Oddly, it did not strike me as unsavory, just as not my thing. Slash for the most part leaves me cold and Sam/Dean is no exception to that rule. Even where I find the ship believable...such as with House/Wilson...or Jack/Ianto or Fledgling!Spike/Angelus...I don't really get much of a charge out of slash pairings. And sometimes, I get repulsed...and I'll tell you why...it's the submission that seems to go hand in hand with any non-vanilla pairing, as if crossing one social hurdle takes you over all of them.
Yes, we are gay...and brothers...and dress in women's clothing...and hang around in bars until someone beats us up and then we smother each other in peanut butter so we can lick it off. Come on!
The thing is I am not a fan of submission and, it seems to me, too often slash fic either goes completely out of character or turns on the idea of blood play or bondage so that one of the participants is submissive to the other. I don't mind need and hunger driving someone to their knees, but exploiting or hurting other people is a big turn off for me. And it seems there are lots of S & M overtones to the event in most slash stories I've encountered (admittedly I don't go wading through the drek, looking for the quality stuff). I am squicked by sub/dom scenarios of any sort, rather than strickly by the concept of incest or homoerotica. Incest carries with it many stomach turning taboos, of course. And it is hard for me to consider it at all entertaining, let alone provocative. But a large part of why is that incest is usually victimization, people preying on innocents and family members, who they should be supporting and nurturing.
Okay, this explanation is too long and a little disturbing, but I'm working toward a point here and it is about this fic I'm about to recommend. It is a Wincestuous fic and it's really worth reading, not only because of how well it is written, but because it put Wincest into perspective for me.
It is obviously not for anyone who has experienced incest or who can't even deal with concepts of this sort. But it is not a victimization fic. Not even slightly non-com. This fic...doesn't remove any of the squick I have to the Wincest concept, which still leaves me cringing (and/or baffled), but I will say that the worldview it takes is believable. It stays completely true to character and lets the reader see how something like Wincest might be canon. How imploding passions can get out of hand in a world of demon fighting and seclusion. I find my mind still keeps sliding away from the idea...and yet...there is no denying this fic is beautifully done.
The writer in me can't help but be awed, because this is really what fiction is all about to my way of thinking. What writing is about, communicating a completely alien concept to another person, saying, "I know this isn't your thing, but let's look at the world THIS way."
It also doesn't hurt that this author is sublime. I mean should be published, seriously gifted, sublime. And the story reads like an actual episode of Supernatural. The final fight sequence left my ears ringing with the power in it. The dialogue pops and the mystery is just pitch perfect and the prose...is like poetry. Over and over again, I found myself going, "Damn! Wish I'd written that!" So...read it if you dare...and let me know what you think.
TITLE: Watch The Weather Change
RATING: hard R
WORD COUNT: ~38,000
DISCLAIMER: I only wish the Winchesters were mine.
SUMMARY: It occurs to Dean this will become a habit, the two of them always with an eye on the weather, on the horizon in ways they aren’t used to. Instead of cop cars and exit strategies, instead of the black gaze of demons and the flying cutlery preferred by poltergeists, they’ll be on the lookout for clouds and all the odds say they won’t be struck by lightning.
NOTE: Vague Season 3. AU as it doesn't completely follow canon.