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    December 2nd, 2007


    Thirteen by Minnow

    Summary: Remus is with Sirius, but obsessed with young girls. AU, 9,135 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Jesus, this fic is horrifying. Minnow doesn’t use euphemisms, Minnow doesn’t sugar-coat, she doesn’t try to justify or prettify — Remus in this fic is a paedophile, no more or less. It’s terrifying the amount of realism, the dark cruelties of the character. The writing, the psychological depth that the author went into… it’s chillingly fantastic. It’s cold, it’s impersonal, it’s character-driven, it’s tightly woven structurally …it’s incredible. Unbelievable. Read it.

    Why You Might Not Care: Thirteen is easily one of the best fics I have ever read, but it’s hard to escape the fact that it’s flagrantly anti-canon and yes, it’s about a paedophile. But if you can possibly, even partially, get over those facts, you will not regret reading this fic. It’s fabulous.

    Warnings: This fic is rated NC-17 and contains sexual situations between adults and minors, including non-con and dubious-con. There’s also slash. But it’s pretty inconsequential.

    posted by winglessflight

    5 Responses to “Thirteen”

    1. ladybalin Says:
      December 2nd, 2007 at 10:59 am

      This is the kind of thing that I don’t know why it’s labeled fanfiction in the first place. It was well-written of course (and thoroughly disturbing), but really, only the names were borrowed and the barest outlines of the canon characters. The only point in calling it fanfiction is so that more people will read it.

      Is that too harsh?

    3. winglessflight Says:
      December 2nd, 2007 at 12:00 pm

      Well, I thought that the first time I read it, and then I realised that it’s meant to be a commentary on canon, with Tonks’ Metamorphmagus-ness portrayed as anorexia, a way to change oneself, lyncanthropy is shown as paedophilia – the comparisons are obvious. Sirius’ recklessness is turned to alcohol: it’s all a darkened form. I don’t know, I think it’s hugely intelligent.

    5. AML Says:
      December 2nd, 2007 at 12:01 pm

      I have posted as regularly as the daily paper. Am I avoiding my homework? Probably.

      I think everything in the above post is correct. Clearly the characters weren’t wizards. Clearly the alternate plotline was nowhere near the canon. Clearly this story did not fill-in the missing scenes in the books. So, why label it fanfiction?

      Clearly I can’t defend the author for calling the story fanfiction. But I will admit that JKR’s characters embody traits and characteristics that ring-true to life in settings outside of the world she created. So, when I read this fic, I tied Remus’ predatory behavior to the werewolf. Granted, I don’t need that reference to perspicuously determine that a pedophile is a wicked person. But because the reference was available, I leaned on it to get through the story. In the end, I had little sympathy or care for the fate of this this Remus, but I am reconsidering the range canon Remus’ evil werewolf affliction could have spread had he not decidedly fought against it.

      That said, I learned something about Remus from this fic, although the delivery was indirect.

      Thanks for the rec!

    7. ladybalin Says:
      December 2nd, 2007 at 12:55 pm

      I certainly can see the parallels that you mention (they did occur to me while reading), but it still just seems too far from fanfiction to really fall in that category (for me). I think that it would make more sense if canon Remus ever showed any predatory tendencies or if Tonks was less well-adjusted than she comes across. Now Fenrir Greyback is linked to pedophilia fairly explicitly in canon. I could see a similar style of story using him as the protagonist to greater effect.

      I’m not really criticizing your rec, by the way. There’s a very blurry line between AU and original fiction. The parallels in this case are interesting, but I’m not sure that they so much as illuminate things in canon as canon provides a leaping-off point for this story.

    9. afterthree Says:
      December 3rd, 2007 at 11:54 am

      This is very interesting. Sort of an allegory over an allegory. Or perhaps a de-allegory-ing or a possible dissecting of the original allegory. And while I’m positive this is probably not what JKR had in mind when she mentioned in an interview that lycanthropy in her books was a metaphor for illness, it’s an altogether fascinating real-life reflection and certainly more potent.

      As to whether or not it’s fanfiction: it does derive from the source material (the original characters can be seen, though the requirements of the AU have changed them somewhat, Minnow has tried to include as much original characterisation as she could given the chosen theme) and it does reflect the original source material. It is surely AU, certainly fanfiction, and classified as “contextual reassignment”. Minnow drew her major thematic connections and the shifts of character came where they had to as a result, but on the whole it parallels the HP universe fairly well. It’s certainly food for thought. And certain to draw controversy!

      Good rec, Angel! VERY thought-provoking.