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Fanfic appreciation week, Sunday - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Fanfic appreciation week, Sunday
Hmmm. Seems like a good excuse to actually read some fic this week, given how much I throw out there for the perusal of others. Since I view art more widely than I read fic--and because I'm constantly blown away by the number of talented artists in fandom--I'll also rec an artist a day. How's that? I'll try to keep it from being a Fern's-friends thing, but the truth is, I've friended a lot of people whose art I like, so there's definitely not going to be a way to go seven days without listing an artist who's not on my f-list!

Author of the Day (Sunday, even though I'm posting in the wee hours of Monday morning): Arabella (Profile at SQ)

I'd been trolling at the Pit for HP fanfic and was wringing my hands in absolute despair at what I was finding when someone said, "Hey, try the Quill--it's exactly the kind of fic you like." Feeling a bit trepiditious anyway, I clicked over, and picked Arabella's fics, since she was one of the site owners and I figured it would be a good place to find out if I'd been led right... and boy, was it. Largely Ginny/Harry and Ron/Hermione centric, but not all entirely shippy... and I liked the shippy ones, which is a rarity for me (Not As A Last Resort was probably the first frankly shippy story I'd ever actually decided that I liked), but my favorite wasn't at all shippy--The Very Secret Diary tells the year of CoS through the back and forth diary entries from Tom and Ginny, and gets progressively darker as he takes over her mind. Disenchanted picks up after the confrontation in the Chamber, and deals with the aftermath, with Dumbledore coming in to speak to Ginny in the hospital wing.

Lovely writing, strong characterization. Go, Arabella.

Artist of the Day: Nundu (SQ Link--art under the stories)
Warm, life-like artwork, often of family and relationship scenes. She's done some great work with James and Lily, like this one with baby Harry, and this quiet couple moment. She captures personalities beautifully as well (Sirius Black at eleven.) And I think anyone who's ever written Sirius will understand Just Write It, where our favorite pushy character comes to dictate to the artist!

Anyway, those are today's recs, not counting three recs I put up in an earlier post.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: March 7th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Shloz

[b]Re: Arabella[/b]

I agree, Arabella's fics are brilliant in a way that only a few (such as yours) are. She manages to nail the character of every protagonist, from Diary!Riddle (that fic is enough to give you nightmares) to Ranting Ron.

This is the opportunity to rec Arabella's other masterpieces - the HQoW series - all of canon HP from Hermione's POV through her magic diary. IT's sheer genius.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: March 7th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Shloz

that fic is enough to give you nightmares

You've got that right. It's just the most depressing thing I've ever felt a desire to read, and now that it's finished, I won't be able to sleep properly myself. And I was in the process of reading GoF, and now I've returned and feel such a strong surge of pride in Ginny for how normal she is. You know, it's weird, but I barely thought about what she must have gone through.

Also, I have a nagging fear that I would never have stood up the way she did. Bleah.
coralia13 From: coralia13 Date: March 7th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love the SQ. That's how I found you, Fern! I have been reading SQ fics for about two years now, and have a list of my favorite authors and stories there - I've got about twenty of them. Arabella is most assuredly on the list - I look forward to seeing where our tastes overlap!
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 8th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)

hpLurker2

Actually, if you're looking for outstanding fics, I have three recommendations. All three are one-shots.

1. A Fair Fellowship of Young Squires (http://www.thedarkarts.org/authors/atrain/AFFYS.html): I love this Lupin. *turns into mush*

2. Unhonoured and Unsung (http://www.sugarquill.net/read.php?storyid=2366&chapno=1) - If you like character studies mixed in with a good strong plot, this one shot is a really good one.

3. Distinctions (http://www.sugarquill.net/read.php?storyid=2241&chapno=1), which features a Theodore Nott beyond compare, and an OC who's even better. Actually, all the stories in this series are marvellous.
coralia13 From: coralia13 Date: March 8th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hpLurker2

Thanks for the recs! I'll have to check them out!
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 8th, 2005 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
For the longest time, she was my favourite HP writer and her stories are genuinely interesting - you really want to read to the end, even if it's just a between-chapters missing moment. She's clearly a H/G and R/Hr shipper and most of her stories centre around these couples. For good, honest smut, she's the place to go. ;) That didn't stop her from co-writing a powerful D/G story called 'Rising from the Ashes' which is one of the few honest D/G fics I've come across - that is, a fic that portrayed the uncanon romance without sacrificing the integrity of the canon characters. Her other epic, 'After the End' started out nicely but I'm mixed about the ending. I think Arabella's fondness for Ginny's character misguided her at a certain stage because sin the conclusion of AtE, Ginny came dangerously close to fulfilling all the characteristics of the typical Mary Sue. All the same, for good quality H/G//R/Hr fanfic, Arabella is the place to go. She doesn't write much anymore which is more the pity.

For the record, Arabella's work now ranks second to Fernwithy's in my little black book. :p
From: falco_999 Date: March 8th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you mentioned Arabella. She's one of the few authors in the fandom who can make the canon seem completely fresh, simply by throwing new light on characterisation. I liked Arabella's work a great deal before reading The Very Secret Diary, but IMNSHO, that was the fic that catapulted her right to the top. The sheer intensity of those final chapters...

I think my favourite thing about After The End was the way Zsenya and Arabella portrayed Draco Malfoy post Hogwarts. Not normally a character I'm terribly interested in, yet they made him into a 3D character, not the devil incarnate but not good either. It was a very clever interpretation, and I don't think I've seen anything quite like it before or since.



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