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: From Eroica with Love - vol 1 - 15 complete according to cmx :
Zoicite☆For all I carry are murdered
jyuufish
So I finished volumes 14 and 15 of From Eroica with Love and I think that they orchestrated a rather magnificient cut-off, for the volumes to end right there really does make a whole lot of sense, though I've been reading volume 16 on mangafox, because let's face it, how can one NOT enjoy Klaus and Dorian. Of course when I was reading through it, it really led me to question, 'why is this series so epic?'. It's hard for me to really consider it from anyone's perspective but mine own.

What makes Eroica memoriable for me is that it doesn't force feed you the guy on guy. In fact it is 36 volumes of tension. You know that delicious sexual tension where you're wondering when exactly they are going to kiss (never mind do it already, as I'm pretty sure that Klaus's iron ass is still girded with the iron chastity belt.). It has very attractive men and but most importantly this series gives you 'dynamics'. Loads of it, and in a world of 'wham bam thank you sir..' that is in other manga, it's very refreshing.

Also this manga has 'story'. In a world where characters can spend pages staring into each other's eyes, in this manga there's always something going on, some coup to unravel, some fukkin' commies (yeah, un-politically correct now, but in the 70s that was what everyone called them) and the hilarity (the first volume when Dorian steals Klaus's tank, *not really a spoiler if it's in the first volume* you know that you've hit upon treasure.) Every single volume has had me weeping for the next volume and the last volume brought a tear to my eye since CMX is no longer around to distribute the series, that means that if no one picks up the liscense, then there'll simply be no more.

Eroica is not instant gratification, Klaus never comes out of the closet, and Dorian never quite gets to hit that but I think that there are tons of ficcers who actually write stuff that is fairly good, in character and who actually think about what it is they are writing. Due to the nature of Eroica in general, ficcing it is really a hard job since there's so much history you need to know, so much terminology and the characters are built in such a way that it's almost impossible for them to go in and screw each other automatically, which makes for fics that are wonderously vibrant and intricate.

I think for me the biggest payoff is/was the characters. The characters are unforgettable, when you get volumes in and you see Dorian and Klaus in action, then you realize that with characterizations and chemistry like that, sex would just be anti-climactic (though hey, imagination is a wonderful thing) and not to mention that you just learn so much about the characters slowly and surely, in little splurts.

I enjoyed my eroica ride and I sincerely hope that I can compel some of you to check out the series if indeed it sounds like something that might interest you.

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On a completely unrelated note. Genshiken. I ♥ this series.

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I'm a sucker for Klaus, german with a gun.
As much as I'm sure this pisses him off, our dear Major seems to be the attraction for the majority of Eroicafen. Personally, I was attracted to the sarcastic bickering between the two.

I never ever expected you to comment on my page,
mosellegreen linked to your post. And she always has the best links, so naturally I had to follow it. That, and I love hearing how everyone got into the fandom. There's a whole thread in the Eroicafans.org messageboard dedicated to that.

I'm a little bit honoured in fact.
Oh! Keep saying that and I'll get a swelled head. (Or make Dorian jealous, one of the two.) ;-D

Edited at 2010-08-20 12:57 pm (UTC)

Previously I had just been getting into the classics, like Osamu Tezuka's Blackjack and other period works that were created in the seventies and then I saw it, which looked to me like seventies slash, and I was like. "I wonder if this is good?" and then I got hooked. Though if Dorian hadn't stolen that tank, well that really was the 'must read more'. I adore the sarcastic bickering between the two as well, because if you think about it, they just smack of an old married couple and that is the best, not to mention it's the small hints that you get that just make their interactions meaninful. They will never say it in words, but I think that they show that they care about each other. (though who cannot like the fits that Dorian gets when the Major calls him imcompetent.)

Well the thing is that I'm a bit embarassed, because well I did reference that I thought you were intimidating in a previous post, but it's just because you and most of the fans at the schlosseberbach are really mature and just so articulate, and well the Eroica fandom is like no fandom that I've ever seen, it's very refreashing in a way but you've contributed so much to the fandom and hell I've read most of what you've contributed (I was bitten with the fic monster early on) So I am always just a little bit intimidated by people who have created so much for fandom. (another good example of this is myaru who is someone from another really loved fandom).

Ahahah, well you know Dorian shouldn't be jealous as he's probably the divine muse that inspired me to think you are awesome, since you've been so prolific in this fandom.

you and most of the fans at the schlosseberbach are really mature
Heh. I openly admit that I'm an old broad. I am the same age as Dorian, so I have a certain perspective on the time period.

I will admit because we are a small fandom the fanbase seems is a bit more discriminating. And after seeing my primary fandom overrun with squeeing fangirls who knew nothing of canon, I think this is a good thing. I thank God I had a beta reader familiar with the fandom to go over my first Eroica fic. I totally messed up the Major's characterization. (There are still a couple bits in it that make me cringe, but only because I know better now.)

and just so articulate,
I'm a just compulsive talker. Sometimes I get lucky. ;-D I thank God I had a beta reader familiar with the fandom to go over my first Eroica fic. I totally messed up the Major's characterization.

Squeeing fangirls are really the death to any fandom. I mean granted I can be pretty bad because I tend to over-enthuse over certain things, but that is usually reserved for shuufish who is in essence my partner in crime for most everything. The best thing about the Eroica fandom is the fact that they are older people, people who at least have the requisite amount of intelligence in order to follow the intensive plotlines that are the par for the course in Eroica.

It's hard to really speak up in the community because I fear making some sort of faux pas, or saying something wrong. Not to mention I have a problem going into the lion's den and shooting off my mouth (I did that much earlier in my net career)

I have a question for you.. when did you first check out Eroica? How many years have you been in the fandom approximately?

You will probably be shocked to learn that most of the members of the fandom are in their teens and 20s. It took me 2 years to find someone who was actually older than me. Every one else is about the same age as my son...or younger.

I stumbled across a Doctor Who/Eroica crossover in May 2005. By June I was contemplating my own attempt at a crossover. By the end of that month, I had completed it and was working on the sequel. I read everything could find after that and then in September 2005 mosellegreen asked if I had the scanlations.

Then when a story vanished from the net, I decided to make my own archive to preserve the stories I liked...and ended up going overboard as usual and scowering the internet for every stray Eroica story out there. People are still sending me links and stray old print stories are still popping up.

Gosh, has it really been 5 years already?

Oh, and I became the co-maintainer of castlegloria and schlosseberbach because the original founders have moved on to other things. I guess I'm the only one who asked if they could take over for them.

Feel free to post away! We were all newbies at one point. If you look back at the archive in schlosseberbach, you'll see I used to ask a lot of questions.

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