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Just out of curiousity... Jul. 31st, 2009 @ 10:54 am
I know there are all types in the fandom, but I'm a bit curious.  How long do you like fanfics to be?  Epic novels of thousands and thousands of words?  Or teaspoon sized drabbles of a couple hundred or less?  I can see how both types are definitely appealing...  Me, I'm a role-player, and I like short bursts.  Anywhere from 100 to 500 words at a time is great for me.  I find reading something longer than that is hard... but I do it when I find things I really enjoy.

What about the rest of you?  How long do you like your fic?

Oct. 20th, 2008 @ 08:45 pm
Have you seen this article? It made me laugh. Some Professor did a study about Harry Potter readers. He concluded that the reader types broke down into 4 groups.

'Hufflepuff' readers take the tales at a slow, steady and systematic pace and enjoy re-reading the books over and over.
'Gryffindor' readers are eager and energetic and will devour the latest Potter book in one sitting, but quickly move on to new things.
'Ravenclaws' are subversive and take the stories with a pinch of salt, while 'Slytherin' readers are not fussed about the books.They prefer the films but pretend to have read the books when it suits them.

He said that the Revenclaws are the ones that write fanfiction and all that jazz. That made me wonder if that was true. Now I have been sorted into every house, but Gryffindor, so I guess I can be a Revenclaw. Are all the people in fandom a bunch of Ravenclaws? I would like to think that we are a more diverse group of people than that.

Why do people completely delete their fic? Aug. 6th, 2008 @ 02:56 am

Sorry if this is OT for this group, didn't know where to ask.
I understand deleting your fic if you are being stalked/sued, but otherwise, what's up?
I tend to come into fandoms late, and it annoys me when people delete, purge, block from wayback machine, and request not be posted anywhere.
If you at one time liked writing fanfic enough to post, and your stories were well received, then ???
Also, I have seen that a couple people pulled their fic because they got/are seeking a professional publishing contract. Does anyone know if this is for legal reasons, or that they are afraid the publisher will find out they wrote fanfic?

Jul. 21st, 2008 @ 07:24 pm
I am new to this community. I found it when I was looking for a community to discuss Snarry. This community was pointed out. I thought that those of us who wanted to talk about Snarry and other stories could dicuuss it here. I thought I would get the ball rolling.

I have been reading a lot of infidelity fics lately The fics that I have been reading are:

Being Snape

Sadness of Eros

Between the Lines

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

Also there is an IJ community: hp_unfaithful

What are your feelings on infidelity fics?

The Past is a Foreign Country May. 21st, 2007 @ 10:06 pm
This meta piece was written for cutecoati's birthday, but I thought members of this comm might enjoy it, as well.

The Past is a Foreign Country: Historical Settings in HP Fanfiction
Other entries
» Threeway Action
This was written for painless_j, who was born on this day.

It's easy to get them in bed. Hard to make them fall in love. All three of them, I mean.

Threeway Action
» Fan Fiction and Original Fiction
This was written for tryfanstone, for her birthday.

Fan Fiction and Original Fiction. Sometimes, it's a fine line.
» Wanting To Be Happy: Desire, Porn, and Romance in Slash Fanfiction
This was written for meri_oddities, whose birthday it is today. She loves a happy ending, so I thought this would suit.

Wanting To Be Happy: Desire, Porn, and Romance in Slash Fanfiction
» I want to see him cheat: Snape, Adultery, and Fandom
All the world is divided into two groups, as you may know: those who divide people into two groups, and those who don’t.

Obviously, I’m shallow enough to belong to the former, and not the latter, wiser group.

Because it seems to me that when it comes to shipping fanfic, readers and writers fall into groups: those who are in love with the pairing itself (with getting these two together, and in a romantic relationship), and those who are . . . not so much. The second group might be more there for the exploration of characterization, to see what these two would be like, together. Not so much to see them happy together, which might be a different thing entirely.

You can often identify writers from the first group by their blithe willingness to simply erase recent new canon, if it makes getting these two into a deeply romantic, loving relationship more difficult. The author’s notes will simply say “this story ignores HBP” for Snarry stories, for example. Or even OoTP, too. Other true shippers will work terribly hard with and around new canon, painstakingly bringing these men to the place they want and need to see them (I am thinking of meri_oddities here, for example). But in the end, the resolution that such writers want to reach is never really in doubt, to long-time readers. Meri wants to see them happy. In the end.

But the second group (which is where I am) is perhaps more in love with the characters themselves, than the pairing itself. Hell yes, I want to see what they’d be like, together. I want my OTP. That’s why I’m here, and not reading over at omniocular.

But what punches my buttons isn’t a happy ending: it’s full-throated, note-perfect, three-dimensional characterization. And the interaction between two such well-realized characters. That is what makes me fall to the floor, in helpless adoration of the story.

And it doesn't need to end happily
» Other Places, Other Spaces . . . But Still The OTP
Recently, I wrote a short story for bethbethbeth's AU Snape-a-Rama Challenge, which was my first attempt at an AU. To my surprise, since I didn't actually much like how the story turned out (and almost didn't post it), my AU piece got a fair bit of positive feedback. That started me mulling over AU's and other sorts of settings for fanfiction, and how and why characterization works in non-canonical settings.

And so, some meta on alternate settings, universes, and timelines in fanfiction
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