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Author has written 42 stories for Naruto, Millennium Trilogy, Pokémon, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Twilight.
Likes: Exchanging information. Obtaining gratification through the senses. Moving towards self actualization.
Writes: Nonsense conjured up at 4 AM after eight cups of coffee, run-on sentences.
Accounts: DeviantArt - Purewaterlily; Quizilla - Cokefloaty15; Youtube – Cokefloaty15
Hi. I am Lily.
I like to engage in Philosophy, Mathematics, and Art History. I study the science of human choice.
I debate for fun. I love to be disagreeable and play devil's advocate.
I write by the seat of my pants. Not knowing what will happen makes it exciting. But if I mentally figured out the plot, I lose motivation to write it.
99 percent of what I write is bullshit. 0.9 percent is legitimate bullshit. The remaining 0.1 is a lie.
I enjoy manipulating emotions. The emotion a reader should feel, I believe, is defined by the genre. A successful comedy should make them laugh, a tragedy should make them regret, a romance should make them blush, an angst should make them hurt. Likewise, a successful porn should arouse and make them cross their legs in public.
I got involved in fanfiction around 2006.
My obsession with Itachi grew slowly. I did not even know I liked his character until I started looking into ItaOC, and eventually ItaSaku in 2008. Of the time, I was still annoyed by homosexual pairings, especially Uchihacest. After the reveal played to my martyr fetish, my love for his character skyrocketed. I preferred ItaSaku until I read Blinding the Crow. SasuIta remained my OTP since.
I have a crush on Sakura. And her father. And Orochimaru.
1. Sasuke/Itachi. OTP.
2. Naruto/Sakura. I come out of the closet. I ship them. Hard.
3. Ino/Sakura. You start seeing a pattern involving friendship...
4. Sasuke/Naruto. Of an integrated life path with rivalry tension thrown in...
5. Hashirama/Madara. Preferably unrequited or tragic...
6. Jiraiya/Tsunade. And concludes with lifetime devotion...
7. Neji/Hinata. Bonus if one dies for the sake of the other.
8. Anko/Yamato. And then there's crack like this.
9. Hanabi/Konohamaru. And this.
10. Kizashi/Mebuki. Win.
Besides the crack, my fuel for romance lies in history. Passion comes second. Dynamism comes third.
Teenage attraction and crushes are fun to read about. But I'm far more interested in what happens when the person you love most, the person most precious to you, is not the person you are physically intimate with, not the person you announce to the world is yours, not the person you live with until you die. I'm interested in why that is, and what that tells us about human nature, love, romance, and sex.
More Itachi Rants
I had no idea so many people liked my rants until after I removed them. Maybe I'll rewrite them sometime in the future?
And yes, I am an editor of the Itachi's wikia page. It was highly gratifying to see a lot of past misconceptions corrected in forums and fanfiction after I updated the pages.
For 2014, I'd like to talk about two new topics that have been on my mind for a while: his lover and his sexuality.
So far, the fandom is divided, but the most prevalent groups are:
1. ItaOC fans: Itachi had an unrevealed girlfriend.
2. ItaShi fans: Shisui was his lover.
3. Troll fans: Itachi had a concubine; Tobi flat-out lied; the lover was a male OC; Itachi loved his clone; Itachi screwed a whore, etc. Although many theories are interesting and possible, I will skip this one.
I want to approach the ItaOC vs. ItaShi debate from two perspectives: Doylist and Watsonian.
Doylist: Itachi is a creation of a mangaka, further supplemented by editors and animators.
From a Doylist perspective, ItaOC seems to win out ItaShi.
1. Naruto is a shonen manga marketed to young boys. Kishimoto can tease shippers, but ultimately does not have the economic incentive to pull out taboo cards by making a character openly gay.
2. In Kishimoto's twitter interview, he stated he thought a lover was possible because Itachi seemed to be the type to be popular amongst girls. This is echoes an OVA that also joked that Itachi must be popular amongst girls, to highlight his similarity to Sasuke.
3. The animation studio censors male homosexuality, and even more harshly in the English studios.
4. The animation studio has provided filler female love interests to male characters, ie. Gaara and Utakata.
Watsonian: Itachi is an individual in a ninja world.
From the Watsonian perspective, there is little evidence to make a strong conclusion, and can be argued either way.
