If there’s one thing I will forever be grateful to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer fandom for, it will be the creation of the YAHF – Yet Another Halloween Fic. It’s fun.
After all, who hasn’t wanted to be someone else, even for just a few hours? It’s why we read, and why a lot of us write; either to have fun imagining what a whole different life would be like, or… well, sometimes the pains and tribulations in our own lives are just too much to keep bearing up under, and we need to mentally check out for a while.
(No, I’m not going to even try to define how much is too much to bear. As one trauma survivor put it, “You’re just as dead if you drown in 6 inches of water as if you drown in 40 feet.” This year has been hell for a lot of people. Worse, it’s been insane – and while people can endure incredible torment if it’s predictable, 2020 has been anything but.)
Reading a YAHF, or writing one, we get to see characters suddenly planted in different memories, bodies, times. And we don’t have to come up with any justification for how this craziness happened. A Wizard Did It. Literally. Any costume, any fandom, any character – all we have to do is say Ethan Rayne (or any fanfic equivalent) had that outfit in his shop, and roll with it from there. The possibilities for mayhem, comedy, angst, and romance are as endless as all the fandoms you’ve ever heard of.
Though I have to admit the YAHF idea has made me a little more careful about what I wear for Halloween. Not that I went for evil characters anyway, but I’d hate to have had my kid-self turned into a dragon for even a night. I can only imagine the damage I’d do.
No, I have no illusions a costume spell could ever really happen. But 2020, man. Why tempt fate?
OTOH, maybe I’m doing exactly that. See, this year I’m getting a Gilgamesh t-shirt.
Anyone else here have their favorite costumes for a personal YAHF scenario?