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    September 20th, 2007

    Little Paper Stars

    Little Paper Stars by EntirelyToo

    Summary: The seventh had been the carefree action of opening the door to see who was knocking… Drabble, 782 words.

    Why You Should Care: Lots of people write Luna, and lots of people write Luna like this, winsome and angsty and odd, but no-one’s done it quite like EntirelyToo manages to do here. This fic, for me, is the absolute epitome of that old writing idiom ‘show, don’t tell’. The writer shies away from the temptation to just say what’s happening in Luna’s head, and instead leaves us to puzzle it out on our own. On top of all that, this fic has a wonderfully chilling touch about exactly what Tom Riddle does to people, which feels very in tune with canon.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s very angsty, and quite wordy in places, and there’s a point a couple of paragraphs in when you might start thinking ‘enough already!’. And I suppose you might not like it if you’re not a Luna fan. Though, after the OotP film, who isn’t?

    posted by winglessflight

    2 Responses to “Little Paper Stars”

    1. AML Says:
      September 20th, 2007 at 1:10 pm

      Writing about constructing objects is hard. The logic of language isn’t equivalent to the logic of space and time, right? But, wow, those words became 3D shapes!

      I have to re-read to capture EntirelyToo’s basis for mentioning the other canon characters. It may be I was distracted by the shiny objects.

      Thanks for the rec!

    3. Sara Says:
      September 20th, 2007 at 6:32 pm

      Great rec! It does a great job, in my opinion, of capturing that other-worldly air that Luna has, and yet showing that she’s been tied to the ground somewhat by what’s happening — especially in these lines:

      The first had been her mother. The second Cedric Diggory and the third Sirius Black. The fourth was Dumbledore and the fifth her childhood and the sixth the warm gesture of inviting friends over for tea.

      The seventh was the carefree action of opening the door to see who was knocking.

      So, so perfect. A wonderful portrayal of her reaction to the chaos that is war. I love when fics incorporate unusual, unique elements — such as this, the folding of paper stars.