upon ourselves to solve this conundrum and what sprang forth was nothing short of greatness.
So, sit back and enjoy, fellow femme-lovers, because we’re so bringing the “femme” back in…well, femmeslash.