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Another late update - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Another late update
Grrr. I have to sleep; work in the morning, after an evening shift, and I don't have time to finish a Shifts entry. I'll have to do two tomorrow.
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kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: December 24th, 2004 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for letting me know, I won't be compelled to check every ten minutes tomorrow.

gryffinkat From: gryffinkat Date: December 24th, 2004 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)


So, I've never posted here before, but I have been reading Shifts for some time now. I first came across it on SQ, but when I found out you'd been posting it on your blog, I had to come find it to read the rest of what's happened so far. I'm getting very anxious for more! It's a highly addictive story.

I have to say, your Remus is one of the best I've seen in fanfic ... probably THE best, for that matter. It's not JKR, and I can tell, but he's really well done.

Oh, and about the R/T thing. First, I have to say that you've done a great job building that relationship in a very believable way. I've never been big on the R/T ship, and I'm still not, but you've made it work very well in your writings. Also, I'm curious to know whether your R/T shipping is based on anything particular in canon, or just your own idea that they might be good together?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2004 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: addiction

Thanks for dropping in.

My R/T is based on some subtle paralelling in canon--it's just one of those odd things. I've never been a shipper of any stripe, so it really surprised me when I read OotP and said, "Wow... a Lupin ship!" It just seemed to feel right.

Looking at what's there, what I can see that would tip it off are little things. Tonks calls Remus by his first name, and he almost calls her by hers, and does a fond little eye-roll when she corrects him. They're almost always standing next to one another when they're in the same scenes, and they're frequently in the same scenes. Harry uses the word "again" to note Lupin and Tonks escorting them around, which is kind of striking since Harry so rarely notices who's hanging out with whom if it doesn't happen to be himself, Ron, or Hermione (or sometimes Cho). Mostly, I think it's in her introduction, which is a literary parallel to Lupin's. In PoA, Harry is on the Hogwarts Express, it suddenly becomes dark, and he is frightened and depressed, then a strange voice speaks and Lupin produces light in the darkness. In OotP, Harry's trapped at the Dursleys', hasn't bothered to turn on the lights, is horribly depressed and a bit frightened, then he hears a strange voice speak--Tonks's this time--and she produces a light source.

It's just weird structural paralleling, and I suspect that's what tipped me off to the idea of putting them in tandem with one another. The romantic part of it? I think it's just that she seems to be exactly the sort of person he needs--cheerful, aggressively friendly, and focused on the now.
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