THE THINK TANK: Why do we hurt the ones we love?
There are a lot of 'hurt/comfort' stories in fanfiction. And while the
premise may be 'pooh poohed' by a lot of professionals, this premise sure can make for a great story.
While most fanfiction writers are of the female gender, using the
'hurt/comfort' premise is not because we have a 'Florence Nightingale Complex’.
When we force our hero's to get hurt/ tormented /etc. physically
or mentally, our audience will have an immediate sympathy for him/her. And when despite the problem he/she overcomes,
their true character bursts forth.
The ‘comforters’ can add a lot of interpersonal tidbits that
can really bring your characters to life. And that's what it's all about; making your story so alive that your readers can't
put it down, and when finished, say "Wow, what a story. I want a sequel."
So never let anyone tell you that 'hurt/comfort' stories aren't real
fiction. They're some of the best stories out there.