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    September 7th, 2007

    Snogwarts: A Parody

    Snogwarts: A Parody by Oy Angelina

    Summary: Did you ever notice how cliched MWPP fanfiction could be? If not, Oy! Angie noticed enough for everyone! Read the cult-classic MWPP parody that was too good (and too wrong) for FF.net. Parody, 8,119 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I love this. There’s not quite as much MWPP badfic as there is trio-era badfic, but it’s out there thriving in small communities, and this fic manages to poke fun at most of them, one by one, and sometimes all at once. Very funny, and oh so true. I especially love Peter’s cameos, and every time someone says “Hi guys, what’s up?” I break out into little fits of giggles.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you don’t like parodies, I guess. I admit this won’t be quite as funny to people who don’t read a lot of MWPP fanfic, but I think just about anyone will get a few chuckles out of this.

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    September 6th, 2007

    Social Niceties

    Social Niceties by ChristyCorr

    Summary: She may or may not blame the eggnog later on, of course. He cannot foresee whether she will, and cannot bring himself to care just yet. Oneshot, 2,250 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A bit of a different spin on the coming together of James and Lily that is not so far from likely as you might think. In my experience, when two people such as these decided to bring down a wall, it’s usually with a sledgehammer and a wreaking ball. I like this piece, which slides between Lily and James POVs with surprising smoothness and dares to use parenthesis to make this more than just a few steamy minutes on the stairway, but also a story in itself. Above all, they are both completely teenagers; awkward, all hands, discovering each other physically in that unrestrained way only teenagers can. I love — love — that we never hear Lily’s answer, because we really don’t need to.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is rated R, though I’m not sure it quite deserves it. There are certainly a few moments where you see why, but there’s nothing here you haven’t seen on a soap opera, so don’t let the rating scare you away. There’s just enough in it to put you in the moment with them, but it’s a stairway. How bad could it get?

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Het Romance — Second Place

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    September 4th, 2007

    Disaster: See Also, Remus J. Lupin, Lovelife Of

    Disaster: See Also, Remus J. Lupin, Lovelife Of by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Remus claims that his lovelife has always been a disaster. He’s had vases thrown at him, made girls cry in public and done very reckless things in broom cupboards. Assorted Romance, Novel Length, 91,052 Words.

    Why You Should Care: HaHA! Anything that starts out with Remus getting dumped via a passed note in the library has got to be promising. This follows the ups, downs, tos, fros, and constant trending toward complete misadventure that is Remus Lupin’s interaction with women. From his very first girlfriend through to meeting Tonks with whom he will finally take the plunge, Remus almost never plays the maudlin, noble hero we’ve come to expect of his fanon counterpart. Rather, he’s right in there looking for love, but somehow managing to get swept up in all the wrong ways with all the wrong girls more often then not. It’s delightful, and very real. This is slanted toward humor, though in moments it is as much an apt character study of Remus as any shorter, introspective oneshot might have been. All of the original characters have been created with care, and none of them slip sideways into Mary Sueism, which is a phenomenal feat all on its own. Thoroughly, completely enjoyable.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you’re in this only for the eventual Remus/Tonks, then you might be a little disappointed at how little of their relationship this fic gets into. This is about the (very lengthy and often bumpy) road of one man looking for love, and how there is rarely just one person for any of us. This is the journey Remus takes to Tonks, and the fiction rightly ends when they have finally stumbled into each other.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Het Romance — First Place; September 2007 Gold Star Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction.

    Thanks To: Christina, for suggesting this most excellent author.

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    September 3rd, 2007

    Five Years

    Five Years by Tala

    Summary: In 1983 the Wizarding World was just begining to recover in the aftermath of the first war against Voldemort. It was also the five year reunion for the Hogwarts class of 1978. Oneshot, 1,078 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Remus lost nearly everything on Halloween in 1981, but he is the most important kind of brave when he shows up at his five-year reunion and the only one sitting at the Gryffindor table. The way he commemorates the fallen Marauders is perfect; there is no better memorial for these four carefree boys, and to see Remus go about it so quietly makes me all teary. Telling this story from the unnamed point of view of the other lone remaining Gryffindor who finds her own comfort with her Hufflepuff friends is a fair and complimentary telling, and we experience Remus’ grief second-hand. Bittersweet.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is not really angst, however much it may appear so on the surface. It’s actually quite uplifting, because Remus choses to remember the lives of the Marauders and not their deaths. It’s not fluffy, either, for obvious reasons. This fic lives in that very solemn, general space in between, but all canon-Nazis will tell you that most really good fics do.

