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DARCY: Elizabeth, I know that your family is barely genteel and your connections are none to speak of (we won't mention the matter of your uncle near Cheapside) and generally everyone you know (with the exception of your sister Jane, who is merely naive) is a complete buffoon - will you marry me?

ELIZABETH: Why, Mr Darcy, this is a bit awkward - I always promised myself I'd only marry for the deepest love, you see -

DARCY: There! You're doing it again! You're displaying your strong ties to the middle classes by entertaining this ridiculous notion of marrying for romantic love - I really don't know why it is, but whenever I see you or yours (though your behaviour, apart from these little incidents, has generally been above reproof) display these shocking examples of lower breeding, it makes me JUST. SO. HORNY.

ELIZABETH: I have no idea if I should be mad at you or feel flattered, but you really turn me on, and I have had a great longing to rise in society and take advantage of the social mobility of our time. After all, even though I display this shocking trait of middle class sensibilities (also seen in when I value learning above smooth behaviour - though I did fall for Wickham, so I guess I'm not entirely without hope) I *am* a gentleman's daughter and thus on the same tier of society as you, so marrying you would not be completely out of the question - though I can't see what's in it for you.

DARCY: Well apart from the fact that I'm horribly bored and having a middle-class wife (mind you, I'm not forgetting about your connections to the gentry, but you must admit that there are members of the *cough* professional classes in your family) might be fun, I've been mustering your hips with interest and it seems you are well-endowed to bring strong, healthy sons in the world.

ELIZABETH: My, you do know how to sweet-talk a woman. So, tell me again why I should marry you.

DARCY: Well, you see, since you are aspiring to higher society, let me lay out the advantages of a match in terms that the daughters of *that* class would understand - I'm terribly rich, see (well not terribly, but with an income of 10,000 pounds a year I'm well above the average for the gentry), I have a large, modern house and above that, I am known to be a fair and just landlord who might even treat his wife half-decently. Plus, I have no known sexually transmitted disease and most of my teeth. What say you?

ELIZABETH: *swoons* I'm all yours, love. I'm sorry, I mean, I'm all yours, future business partner.
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I have been poking around in the HP-fandom a little, after not really reading anything there for years.

One thing has left me seriously wondering, and not in a rhetorical way.

Why are there so many people writing in that fandom who seem to hate half the canon, badly, and think that the author 'messed it all up' or 'doesn't know her characters'?

I mean, it's one thing to say, 'I wish she had written that scene differently' or 'I'm afraid I don't like the epilogue very much' or 'I was disappointed by the way she handled that topic' etc etc. but it's quite another to call the author of a series you proclaim to be a fan of an attention-seeking, character-abusing media slut and denying her the right to decide how she wants to end her series. This is not saying that all fanfic should be canon-compliant, you'll never hear that from me, but rather, that I don't get why people try to construct an alternate canon according to their wishes, and pretend the author never wrote half of what she did.

Especially I'm not getting the whole ignoring Ron/Hermione. The series has been pretty much written around this pairing, it was obvious at least from book four on, and yet, people act as if it didn't exist. It's not that they explore how different pairings might have happened, or that they write about that couple breaking up, or go into what-if territory (all fine with me, even if I'm not sure I'd want to read it), no, they completely ignore the fact that it ever was canon.

And if JKR reiterates in her epilogue that Ron and Hermione are together, she's 'deluded' and 'doesn't understand her characters,' and canon has to be 'improved.'

Honestly? If you hate something so much, why do you write fanfic around it? Why don't you seek a fandom where you can actually respect the author and their right to make their own choices about their characters? Why do you write in a fandom where you have to twist half the canon according to your wishes before you can make it work for you?

This is only partly a rant, however ranty it sounds. I'd be seriously thrilled to get answers to my questions, insights that might perhaps better explain people's motivations to me.
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I have been poking around in the HP-fandom a little, after not really reading anything there for years.

One thing has left me seriously wondering, and not in a rhetorical way.

Why are there so many people writing in that fandom who seem to hate half the canon, badly, and think that the author 'messed it all up' or 'doesn't know her characters'?

I mean, it's one thing to say, 'I wish she had written that scene differently' or 'I'm afraid I don't like the epilogue very much' or 'I was disappointed by the way she handled that topic' etc etc. but it's quite another to call the author of a series you proclaim to be a fan of an attention-seeking, character-abusing media slut and denying her the right to decide how she wants to end her series. This is not saying that all fanfic should be canon-compliant, you'll never hear that from me, but rather, that I don't get why people try to construct an alternate canon according to their wishes, and pretend the author never wrote half of what she did.

Especially I'm not getting the whole ignoring Ron/Hermione. The series has been pretty much written around this pairing, it was obvious at least from book four on, and yet, people act as if it didn't exist. It's not that they explore how different pairings might have happened, or that they write about that couple breaking up, or go into what-if territory (all fine with me, even if I'm not sure I'd want to read it), no, they completely ignore the fact that it ever was canon.

And if JKR reiterates in her epilogue that Ron and Hermione are together, she's 'deluded' and 'doesn't understand her characters,' and canon has to be 'improved.'

