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Title: Eye of the Beholder
Fandom: Hot Fuzz
Pairing: Nicholas/Danny
Rating: PG-13/Rish
Notes: I was talking to goddessdster last week, and one of the topics that came up was the tendency for some people in fandom to slight characters like Danny on account of their size. A couple of days later, I taught a seminar session on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, the theme of which, this being a literature course, was the concept of the narrative gaze. Later on, I got to thinking about Danny and Nicholas in context as viewed objects: while Danny occasionally catches flak in the form of size-ist insults from Wainwright and Cartwright, Nicholas is the one most constantly viewed as some kind of freak. It's as if Danny is on the whole accepted for who and how he is by his community, whereas it takes a skinny health-nut like Nicholas to actually raise eyebrows. Danny's the only one to accept him as he is. It's no big thing that Nicholas is not into eating the cake and ice cream every single time it's offered, etc. This is what I've been scribbling in bed when I'm coherent. I'm considering a counterpoint piece from Nicholas's point of view, because who knows how long this flu will last.
Summary: Nobody seems to look at Nicholas as the sum of his parts.

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