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    September 2nd, 2007

    Scary Monsters

    Scary Monsters by Penknife

    Summary: It’s not easy having monsters in the family. Oneshot, 4,716 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Penknife has a way with words and an ability to slip in and out of more canon characters than possibly any other fanfiction author.  Many fic writers have trouble writing convincing stories about young children, but Penknife takes on Remus when he couldn’t have been more than five or six, and takes him from moon to moon as he and his parents try and deal with the realities of lycanthropy.  Remus is forced at a young age to come to terms with a definition of the word “monster” that most do not have to until they are much older, and it is easy to see how he grew up so fast.

    Why You Might Not Care: I admit I had hoped for a little more clarity on what it was that Remus’ father had done to Fenrir Greyback that set him on his son, but in the end that’s not what this fic is about, and so I don’t mind too much that all we get of that is in passing.  This is about Remus, about unfortunate things that happen to children, and about people being the worst kinds of monsters.

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    August 29th, 2007

    Here at the End of All Things

    Here at the End of All Things by NotSoSoft

    Summary: Here at the end of all things, she thinks absently, immediately confused at what brought about this fleeting, unprovoked musing. Oneshot, 7,999 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Every time a class graduates, it is the end of an era, and the graduation of the Marauders is no different. NotSoSoft pens us a lovely introspective piece that takes each Marauder by turn and unfolds them at this pivotal moment. They each stand side-by-side on the edges of their own deep chasms, staring off into that terrifying thing called adulthood, and wonder where the will go and what they will do now. Peter, especially, is a remarkable version of himself here; surprisingly discerning and self-aware. He is truly a Marauder, but it is possible to see in him the things that make him lose his way, and his character study is especially revealing.

    Why You Might Not Care: People who have not yet experienced the pang and nostalgia of graduation won’t feel this in quite the same ways those who have will, but it’s good regardless. Simple, quiet, and reflective.

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    August 19th, 2007

    The Shoebox Project

    The Shoebox Project by Dorkorific and LadyJaida

    NOTE: The Shoebox Project LJ community has been hacked. The link that purportedly points to a “new” archive actually points to a keystroke-logging virus. Until the community has been restored, I’ve pointed the link to a place where you can download Shoebox chapters in PDF format.

    Summary: A multi-media Remus/Sirius extravaganze, with plenty of James, Lily and Peter thrown in to make things extra-fun. Novel Length, Probably over 100,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is… this is the Remus/Sirius fanfic, people. There is no other better, no other more in depth, and no other that is more realistic. If it was canon, this is how it would have been. Dorkorific and LadyJaida never forget that these are teenagers in the 70s to whom the idea of homosexuality is not an entirely comfortable one, and the coming together of Remus and Sirius is achingly slow; at some places, they almost move backwards. But every section of this fic is so fantastically well written — like a huge collection of smaller stories that link together — that it probably wouldn’t matter if Remus and Sirius never figured it out, because there are plenty of other reasons to stay and read this. It is romantic, completely comical, but 100% real and I adore it. The characters are all fantastically written, and each has their own distinctive personality (which is often a difficult thing to find in Marauder fics) and I love it. Love, love, love it. There are notes between friends, diary entires, and dozens of fantastically drawn “photos” of the golden age of the Marauders. I love it.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s addictive. When you start, it’s very difficult not to stop. It’s also still a work in progress, and sometimes there are significant lags in between updates. But it the end it is all worth it, because this is easily one of the top five Marauder fics I have ever read. If you are one of the very, very few people who hasn’t already found this, make some time and get over there and read it for God sakes, in case the internet collapses in on itself and The Shoebox Project disappears forever. Go. NOW.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Best Overall — First Place.

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    August 16th, 2007

    Smoke and Mirrors

    Smoke and Mirrors by Andromeda311

    Summary: Twenty somewhat related facts about the Marauders. And Lily. Drabble Collection, 1,761 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s such a unique idea, so simple and graceful and straightforward, but these little tidbits and trifles manage to be more telling than a novel-length MWPP-era fic, and it deals with all five characters equally and by turns. Genius.

    Why You Might Not Care: Because you’re lazy and stupid. Otherwise, you’d obviously read it.

