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    February 22nd, 2008

    Bar Maid

    Bar Maid by Snegurochka Lee

    Summary: Five conversations at a bar. Five women who didn’t take the bar maid’s advice. Five lives Rosmerta never changed. Oneshot, 7,195 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because Snegurochka Lee wins at genfic. Rosmerta, a secondary character, is completely fleshed out as a strong and dimensional and edgy woman, weathered by time and the difficulties of her world. Some of the main characters from canon are shown waltzing in and out of the background for a change, which is interesting to see; it’s an excellent selection of cast, and you’ve got to love the way Rosmerta relates to each of them. This portrait of Rosmerta and her place in society comes across splendidly. My general reaction at the end was “Rosmerta kicks ass,” and I would consider that a job well done in a character piece. Additionally, as in Five Woman Who Hate Fleur Delacour, Snegurochka Lee’s genfic has another message lurking beneath, and this time, it’s about the people you might see all around you if you dared to take a second look. Absolutely wonderful.

    Why You Might Not Care: Perhaps you’re not into genfic or secondary characters — but really, this is brilliant, from one of the best authors of character pieces I’ve seen in this fandom. If you don’t read it, you’re missing out.

    posted by insanguinare

    6 Responses to “Bar Maid”

    1. Christina Says:
      February 22nd, 2008 at 9:37 am

      That was absolutely brilliant! Outstanding! I loved it!

    3. insanguinare Says:
      February 22nd, 2008 at 9:52 am

      Oh, I’m glad. *grins* It’s one of my favorite fics; her genfics really are masterpieces.

    5. Merle Says:
      February 22nd, 2008 at 10:56 am

      That was absolutely fantastic. Incredible. Stellar. I hadn’t read something like that in quite a long time. Thank you so much for the rec, Sara, dear.

    7. afterthree Says:
      February 22nd, 2008 at 3:13 pm

      Wow. That was just… wow. Really fantastic, in every way that Five Women was. I am so completely jealous that you got to reccing this before I even found it, but also happy that I know about it now.

    9. Liz Says:
      February 22nd, 2008 at 6:25 pm

      Oh, that was BRILLIANT. I actually prefer it to the Fleur one.

    11. Liz Says:
      February 22nd, 2008 at 7:07 pm

      I just realized that this Rosmerta made me think of Mrs. Lovett…