/ / not an eater of hearts — (he/it)
”’whump’ is a term which originated in the FanFiction community to describe stories in which characters from the source material are put into physically and/or mentally painful situations.” commonly associated with tags like #hurt/comfort and #angst in fanfiction. if you’re even more curious, a quick search of #whump on tumblr or any fanfiction site will give you a good idea of the large community behind this term. i used to have no idea there was such a huge following, honestly!
as far as my own personal writings go, i absolutely love to include tropes that fall under this definition. one of my favorite tropes usually involves character A getting injured in a fight, coming down with a sickness, or passing out, then being comforted or nursed back to health by character(s) B.
when i was younger i really fixated on these specific scenarios in shows, books, or movies i enjoyed, because it brought with it a sense of comfort when i got to see my favorite characters prevail through pain or become stronger as a result.
it’s also cool to challenge existing relationships characters have with one another (ex. friends to enemies, friends to enemies to lovers, etc.). i just find it so interesting, really taking apart a character and playing with how they could respond, whether it be positive or negative.
rambling aside, my question here is — does anyone else enjoy writing these types of scenes/stories/scenarios in their own work? what are some of your favorite tropes you’ve written or have read before?