I mentioned this idea in a previous post, and many apologies for the delay in setting it in motion. Sometimes life throws odd curves, such as the need to spend almost two hundred dollars and several days battling flea infestations and upgrading to a usable operating system.
Anyway, this is a preliminary post to explore the interest in such a community. I'm completely open to ideas, and in fact am soliciting them here and now. So far, these are my thoughts:
1. I'm interested in a critique/discussion group for HP fanfic that will be a forum for talking about stories, with topics ranging from investigation of characters, chats about craft and literary technique, canon embellishments, political implications, emotional themes, whatever seems most pertinent to the story. Whatever affects the reader or what seems most fruitful for analysis on the one hand and sheer heart-clutch or delight on the other.
2. It would be opt-in, and possibly moderated membership. Members of the group will submit a) a story of their own that they'd like to see discussed, or b) a fic they enjoyed reading, submitted by permission of the author. It will be your responsibility to contact that author and secure their participation.
2a, since I can't be buggered to adjust all the numbers: those who want to participate but don't want to submit their own fics are welcome. Ditto those who just want to rubberneck from the sidelines because they're shy or not confident in their own powers of analysis. Members can participate to whatever degree feels comfortable.
3. Each discussion will be moderated, and by that I mean someone will post introductory topics or opinions just to get the ball rolling and provide some basis for disagreement and extrapolation. The forum mod will also be responsible for keeping the conversation civil. Which leads to:
4. Concrit will be both acceptable and even expected as an element of discussion. Anyone who participates or submits a story must understand that the approach doesn't mandate praise, although I would hope that critical interpretations would be nuanced and more a matter for examining different facets than condemning the writer's approach. Attacks and insults will be cause for banning.
5. The forum will convene once a month for each new fic, although each discussion can run as long as people have something to say.
This is a bit slapdash, since I'm taking a work break to throw this together in exasperation after promising myself I'd post no later than yesterday. (Do I break promises to myself all the time? Oh, yes.)
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The best day for convening a monthly discussion would be:
Please feel free to toss ideas around in the comments, expand, question, poke, cast doubt, cheerlead, or what have you.