Leonard, Amy, and their place in Shenny Fic Universes
So I really enjoy Shenny, but I'm not all that fond of character-bashy fic just to get the Sheldon and Penny together.
I see it the most with Leonard, though there's some with Amy, too.
I mean, I really like The Paladin Protocol - to name a well-known fic - but some parts of it with Leonard don't quite sit right with me.
I don't think Leonard is a BAD guy, I just don't necessarily think he's the right guy for Penny. (It depends - ANY of the characters can drive me up the wall if they're written a certain way in canon. Sometimes he's kind of a douche, but other times he's really sweet. *shrug* There are episodes where Penny or Sheldon just annoy the crap out of me and I think the writers are pushing them a little too far.)
Do you just prefer "vague break-up between Penny and Leonard that happened a while ago and now they're broken up for good and back to being friends"? I think that's the simplest for me.
I don't feel like every character HAS to be in a romantic relationship. I see Leonard paired up with Leslie Winkle a lot. (I wish they could get her back for an episode or three, but I believe the actress has a talk show now.) Or Dr. Stephanie - though it was weird how she was in like three episodes and disappeared. Gotta say I'm not a huge Priya fan. (Though when the actress was in an episode of Leverage I shouted "OMG! That's Priya!" to my mom.)
So if you're reading fic, what's are your preferred ways to get rid of Leonard or Amy? (Um, that sounded a little serial killer/mafia-ish. ". . . Get rid of her HOW?" as Penny put it re:Ramona.) They both have canon relationships with Penny and Sheldon respectively, though.
I guess Amy's easy enough if you're not a fan of the character because you can just set it before she and Sheldon met or twist the universe a little so that she and Sheldon didn't meet. Though I admit I DO like Amy and her Bestie relationship with Penny quite a lot. (*shrug* I get being kind of socially awkward and not quite knowing where the boundaries are but still wanting friends.)
So, thoughts on how to treat Leonard and Amy in Shenny fic?
Got any recs to good Shenny that doesn't bash Leonard or Amy? (Note that COMPARING Sheldon to Leonard doesn't have to be the same thing as bashing. I mean, they both have their strengths and weaknesses.)
And if you just mega-hate Leonard and/or Amy, I'd ask that you just ignore this because we don't need to fight about a show we all enjoy. (Or, you know, I would think you enjoy it if you're a member of a community, anyway?)