and in the winter i lost my hands
30 Days of Harry Potter
...kind of a day late... I have insomnia and no sense of time.
09. Fanfiction: discuss
Hmm, okay this is a biggie for me mostly because most fanfic in this fandom makes me feel like this:
Mostly, it's overwhelming. I usually just appreciate with non-contributory participation. I couldn't even begin to string together words that serve with insight much less tell a story. I leave that to others far more dedicated and articulate. Some fic is scary. Some of it is not very good. Some of it is absolutely fanfrickentastic. Some of it confounds me. Some of it is brilliant. However, I was mostly struck with, why is most of it OMG!SOFUCKINGLONG! Seriously, why do the fics have to be so damn long? The books are already gigantosaurs of print, does the fic necessarily have to be just as long and sometimes, longer? Really? Although, there have been a few MEGA FICS that I've gone through and really enjoyed. This complete 68 chapter (don't say I didn't warn you) AU and this (WIP, which I have still yet to read most of) Magnum Opus of a story both come to mind immediately:
Muggle Summer, Wizard's Fall
Now, let's delve into tropes that some subscribe to. Translated: LAZY FIC WRITING. Convenient plots and contrived characterisation make me puke. When you have to warp, twist and contort a character so far to the left of their integrity to serve your ship/plot/whateverallyouthinkyouredoing,
There Goes the World
This is how you do a Character Piece right:
The 5 Lives of Hermione Granger
little girls and their dress-up shoes
IDEK about this crazy pattern of 'Ron becomes an abusive drunk because he can't deal sends Hermione straight into the warm open waiting arms of Harry' I've seen so many times that it makes me do this:
It completely insults all three characters and their individual and collective awesomeness. It insults Ron's decency and honesty. It insults Hermione's intelligence, fortitude and self-worth. (YES, she's so frakking desperate that she'll continue to allow herself to stay in a position of compromise and endanger herself for lurrrrve.) It insults Harry's loyalty and integrity if by omission he waits around because he can't choose a side between his two best friends. Ugh, UR DOIN IT WRONG.
This is how you do WHAT-ARE-WE-US-THREE right:
I'm The Man Who Loves You
Heart Shaped World
this veil across my heart
a coin stamped heads or tails with salvation on the other side
by lenina20 on roseof_sharon
One half of a Happy Ending
Other stuff (decidedly H/Hr biased) that should be read cos OMG!YES!:
EVERYTHING EVAR by parkergray
OTHER AWESOMELY AWESOME STUFF by fated_addiction
Five Moments That Changed Hermione Granger's Life by jacyevans
The Weight of Unraveling by jacyevans
These Are The Scars That Words Have Carved (On Me) by aseagulliniowa
The Things That Stay The Same by avonlea_dreamer
i belong to you by lenina20 on roseof_sharon
Between the Lines by jacyevans
Perspective by gs_harmony
What I'd Do For You by avonlea_dreamer
Magic Never Dies by lynney
10. Favorite book moment(s)
11. Character you're crushing on
12. Favorite movie scene(s)
13. Least favorite character(s)
14. Moments in the books/movies that made you cry
15. Whatever tickles your fancy
16. How have you participated in the fandom over the years?
17. Your favorite celebs from the movies or fandom
18. If you could change one thing about canon, what would it be?
19. A favorite fanart
20. A favorite quote
21. How has the HP fandom connected you to other fandoms, interests, or people?
22. Your favorite villain
23. Share some HP icons
24. Rant about Steve Kloves something
25. Song that reminds you of HP
26. What aspect of the books has been best translated to film?
27. What aspect of the books has been most poorly translated to film?
28. Hogwarts subject you would most like to take
29. Favorite location
30. Whatever tickles your fancy