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    Archive for September, 2007

    
    

    September 11th, 2007

    The Shortest Distance Between Two People

    The Shortest Distance Between Two People by Riko

    Summary: In which Sirius learns that growing up isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. Oneshot, 8,054 Words.

    Why You Should Care: If The Shoebox Project was only text, told entirely from Sirius’ POV, and around 100,000 words shorter, this is probably what it would be. I love the way this has been structured as a series of brief moments, conversations, and events in Sirius’ life. The major things are there, but they fall into the background because when you’re a teenager the big things are less the point than the smaller, day-to-day things. This is a very believable story about a boy growing up and growing into himself, and the slash is done very well. Sirius and Remus are entirely boys to whom the concept is vaguely terrifying and wrong, but can’t quite help themselves. I like the lingering sense of unease this fic ends on, as if the author has left it up to us to decide whether or not Sirius and Remus ever do make a real go of it after The Prank, and I wonder if maybe it’s too far out of the realm of possibility to think maybe they didn’t — that maybe some things and some betrayals are too big to get over. The writing is fabulous, and though the framework is entirely Sirius, you get a feeling for each of the Marauders as Sirius sees them, and the language is brilliant. Fantastic all the way around.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s a steamy little scene in an abandoned classroom people who don’t do slash won’t enjoy, but there’s more here than just the slash, and I heartily suggest all readers give it a read. It’s very, very good, and captures the transitional teenage years amazingly well.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Drama

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    September 10th, 2007

    Blood Will Out

    Blood Will Out by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Whilst in pursuit of a suspect, Harry comes face to face with his past.  Oneshot, 3,335 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I’m sure there will be more and varied versions of this story coming out in short order now that Deathly Hallows has been released, but for me this one has the right amount of surprise, awkwardness, and accurate characterization.  Harry is not the sort of person who would forget even the last minute sort of kindness his cousin offered him, and all young people look back on their lives with some regret when they get older — that’s part of maturing.  In the end, they are family, and something like this was bound to happen eventually; all they needed was for chance to set it up for them.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you can’t even fathom a Dudley that is not a screaming, whining ball of annoying, then this will be strange.

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    September 9th, 2007

    25 Stories Penknife Never Wrote About the Marauders

    25 Stories Penknife Never Wrote About the Marauders by Penknife

    Summary: In which Penknife successfully avoids signing up to write 100 stories about the Marauders, and merely sums up instead. All prompts taken from the fanfic100 table. Humor, Drabble Collection, 1,284 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Penknife not only pokes fun at the Marauder genre fiction in this one, but at her own fiction as well.  Remus/Sirius are most particularly highlighted in this little parody, and the concept of fanfic100 is also made canon fodder by in this good-natured comedy of cliches.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you’re not a parody person, or dislike slash so much you can’t even read about it when it’s being mocked.  This is like a little commentary on a Remu/Sirius fic you can’t remember the name of but are sure you read.

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    September 8th, 2007

    George And

    George And by Marginaliana

    Summary: George never quite recovers. Drabble, 484 Words.

    Why You Should Care: For me, Fred’s death was the hardest. Not because he died, but because George was left behind, alone, as only a twin can be. This is a quiet little piece about moving on with a piece of you missing, and how things are never the same.

    Why You Might Not Care: If it’s still too fresh, then wait a little.

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    September 7th, 2007

    Snogwarts: A Parody

    Snogwarts: A Parody by Oy Angelina

    Summary: Did you ever notice how cliched MWPP fanfiction could be? If not, Oy! Angie noticed enough for everyone! Read the cult-classic MWPP parody that was too good (and too wrong) for FF.net. Parody, 8,119 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I love this. There’s not quite as much MWPP badfic as there is trio-era badfic, but it’s out there thriving in small communities, and this fic manages to poke fun at most of them, one by one, and sometimes all at once. Very funny, and oh so true. I especially love Peter’s cameos, and every time someone says “Hi guys, what’s up?” I break out into little fits of giggles.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you don’t like parodies, I guess. I admit this won’t be quite as funny to people who don’t read a lot of MWPP fanfic, but I think just about anyone will get a few chuckles out of this.

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    September 6th, 2007

    Social Niceties

    Social Niceties by ChristyCorr

    Summary: She may or may not blame the eggnog later on, of course. He cannot foresee whether she will, and cannot bring himself to care just yet. Oneshot, 2,250 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A bit of a different spin on the coming together of James and Lily that is not so far from likely as you might think. In my experience, when two people such as these decided to bring down a wall, it’s usually with a sledgehammer and a wreaking ball. I like this piece, which slides between Lily and James POVs with surprising smoothness and dares to use parenthesis to make this more than just a few steamy minutes on the stairway, but also a story in itself. Above all, they are both completely teenagers; awkward, all hands, discovering each other physically in that unrestrained way only teenagers can. I love — love — that we never hear Lily’s answer, because we really don’t need to.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is rated R, though I’m not sure it quite deserves it. There are certainly a few moments where you see why, but there’s nothing here you haven’t seen on a soap opera, so don’t let the rating scare you away. There’s just enough in it to put you in the moment with them, but it’s a stairway. How bad could it get?

