I was asked about people shipping these two as a follow-up to Killing Stalking is disabled culture so be warned, you might see something scary.
The characters have a romantic and sexual chemistry, if you don’t feel that I don’t know that you really feel what makes it horror. Sang Woo is intentionally handsome, in the most conventional ways just like Bum is even intentionally physically weak from the start.
If there isn’t something between them that you can actually feel the story doesn’t work IMO.
Sang Woo is given a lot of redeemable qualities and what some might justify as “good reasons” for at least some things he’s done in the past. Not only does this make him a three-dimensional character it also makes you empathize with him which is why when Bum thinks that he loves him you believe him. Not that it’s what love should be but that what he feels is real.
You can’t victim blame.
When he reaches a door and hesitates a good writer and artist will keep his perspective squarely in view even without dialogue. Just the shot of him at the door makes your chest tighten and your heart speed up because you feel the emotional context whereas someone who isn’t reading can see the panel and not find it disturbing.
That’s a beauty of horror. It’s subversive in a specific way that makes violence, blood, gore, etc. the least off putting things in the story which is why horror movies are so over the top with all of it or don’t show it at all as in the early Hollywood films. Horror makes you afraid of mundane things, that’s why it works.
This shot from Scream is pretty innocent but it’s an iconic image from the movie. It’s a meme people use to represent the movie in its entirety. No one is being murdered or harmed or even scared. Yet. You can see this in a G rated movie.
That’s horror. That’s why some people are fans of the genre.
So, am I okay with shipping them by putting them in fanfiction that derives from canon, whether it’s an AU or not?
Sang Woo is scary because the audience can’t help but love him on some level, even if just in empathy for Bum’s feelings.
If you are a writer, even a fanfict writer, it’s agonizing to not stop the script and end it the best way possible.
If you are a good writer, you wouldn’t be adverse to writing something hard enough to make a happy ending believable.
And if your readers finish your story and feel safe, or calm or happy then you were successful because you were able to subvert the subversive canon by manipulating their emotions so drastically.
It helps that fans love him, even as just as a brilliantly written character, but therein lies the challenge of fanfiction. Can your fix–it actually fix–it better than someone else’s?
It’s a game that people have been playing for centuries and is the reason for most Western canon.