October 15th, 2007
Five Women Who Hate Fleur Delacour
Five Women Who Hate Fleur Delacour by Snegurochka Lee
Summary: She was beautiful, intelligent, talented, successful — and not very nice about it. Clearly, other women must hate her. Oneshot, 7,300 Words.
Why You Should Care: I can’t quite believe that no one else has ever written something like this, now that I’ve read it. It’s a brilliant little character study on Fleur, but more than that it is a prose-disguised dissertation on women in general: what we think of each other, why we think it, and how our own cultural nurturing repeatedly pits female against female based on a scale of beauty and sexuality versus brains and brawn. That Fleur might indeed embody both sides of this oft Us Or Them battle field seems at best a Mary Sue in the making and at worst a grand cock-up of nature. But women such as Fleur do exist and have existed throughout time without suffering from flat personalities; something about our female culture has turned us against such women instead of permitting us to rally around them, and the idea is neatly and artfully explored. The secondary character of Luna is created with equal parts care and canon-accuracy, and the way these two foils bounce off each other is quite clever. A must-read for all you young (or old) feminists at heart, and a reminder for all of us girls that we too often pick our enemies based on stereotype in place of reason.
Why You Might Not Care: This is, at core, a bit of a feminist attack of women’s stereotypes, but it’s also a neat little story about Fleur and several people in or around her life. It’s interesting, but some people might not get (or like) the theme that has been carefully woven in through brilliantly executed canon characters (though this version of Tonks seems a little too hardcore for my tastes). Some people will really like this. Some people won’t. You probably won’t know until you give it a read, though.
Awards:2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Gen (tied).
Thanks To: Kali (who might actually be my doppelganger if such things do exist) for reccing me this fic.