The Draw of Dubious Consent
Anybody who knows me also knows I'm all about the dubcon/capture fantasy. I love reading it -- I started writing it because I couldn't find enough available in the market to keep up with my voracious appetite (especially not the kind of dubcon I wanted to read). Hell, 2 out of my 3 titles this fall/winter are dubcon/capture fantasies. I'm on record as saying I'd write nothing else if I could get away with it.
What is it about dubcon, right? Why the fascination? It's just slave fic (and variations thereof). Slave fic's been around forever...right?
Not the way I want it and not the way I want to write it, either. One of I, Omega's beta's caught me off guard, doesn't know how deeply what was said in a stray comment impacted me (guess you know now, dude, LOL), but said that I write "intelligent" dubcon. Because my stories make readers uncomfortable. THANK GOD. I want the muddying of free will to not sit right in your belly. I want you to be outraged. I want you to be sad for my hero. And scared. I want you to work your way through my hero's emotions as he struggles with his circumstances and struggle right along with him -- with the want but also the horror that encompasses the want.
The lure of capture fantasy, dubious consent, slave fic, whatever you want to call it, is control. Who has it, who wants it, who is giving it up. Willing? Or not? In real life, I'm in charge of a six figure budget. I run a food pantry and I'm heavily involved in several other programs. I call the shots and make the decisions, every day. I make things happen and if I don't make it happen, it doesn't get done. Period. As such, NOT calling the shots or making those decisions can be soooooooooooo incredibly appealing. At the same time, horrifying. But also enthralling.
Good dubcon -- the dubcon I like to write and what I love to read -- needs to show that contradiction, the push-pull of giving up control (which can be wonderfully liberating) and being pushed to give up that control (which is about as far from liberating as you can get). That contradiction should stir your own inherent conflict and then FEED IT. Make it grow. Let it evolve until you share in the confusion, the outrage, the fear and pain of the hero, and then win you over. Just like Hero2 wins over poor Hero1. The best dubcon courts and seduces you in spite of the fear and horror. In spite of your initial gut-level FU about giving up that control. The very best dubcon makes your read EXPERIENTIAL.
That is the lure of dubcon, why I love reading it and why I adore writing it. The hero's struggle is your struggle -- Give me a chance to seduce you. I dare you.
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