aethel: (harry flying)
I discovered this old text file just now. Very partial list of fic I was reading a decade ago, with date estimates. Ah, memories.*

(Note that I searched a few of these just now, but the links I found are not necessarily the original site I read the fic at.)

Lotrips )
HP )

*In college I believe it was "A Helping Hand" I read out loud with a fake British accent to a boy while in a mutual friend's dorm room. I think he appreciated my repetition of the word "cock."
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Yeay, verily I say unto you that this journal shall be devoted to recs and fannish things. Perchance it will be abandoned before the season is out, yet what the future brings I cannot say.

Firstly, be it known that fanart is awesome. I care not if it be gen, het, or slash, for I love with equal fervor the vibrant colors of HP oil paintings and the photoshopped magnificence of Arthur/Merlin. Thus, I give unto you examples new and old from an assortment of fandoms:

On His Majesty's Secret Service by [ profile] lizardspots. Merlin & Arthur AU.
Merlin/Arthur Modern AU by [ profile] trolleys
One and Of the Earth by [personal profile] newkidfan. Merlin & Arthur manips and icons.
Gwen/Morgana art by [ profile] pentapus (and Temeraire art and due South art)

Harry Potter
a Remus/Sirius painting and another Remus/Sirius painting by [ profile] celestialsoda
an oldie but goodie by [ profile] sherant. Harry and Draco sleeping.
everything here by lara hill.

The Electric Things Have Their Life Too by [personal profile] steammmpunk. Sheppard/McKay cyberpunk AU.
Grabby Hands by [personal profile] steammmpunk. Ronon.
Kate in the Style of Alphonse Mucha by [ profile] leyna55.
Fairy Tales by [personal profile] anna_luna. illustrated McKay/Sheppard AU fanfic.
Witchelm and Drowned Valley by [personal profile] zoetrope. Team manips.


Mar. 19th, 2009 04:38 pm
aethel: (ray sees red)
years later I stumble on the Dumbledore discussions: You and me both, David Thewlis.

Am now pondering how the phrase "I love my dead gay headmaster" got to be so popular. This should go in that wiki.
aethel: (geoffrey tennant's method)
And now, the news from Delicious: I have over a hundred bookmarks tagged "new", none of which I've recced since I got a delicious account and changed fandoms a few times. Herein I try to remember why I saved them:

Deriving the Prime by Rageprufrock. The only House fic I've ever read, and it's a graphic threesome. I probably didn't rec this before because it's very NC-17, but like all good threesome stories, it's got interesting character dynamics.

HP fanart: Which one, sir?. Sirius and Remus.

The Pegasus Tinies: A Dreadful Abecedarium, with Selected Illustrations. argosy and kiden. SGA fanart.
The Angriest John in the World. Speranza. fanart. I might have mentioned this one before.
The Prince of Atlantis by prudentia. Written By The Victors fanart done in the style of a stained-glass window.
The Physics of Flying by steammmpunk. Wings and excellent highlights!
Downtime by crysothemis. John/Rodney watercolor.
You Only Ever Lose One by Thigh Holster. The John/Rodney sock AU.

due South. Mostly Fraser/Kowalski

Mixing by Slidellra. The archivist from "The Ladies' Man" puts in an appearance (something she should do more often).
Sliding by Sage. Post-COTW tentfic.
The Box by Salieri. Short and excellent.

Real Worlds by Salieri, with accompanying Space!Mountie recruitment posters. A sequel to Real Boys, the Blade Runner/cyberpunk AU. So, I have linked to Real Boys before, but I neglected to mention that a) it is awesome and b) it provides a satisfactory answer to the question my father asked when he and I were discussing Fraser's characterization in the series. My father said that the way Fraser was introduced in the pilot suggests that he had simply popped into existence the moment his father was murdered. Why, he asked, did Fraser move into his father's cabin? Did he not have a place to live already? "He is inscrutable" was my father's conclusion. (Meanwhile, my aunt thought that Fraser was not so much inscrutable as wooden and boring and that Paul Gross's performance was uninspiring. She thinks this about every Paul Gross role that is not Geoffrey Tennant.)
aethel: (cloud)
Dead tired after seeing Serenity with [ profile] insomniac_blu. It's past my bedtime!

Oh, the NyQuil must be kicking in.

I'm about as coherent as I was during the Leaving Feast at TWH on Monday, so this'll be authentic.

