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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
What do you do when...?
A couple of times now, I've gotten comments on Shifts complimenting me for coming up with things I took directly out of OotP. I'm never sure how to respond to that. If I pop in with a correction, it sounds like I'm, you know, correcting someone (it wouldn't in a conversation, but in print, it seems like I'm slapping someone who's saying something nice to me), but if I don't say anything, it seems like I'm content to take credit for something Rowling did.

:scratching head:

Advice?
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leeflower From: leeflower Date: June 16th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
If it were me I'd say something along the lines of "I'm really flattered that people think I could have come up with it," thus being gracious about the compliment, "but for the sake of giving credit where it's due, Rowling actually came up with this one."

That way you're putting it in the context of "I don't want to look like I plagerized this," rather than "You're an idiot for not knowing this." Which is exactly what you're trying to do.

and in any case you can take it as a compliment to your research skills, because it means you're thurough enough to catch things that others totally miss.
honorh From: honorh Date: June 16th, 2005 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd do it in a "Thanks, but I can't take credit for that" way. Do it nicely, and it's his stuff if he thinks you're being rude.
imadra_blue From: imadra_blue Date: June 16th, 2005 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
To add to what's been said, perhaps something like, "Thanks. I actually got that right from canon, on the part where such and such happened. I'm really flattered by the fb, yadda yadda." Maybe? I had something like that happen to me and it seemed to work well when I tried that response. I guess I'm still curious as to how to respond to "Wow, your Snape is really canon" or some such, because... isn't he supposed to be?
ashavah From: ashavah Date: June 16th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I guess I'm still curious as to how to respond to "Wow, your Snape is really canon" or some such, because... isn't he supposed to be?

I'd approach that by thanking the reviewer for their compliment to your characterisation.

Yours,

JK
imadra_blue From: imadra_blue Date: June 16th, 2005 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee, that's what I usually do, I just feel like I should be saying something else. :D
gryfny From: gryfny Date: June 16th, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee. That's one thing that I don't think I have problems with in my reviews. Instead my reviews usually are some mix of my notes on the chapter, mixed with some of my favorite parts of the chapter, and if there is some part of it that I don't like I usually also mention it.

I guess I'm still curious as to how to respond to "Wow, your Snape is really canon" or some such, because... isn't he supposed to be?
Ashavah, I actually think such a review is very diffrent, than what Fernwithy is talking about. Because of the vast numbers of Snape stories out there, and loads of them really very far out of canon, Snape Mentors/Adopts/Father to Harry, probally the most canonical one of those stories is the one at the Quill's, (Theowyn's, HPEW) so when you have Snape as a main character saying that he's in canon, is/should be an excellent comment.
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: June 16th, 2005 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I do think you need to be honest. However, give yourself credit for the fact that you obviously did something a little unique with that idea, or it was a bit different in Remus's eyes. So I'd tell them the idea is actually canon - but that you're very flattered they think you came up with it.
litlefallofrain From: litlefallofrain Date: June 16th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, those lines where you can't give across the emotion that you can with face to face conversation. Which is why sarcasm doesn't work *as well* across the internet.

But I second what a lot of people have said-- thank them kindly, but tell them you can't take credit for it.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 16th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I added a comment to the review page to that effect; I appreciate the help. :)
story645 From: story645 Date: June 16th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm curious now, what did they compliment you on that you stole from canon?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 16th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
How Kreacher distracted Sirius when Harry was calling in the fireplace. (The injury of Buckbeak.) I've also been credited for "The Department of Muggle-Worthy Excuses," which is listed when Harry and Arthur are on the lift the day of the hearing.
story645 From: story645 Date: June 17th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thanks. I guess those are pretty easy to miss, specially te second one, cause it's sort of a throw away comment.
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