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    July 10th, 2007

    Standing In Shadow

    Standing In Shadow by JulieFortune

    Summary: Malfoy invites Snape over for an evening of amusement, Death Eater style, and Snape has to try to keep his cover and Hermione Granger’s life intact at the same time. Oneshot, 4,823 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The language in this piece is exceptional. The turns of phrase, the cutting dialogue, the sarcastic commentary: everywhere you look in this fic, the author’s ability to create memorable sentences is tactfully showcased. That’s what makes this fic worth reading and worth reccing. Not the plot (though I’m sure many a Snape/Hermione shipper will feel an eek of excitement midway — rest assured, it doesn’t continue in that vein) or the message, just the words on the page and the way they connect and flow together.

    Why You Might Not Care: There are vauge non-hints that could be construed as Snape/Hermione if you reach a little, though I don’t read into it more than is written so I don’t really see it. The plot is a little contrived, hinging on the idea that Hermione up and waltzed into Malfoy manner on a half-baked rescue mission, but it’s good enough to be going on with. Snape is… not quite right. His dialogue is dead on, but his motivations and some of his actions seem just slightly off kilter. Nothing terribly upsetting, but the true Snape fan can expect to be very slightly annoyed at certain parts and not really be sure why. He’s an imperfect carbon copy, this Snape, but — like the plot — he’s good enough to be going on with.

    posted by afterthree

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