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Entirely random fan quibbling - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Entirely random fan quibbling
Totally unrelated thoughts.

Saw Scooby Doo 2 tonight, to see the HP trailer in its native habitat. The movie wasn't as awful as I was expecting, though with it having Seth Green dating Sarah Michelle Gellar's brainy friend, I thought we'd get at least one metatextual wink to the audience. Maybe they figured the one where Daphne is kicking butt with what looks like a pair of stakes while Velma is trying to decipher an ancient text was enough. I don't know. I was just expecting a wink and disappointed when I didn't get one. It was a winky kind of movie.

That said, let's hear it for female action heroes! No gender-bending going on, Daphne just kicks butt and then wears pretty clothes and worries about her hair. I'm liking it. Here's hoping SMG doens't get all uppity about doing action roles--it would be cool to have a brand name female action star, of the Bruce Lee/Jackie Chan/John Wayne/Harrison Ford variety. If she's not up for it, Lucy Liu is pretty darned good at it, too. But why not both? I personally think Natalie Portman is better in action flicks than dramatic roles, but I have a feeling that might be a lost cause. Maybe when Emma Watson grows up, she can join the ranks, since she knows how to throw a good stage punch already.

(Sorry. The rage for totally kick-ass heroines who still like pretty clothes and fluffy hair makes me happy. Why should it be either/or? I loved Princess Leia for being something of a groundbreaker, but my only gripe about Return of the Jedi was that they didn't let her into a planned battle until it was very clear that Han was in charge and her duty of looking at him with goggly-eyed awe had been fulfilled. Padme led the battle herself in The Phantom Menace, with heavy assists from her handmaidens. And she's definitely a clothes-horse. So naturally, the fanboyz kvetch at her for being a sop to the feminists and complain that she won't be any good until they can get her in the gold bikini--you know, the outfit that Jabba used to shame and humiliate Leia. Just for the record.)

I handwrote most of the end of "Your Very Own Dora," but I can't read what I wrote for about half a page, and it frustrates me. I'll have to examine it carefully; I'm pretty sure I know what I meant. I just scribbled in the margins. And between lines, over carets. I'm starting to feel like I'm obsessing on Remus/Tonks, or at least like I look like I am. I'm really not. I like them, and I have a series of stories planned, and I just happened to get into them. This is the sequence I have in mind:

Remus only:
Lines of Descent (written)
Sorting (written)

Tonks only:
Sorting (unwritten)
The Grey-Eyed Boy (half-written, and needs a new title; deals with her acquaintance with Cedric and how she joins the Order)

Remus and Tonks (Tonks age/Remus age)
The Doll Army (5/20) (written)
Your Very Own Dora (8/23) (mostly written)
Registry (14/29) (unwritten, except for blurb to remind myself--she learns he's a werewolf when they run into one another at the Ministry while each is having tests run on the shapeshifting)
Untitled and unknown, when she's around 18 and he's about 33.
A Trick of the Firelight (OotP era, 23/38) (The one I've written a couple snippets of here, when Remus finally figures out that, oops, Dora's a grown-up)

After that, I'd just write them as a couple and not worry about the getting together part anymore. (Well, obviously, no, I'm not going to get them involved during OotP, so I guess that implies another story, but that one kind of bores me.)

Feh.

Why are all the HP challenges for smut or at the very least for pairings? Why does no one do a challenge for a G-rated story about a Hogwarts student bonding with his or her pet? I mean, hey, it's a fandom with cuddly little pets!

(Sorry. As a gen writer who worries that once she might have flirted with an R, I sometimes feel all left out of these things.)

Still looking for Vader stories and Vader art. Anyone with a recommendation?

Story of the day--and I think this runs me out of HP stories, until I finish a new one--is Summer Strangers, the first thing I wrote in the HP fandom. It's the first summer that Lily returns from Hogwarts, from Petunia's point of view. Not only has she come back with any number of unconventional school supplies, her friend James has come with her!

(This was written pre-OotP. I still tend to think that James was a decent enough little kid before he got bigheaded, and think it's plausible that he and Lily would have been good friends first year and drifted apart as she got more and more annoyed with his growing attitude problem.)
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ladyaeryn From: ladyaeryn Date: March 29th, 2004 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seth and Sarah, but not even one real Buffy ref? Rats.

The rage for totally kick-ass heroines who still like pretty clothes and fluffy hair makes me happy. Why should it be either/or?