Honestly? If you hate something so much, why do you write fanfic around it? Why don't you seek a fandom where you can actually respect the author and their right to make their own choices about their characters? Why do you write in a fandom where you have to twist half the canon according to your wishes before you can make it work for you?

This is only partly a rant, however ranty it sounds. I'd be seriously thrilled to get answers to my questions, insights that might perhaps better explain people's motivations to me.
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I have been poking around in the HP-fandom a little, after not really reading anything there for years.

One thing has left me seriously wondering, and not in a rhetorical way.

Why are there so many people writing in that fandom who seem to hate half the canon, badly, and think that the author 'messed it all up' or 'doesn't know her characters'?

I mean, it's one thing to say, 'I wish she had written that scene differently' or 'I'm afraid I don't like the epilogue very much' or 'I was disappointed by the way she handled that topic' etc etc. but it's quite another to call the author of a series you proclaim to be a fan of an attention-seeking, character-abusing media slut and denying her the right to decide how she wants to end her series. This is not saying that all fanfic should be canon-compliant, you'll never hear that from me, but rather, that I don't get why people try to construct an alternate canon according to their wishes, and pretend the author never wrote half of what she did.

Especially I'm not getting the whole ignoring Ron/Hermione. The series has been pretty much written around this pairing, it was obvious at least from book four on, and yet, people act as if it didn't exist. It's not that they explore how different pairings might have happened, or that they write about that couple breaking up, or go into what-if territory (all fine with me, even if I'm not sure I'd want to read it), no, they completely ignore the fact that it ever was canon.

And if JKR reiterates in her epilogue that Ron and Hermione are together, she's 'deluded' and 'doesn't understand her characters,' and canon has to be 'improved.'

Honestly? If you hate something so much, why do you write fanfic around it? Why don't you seek a fandom where you can actually respect the author and their right to make their own choices about their characters? Why do you write in a fandom where you have to twist half the canon according to your wishes before you can make it work for you?

This is only partly a rant, however ranty it sounds. I'd be seriously thrilled to get answers to my questions, insights that might perhaps better explain people's motivations to me.
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For all of you who read HP-ff, I can only recommend this girl's stories.

I know, trying to find decent HP-ff on the pit of voles is more difficult than finding a Golden Snitch, but the patient digging was worth it.

She mostly writes drabble-style, short scenes that are connected by a motif (my absolute favourite of hers is the drabble series Honestly, Ron! where she gives us insight on Hermione and Ron's life together) but she's also written a longer story, about Harry's daughter Lily competing in the Triwizard Tournament (and I know that that sounds like the awfullest plot ever, but trust me. It's good.).

My only gripe about her writing would be that she's a bit too neat about pairing everyone off (no loose ends) and that in some of her drabbles, some characters are a little too interchangeable. (However, in her longer story, she manages to give her characters much more depth, so it may be due to the drabble format.)

But that's only a minor complaint, and I believe that as she matures as a writer (she seems to be very young) she'll get better and better at this. What is obvious in all of her writing that she really loves all of her characters, and tries to understand them.

There's an amazing short piece about Lily Evans and Lucius Malfoy (again, I know.) that is totally in-character, and her several series about HP-couples, especially the one mentioned above about H/R is very touching. I can honestly say that I both laughed and cried while reading that story, which is a rare thing when I read fanfic, and that it did not feel forced to me at all.

Plus, she's well-versed both in the English language and in HP-canon; there are no mistakes other than the odd missed typo, and one minor confusion about some characters' age, or something, I'm not even quite sure what it was.

Oh, and if any of you worry about rating, I believe there is nothing, either nudity- or violence-wise, that you couldn't find in the novels themselves.

It's rare that I give such praise - check it out ;-)
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
For all of you who read HP-ff, I can only recommend this girl's stories.

I know, trying to find decent HP-ff on the pit of voles is more difficult than finding a Golden Snitch, but the patient digging was worth it.

She mostly writes drabble-style, short scenes that are connected by a motif (my absolute favourite of hers is the drabble series Honestly, Ron! where she gives us insight on Hermione and Ron's life together) but she's also written a longer story, about Harry's daughter Lily competing in the Triwizard Tournament (and I know that that sounds like the awfullest plot ever, but trust me. It's good.).

My only gripe about her writing would be that she's a bit too neat about pairing everyone off (no loose ends) and that in some of her drabbles, some characters are a little too interchangeable. (However, in her longer story, she manages to give her characters much more depth, so it may be due to the drabble format.)

But that's only a minor complaint, and I believe that as she matures as a writer (she seems to be very young) she'll get better and better at this. What is obvious in all of her writing that she really loves all of her characters, and tries to understand them.

There's an amazing short piece about Lily Evans and Lucius Malfoy (again, I know.) that is totally in-character, and her several series about HP-couples, especially the one mentioned above about H/R is very touching. I can honestly say that I both laughed and cried while reading that story, which is a rare thing when I read fanfic, and that it did not feel forced to me at all.

Plus, she's well-versed both in the English language and in HP-canon; there are no mistakes other than the odd missed typo, and one minor confusion about some characters' age, or something, I'm not even quite sure what it was.

