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*raises hand*

What is whump? H/C without the C? Extreme H, in great detail, and then the C?

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platypus
Aug. 29th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
From what I've seen, it's fic that devotes itself with great enthusiasm to the hurt part of hurt/comfort, generally for the sake of woobiefying the main character as much as possible. I'm not sure if really dark torture-porny fic is considered part of the genre or not.
np_complete
Aug. 29th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
I have to say, people asking for "Rose whump" recs in dw_ficsearch make me shudder. Maybe I'm over-empathizing.
unfolded73
Aug. 29th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
I don't have anything to add (I think platypus summed it up well) other than I hate that stupid term.
np_complete
Aug. 30th, 2012 09:29 am (UTC)
I have to admit that I'm not totally sure what a woobie is.
unfolded73
Aug. 30th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)
A woobie is like a bad guy with a soft mushy center. An evil or quasi-evil character who just needs the love of another character to change his evil ways. Spike from Buffy and Logan from Veronica Mars are the immediate examples that spring to mind (probably because they were woobified in show canon), but also the Master - he gets woobified in fic all the time.
np_complete
Aug. 30th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
This used to be a trope in the romances I read in the early 80s: male lead (I can't bring myself to call him the hero) is only appallingly behaved because he needs love so badly (uncaring mother, raised by the servants, etc.)

Wonder what psychological need on the part of the fantasist that represents. Reassurance that if you're just sweet and loving ENOUGH, nothing bad will happen to you?
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