The same day that I saw my first episode(s) of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ("Homefront"/"Paradise Lost" 4.10/4.11), mari4212 posted about moral universes and worldviews in fictional universes. She much prefers optimistic worldviews, which was interesting for me to read, not because it felt out of character for her (because it isn't) but because I was struck by how opposite my approach is. I'm fascinated by the grey areas. (And much though I love Star Trek: The Next Generation, the utopianness of it often frustrates me -- thanks to my dad's influence -- because it just doesn't feel realistic.)
A few weeks later, alixtii posted about trying to get into VMars, and he mentioned that Veronica wasn't Mary Sue-ish enough for him, which I found amusing because my impression is that the opposite is a more common complaint in fandoms at large (not about VMars specifically, just fandoms in general). What particularly struck me, however, was "VM seems to be nitty-gritty realistic. And I find that a real turn-off. I want to watch shows that are larger than life." On the one hand, I get frustrated with fictional people a lot because they don't communicate or whatever and part of my brain is yelling at me that I want them to be better, smarter, whatever, than "real" people. (See also the fact that I get frustrated with "real" people all the time.) This brings me to the most recent item.
Poking through my huge backlog of Fic To Read recently, I pulled up pearl_o's plea for genderfuck fic. From the comments there, I read glossing's fic Family Romance. I'm not sure I would actually rec the fic, but it was the example I'd seen most recently of a gritty difficult world in which the author kept refusing to take the easy way -- which while painful and/or frustrating for the reader, is something I really admire in a writer (especially because I know I'm often very tempted to take the easy way out in my own writing).
I don't have specific questions for the flist [nor even a pithy teaser should this be metafandom-ed], am just tossing the issue out to anyone who wants to talk.