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Does "Involuntary Commitment" belong in the Housefic Meta Library?
Involuntary Commitment is a beautifully written and clever story, but I was hoping to read some discussions about it before voting because I do have some reservations about it. Not that I don’t think it belongs in the Library, but it’s a matter of degree, whether to select, “with reservations” or “honorable mention.” So, for the sake of conversation, I’m offering a few opinions about what did not quite work for me.First off, I wasn't engaged in the story as I had hoped. I couldn't lose myself in it. I’m not sure why. I thought it might be the descriptions of Sea Harbor and the original characters were too skimpy, but I went back, and it seems sufficient. Perhaps the pacing, which I admire greatly, but perhaps a bit too controlled? At times it felt like the key points had to hit in a sequential order for all the pieces to align properly. My major issue was that the story used a rather common plot device to create tension and to build to a climax, the “break up to make up” trope. It had three elements that the reader had to buy into for the story to succeed, and I had varying degrees of trouble accepting their plausibility.1) Wilson advising Stacy to choose debridement surgery. I had a hard time shaking canon and the image of Cuddy talking to Stacy. However, I can imagine Wilson agreeing to this safer choice. 2) I don’t know what credentials Cindy Friedman had, but accidentally breaking confidentiality and spilling Wilson’s role in the infarction drama to House was difficult for me to accept. Confidentiality is of prime concern in all health professions. I’m sure it’s not within the realm of impossibility, but this is a huge breach in professional ethics. It is not likely to happen, and if it did, I don’t think Friedman would get off so lightly by either House or Wilson. Friedman paling and stammering about her indiscretion does not come close to how serious her slip of the tongue was. A counselor/therapist/psychologist/psychiatrist does not discuss what they heard in someone else’s session. And I hope anyone who might be considering counseling and using the same counselor as a friend or loved one wouldn’t be put off doing so after reading this. I know there was a medical disclaimer, but confidentiality is a foundation of the mental health industry.3) Wilson to the rescue advocating, "Accelerated nerve growth," was a big stretch for me. It’s okay to depart from canon, but he was very opposed to the idea in “Insensitive.” Maybe if he had been in the dark, or had not spoken out about it, becoming House’s conscience, I could have accepted it better. Also, Wilson is not hard-coded to be a risk taker. It’s a nice idea that Wilson wanted to right his previously wrong, and I suppose he might go outside of his comfort zone for House, but it did not seem organic to his character.Still, Involuntary Commitment is a good and fast read. I was hooked early on and finished it in one sitting. It should be included in the Library.Edited at 2010-11-13 11:11 pm (UTC)
It's with some trepidation that I voted "no". Not because Involuntary Commitment isn't a good story, because it absolutely is. But, IMHO, that's all it is. A good story.It didn't seem any more compelling than any of the other well-written, well-plotted House Goes to Rehab stories I've seen. Granted, the character of House will always be House, so any story that doesn't reflect his reticence to treatment wouldn't be in character, but this story seemed formulaic in that respect. I did like how House was very much in character. I can see him saying things like "Surprise" in response to "If it didn't upset you, you wouldn't be human." I've seen too many therapy/rehab fics that turn House into another character, and this story didn't do that.My main problem with it was that the House/Wilson relationship didn't seem convincing. Admittedly slash isn't my favorite genre, but I tried to put that aside when considering this story and am satisfied with my ability to do so. I can see House and Wilson entering into a relationship to get one over on the system, and possibly even getting married. But even given that, the sexual relationship seemed forced to me. I also don't see Wilson "forcing House into a real relationship" or House allowing it. I did enjoy reading Involuntary Commitment, and it's a great story. I just don't feel it's of the caliber that would put it into the Library.