First off, lots of people were there before what I thought was the beginning of the brunch. I arrived at 8:30 a.m. after only a few wrong turns on the highway. I managed to find [ profile] uguisubari, [ profile] violarium, and [ profile] wendywoowho, although I sort of lost track of them at different points. It seemed like everyone was looking for everyone else to get their email addresses and such. Lots of last minute photo-ops. Got to look at [ profile] uguisubari's art journal. Since she was sitting next to me during various panels, fic readings, and presentations, I watched her sketching some excellent figures. No line out of place. I looked for [ profile] didntyoupotter, the first person I met at TWH, but I think she wasn't there.

Two men at the Hufflepuff table were expressing surprise at the gender imbalance of the convention. 80/20, they guessed. I was surprised that there were men there at all, but maybe that's just me....

Some last awards and such were announced by the "Minister of Magic"--Hufflepuff won the House Cup. Vengeance is sweet. Although Hufflepuff ended up with 18,000 odd points, it was through no fault of my own; I don't think I saw any prefects the whole time. In fact, I wasn't too clear on who the prefects were anyway. The head of Gryffindor was acting out as usual, and people kept encouraging him. Actually, he was the only head of house who seemed to get into the spirit of the whole House/Hogwarts reenactment thing.

And there was one last panel: Riddle to Voldemort: A Choice to the Dark
book 6 spoilers )
aethel: (cloud)
On Sunday, instead of running all over Salem and missing half of every panel, I decided to sit in one place and let the programming come to me....

"The Lure of the Dark Side: Explaining Villains Through Fanfiction" presented by Kavita Mudan
more )

"Challenging Morality: Fanfiction as Community Dialectic" presented by Heather Mitchell
more )

"Fanfiction Imagines Snape's Sexual Past: Transgression, Titillation and Triumph" presented by Meghan Mercier
more )

"Don't Send a Boy to Do a Man's Job: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, and Their Unlikely Pairing in Fanfiction" presented by Kay Albright
more )

"Deactivating the Moral Compass: Rowling's Place in a Post-C.S. Lewis World" roundtable
at least read this one )


Then I had to go to a friend's wedding, so I missed the rest of Sunday's programming. After I drove back to my parents' house, I was so exhausted I started crying.

"Oh, are you depressed about losing your friend?" asked my mother.

"No, I'm depressed about missing the Hallowe'en Ball!" I sniffled.

But, seriously, I do like my friend.
aethel: (after work I like to go for a ride)
I ought to be sleeping, but instead I'm posting some recollections from The Witching Hour. I took some haphazard notes during the panels and discussions, but in most cases did not distinguish who said what.

Thursday. Welcome Feast.
I posted an incoherent entry after I got home, but I also wrote a note to myself:
H/D 9 p.m.-midnight @Sheraton Ferncroft <--------was fabulous! FABULOUS!

I went to a panel on "Pureblood Bigotry: A Backlash Against Muggle Persecution? And Does It Matter?", but I didn't take any notes. I do remember thinking that the discussion never quite got to the point, but that's discussion for you. No one said what I was thinking,* so eventually I said it right before the panel ended. Or perhaps it ended because of what I said? Let's just say I won't be starting that career in public speaking any time soon. My heartbeat did not slow down until several minutes later.

Also on Friday:
-The Snape in book 6 roundtable was packed, and there was a moment toward the end where it looked like a fight might break out between the people who thought spoiler ) and everybody else.
-met [ profile] uguisubari, who was also attending TWH alone, and we ended up going to listen to the fanfiction readings for a bit.
-heard a fanfic about a Jewish Snape.
-tried not to drool when [ profile] iridescent_ink read "Naughty."
-thought about how I hadn't actually read any fanfic in several days. A personal record, methinks?
-talked to a girl on the bus to the inconveniently located Weird Sisters concert and then didn't recognize her when I saw her again two hours later. Clearly, I am entering senility.
-was brutally murdered by a well-timed Ridikkulus.
-saw the opening act, Harry and The Potters, but left before The Weird Sisters.
-witnessed an impromptu Goblet of Fire reenactment, described in more detail here by [ profile] dracomalfoy05.

Saturdaycut for length )
To Be Continued...

