lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
Okay I have a crazy HP theory that I have to share with you, even though HP-theorising is like, so 2006. ;)

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Thoughts? I think I'm overanalysing stuff far too much. Like we used to do back in 2006 ;-)
lizzardgirl: (dumbledorefleshwound)
I need to get this out of my system ...

Alive on Air - lovely little DH-oneshot about Potterwatch. Very convincing, very realistic. PG.

Desk Duty - great OotP-behind the scenes one-shot about Madam Pince. Who unexpectedly rocks. No nudity, no swearing, but Umbridge, who needs to be a warning category of her own. PG otherwise.

Prelude To Destiny - Multi-chapter fic about James and Lily and how they got together. Lots of OCs some of whom get a bit annoying (not all though - Gertrude for example is great), needs some polishing at some bits, but absolutely great because James and Lily are excellent. We know from canon that James and Lily were top of their year, Head Boy and Head Girl, and that James and the gang were pranksters extraordinaire, but this plot puts an interesting twist on it. It manages not to fall into the trap of portraying Lily as a redheaded Hermione and James as both Weasley twins, and instead gives them their own, very unique personalities, with James, for a change, being the one who studies hard to achieve excellency (when he's not pranking), and Lily being an odd sort of unconcerned rebel. This sounds Mary Sue-ish but it truly isn't. Sirius is also great, what with being slightly out-there, and just the right bit of outlandish. Also recommendable because it gives a truly haunting impression of what it's like to go to school when war is beginning to rage outside and you know you'll have to make important choices soon. PG.

The World-Saving Properties of Hot Threesome Sex - Not nearly as smutty as it sounds. Basically, this fic is sooo wrong (the premise is that Harry gets it on with Luna and Blaise - no details though) that it's just hilarious. Don't take it seriously and get some laughs. PG-13-ish.

Under The Table - another Remus/Tonks story, very believable, very convincing and very sweet. Also has a sequel, Over The Moon, which is a bit bittersweet, because of, well you know how R/T gets derailed momentarily in HBP. Some swearing, some nudity, fade-to-black before the sex.
lizzardgirl: (dumbledorefleshwound)
I need to get this out of my system ...

Alive on Air - lovely little DH-oneshot about Potterwatch. Very convincing, very realistic. PG.

Desk Duty - great OotP-behind the scenes one-shot about Madam Pince. Who unexpectedly rocks. No nudity, no swearing, but Umbridge, who needs to be a warning category of her own. PG otherwise.

Prelude To Destiny - Multi-chapter fic about James and Lily and how they got together. Lots of OCs some of whom get a bit annoying (not all though - Gertrude for example is great), needs some polishing at some bits, but absolutely great because James and Lily are excellent. We know from canon that James and Lily were top of their year, Head Boy and Head Girl, and that James and the gang were pranksters extraordinaire, but this plot puts an interesting twist on it. It manages not to fall into the trap of portraying Lily as a redheaded Hermione and James as both Weasley twins, and instead gives them their own, very unique personalities, with James, for a change, being the one who studies hard to achieve excellency (when he's not pranking), and Lily being an odd sort of unconcerned rebel. This sounds Mary Sue-ish but it truly isn't. Sirius is also great, what with being slightly out-there, and just the right bit of outlandish. Also recommendable because it gives a truly haunting impression of what it's like to go to school when war is beginning to rage outside and you know you'll have to make important choices soon. PG.

The World-Saving Properties of Hot Threesome Sex - Not nearly as smutty as it sounds. Basically, this fic is sooo wrong (the premise is that Harry gets it on with Luna and Blaise - no details though) that it's just hilarious. Don't take it seriously and get some laughs. PG-13-ish.

Under The Table - another Remus/Tonks story, very believable, very convincing and very sweet. Also has a sequel, Over The Moon, which is a bit bittersweet, because of, well you know how R/T gets derailed momentarily in HBP. Some swearing, some nudity, fade-to-black before the sex.
lizzardgirl: (dumbledorefleshwound)
I need to get this out of my system ...

Alive on Air - lovely little DH-oneshot about Potterwatch. Very convincing, very realistic. PG.

Desk Duty - great OotP-behind the scenes one-shot about Madam Pince. Who unexpectedly rocks. No nudity, no swearing, but Umbridge, who needs to be a warning category of her own. PG otherwise.

