I wonder if Omegaverse (please do not google this on a computer whose browser history isn’t yours to control!) is partly the product of a Viagra generation? Not one that’s yet old enough to have it prescribed to them left and right, but I mean, I was in a writer’s workshop once where a girl gleefully described dropping one of her dad’s Viagra tablets into her friend’s Pepsi during a bathroom break in the middle of a Magic the Gathering game. She had wanted to see what would happen, and the friend ended up getting very awkward and then saying he forgot he had agreed to meet his girlfriend somewhere, and left. She also said he “saw blue,” so. Yeesh.
So what I’m trying to say is people are aware. And maybe that unplanned-for, unstoppable semi-truck of desire holds particular attraction for a generation that watched its aging fathers sing its praises (often with women old enough to be their daughters, but I suspect we are used to that somewhat by now too…) through every media outlet imaginable, implying as they did that such torrents of chemical cocktail passion were the only hope of a continued sex life. (And I mean sometimes that’s true, so. They’re not wrong.)
I’ve read a history of A/B/O, usefully compiled by a doctoral student on AO3. (NOTE: That is a very NSFW link, people, for all that it’s a academic look at this stuff!) But that has more to do with the way it evolved rather than what gave rise to it in the first place. What does it speak to in people? Maybe it’s less the desire semi-truck and more the blurring of boundaries and body parts that’s the appeal? Here I wonder if trans communities take issue with it. Is it mostly cis people writing it? I think yes but am not sure.
Also the high representation of omegaverse in the Sherlock fandom interests me. Why Sherlock? Is it just that fans of Supernatural, where it started (and which I have not seen), gravitated naturally toward Sherlock as general fans, and then applied their favorite dynamic there? I know there is a lot of argument over Sherlock’s sexuality–and that’s not a fight I want to wade into. But why is Sherlock in particular a source for A/B/O focus? A Sherlock fic was the first time I saw it, so I remain curious. I’ve seen it since, with much smaller representation, in other fandoms, but I still want to know. It’s a set of rules informed by actual copyrighted works, but largely constructed by fans themselves. So, why? What have we made, and why do we pursue it? Seriously, sing out if you have ideas.
(And yes, Fallout 3 is the only reason I know 22:13.)