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Why Vir Deserves WAY More Sex in Fic (for astrogirl2)

Getting back to my rants and raves, astrogirl2 requested a rant on Vir and how he is underappreciated. I hope she doesn't mind that I've altered the thrust (heh) of the rant a little. *g* Without further ado:

Why Vir Deserves Way More Sex in Fic

LJ B5 fandom has blazed new trails and written numerous excellent examples of Londo!Porn. But I believe it's now time to focus our creativity on his younger, more innocent attache. Behold- a manifesto:


Vir makes porn cute.

To expand on the concept: While I certainly enjoy the tentacle porn written for Londo, an older character who has, shall we say, been around the block many times, there's something to be said for the blush of first-time-y-ness that seems to permanently surround Vir when it comes to matters of passion. Vir is a great big ball of geeky, earnest, painfully shy nerves around the fairer sex. To be honest, that deeply resonates with my own sexual innocence. When Vir blushes in my stabs at Vir!Porn, there's a little of me in there too. *g* But even if you're an old hat at the porn, you might find you enjoy embracing a character for whom sex looms so large, so daunting, and so very, very important to get right- so important that he seeks the counsel of female acquaintances and hangs on to their every uncertain word of advice.


Vir makes porn soothing.

Don't get me wrong- I love the anger and frustration and tragedy and passion of Londo!Porn too. But when you're in dire need of comfort, as I have been in recent days, Vir!Porn is the perfect remedy. Vir!Porn is like that favorite, fluffy blanket of yours that you burrow under on cold winter mornings- or a particularly good cup of tea. Vir, I believe, likes to cuddle almost as much as he likes the sex itself. He is also exceedingly gentle and giving. Like his older friend, Vir knows it's important to take one's time and to ensure that his partner is enjoying herself just as much as he is. Unlike his friend, Vir cannot recite romantic poetry in five languages while in the midst of the act, but you can be sure that whatever he does say is completely honest and always kind. Whereas Londo!Porn can carry with it a certain element of recklessness, Vir!Porn is all about safety and warmth.


Vir is a romantic hero, and romantic heroes are supposed to get sex.

Sic Transit Vir, Vir's one chance at playing the romantic lead, is such a telling episode. And one of my favorite moments speaks especially to his suitability as a romantic figure. When Vir and Lyndisty run into a Narn seeking vengeance, Vir doesn't even have to think about what to do- he tells Lyndisty to get behind him and steps up, perhaps foolishly considering his usual meekness and pacifism, to defend her honor. O. M. G. Every time I see that completely natural, completely sincere act of heroism, I just want to take him down right there in the corridor and ravish him.

Vir is a compassionate, honorable young man. He always keeps his promises and always thinks beyond himself. In fact, his selflessness is so unique- and his self esteem so damaged- that he often cheats himself. Porn should be written for the simple purpose of rewarding Vir for his elemental goodness and reminding him that he can- easily- be loved.


Ah, but see, if you set me on writing Vir Porn, I think it would inevitably result in some angsty, edgy Vir/Mariel stuff. Set not just after Galen put the whammy on her but after Vir bartered her off to Durla, to make the experience truly, horribly angsty for him, for she would come to him for comfort and he'd know every scratch on her is his fault, but then he'd also recall what she did to him first, and in the midst there would be sex going on. That's my rough idea for a Vir sex story, which is about the opposite of what you want for the darling boy, and thus I shall not write it, yes?
Wait a minute! While yes, 'tis true that I would like most of my Vir!Porn to be a cute, soothing reward, you know I also like Vir!Torture. So don't think you can get out of this so easily. ;)
But it would have a limited audience, i.e. those people who read the books, for the rest would just go "huh?"

Never mind. I'll probably write it, just not now, because I'm travelling and hence don't have the David novels to look them up for details.
I'd read it! *g* *stealthily slips carrots to the plotbunny*