Prelude To Destiny - Multi-chapter fic about James and Lily and how they got together. Lots of OCs some of whom get a bit annoying (not all though - Gertrude for example is great), needs some polishing at some bits, but absolutely great because James and Lily are excellent. We know from canon that James and Lily were top of their year, Head Boy and Head Girl, and that James and the gang were pranksters extraordinaire, but this plot puts an interesting twist on it. It manages not to fall into the trap of portraying Lily as a redheaded Hermione and James as both Weasley twins, and instead gives them their own, very unique personalities, with James, for a change, being the one who studies hard to achieve excellency (when he's not pranking), and Lily being an odd sort of unconcerned rebel. This sounds Mary Sue-ish but it truly isn't. Sirius is also great, what with being slightly out-there, and just the right bit of outlandish. Also recommendable because it gives a truly haunting impression of what it's like to go to school when war is beginning to rage outside and you know you'll have to make important choices soon. PG.

The World-Saving Properties of Hot Threesome Sex - Not nearly as smutty as it sounds. Basically, this fic is sooo wrong (the premise is that Harry gets it on with Luna and Blaise - no details though) that it's just hilarious. Don't take it seriously and get some laughs. PG-13-ish.

Under The Table - another Remus/Tonks story, very believable, very convincing and very sweet. Also has a sequel, Over The Moon, which is a bit bittersweet, because of, well you know how R/T gets derailed momentarily in HBP. Some swearing, some nudity, fade-to-black before the sex.
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
Trying to keep track of some of the HP-ff I've been reading lately (don't ask ...) so I'm putting them here.

Hallowed Hearts - DH-behind-the-scenes, sort-of. With a twist, that being that Ron and Hermione got together (again, sort-of) at Grimmauld Place. Much better than it sounds. Some scenes were very spot-on, some didn't ring completely true to me, but overall, very sweet. Contains nudity and nudity-related action and some swearing.

Educating Harry Potter - Harry Potter gets 'the talk' ten times over. Rather hilarious, although also very sweet and a bit sad in places. Contains some crude language of the teenage-boy variety.

The Rookie and its sequels - the love story between Tonks and Remus, from Goblet of Fire through to Half-Blood Prince. The premise is that Tonks and Remus first meet when Tonks has to interrogate him because of the whole Sirius Black fiasco in PoA. Great tie-in with the books, wonderful characters, splendid behind-the-scenes. Contains swearing and sex.

The Strange Disappearance of Sally-Anne Perks - Sally-Anne Perks is mentioned as being a fellow student at Harry's Sorting, but is never seen again. Usually this is seen as a glitch on JKR's part, but this story spins a wonderful mystery out of this little thing. In his third year, Harry finds out that he is the only one who remembers Sally-Anne and he and Hermione set out to solve that mystery. Great story, wonderful canon tie-ins and original ideas and a very convincing and bittersweet resolution. No nudity, no sex, no swearing. I'm definitely going to track down the author's other stories. (ETA: Well apart from that little gem, they seem to be writing mostly Harry/Voldemort slash. While I like to think that I'm open-minded, I think I'm not going to cross this particular line.)
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
Trying to keep track of some of the HP-ff I've been reading lately (don't ask ...) so I'm putting them here.

Hallowed Hearts - DH-behind-the-scenes, sort-of. With a twist, that being that Ron and Hermione got together (again, sort-of) at Grimmauld Place. Much better than it sounds. Some scenes were very spot-on, some didn't ring completely true to me, but overall, very sweet. Contains nudity and nudity-related action and some swearing.

Educating Harry Potter - Harry Potter gets 'the talk' ten times over. Rather hilarious, although also very sweet and a bit sad in places. Contains some crude language of the teenage-boy variety.

The Rookie and its sequels - the love story between Tonks and Remus, from Goblet of Fire through to Half-Blood Prince. The premise is that Tonks and Remus first meet when Tonks has to interrogate him because of the whole Sirius Black fiasco in PoA. Great tie-in with the books, wonderful characters, splendid behind-the-scenes. Contains swearing and sex.

The Strange Disappearance of Sally-Anne Perks - Sally-Anne Perks is mentioned as being a fellow student at Harry's Sorting, but is never seen again. Usually this is seen as a glitch on JKR's part, but this story spins a wonderful mystery out of this little thing. In his third year, Harry finds out that he is the only one who remembers Sally-Anne and he and Hermione set out to solve that mystery. Great story, wonderful canon tie-ins and original ideas and a very convincing and bittersweet resolution. No nudity, no sex, no swearing. I'm definitely going to track down the author's other stories. (ETA: Well apart from that little gem, they seem to be writing mostly Harry/Voldemort slash. While I like to think that I'm open-minded, I think I'm not going to cross this particular line.)
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
Trying to keep track of some of the HP-ff I've been reading lately (don't ask ...) so I'm putting them here.

Hallowed Hearts - DH-behind-the-scenes, sort-of. With a twist, that being that Ron and Hermione got together (again, sort-of) at Grimmauld Place. Much better than it sounds. Some scenes were very spot-on, some didn't ring completely true to me, but overall, very sweet. Contains nudity and nudity-related action and some swearing.

