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13 December 2010 @ 01:00 am
Somehow This Turned Into A Rec Post  
New and wonderful fantabulously delicious fic:
and in the winter i lost my hands
by fated_addiction

30 Days of Harry Potter

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8

...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:

Vox Corporis
by missannthropic

Muggle Summer, Wizard's Fall
by Canoncansodoff

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, then YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. This is how you do OOC right:

There Goes the World
by goldy_dollar

This is how you do a Character Piece right:

The 5 Lives of Hermione Granger
by greydawning

little girls and their dress-up shoes
by fated_addiction

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
by parkergray

Heart Shaped World
by parkergray

this veil across my heart
by corleones

a coin stamped heads or tails with salvation on the other side
by lenina20 on roseof_sharon

One half of a Happy Ending
by drunkendreams

Other stuff (decidedly H/Hr biased) that should be read cos OMG!YES!:

EVERYTHING EVAR by parkergray


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
Current Mood: dorkydorky
Current Music: Blue Blood ~ Foals
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Sunny: HP emptysunny_serenity on December 14th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
You have wonderful pieces I enjoy. Really. They're like tiny little jabs in my prize fight with this fandom. They hurt so good. Oh, and warning: most of these are really angsty and bittersweet cos that's how I roll.
Sophie: hermionesarahsoph on December 13th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
I think I am going to be here a while. I've never really looked too far into HP fanfiction because it all seems so scarily bad, but recs! Yay!
Sunny: HP protegosunny_serenity on December 14th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, 'overwhelming' is an understatement when it comes to HP fanfic. I had to go about it in the find-your-fave-author-and-stick-with-it method because oi, bad!fic is par for the course out there in HP land. Portkey is also a pretty awesome place to find stuff, it's just that most of them are pretty epic pieces and I don't have the time. But give it a try, their search engine is pretty awesome. Well, awesomer than this lame one on LJ, is for sure.
dillpickle: H/Hr -- DHpoppypickle on December 13th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
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

TOTALLY. I always see this trope around and it's so friggin stupid. I mean, HONESTLY.

Sunny: HP JK on crak!sunny_serenity on December 14th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
IKR?! It's bad enough JK bashes our beloved ones WE, as a fandom, don't have to do it. OI. Fanon is supposed to equal 'FIX IT' not 'MAKE IT MORE REDONKULOUS'. Idek, sometimes.
dillpickle: HP Triopoppypickle on December 14th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
RIGHT?! And also, it doesn't make ANY SENSE that Ron would start being abusive. I will support the idea that Ron doesn't fulfill Hermione emotionally or that they bicker all the time, because I think those things have their basis in canon. But Ron being a wife beater? JUST...NO.
Sunny: HP subtextsunny_serenity on December 15th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
I have been witness to both of those scenarios and I must say the latter is far more probable for R/Hr. There should be fic about that... *wonders* I'll get behind that lack of emotional fulfillment because they both come at things from such different points. I can see things falling apart with an emotional neglect/unfulfillment far easier than drunken!rage!Ron. He seems like he'd be a happy drunk, not mean and nasty.
you could be my unintended lovesweet_iolanthe on December 13th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
ahh. yes.


and i've read a few others but have to go back. something to do during winter break? yes, please.

excellent post, once again. :D
Sunny: HP blursunny_serenity on December 14th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
VC IS A GODDAMNED MANIFESTO. OH. It was my first long epic fic and one of my very first HP fics evar and just... DAMN. I fell in love so hard.

yay! winter break well spent, says I.

Samneverpretend on December 14th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)

parkergray is so fabulous I don't even understand how she can be real. She just gets it and I am forever thankful she writes for these kids because it's like a miracle.

Oh my god the things I've seen fics do to Ron to make Harry/Hermione happen. Ginny too. Look at your life, look at your choices, I think you're fourteen and an idiot, etc etc.
Sunny: HP Trelawnysunny_serenity on December 14th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)

YES. HOW IS SHE A PERSON?! She is too good to be true and yet, SHE. IS.

LOL. *eyeroll* *sigh* oh, fandom... *pets it*
A Figure Of Speech: [harry potter]afigureofspeech on December 14th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
I just spent probably more time than I should have going through quite a few of your recs. Thanks for giving me something more interesting to do with my evening than studying lol. They're so very very lovely. :) But oh, do these two ever slay me with their angst! Do you have any happy HHr fics to rec by any chance? I need something to balance out the heartache lol.

Anyway. HP fanfic is pretty overwhelming! The sheer size of the fandom makes sorting through it a chore more often than not. And the good ones often are really long. Even the oneshots take forever to get through lol. Tends to make casual browsing a bit difficult. X) Some of them are so worth it though. Perhaps I'll get to your epic-recs over the break. :)
Sunny: HP Trelawnysunny_serenity on December 14th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
Ah, yeah I'm an angst whore. Angst + Me = HAPPY! ...idek about myself sometimes. I think the happiest one I read was the one I made a synopsis for about flying on brooms and astronomy towers. That was the one that popped my HP cherry and I can't for the life of me remember who wrote it or what it was titled. I'm sorry. You do remind me that I should make a more concerted effort to find HAPPY H/Hr fic. Somehow that just seems incongruous with them nowadays. LOL. IDEK. They kill me. I'm sorry. SO SO SO sorry... but if you find any I wouldn't be opposed to reading them, of course.

VC is pretty happy... ? It has a happy ending! There. My one happy fic is not really that happy but uber with the epicness. LOL. I'm so laaaaame. *giggles*
A Figure Of Speech: [lady gaga]afigureofspeech on December 14th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
Lol it's totally okay! I eat angst bagels for breakfast, with my side-order of self-sabotage muffins and misunderstandings milk and UST fries, seriously, but too much of it and I'm just like, but where's my happy ending?!?! :'( Lol so I was just wondering if you had anything on hand. Because dammit if I don't want these two beautiful kids to have their goddamn happy ending.

Really. These two. X)
Sunny: HP dancesunny_serenity on December 15th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Hehe, now that is how you describe a full range of angstcakes. I'm sure once all this DH/CoF stuff blows over we'll have some fluff. These kids always bring it back around... somehow.
A Figure Of Speech: [alice]afigureofspeech on December 17th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
Lol I might have gotten a little carried away...

These kids are amazing. Damn. Lol I'll probably just keep going through archives, it's not like there's a shortage of fic. X)
Sunny: Music TnS booksunny_serenity on December 18th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
Archives rock but oi, is it time consuming.
A Figure Of Speech: [being human]afigureofspeech on December 22nd, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Word to that. *hearts your recs*