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    Archive for December, 2007


    December 11th, 2007

    So You Want To Go To Hogwarts?

    So You Want To Go To Hogwarts? by Hijja

    Summary: So you want to go to Hogwarts? You’ve heard all about magic, the wizarding world, fantastic beasts, wondrous sports and adventure? Well, let me introduce you to the things that don’t make it into the advertisement brochure…. Oneshot, 2,962 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a very frank and cynical look at what it could realistically mean to be a Muggleborn at Hogwarts.  Hijja approaches to concept honestly, her nameless protagonist considering in retrospect what it was like to be taken from one world and thrown into another.  Brilliant characterisation and extrapolation, and the observations about Dumbledore at the end are particularly powerful and lend themselves very, very well with the Machiavellian Headmaster JKR constructed with the addition of Deathly Hallows.  A story about young people lured by magic and used as front-line cannon fodder.  Extremely clever.

    Why You Might Not Care: This isn’t really about a character, specifically.  It’s more about a concept and a set of like experiences shared by Muggleborns.  It’s more commentary than plot, and while it seems this topic would naturally lean toward parody, Hijja keeps a firm hand on her subject matter and — while it occasional finds the humourous — it never once sidesteps into mockery.

    Thanks To: Lisa Hubbler, who sent me this rec quite a while ago.

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    December 10th, 2007

    Faded Laughter

    Faded Laughter by Mary Borsellino

    Summary: Ginny finds a portrait in the attic. Oneshot, 1,386 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic almost brought tears to my eyes. The premise is that Ginny finds an old portrait of Sirius in the attic, and the way it’s told is so sweet and quintessential. Young!Sirius is so filled with energy and passion, and this is contrasted by the almost lethargic Ginny that we meet: so young and yet so old. And there are these fabulous moments, like when Ginny thinks that she could be infatuated by Sirius’ charm, or when Sirius refers to the Weasleys as ‘spawn’. Particular kudos for using Ginny and not Harry, the more obvious choice. It’s nice to see her with some true emotion and sensitivity.

    Why You Might Not Care: A little too short to give as much impact. Plus Mary Borsellino falls into the old trap of just having to include a moment of Remus/Sirius. But it’s nicely handled and actually adds somewhat to the fic.

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    December 9th, 2007

    Where We Start From

    Where We Start From by Allie_Meril

    Summary: The war ends for everyone. Oneshot, 1,200 Words.

    Guest Rec’d By: Kali (thirty2flavors)

    Why You Should Care: What I might like most about this is the characters that allie_meril uses; there are lots of “Sirius when the Potters die” fics and “Remus when the Potters die” fics, but there are few that cover this range of characters and with such stunning brevity. The addition of OCs in this piece is a brilliant one — we see the war as it affected other people, those not on the front-lines of the Order, and it’s a refreshing view of the First War that is rarely seen. The writing itself is concise and eloquent, and the allusions to poetry that start off each section aren’t so bad, either. The scene at the Burrow is, I think, particularly brilliant.

    Why You Might Not Care: This doesn’t deal too heavily with the first characters that might spring to mind: there’s no Remus, no Peter, only the barest sign of Snape and most of the Order, and in their place are a handful of names we’ve never met. At first read I found the OCs were a little name-heavy — referring to other OCs that are never met — but if you can keep track of them it’s well worth it.

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    December 8th, 2007

    A Correspondence Between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald

    A Correspondence Between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald by M’lah Sihfay

    Summary: As two men try to rebuild we read the letters between 1951 and 1997. Approx. 9,500 Words.

    Guest Rec’d By: Christy (ChristyCorr – insofar that it was on her Livejournal and I jacked it and put it here.)

    Why You Should Care: I’m not a huge slasher and I’m not a big Albus/Gellert fan at all, but I really like this fic. It’s got these fabulous nuances – epistolary styles in general are tricky because you’ve got to show the character, but it’s not like speech where things are blurted out – in letters everything is weighted and thought through. There are clear characters here and I really like that. The way the two rationalise themselves through the first war, the second war – every moment of weakness and strength and the way that neither can ever stop writing, can ever break away. There’s a theme throughout the fic of being ‘broken’ by events and it’s eloquently and interestingly expressed.