Educating Harry Potter - Harry Potter gets 'the talk' ten times over. Rather hilarious, although also very sweet and a bit sad in places. Contains some crude language of the teenage-boy variety.

The Rookie and its sequels - the love story between Tonks and Remus, from Goblet of Fire through to Half-Blood Prince. The premise is that Tonks and Remus first meet when Tonks has to interrogate him because of the whole Sirius Black fiasco in PoA. Great tie-in with the books, wonderful characters, splendid behind-the-scenes. Contains swearing and sex.

The Strange Disappearance of Sally-Anne Perks - Sally-Anne Perks is mentioned as being a fellow student at Harry's Sorting, but is never seen again. Usually this is seen as a glitch on JKR's part, but this story spins a wonderful mystery out of this little thing. In his third year, Harry finds out that he is the only one who remembers Sally-Anne and he and Hermione set out to solve that mystery. Great story, wonderful canon tie-ins and original ideas and a very convincing and bittersweet resolution. No nudity, no sex, no swearing. I'm definitely going to track down the author's other stories. (ETA: Well apart from that little gem, they seem to be writing mostly Harry/Voldemort slash. While I like to think that I'm open-minded, I think I'm not going to cross this particular line.)
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
Dear Steve Kloves,

I believe that there are a great many terms that you could use when describing the upper left area of the torso, depending on what you are aiming for. Ribcage, for example. Breast. Chest. Bosom. Lungs. Left boob. Rump. You get my drift. If absolutely necessary, even 'heart' would do.

So why, oh why, do the characters in the HP movies point to the general body area described above and say things like 'Harry, he will live on / you will feel it / I will always be / etc. IN HERE'??? ALL. THE. TIME.

It feels like they're constantly talking to four-year-olds. I fully believe that an averagely intelligent young adult like Harry Potter, who has seen quite a bit of the (magical) world, will be aware of the symbolisms generally associated with that roughly fist-shaped, blood-pumping organ usually found in the left side of the thorax.

Sincerely, etc.
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
Dear Steve Kloves,

I believe that there are a great many terms that you could use when describing the upper left area of the torso, depending on what you are aiming for. Ribcage, for example. Breast. Chest. Bosom. Lungs. Left boob. Rump. You get my drift. If absolutely necessary, even 'heart' would do.

So why, oh why, do the characters in the HP movies point to the general body area described above and say things like 'Harry, he will live on / you will feel it / I will always be / etc. IN HERE'??? ALL. THE. TIME.

It feels like they're constantly talking to four-year-olds. I fully believe that an averagely intelligent young adult like Harry Potter, who has seen quite a bit of the (magical) world, will be aware of the symbolisms generally associated with that roughly fist-shaped, blood-pumping organ usually found in the left side of the thorax.

Sincerely, etc.
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
Dear Steve Kloves,

I believe that there are a great many terms that you could use when describing the upper left area of the torso, depending on what you are aiming for. Ribcage, for example. Breast. Chest. Bosom. Lungs. Left boob. Rump. You get my drift. If absolutely necessary, even 'heart' would do.

So why, oh why, do the characters in the HP movies point to the general body area described above and say things like 'Harry, he will live on / you will feel it / I will always be / etc. IN HERE'??? ALL. THE. TIME.

It feels like they're constantly talking to four-year-olds. I fully believe that an averagely intelligent young adult like Harry Potter, who has seen quite a bit of the (magical) world, will be aware of the symbolisms generally associated with that roughly fist-shaped, blood-pumping organ usually found in the left side of the thorax.

Sincerely, etc.
lizzardgirl: (Default)
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.
lizzardgirl: (Default)
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.
lizzardgirl: (Default)
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.
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 ;-)
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)
Began Chapter Seven, The Sorting Hat, today.

Read more... )
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
Began Chapter Seven, The Sorting Hat, today.

Read more... )
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
Began Chapter Seven, The Sorting Hat, today.

Read more... )
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
I have decided to re-read all seven HP novels, cover-to-cover, one after the other. For those interested, I will post my thoughts, observations and new insights as I go along; also, you're of course invited to join me in the read-along or just the discussion. There'll be spoilers for the whole series throughout, I simply can't *not* think about what happens later on. I started with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone today and am currently at Chapter Four, The Keeper of the Keys. (NB: If you have too much time at your hands or are a professional procrastinator, like me, check out this amazing bit of trivia. I spent way too much time with that one last week, it's what inspired me to do this project.)

Thoughts so far )

that's it for now, expect to hear more soon ;-)

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