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    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: October 2007 Gold Star Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction; 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.

    posted by afterthree

    5 Responses to “Five Women Who Hate Fleur Delacour”

    1. Sara Says:
      October 15th, 2007 at 11:20 am

      Wow. That was amazing. The choice of women and the way they fit with different perspectives; the use of Luna in between each segment… it was brilliant. Thanks so much for the rec.

    3. AML Says:
      October 15th, 2007 at 12:11 pm

      Love this story.

      I don’t want to pull my comment off track but this story’s theme reminded me of a line from Tori Amos’ song “Girl Disappearing” in which she announces that [girl disappears] “when they pit woman against feminist.” The heart of the matter is that it’s easy to polarize people. This story expressed that nicely by using Fleur as the case study.

      Thanks for the rec!

    5. Kali Says:
      October 15th, 2007 at 2:10 pm

      I’m glad you recced it. Figured you’d like it. I thought it was brilliant, really, for various reasons.

      I’ll agree with the characterisation of Tonks — not exactly how I imagine her, whatever her appearance may suggest — but it was an interesting perspective.

      Also? We are definitely the same person.

    7. DweseGok Says:
      April 10th, 2009 at 9:20 am

      emm… strange )

    9. Gictcuppy Says:
      April 16th, 2009 at 9:00 am

      hm.. thanks )