In favor of ItaOC:
1. Tobi listed friend first, then lover. He separated these two categories. Note that friend is singular in many translations.
2. Itachi said he loved Shisui like an older brother.
3. A romantic relationship with Shisui must be in secret, but Tobi knew. This implies two elite spies got caught in an unmistakeably intimate manner.
4. Arranged marriages are common in traditional noble families. It is notable that Mikoto gave birth to her first son very young, around the age of 22.
In favor of ItaShi:
1. The Japanese word for lover is gender neutral. Girlfriend is an erroneous translation.
2. Of all the people, Shisui triggered his Mangekyou. Only one time have we seen Itachi lose control, and it was a direct result of the death of Shisui.
3. Sasuke had no recollection of any girl or arranged marriage in his flashbacks.
4. There is no evidence of an overt, established relationship. If Tobi knew Itachi was double agent, then he was capable of discovering Itachi's secret relationships.
1. Whether “lover” refers Shisui is irrelevant to ItaShi. Kishimoto has a long history of making friendship and brotherhood much more passionate and evoking than romantic relationships, which tend to look like trash.
2. Just because a character is insignificant to the plot of Naruto, does not mean a character is insignificant to Itachi. Remember that Itachi isa side character, and the author is not going to expand upon every detail of his life.
3. The Japanese word used for “lover” has an undertone of romance, sweetness, and tenderness. It is not in reference to a cold arranged marriage, which has an opposing Japanese word.
I personally enjoy ItaShi. But I do not like to define such a complex, tragic relationship by koibito. So I lean toward ItaOC, which can emphasize that fluttery sweetness in life.
Now, none of that above says anything about Itachi's sexuality. This seems to be a huge point of controversy, because Itachi is ambiguous enough that we can see him swinging any and all ways. Here are possible arguments:
For heterosexuality: All else equal, this should be the default because the majority is statistically straight.
For homosexuality: Itachi as a character has many feminine qualities that warrants reinterpretation.
For bisexuality: Itachi is symbolically full of opposition and duality: water-fire, AB, gemini, yin-yang, good-evil.
For poly/pansexuality: Until there is evidence he is attracted to specific genders, we should assume many or all as default.
For asexuality: While there may be evidence of romantic love, there is no evidence of sexual attraction.
To these arguments I would like to say:
Heterosexuality: The majority considers themselves straight. What other people think of themselves as has no effect on Itachi's sexuality. Also, real life statistics do not apply to a fictional ninja world.
Homosexuality: We have no reason to assume a link between appearance/personality/non-sexual behavior and sexuality, which would be superficial at best. There is no need to fuel stereotypes.
Bisexuality: Alternatively, this can interpreted as spiritual unity, which is above sex altogether. Also, bisexuality requires sexual attraction to at least one male and one female. Given the lack of canonical evidence, that is difficult to argue for.
Poly/Pansexuality: Saying Itachi has multiple or zero gender preference is as strong an assertion as saying he has a particular type of preference. This assertion holds no more weight than any of the above.
Asexuality: No reason why this must be the default as opposed to the reversed stance. Even the most canonical pairings in the Naruto universe technically do not have sexual evidence, but that does not stop us from assuming such.
So what is he? From canon, I can only guess that:
1. Given his avoidance of contact, physical intimacy is significant to him.
2. Given his private nature, Itachi does not wear his heart on his sleeve.
From this, I can only say that there is a limited number of people Itachi can/will be attracted to, and these are the people he already shares a close, emotional bond.
If there are so few people/data points, does it really make sense to draw any type of trend or pattern? Can we not just say Itachi loves a particular individual and be done with it?
Just because the person he happens to love is a girl, does not make it more likely that he will like some other girl. And same goes for the reverse.
Personality, talent, history, beauty, vision... there are so many better markers for predicting whether Itachi will or will not like a person than gender/sex (which narrow the pool to, what, half the population)?
So. Why are we so caught on his sexuality, again?
I would like to thank the artist, Sabako, for the community avatar. SasuIta fans should definitely view her work.
Also, I would like to thank the readers for taking the time to read my work, and the reviewers for their feedback. I do not reply much, but I do read them all and take seriously any recommendation or critique. Emails, comments, and PMs make me feel like I have an audience, and it has been wonderful to talk to voices from all over the world.
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