23rd May 2008
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
23rd May 2008
This release was just a lot of fun to read. I kept drawing parallels to the characters in Embracing Love - even though we’re talking about models instead of AV actors.
Tadashi is a model, a successful model, but his star is beginning to fade as he’s faced with a crop of younger models. Younger models who are looking to take Tadashi’s place, that is. Now, Aki seems to be the only one in the group who sees Tadashi as a force to be reckoned with.
A night of drunken sex brings the two closer, but next morning regret push them apart until stress snaps them back together again. They finally realize that they are better together than they are apart and a real relationship blossoms.
It’s all very sweet, well done and it all makes me very happy except for the fact that we’ve all seen stories like this before. Maybe not done as well, but the whole getting drunk and fucking, then angsting is about as cliched as it comes. It’s an easy plot device - much like the undercover-prostitute fics in the Weiss Kreuz fandom or blanket fics in the Gundam Wing fandom. It’s something that has been done to death.
Don’t get me wrong, there are people out there who can do wonderful things with cliches and turn them into something special. This story was a very enjoyable read, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’ve seen it before.