but don’t forget to take a break and read lighter stuff too!
We need both ♥
I read omegaverse (to be honest I even write it now).
It’s fairly new for me, and here is why: up until a fortuitous encounter with an A/B/O fanfiction, I wasn’t interested. It’s nothing personal, some people read angst and some people read fluff. I didn’t read much smut for the sake of reading smut, and I didn’t read mpreg (or pregnancy stories in general), which often goes hand in hand with omegaverse.
I don’t waste my time on fics I’m not interested in. There are a lot of things I can read instead, that I really enjoy, so I’m intimately acquainted with the “close tab” and “go back” buttons. I don’t leave comments if I didn’t like the fic, and even when I do leave comments because I liked it, I generally keep concrit for myself because some people don’t want it.
Yeah, I know. I’m a weird creature.
Obviously, I didn’t know much about omegaverse, since I didn’t read it. I thought it was mainly smut, with canine inspired genitalia and an archaic conception of masculinity. I had no idea there was world building to be done, and since I’m a sucker for world building, I high-tailed out of this part of AO3 to browse the dark depths of the fandoms I’m part of instead, looking for elaborate alternative universes.
Then, I read one purely by accident. There was a hint of world building, so I followed the tags and fell down the rabbit hole of omegaverse. Since we’re being honest, I’ll admit that my interests have not changed much. I’m not interested in mpreg (or pregnancy in general), and I’m not interested in smut for the sake of smut.
What I am interested in, however, is non-traditional dynamics, and in-depth world building. Some people make Excel spread sheets for secondary genders ratio in the population of their universe! There are fake world history included with some stories! Scientific theories to go with the inner workings of omegaverse, and an entire sub-culture that goes with it!
Each author seems to have their own world building, so I can’t give an exhaustive recap of what is going on with omegaverse, especially since I’m still learning. I’ll just say that there is something out there for each and everyone of you, and bless the tags on AO3.
I have opinions. They are mine and I am open to challenging them, respectfully. I agree to disagree and I am by no means targeting anyone in particular when I share what I think. Who knows, I might even reply to myself later and change my mind.
That being said, here is how I perceive omegaverse now:
Omegaverse can be a criticism of society as we know it, and the inequities women and minorities face daily for instance.
Omegas are traditionally the weaker gender in omegaverse, and are over-sexualized and abused of in various ways. I think this is a great way to highlight issues in our societies, but it doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of solutions.
I love my heart-shaped glasses that paint the world pink, it’s comforting to read a story where the Omega character gets the recognition and respect they deserve.
I don’t want to side-step the problem, I want to remove the problem when it’s possible. If I want to cross the river, I need a bridge, and I will build it instead of waiting for someone to drive me across on a boat (in which case I’m dependent of the person driving the boat). I might need help to do so, but hopefully we’ll all grow into better persons by the time we’re on the over side of the river.
I wish that rather than having an Alpha treat an Omega right and saving them, we saw the Omega do things we didn’t think them capable of, and bring their accomplishments to light. I wish Omegas would come up themselves with ways to best Alphas when need be.
I enjoy reading characters arcs where the characters draw strength from their differences, and learn to know themselves and thus others, better.
It’s important to me that the characters involved maintain agency. I am easily spooked when the characters are reduced to physical biology and insane co-dependence. Especially when it’s one sided because the fictional society the characters are living in doesn’t reflect it entirely. Are the rules consistent or do they disappear for plot convenience? What are the implications of things such as getting slick, or going into heat/rut in public?
This is why I like non-traditional dynamics that challenge the status quo. Are Alphas really better than Omegas, or do Omegas believe they’re less than Alphas? They’re probably different in some ways, and both secondary genders can bring something valuable to the table.
Let’s not forget Betas while we’re at it. I would like to see more Beta/Beta, Alpha/Beta or Omega/Beta prairings! I’m interested in Betas who don’t fit in the Alpha/Omega categories, especially if Betas put Alphas and Omegas into perspective!
An example of this would be if Alphas and Omegas are few and far in between, making them the exception and Betas the norm (sort of like mutants, super powers, or anything exceptional). I’m sure there are plenty of ways to explore the role of Betas in this universe, that I haven’t thought of yet!
I think omegaverse can also take world building to the next level. There are inherent rules to this universe that are worth taking into account. By the rules of our world, same gender couples are “gay”, but according to omegaverse, this also becomes same secondary gender couples (Alpha/Alpha, Omega/Omega, Beta/Beta). If you use omegaverse secondary genders for fertility purposes, then same secondary genders are probably less fertile and thus, would face some sort of discrimination.
If omegaverse is a criticism of society, I’m interested in reading fics that ask relevant questions about society.
That being said, I’ll try to apply all that good thinking to my own writing!
The best part of all this, is that there are tags to find in-depth exploration of this universe, non-traditional dynamics, and more care-free stories for when we need a break! Now, let put my heart-shaped glasses that paint the world pink back on, and I’ll be off to read my comfort fics.
Don’t mind me.