I'm not sure how I feel about this, even though Ron and Hermione have never seemed particularly compatible to me. I suspect there's a lot of wailing in certain corners of fandom right now. To be fair, I do understand JKR's point of view, because it more or less coincides with mine; I'm just not sure it needed to be said publicly.

J. K. Rowling regrets Ron and Hermione's relationship
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In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.

So I'm already behind! How is this possible? I say it's due to spending fourteen hours counting a store full of books and subsequently melting into the bathtub in a trance of post-tedium paralysis. Now I'm about to burrow into bed - I'd very much like to dig a hole and hibernate for the next 24 hours because dear God, there's yet more counting to do - but first I should start the year out right.

I've produced so few fan works that it makes me slightly uncomfortable to rec them; I'm better at reccing other people's stuff. I wish I had a somewhat wider field to choose from - why aren't I more prolific? - but in the spirit of breaking my writer's block, I pledge to finish a fic or two this year. In the meantime, here are my choices:

When the Rose and the Fire Are One, Snape/Harry, NC-17, ~81,600 words. It's not my best or my most popular, and it's probably more interesting to me than to most readers because it so clearly broadcasts what preoccupied me at the time. The fic is full of restless, infatuated energy poured into posing questions about loss and punishment and guilt in the context of the Potter world. I made Harry act out in anger, but I was frustrated with the role "love" had played in the series, so I mucked about with that as well. Plus, you know, imagery up the wazoo. And I was determined to figure out how to make Snape sexy if it killed me. Or, more likely, him. Anyway, this was my first attempt to get a handle on what fascinated me about this pairing. The summary, for once, really does tell you all you need to know.

In Infinite Remorse of Soul, Dumbledore/Snape, with a bit of Snape/Harry clouding the background, NC-17, ~10,700 words. I sometimes think I'm even more opinionated about Dumbledore than I am about Snape, and if you put the two together, I apparently enter a magnetic zone of moral ambiguity in which everyone behaves badly, and Dumbledore thinks floridly and in old-fashioned paradigms of sin and poetic justice. I had fun creating an interior landscape for him and even more fun stripping Snape back to his canon intensity and letting him destabilize everything in his orbit. Let's face it, any story where an author writes things like Albus spares a moment to note that Severus' fixation on Harry has acquired an element of dusty indecency, redolent of decomposing velvet, is clearly a story in which the author is wallowing in self-indulgence as happily as a pig in mud. I fumbled the ending, alas, but I still get a kick out of the surrealism of their afterlife showdown.

My third self-rec is a podfic, because I simply can't keep hawking the same old stories over and over, so instead here's something I enjoyed doing even though I'm not very good at it. It was a bit nervewracking to tackle voice recording on a completely amateur level and then offer it up for public consumption, but it reminded me of the benefits of trying new things purely for a lark. Actually, I'll rec both podfics I recorded, as I don't see myself ever repeating the experience, and this will suffice as a farewell wave. One is a reading of Covenant, a Snape/Harry wartime fic by [livejournal.com profile] auctasinistra, and the other is Truth Beyond, a story about Minerva McGonagall and Rita Skeeter and the power inherent in self-control, beautifully written by [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss. Links to both lovely fics can be found in the header info.
I just saw this linked on [livejournal.com profile] fiercelydreamed's journal, and it stirred up that sense of a whole fictional world reaching its end, the cast and characters growing up, the underlying themes flashing and threading before our eyes in magical and melancholy images. I don't even like most of the movies, but I think this vid touches the heart of the series rather nicely and sets us up for the very last film.



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( Oct. 5th, 2010 09:41 pm)
I know I've been failing badly at fandom lately, not by choice but because RL has been a bit gnarly. I have a backlog of recs I've never gotten around to posting. Now in the past two days I've read yet another handful of wonderful works, and I don't want to postpone my excitement because chances are I'll never get back to squee over them. So instead of giving them their proper due I'm just going to link the fics. (I haven't even left comments yet. On any of them. Oh, the shame.)

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Hello, flist! Goodbye, flist! I hope everyone's doing well!
Yes, I know, this is lame. One stale meme and links to old recs. But considering I haven't visited my own journal for weeks, it's better than nothing, right?

I did the movie meme in an idle moment, even though fandom at large used it up and tossed it away two months ago. I am forever belated, and my brain drags its good intentions around for ridiculous lengths of time before finally letting go.

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen movies you've seen that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

…three, two, one. Go! )

Well, that was less than cathartic. ;) And yes, I realize that I could probably come up with an entirely different list on an entirely different day in an entirely different mood. But once is enough.

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I keep postponing links to the recs I made during my respective driving/flying months at [community profile] crack_van and [profile] crack_broom. Since I like to have a convenient record and tally of favorite fics and my thoughts on them, I'm going to use this as a bookmark post. These are several months old, but if there's anything here you've never read before, I urge you to give it a chance. And if the spirit moves you, leave the writers some love in the form of feedback.

Crack Van HP recs. Snape-centric but not particularly Snarryish.

Fallen Far from the Tree by [personal profile] joanwilder

We Should Have Loved More and Feared Less by [personal profile] maelipstick

The Soul Adores by [profile] maeglinyedi

Slow Convergence by Iteration by [personal profile] dracofiend

Mustard Seed by [personal profile] rinsbane (excerpt NSFW) (you need to have Rinsbane friend you to have access to her HP fics)

Match Point (Unforgiven) by [personal profile] snegurochka_lee

Jigsaw Pieces by [personal profile] florahart

All the Dreaded Cards Foretell by [personal profile] lilith_morgana

Silver and Green: A Quartet by [profile] alena_hu

Playing for Keeps by [personal profile] vissy

The Courtship of Benjamin Jink by [profile] atdelphi

Hard Bargain & A Valediction Forbidding Mourning by [personal profile] magnetic_pole

Also, two vid recs, one Snape-centric and one not:

High School Never Ends by Samus McAslan

Beautiful Struggle by [profile] nightchik

Well, that got long. Perhaps it would be wise to save the Crack_Broom recs for a follow-up post.
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