*Except for a girl wearing a Gryffindor scarf, who said something along the lines of Voldemort having his own agenda and not caring about pureblood prejudice as such. However, she said she thought her interpretation might be fanon, rather than canon. Canon or fanon: That is the question.
aethel: (Default)
I'm utterly braindead and coming down off a Harry/Draco high, but I'm going to post anyway:

-driving to Salem on 128 in rush hour traffic with construction! Whee!
-Everyone in the universe was trying to park in Salem to watch the Halloween parade there.
-I didn't even know where the filled-up parking was.
-I drove on the wrong side of the road, but miraculously avoided either an accident or a citation.
-Chris Rankin, who plays Percy Weasley in the movies, was in the parade.
-The teenaged girls standing in front of me noticed this surprising fact and started screaming.
-talking to another girl who didn't know anyone going to TWH and subsequently joining forces for the evening.
-seeing a lot of McGonagall hats.
-women dressed in very convincing Draco, Lucius, and Snape costumes.
-Draco, Lucius, and Snape getting sorted into Gryffindor.
-the other girl and I getting sorted into Hufflepuff. (WHAT?!? is what I didn't say, but I overheard other people grumbling about getting sorted into the wrong Houses.)
-lots of energetic, excited fans. It was weird saying "fanfic" to a total stranger and knowing that I would be understood.
-talking to an engineer from San Jose about checkmated.
-seeing faces to go with the names I see on livejournal.
-reminding myself of my conversation with [ profile] insomniac_blu, in which I promised I wouldn't grab fanauthors by their ankles and plead, "I want to have your babies!"
-thinking about Voice and how it's easier to see that the writing styles of people you already know reflect their characters than vice versa.
-hearing Saber Shadowkitten say that no straight fifteen-year-old boy would describe kissing a girl as "wet" and leave it at that.
aethel: (cloud)

Thirteen Ways by Sinope. Lupin/Snape.

Third Time's the Charm. by [ profile] helenish. Lupin/Snape.

Misanthropy, Lycanthropy, and the Pursuit of Knowledge. by [ profile] prillalar Lupin/Snape.

Underwater Light, Chapter 20. by Maya. Harry/Draco. (OMG!!)

And everything here.


Snakes and Ladders. by Alvira. Harry/Draco, kid.

Assisted Suicide. by Ishafel. Draco, Snape. (I found the general inertia in this story rather disturbing--I kept wishing they would just give him Prozac.)

Lost Boys. by Ishafel. Draco, Ron, Harry.

Deficient. by Zahra. Oliver(/Marcus).
aethel: (cloud)
A few more fanfics that contain dysfunctional relationships and that I've read recently, but are not themselves so recent:

He never thought he'd get used to it, but he did. by [ profile] honey_wheeler. Harry/Neville. NC-17.

Reparations by [ profile] helenish. Draco/Neville. NC-17. WIP.

Your Darkest Voice by [ profile] ivyblossom. Harry/Draco, Ginny/Draco, Ginny/Bill. X. Unlike the other dysfunctional stories in this list, this one was actually rather depressing. And also more dysfunctional, what with the incest and issues of consent. Why do I read these things??
aethel: (cloud)
I'm branching out; instead of spending too much time reading Harry/Draco fanfic, I'm spending too much time reading other HP pairings. I'm also reading some nonfiction and may eventually read original fiction again some day. I feel accomplished.

These are good:

Night-blooming Heartsease by Julad. Snape/Neville. R?

A Soft Spot for Lost Causes by [ profile] helenish. Draco/Ron. NC-17.

Close Enough by [ profile] helenish. Harry/Ron. NC-17.

This is not good:

Seduction of the Innocent. a book published in 1953 by some quack psychiatrist who thinks Wonder Woman is a "phallic woman" who discourages girls from becoming passive, demure heterosexuals. I was hoping the book would have parody value, but it just put me to sleep.
aethel: (after work I like to go for a ride)
It's 3 a.m. here, and I'm on the edge of my computer chair, my pina colada long since finished. I'm reading A Thousand Beautiful Things by Duinn Fionn. R? NC-17? Harry/Draco, of course. This is better than coffee! I'm more awake now than I was during the day. Woo-hoo for the suspension-of-disbelief rush! Or perhaps I'm simply delirious from lack of sleep.

Nobody tell me what happens! I'm assuming it's some variant of a happy ending, and if it isn't, well, it's too late to stop reading it now. Chapter 5, dude! Vows of silence are cool. I've tried to do that myself. Why I even need to try may baffle some people, but some people are perhaps not aware of how much I talk when I'm alone.


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