Nonny posted a thread over on Evolution about comfort fiction. I was somewhat surprised by the answers, since no-one else seemed to have the same root as I did for what made something comfort fiction.
What about you? What do you find to be comfort fiction?
Amme also posted a thread on happy endings. A few people have chimed in, and the general consensus seems to be that we want realism, but at the same time we want something happy. Sometimes realism is more important than character happiness, but we don’t want the characters to be miserable just for the sake of being miserable.
(Which actually reminds me of the unwritten rule #1 behind Buffy/Angel… the characters can’t have whatever they want… at least, not for long. The problem is, going with that approach can end up being quite depressing at times, and that’s not always appealing. There’s a line between dark and depressing, and the Buffyverse crosses that line often. It makes for some great conflict, but sometimes it just hurts too much.)