    Why You Might Not Care: I want to go through this fic and cut out every slightly graphic moment. They’re few and far between, but they’re there and they’re pointless. But it’s a slash fic, and the slashers need their kicks from somewhere, I guess. Probably rated R for the occasional mention of boysex.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Slash Romance

    posted by winglessflight
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    December 7th, 2007

    Lonely Let the Flowers Grow

    Lonely Let the Flowers Grow by PumpkinPasty

    Summary: “Longbottom,” Professor Sprout says wearily, “there is a time for fighting, and there is a time for waiting to fight. Right now is not the former.” Oneshot, 2,408 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s the calm before the storm, and sometimes waiting on the edge of disaster is more difficult a thing than being right in the thick of it. There’s an anxious, helpless suspense in waiting for the wave to break: you can see it coming, in the distance, closer now than it was before, but still far enough off that to brace yourself for it is a waste of energy. This fic captures some of that sentiment well, focusing on the three other major characters involved in the war who are waiting to be called upon and probably all wish they could be out helping Harry along with Ron and Hermione just so they don’t feel so helpless. The characterisation of Neville and Luna are particularly well done, and this author manages to capture Luna’s voice without making it feel forced or overly prophetic. I think this is meant to be a Neville/Luna, and there’s a little ship service right at the end, but I think the fic holds up very well as a general piece.

    Why You Might Not Care: I wish the thematic elements of this fic were a little tighter and a little more focused. I think the author meant it to be a simple story about how Neville, Luna and Ginny decided to start up the DA again, but the strongest sections are the ones that focus more on the helpless attempt to find something — anything — to do while they wait. This author has real talent, and I think she would have done a more thematic piece very well.

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    December 6th, 2007


    Sometimes by MidnightBlue88

    Summary: “Sometimes he reaches for two plates at dinner.” Drabble, 137 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s the sad, sweet reality of this fic that makes it beautiful — the little honesties of life after war. The author pays a great attention to detail, so that in very few words a whole world is built for George, a world without Fred, and we see him struggling to face what no one else will mention. It’s the rebuilding of a character and it’s heartbreaking.

    Why You Might Not Care: This fic is too short and too unoriginal. I think it’s beautiful and of all the Fredless!George fics it’s the best I’ve read, but there’s no new idea here — it’s just the recycled one really well done. And it needs another hundred words or so, just to come to a conclusion. Even so, it’s adorable — George is like a baby deer finding his feet again.

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    December 5th, 2007

    C&C Looking For Guest Reccers!

    Are you interested in reccing a fic on Coffee and Chocolate but don’t have the time to commit to being a full-time reccer? Is there something you’ve read recently (or even not-so-recently) that you’d like to share with the Coffee and Chocolate audience? Would you like to try your hand at writing in the Why You Should Care / Why You Might Not Care fic review format? Just want to see your name up there in big bold letters?

    Coffee and Chocolate is now open to accepting Guest Recs. Next time you send me a fic rec, send it along to afterthree@coffee-and-chocolate.com in the C&C format and — provided the fic rec is appropriate — I’ll use your review when I post it and give you the credit.

    Strictly speaking, there is no specific word count requirements for the recs, but between 100 and 300 words is a good ballpark. The summary can be the one attached to the fic in whatever archive it’s located in, but if the author hasn’t provided one you’ll have to come up with one on your own. In this case, I usually like to grab a quote from somewhere in the fic that’s particularly interesting or revealing and that I think might make someone go: “hmmm… that’s interesting, I wonder what that’s about?”

    When you’re writing the review, think about what the fic’s greatest strengths and weakness are and don’t be afraid to be candid about them. Why did you like this fic so much? What did the author do well? What parts didn’t work? Also keep in mind people’s personal tastes: sometimes, it’s not the quality but the content that might turn people off. Like with anything, what one person likes isn’t always what floats another person’s boat.

    And for those of you who’d just like to send in suggested recs without writing the Why and the Why Not, I’m still always happy to take suggestions in any format, though I like to get a sentence or so with the link so I know what I’m getting into. During this holiday season especially when I have less time to spend reading, my rec backlog is starting to look a little slim. Give a girl a helping hand this Christmas and jot down the good stuff you read and send it over. Share the good-fic: think of it as a Christmas Gift to all those other like-minded Harry Potter fanfiction readers out there.

    I would also like to issue a bit of a rec challenge: I’d like to feature a Christmas Harry Potter Fanfiction on Christmas day, and it seems I am sadly lacking in appropriate recs. If you know of any fantastic holiday themed Harry Potter fanfic, please let me know!

    In other news, Coffee and Chocolate recently won a rec of it’s own: the genfic and rare pair Livejournal recletter The Quibbler Report rec’d this site on November 22. The Quibbler Report is a great little daily recletter run by a group of lively and dedicated Harry Potter fans with a diverse taste in fic and art with over 1,000 watchers. Thanks, Quibbler! Linkbacks to C&C are always appreciated.

    Don’t forget all you Livejournal users that you can get your Coffee and Chocolate Rec-A-Day on your Livejournal Friend Feed or any other RSS Feed Reader.

