Okay, now some crossover meta. I could work on remix, but that would make too much sense.
So I love crossovers a lot, and I don't think I've really spent enough time thinking about why I love them, and I think this is as good a time to start as any.
First off, I think we need to acknowledge the fact that crossovers take two very different forms: the regular ol' crossovers and the fusions.
I think desire to read/write both comes from a very What If? sort of place (like most fanfic), but the types of What If? are different.
Regular crossovers are generally more about characters. What if character A met character B? Would they like each other? Hate each other? Become tentative allies? Characters meeting, characters interacting. That's the focal point of them, what makes them interesting. There's generally a sort of compare and contrast going on between the characters, their interaction shedding light on the characters themselves.
The crossovers I love best are the ones where the relationship between the characters are complex, where the compare and contrast elements aren't made explicit.
Fusions tend to be more about situations. What if we put character A in situation B? How would they react? The same or different as character B? There is an element of compare and contrast here too. The characters will behave differently because they're different characters and the ways they behave differently inform us of the similarities and differences between the two of them.
I think that's why I'm always dissatisfied with fusions that follow the original storyline too slavishly. Usually, it requires the author to bend the characters into odd shapes in order for them to get it to work.
There is another type of fusion that works by taking character A and dropping them into the world of character B, but doesn't take character B's exact situation. This is more about letting the situation cast light on character A, seeing how the situation forces the character to behave, whether it's the same or different.
So, enough of my rambling. What do you guys think?