Oh, and if any of you worry about rating, I believe there is nothing, either nudity- or violence-wise, that you couldn't find in the novels themselves.

It's rare that I give such praise - check it out ;-)
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
For all of you who read HP-ff, I can only recommend this girl's stories.

I know, trying to find decent HP-ff on the pit of voles is more difficult than finding a Golden Snitch, but the patient digging was worth it.

She mostly writes drabble-style, short scenes that are connected by a motif (my absolute favourite of hers is the drabble series Honestly, Ron! where she gives us insight on Hermione and Ron's life together) but she's also written a longer story, about Harry's daughter Lily competing in the Triwizard Tournament (and I know that that sounds like the awfullest plot ever, but trust me. It's good.).

My only gripe about her writing would be that she's a bit too neat about pairing everyone off (no loose ends) and that in some of her drabbles, some characters are a little too interchangeable. (However, in her longer story, she manages to give her characters much more depth, so it may be due to the drabble format.)

But that's only a minor complaint, and I believe that as she matures as a writer (she seems to be very young) she'll get better and better at this. What is obvious in all of her writing that she really loves all of her characters, and tries to understand them.

There's an amazing short piece about Lily Evans and Lucius Malfoy (again, I know.) that is totally in-character, and her several series about HP-couples, especially the one mentioned above about H/R is very touching. I can honestly say that I both laughed and cried while reading that story, which is a rare thing when I read fanfic, and that it did not feel forced to me at all.

Plus, she's well-versed both in the English language and in HP-canon; there are no mistakes other than the odd missed typo, and one minor confusion about some characters' age, or something, I'm not even quite sure what it was.

Oh, and if any of you worry about rating, I believe there is nothing, either nudity- or violence-wise, that you couldn't find in the novels themselves.

It's rare that I give such praise - check it out ;-)
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... at least not if it's soppy.

After seeing this question in the TR, Lydia and I got musing in chat.

Read more... )

So what do you think? Should we?
lizzardgirl: (lobster)
... at least not if it's soppy.

After seeing this question in the TR, Lydia and I got musing in chat.

Read more... )

So what do you think? Should we?
lizzardgirl: (lobster)
... at least not if it's soppy.

After seeing this question in the TR, Lydia and I got musing in chat.

Read more... )

So what do you think? Should we?
lizzardgirl: (shrubbery)
The Wicker Basket, a short story based losely on Mansfield Park and being rather ridiculous, is now finished.

It is not yet edited, but if anyone is interested, I can e-mail the pdf.

I'm not sure yet when it'll appear on DWG and AFF, it needs to be re-formatted (it's in LaTeX).
lizzardgirl: (shrubbery)
The Wicker Basket, a short story based losely on Mansfield Park and being rather ridiculous, is now finished.

It is not yet edited, but if anyone is interested, I can e-mail the pdf.

I'm not sure yet when it'll appear on DWG and AFF, it needs to be re-formatted (it's in LaTeX).
lizzardgirl: (shrubbery)
The Wicker Basket, a short story based losely on Mansfield Park and being rather ridiculous, is now finished.

It is not yet edited, but if anyone is interested, I can e-mail the pdf.

I'm not sure yet when it'll appear on DWG and AFF, it needs to be re-formatted (it's in LaTeX).
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High School P&P - my way )

Warning: Contains foul language and full frontal nudity. Also isn't finished yet.
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High School P&P - my way )

Warning: Contains foul language and full frontal nudity. Also isn't finished yet.
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High School P&P - my way )

Warning: Contains foul language and full frontal nudity. Also isn't finished yet.
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Remember Valentine's Day? Remember I hate it?
So I lost a bet to, mostly, myself about what sort of Valentine's story would first appear on the board and dared myself to write a V-Day ficlet. I wanted to write a funny piece about Darcy running amok. Turns out I'm emo inside, and so wrote a very depressive sob thing, inspired by a German poem, the translation of which I provided for you here.

The Fog )

Yes, I'm sad that way. The fog around here is my excuse.
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Remember Valentine's Day? Remember I hate it?
So I lost a bet to, mostly, myself about what sort of Valentine's story would first appear on the board and dared myself to write a V-Day ficlet. I wanted to write a funny piece about Darcy running amok. Turns out I'm emo inside, and so wrote a very depressive sob thing, inspired by a German poem, the translation of which I provided for you here.

The Fog )

Yes, I'm sad that way. The fog around here is my excuse.
lizzardgirl: (Default)
Remember Valentine's Day? Remember I hate it?
So I lost a bet to, mostly, myself about what sort of Valentine's story would first appear on the board and dared myself to write a V-Day ficlet. I wanted to write a funny piece about Darcy running amok. Turns out I'm emo inside, and so wrote a very depressive sob thing, inspired by a German poem, the translation of which I provided for you here.

The Fog )

Yes, I'm sad that way. The fog around here is my excuse.
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We spent a lot of time at the vet because it was so crowded, but it wasn't too bad; I chatted with the other pet owners in the waiting area.

I wanted to rant about The Second Sister. You probably know I don't have much love for this story, but this is different. It's not about the bad writing or pathetic plot, but about something that bugs me even more.

Read more... )
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