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Het Romance — Second Place

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    September 5th, 2007

    Shutter

    Shutter by Andromeda311

    Summary: There aren’t any rainbows anymore. [This is the way the world ends. Peter Pettigrew, sometime during DH.] Oneshot, 1,214 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This takes Peter apart and shows you the pieces of him that are all that’s left of a man who made all the wrong decisions.  He regrets as much as he can, but when your life has gone the way Peter’s has, it’s impossible to regret too much for fear of not being able to go on.  Peter plods forward, as he has always done, and takes the easy way out.  A very beautifully told, sad character study.

    Why You Might Not Care: This evokes sympathy for Peter Pettigrew.  If you want no part of that, then there is nothing for you here.

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    September 4th, 2007

    Disaster: See Also, Remus J. Lupin, Lovelife Of

    Disaster: See Also, Remus J. Lupin, Lovelife Of by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Remus claims that his lovelife has always been a disaster. He’s had vases thrown at him, made girls cry in public and done very reckless things in broom cupboards. Assorted Romance, Novel Length, 91,052 Words.

    Why You Should Care: HaHA! Anything that starts out with Remus getting dumped via a passed note in the library has got to be promising. This follows the ups, downs, tos, fros, and constant trending toward complete misadventure that is Remus Lupin’s interaction with women. From his very first girlfriend through to meeting Tonks with whom he will finally take the plunge, Remus almost never plays the maudlin, noble hero we’ve come to expect of his fanon counterpart. Rather, he’s right in there looking for love, but somehow managing to get swept up in all the wrong ways with all the wrong girls more often then not. It’s delightful, and very real. This is slanted toward humor, though in moments it is as much an apt character study of Remus as any shorter, introspective oneshot might have been. All of the original characters have been created with care, and none of them slip sideways into Mary Sueism, which is a phenomenal feat all on its own. Thoroughly, completely enjoyable.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you’re in this only for the eventual Remus/Tonks, then you might be a little disappointed at how little of their relationship this fic gets into. This is about the (very lengthy and often bumpy) road of one man looking for love, and how there is rarely just one person for any of us. This is the journey Remus takes to Tonks, and the fiction rightly ends when they have finally stumbled into each other.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Het Romance — First Place; September 2007 Gold Star Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction.

    Thanks To: Christina, for suggesting this most excellent author.

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    September 3rd, 2007

    Five Years

    Five Years by Tala

    Summary: In 1983 the Wizarding World was just begining to recover in the aftermath of the first war against Voldemort. It was also the five year reunion for the Hogwarts class of 1978. Oneshot, 1,078 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Remus lost nearly everything on Halloween in 1981, but he is the most important kind of brave when he shows up at his five-year reunion and the only one sitting at the Gryffindor table. The way he commemorates the fallen Marauders is perfect; there is no better memorial for these four carefree boys, and to see Remus go about it so quietly makes me all teary. Telling this story from the unnamed point of view of the other lone remaining Gryffindor who finds her own comfort with her Hufflepuff friends is a fair and complimentary telling, and we experience Remus’ grief second-hand. Bittersweet.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is not really angst, however much it may appear so on the surface. It’s actually quite uplifting, because Remus choses to remember the lives of the Marauders and not their deaths. It’s not fluffy, either, for obvious reasons. This fic lives in that very solemn, general space in between, but all canon-Nazis will tell you that most really good fics do.

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    September 2nd, 2007

    Scary Monsters

    Scary Monsters by Penknife

    Summary: It’s not easy having monsters in the family. Oneshot, 4,716 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Penknife has a way with words and an ability to slip in and out of more canon characters than possibly any other fanfiction author.  Many fic writers have trouble writing convincing stories about young children, but Penknife takes on Remus when he couldn’t have been more than five or six, and takes him from moon to moon as he and his parents try and deal with the realities of lycanthropy.  Remus is forced at a young age to come to terms with a definition of the word “monster” that most do not have to until they are much older, and it is easy to see how he grew up so fast.

    Why You Might Not Care: I admit I had hoped for a little more clarity on what it was that Remus’ father had done to Fenrir Greyback that set him on his son, but in the end that’s not what this fic is about, and so I don’t mind too much that all we get of that is in passing.  This is about Remus, about unfortunate things that happen to children, and about people being the worst kinds of monsters.

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    September 1st, 2007

    Five Moments of Doubt

    Five Moments of Doubt by Bagheera

    Summary: Sprout, Neville, Luna, Ginny and Professor McGonagall during Deathly Hallows. Oneshot, 5,971 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Snape is not, perhaps, the infallible master of deception he seems. He swore to Dumbledore he would do everything in his power to keep the students and the school safe, but it is a precarious line to walk, and at times he slips to one side or the other. This seems to me perfectly canon in every way, and the notion that McGonagall — especially — might have discovered him is no surprise. Snape tells McGonagall “I am exactly what you think I am” and means it; he has played the game so long that he is what he must be, both Dumbledore’s man and Voldemort’s man.

    Why You Might Not Care: Experience these moments of doubt with these characters as you experienced your own while reading, and know the uneasy feeling that things might go either way even though you already know the outcome.  This fic is well written, astute, and with thoughtful and accurate canon characters.  I encourage you not to overlook it.

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    September 1st, 2007

    Last Spoiler Warning

    From here on in, cats and kittens, fics written after Deathly Hallows are fair game.  This is your warning: I will not be indicating which fics might contain spoilers, and I will not be censoring myself for potential spoilers in the reviews.  Click here to read the full spoiler policy.  This is the final warning

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