Why Rumbelle Fic: An Essay in 5 Partsrepeatinglitanies asked you:
Hi! I hope i’m not bothering you. But I just wanted to ask this to all my favorite rumbelle authors. So here it is: why do you think rumbelle became popular to fanfic writers or popular enough to create new fanfic writers? I just noticed that after shipping numerous pairings, not all of them produced the same quantity or quality as compared to rumbelle fanfics.
I’m glad you asked! Here’s an essay, speaking only for myself, of course:
1. Jailhouse Rock
Short answer: Belle’s MIA a lot, so it’s not so much reading between the lines as writing a novel between the haikus.
Belle in every episode
Long answer: Someone tweeted Emilie de Ravin and asked for her favorite episodes, and she said it was either Skin Deep, or the Outsider, or Lacey— that’s funny, ‘cause those are the only Belle-centric eps we’ve had (plus the Crocodile and some scenes from the S2 premiere and finale). There’s a ton of potential for stories both in FTL and Storybrooke, but we didn’t see them because the writers locked Belle in a dungeon, the booby hatch, the hospital, and an alternate personality while they figured out just what to do with her. (At least she’s still around— poor Ruby!) So there’s just ridiculously fertile ground for writers to sow their … you know what? I’m going to go with another metaphor. There’s a lot of room for stories, is what I’m saying.
"She’s naive and impulsive and shouty, and he’s shouty and sneaky and self-loathing and manipulative and really, really likes beating people he thinks have wronged him. Seeing those two try and date is both hilarious and tragic— and interesting to write."
Yes, wonderful. There’s always something really interesting or loud going on with them, and it’s usually character-driven and contained within the couple. They have enough going on just being themselves that they can power the conflict in fanfic without outside influence. Really entertaining ship.