Ahaaa...! Now here is a topic to suit my taste.
So, what's so great in femlash ?
For the blokes (like me), there will always be the "curious material for a peeping tom" -factor. So, even a well-written pwp f/f fic will attract some attention from me. Ha, ha, ha!
But... like everything else, f/f fics which are just clones of each other won't make anyone addicted to femslash, on the contrary.
Any kind of story with good plot, message, interesting themes and lots of originality, whether they are f/f or m/m (or even het) nc-17 or not, will attract readers. As for whether it's f/f or m/m, that can be an extra flavour. Hopefully it's not the *whole* point of the story, but that, too, is a personal preference, I guess.
Allow me to romanticize: *Sigh* Two heavenly beings, shy, uncertain of their feelings towards each other, develop a friendship (that's always nice) and slowly, painfully slowly it turns out to be something more... *sigh*
PG-13 or G f/f fics can have such a sweet innocense about them. And that will make hearts melt all over the floor.
So then! I ask again... what's so great in femslash ?
Strong characters? Well, yesss... or rather, complete charecters. I suppose I prefer "Strong despite weaknesses" (goes for both f/f and m/m), as that usually leads to a happy ending (which are nice). I hope.
There are many kinds of strength. Female characters can have both traditionally feminine strength and traditionally masculine strength... and combinations of everything in between. And the (usually two) heroines usually possess different combinations, making their evolving relationship all the more interesting.
Éowyn has lots of "manly" strength. Hobbit lasses, I suppose, have lots of feminine strength. In both cases, the fact that they all choose to *use* their strong qualities and that they succeed in doing it matters more than the type of strength. (Example: when the ladies are in control of their fates and perhaps more!)
Slash, in general, *is* more exotic than het, it breaks some taboos which still remain, and it offers a chance to explore the characters in new ways.
Ego sic argumentator, again:
So: Slash is more interesting than het. Ergo f/f is more interesting than het.
But: "Slash or het?" is just a personal preference, as some would point out.
About Genderfu... ahem. Genderf***ing... a-ha!
Now that's something, I say! At it's best, genderscrewing allows both sexes to posses the virtues of the other sex. Roughly put, men become more emotionally intelligent than they usually are and women gain more muscle in more sense than one. Crash go the narrow and choking gender roles.
The Finnish TV channel 4 (Nelonen) just showed some reruns of a comedy series called "Ou nou!" ("Oh no!").
It was basically about switched traditional gender roles. Three men (basically acting like women) who are friends with each other, and of which two are already married, live through their everyday life. The two wives also appear in most of the episodes, acting like men.
Since it was a comedy series and the lead charecters were men-turned-women, the show made fun mostly about the charesteristics of women, but also about those of men. The men became over-emotional but also very solidary and supportive to each other, while the women became iron-willed but not that subtle(heh) beings. For the record, one of the "female men" was played by Pirkka-Pekka Petelius. I'm a big fan of his.
In India, feminine qualities in a man and vice versa are considered to be a source of power, not a weakness, btw.
Genderscrewing also gives me a good reason why I glorify women in all kinds of uniforms, fictional (Meg Ryan as Cpt. Karen Emma Walden in "Courage Under Fire", Kate Mulgrew as Cpt. Kathryn Janeway in "Star Trek: Voyager") or even real-life people. Or as Joey from "Friends" would probably say: "Women in uniforms are way beyond HOT!"