Question of the Week: January 9th, 2017.

If you had to pitch an idea for an ace tv show what would it be?

I had a dream that there was a reality-tv doco style thing on free  to air tv, and so all the shitty talk back radio stations were talking about it and so I was torn between ‘yay ace rep’ and ‘this is gonna be so so bad’.

My answer to this is actually really boring.  I just want to see a normal friendship group based comedy/drama, with a normal ace character being normal.  I want to see the way their aceness comes into the story because it’s a normal part of their lives.  I want it to cause drama because it *does* affect our lives, and everything on these shows creates drama, but I want to see it have happy endings, and be no more problematic than the drama and stupid choices of everyone else in the show.   

How about you?  Do you want to see boring aces being being boring like me?  Or do you want more aces in space? Or aces solve crime?  Or something else I haven’t even thought of.

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Astarlia is proud of herself for only having volunteered for..... okay if you have to stop and count it's probably too many things isn't it? She is passionate about nerd culture, disability and mental health, alternative relationships, sexuality, and young adult fiction.
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14 Responses to Question of the Week: January 9th, 2017.

  1. Rivers says:

    In general, I would like to see more aces in the media and in fiction EVERYWHERE. And I do think there would be a lot of “boring” aces (and that’s a good thing), but even in genres like fantasy and Si-Fi you can still have ace whose aceness comes out as being part of their normal lives (whatever normal happens to be for said character/s). I really liked how the last paragraph put things (the one before the question prompts).

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I’d like to see a show focused specifically on a large group of ace people like Queer as Folk or The L Word (only not… like that. in terms of the awful writing and bad rep that the latter show ended up perpetuating). Basically an Ace Ensemble. But unlike QAF/LW, I’d like to see it have multiple settings, not just focused on one specific city with some offshoots occasionally. I want it to show the interconnected nature of the ace community online, so that characters who don’t live in whatever place the show would pick as the main central offline hub space would be integrated into the story and have their daily lives represented well too.

    If it’s just a small group of ace friends I’d be interested in that too, but probably relate to it a lot less because it would only represent a few aces in one particular kind of place. I have a seriously hard time relating to most “college friends living together in a big city” type shows because my life never looked anything like them, so I would want it to avoid sticking to that kind of narrative. I think it’s important to show that aces who are completely isolated from any type of offline community exist too.

    • astarlia says:

      oh wow that would be super cool! Kind of like Sense8 in that having them set in different places you could tell so many different kinds of stories 🙂

      • luvtheheaven says:

        Heroes on NBC (and later Heroes Reborn) also was a pretty good example of a show having a bunch of characters with something in common who are different ages and from different countries (and different parts of the USA). It definitely is possible to follow the lives of characters who are “all over” in a number of ways on a tv show. I love the thought too.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Yes! I love how Sense8 integrated the stories. Actually, that gives me some ideas about how you could maybe do that with future technologies instead of psychic powers. I may have to write something like that now!

  3. astarlia says:

    Oops. Sorry for the glitchy posting there folks ❤

  4. Blue Ice-Tea says:

    😉 I’d pitch a show about a pair of federal agents who investigate paranormal phenomena. Both are ace-spectrum, but they express their aceness in such different ways that neither of them realises it. He’s a porn-freak who over-compensates for the lack of actual sex in his life by flirting a lot and making frequent innuendos. She’s a Catholic and army brat who mistakes her own lack of interest in sex for social conservativism. Both try and fail to form conventional romantic relationships with other people while gradually working their way into a queerplatonic partnership with each other. They’re never explicitly identified as ace (Did I mention the show is set in the ’90s?). Instead, the viewer must spend years watching two very attractive people living celibate lives and sharing an extremely close friendship without ever expressing the need for more sex. Eventually, the more perceptive viewers will hopefully go, “Hey, wait a minute, there’s something weird about these guys! They’re… not like normal people, are they?” Within the series, however, neither their celibacy nor their friendship will attract much comment. I see them living in a kind of ace-friendly Utopia where people can live asexual lifestyles and be in queerplatonic relationships without everyone questioning, criticising, or making fun of them.

    I would not have them snog, shag, or make a baby together, and I’d film 100% of it in Vancouver, B.C.!

    (Sorry! I recently started re-watching The X-Files, and it’s hard not to be nostalgic for what once (almost) was!)

  5. Blue Ice-Tea says:

    “How I Met Your Asexual Mother”

    An asexual man goes through a series of dating relationships in search of the perfect life partner. In so doing, he deals with many of the common problems aces face when dating. Sometimes he dates sexual people and his asexuality becomes an issue; sometimes he dates ace-spec people whose brand of aceness is different from his; and sometimes the other person shares his brand of asexuality but is incompatible for completely different reasons. Meanwhile, his most enduring relationships end up being his platonic ones with his allosexual friends – including one woman he firmly believes is his soul mate but who refuses to date anyone who doesn’t want sex.

  6. Blue Ice-Tea says:

    “Fifty Shades of Gray”

    A young student is doing a research project on BDSM and meets a man with a big kink fetish but difficulty finding partners to share it with. When she asks him why, he explains that he is asexual, and that it’s hard to find people who want to do BDSM without incorporating sex. Intrigued, she agrees to become his partner in what at first seems like a totally platonic and academically-motivated exploration of various bondage practices. As the characters spend more time together, however, their feelings become increasingly personal. The student is dismayed to find that the relationship brings her in for criticism by others and also that it creates conflict with potential romantic partners. She also finds that, in spite of her own prejudices, she is coming to enjoy the asexual bondage play more than expected. Drama, drama, drama.

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