    I also would like to apologize for not keeping up-to-date with the Gold Star Awards, and let everyone know I haven’t abandoned them– I have picked winners for September, October and November, and you can expect to see their extended feature reviews sometime in the next week.

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    December 5th, 2007

    The Hidden Room

    The Hidden Room by Dilly

    Summary: Percy used to tell them stories about The Burrow. Oneshot, 1,495 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because it’s lovely, sweet, and themeful, that’s why. Aside from brilliant characterisations of Percy (who is making the not-quite-so-easy transition back into his family) and Ron (who is still fresh from fighting a war), there’s also an acknowledgement of The Burrow itself as a character. Through Percy, Dilly weaves a rich and colourful mythology for The Burrow and the Weasleys, breathing a whole new life into the concept of home and family. Between the personification of The Burrow, the subtleties in Percy’s character, the unsensationalised dealing with Fred’s death, and the overall high standard of writing, this is a completely unique oneshot you shouldn’t miss.

    Why You Might Not Care: I just said you shouldn’t miss it. *points*

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    December 4th, 2007

    So Much Lighter Now I Have Met You

    So Much Lighter Now I Have Met You by EverBlue3

    Summary: “I guess, given the significance of all you represent, I expected you to be heavier.” Sirius’s initial thoughts following Harry’s birth. Oneshot, 1,657 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s such a truth, artless and open, about this fic. Harry’s birth, even before he Lived, was such a momentous occasion — the tortured passions of war projected in something innocent and fragile — and in Sirius’ mind here we see the thoughts and feelings of the time. It’s sweet and sad and all the fears and worries coming pouring out to this child: not in an exaggerated way, but with true depth of character. We see everything Sirius hides and we see everything Sirius can’t bring himself to think, let alone say. And yet behind it all is the echo, the shadow, the style with that arrogance and that teenage playfulness that we all know and love. There’s so much being said, and yet there’s still a real, definable character in there. EverBlue3 lets us truly understand how it must have felt to hold the child, to feel its pulse and know its importance.

    Why You Might Not Care: I’m not really sure. It’s sweet and sad and a little bit funny, and I reckon there’s something here for most people.

    Apologies: Again, this is late, I’m sorry. Let me explain: if I don’t have time to post the rec the night before I email myself the link and the story summary and write them at school. Occasionally I have an issue at school (such as, today, the computer rooms were all closed for software trials) and I have to do it when I get home. I don’t abandon you, I swear!

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    December 3rd, 2007

    The Boy Who Lived

    The Boy Who Lived by PigWithHair

    Summary: Set many years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry is asked to reflect. Oneshot, 4,962 Words.

    Why You Should Care: If it’s a difficult thing for a fanfiction writer to track back a character and write them significantly younger than they are in the source material, then it’s probably even more difficult to extrapolate them far forward in time into old age. Old people aren’t the easiest characters for fanfic writers to wrap their heads around (probably because most of us are under 30 and still quite young ourselves), and in a lot of cases we end up with a character that doesn’t feel old enough. This fic ages Harry and Ginny (and Ron as well) very nicely and very realistically: they are cranky, crotchety, temperamental and nostalgic. They move like seniors, they talk like seniors, and they sound like seniors. Their interaction with the younger generation captures that certain “when I was your age we walked to school in waist deep snow uphill both ways” without leaning too heavily on cliches or abandoning JKR’s original character. This is a character piece on Harry as he reflects on a life lived and the things and the people we take for granted. Superbly good.

    Why You Might Not Care: Ginny might be a touch too cranky for some people, but old age makes grumps of us all. Harry’s perfect.

    Awards: December 2007 Gold Star Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction.

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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.

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    December 1st, 2007

    Two Lights Above the Sea

    Two Lights Above the Sea by V.M. Bell

    Summary: Narcissa Black’s wedding day is filled with doubt. Oneshot, 1,540 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Lucius Malfoy has picked his side in the war, and Narcissa Black calculates the risk of becoming a widow too soon after she becomes a wife.  She is tempted — and reasonably so — to abandon the life and love she has chosen with Lucius in favour of something safer, something not so precariously balanced on the edge of a knife.  Bell does fairly well getting into Narcissa’s head in this time and place, and of honouring her character and the relationship between Narcissa and Lucius, and when she does so with a poetic twist of phrase is where this fic really shines.

    Why You Might Not Care: The dialogue between Narcissa and Lucius is a little flat, to be honest.  I would have preferred a little more of the character we see in the narrative injected into the dialogue for a little more “show, don’t tell”, but what’s there does do the job.  There are also a couple of places where the sentence structure could have been made less awkward with the use of some higher level punctuation.  Over all, I get the sense that the author of this fic is pushing at her limits a little bit, but trying to be better at something you love should never be considered a bad thing.

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