I agree. That was part of the appeal of Buffy's character for me; if she'd already been just a butch/tomboy, that's no real contrast with the frequent butt-kicking nature of the Slayer. But a girl who can kick butt and carry the weight of saving the world on her shoulders while still retaining the part of herself that can wonder about trivial things like what she's going to wear to prom? Wonderful bit of duality there. (Goodness, I'm intellectualizing about Buffy. No, I can never just have plain ol' fun with the series I love, can I? Got to pick them apart. ;))

Why are all the HP challenges for smut or at the very least for pairings? Why does no one do a challenge for a G-rated story about a Hogwarts student bonding with his or her pet? I mean, hey, it's a fandom with cuddly little pets!

Just yet another symptom of this fandom's disproportionate obsession with romantic pairings. Sure, every fandom has its shipping rages, but at least in fandoms like Buffy the romantic relationships are a significant part of the story - not so with HP. I suppose people figure romance fics are easier to write, but then, doesn't that go against the whole point of a "challenge"? Or just simple supply and demand: people want romance/smut fics, and the way to get a lot of those in a short time is to put out a "challenge" for some.

Enough people read your journal; you could probably set up a challenge of your own and get a decent response...
myf From: myf Date: March 29th, 2004 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree about the HP fandom - it can be a little onesided in that way. While I don't mind a bit of romance, the endless to-ing and fro-ing over R/H? H/H? H/G? drives me batty. What I'd love to read about are pairings which are probably not going to get canon attention (like Remus/Tonks), good, great, gripping plots, inventive use of magic, and pastfics. That's why I love what you write, Fern - it's never same old, same old.

*salivates at notion of extended Remus/Tonks fics*
liwy From: liwy Date: March 30th, 2004 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Why are all the HP challenges for smut or at the very least for pairings? Why does no one do a challenge for a G-rated story about a Hogwarts student bonding with his or her pet? I mean, hey, it's a fandom with cuddly little pets!

Cuddly? I don't think that's quite accurate.

Tangent: Also, it's impossible to see the text against the dark red background color on your journal.
liwy From: liwy Date: March 30th, 2004 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Ignore that last bit-I think it's just a problem with my monitor.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 30th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Nah, if you were looking at it in the reply screen, for some reason, the text is black. I can't find where I can customize that. Annoying. It was the same when the background was green.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: March 30th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)
No recommendations, since I think I may have found all the good Vader stories I can remember reading through you one way or another. You're tempting me to try to write one, though.

I think people default to writing pairings, but I don't feel up to analyzing why. And for some reason writing sex, no matter how gratuitous or shallow, evidently feels more Serious to people than writing G-rated.... I assume the challenge of the pairing exercises is supposed to be to get them together plausibly, but I'm not sure it really happens most of the time. ;) There is the HP100 community -- a lot of people DO write pairings for it, but I don't think any of the challenges technically require them.
liebchen127 From: liebchen127 Date: March 30th, 2004 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I am really looking forward to reading (and translating) "Your very own Dora". And your series of planned stories sounds very promising.

By the way: I am beginning to like Tonks/Remus though I was a bit sceptical first. By the way, do you know redscharlach's art? She did some fanart about the "unlikeliness" of Remus/Tonks (see http://www.geocities.com/scharlachred/midlife.html) and I think it's very funny. BUT nontheless I AM beginning to like this ship! So PLEASE go on!

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 30th, 2004 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I've seen that. It is funny, and although it is an anti-R/T pic, I tend to think of it as Remus's worst fear of what people will think of him. And not an unfounded one...
gryffin23 From: gryffin23 Date: March 30th, 2004 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Kick-ass heroines

What about Eowyn? I only just recently saw RotK (I've read the books too, but sometimes it's easier to see in the movies) and thought she was pretty good. She managed to fight well and still be feminine at the same time. Just a thought.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 30th, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kick-ass heroines

Good call. I haven't seen the movies since the first one, but I adore her in the books.
From: 88l71 Date: March 30th, 2004 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, you can't forget Eowyn. Or Galadriel, or Luthien.

-Tim
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: March 30th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh it's not jsutthe challenges. I recentl yread a good friendship fic and eveyroen starte dto go on aboutthe slash yudnertones. I hate it anyway when folks read subtextual stuffi nto stories that arent'meant to pointthat out (like remus/sirius0
I don't midn abit of romance either adn if it goes to R I'd rahter be it abit of fucntional stuff. not rrealy into PWP i nthe real sense of the word.

Adn Remus/tonks/ yes I"m writing them too (although not inthe sense of him knowign her for since she was born or so). and alas I'mexplorign the get-together part. but I'lll definitly read yorus while you're writing them.
hughroe From: hughroe Date: March 30th, 2004 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
So naturally, the fanboyz kvetch at her for being a sop to the feminists and complain that she won't be any good until they can get her in the gold bikini--you know, the outfit that Jabba used to shame and humiliate Leia. Just for the record.)


Ah yes, but there is the little irony that in making Leia his "slave", Jabba set up his own execution. I loved that part
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