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    August 15th, 2007

    From the Desk of James F. Potter

    From the Desk of James F. Potter by Xylodemon

    Summary: James writes his resume, and Sirius helps… or rather, doesn’t help at all. Oneshot, 650 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s funny as heck, that’s why. Everyone normal hates writing a resume, and it turns out wizards are no different. James and Sirius are in top-notch form, and the friendly insults and British slang runs rampant. Highly enjoyable. It brings the banter effectively.

    Why You Might Not Care: There is not point except the funny. If that’s not your cup of tea, wrong story.

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    August 14th, 2007

    Redeeming Time

    Redeeming Time by Minx (Thanks to gomita23 for the new link!)

    Summary: In the year after Sirius plays his trick on Snape, James and his friends confront changes in themselves, in their relationships, and in those around them. Novel Length, Oneshot, 45,725 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Another author tackles the impossible task of the Marauders during their last couple of years at school. What she does not do is give us every excruciating detail, but rather writes four stories that connect into one larger one. This is most assuredly a Remus/Sirius and a James/Lily, but it’s all told from James’ POV, which is an unusual choice for a slash fic. It makes the slash much more palatable for those of us who don’t usually read it, and what’s really well done is that James has to do some mental adjustments as he finds out the truth about Sirius, and later Remus, which is what any young man would have to do when confronted about this by two of his best friends. James has trouble adjusting, and while it might not be as much as real life, it is there where usual slash just sort of bypasses the awkwardness of the situation without a word. Also, I adore James’ parents in this fic, and for the rest of my life I will always believe that his mother was a painter and had just such a room full of paintings of James, canon be damned.

    Why You Might Not Care: The slash is all above board, and while it only just scrapes the delicate chastity of a kiss, it’s most definitely there and dominates the story. The boys seem a little too young throughout, like fourteen or fifteen year-old versions of themselves instead of sixteen and seventeen, and Peter is conspicuously and often absent, but in the end I enjoyed it despite all that, so good on Minx. Me and slash don’t typically get along so well.

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    August 10th, 2007

    The Black Cold

    The Black Cold by Falling Damps

    Summary: In the heat of the summer, Regulus Black relives his past, avoids the present, and looks forward into a future that may not be as unchangeable as it seems. Oneshot, 4,733 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Regulus Black is surrounded by mystery, even through to the end of the books. We only know a few things for sure, and it paints a very vague picture of the boy who was left to be heir of the Black Family by Sirius. Here, Falling Damps gives us a little peak inside Regulus Black and the events just before and just after Sirius ran away and turned his back on his family for good, and Regulus is on the very cusp of regretting his own choice of allegiance.

    Why You Might Not Care: Regulus here is resoundingly normal, and for some people perhaps too much so. Regulus has several incarnations — most recently his canon one — and Falling Damps creates another. This Black Family (Walburga especially) is not as severe and militant as I am used to seeing them, and I found myself wishing for a little stronger characterizations in places to better accent the piece. Everyone just seems a little duller than they should be.

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    August 7th, 2007

    Black and White

    Black and White by GenFicSanta

    Summary: “What’s the point, if you can’t make things better? He asked me that, and I didn’t know, I didn’t have an answer for him.” Someone is leaving unusual things on the Potter’s front step. Oneshot, 1,825 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is in many ways not really a Harry Potter fanfiction at all. James and Lily are there, along with baby Harry, but you’ll discover that’s not really what this is about. This is about life and death, and in the very spirit of JKR the author treats death honestly and in an almost brutally ordinary day-to-day fashion. The boy in this fic is every boy and girl who encountered this thing called death for the first time, and has to try and deal with the finality of it, and through him James is forced to consider the concept anew. A beautifully simple way to deal with such a complicated concept. Especially poignant when you consider this takes place only a short time from the Potters’ own death.

    Why You Might Not Care: I can’t think of one, really. This is just so simple and lovely.

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    August 2nd, 2007

    Untidy Black Hair

    Untidy Black Hair by RubyTuesday

    Summary: Because, really, that’s what it always comes down to, isn’t it? Falling in love in 13 steps. Romance, Drabble Collection, 1,881 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There are hundreds of thousands of millions of words collectively written by hundreds of fanfiction writers on James and Lily; who they were, how they came together, and what their short life was like. Most of them take the form of long, multi-chaptered stories that cover every excruciating detail, but RubyTuesday takes a gentler approach. We already know the story — it’s old hat by now — and she instead takes us into the small moments that highlight the journey, the easy, simple, sometimes random moments that couldn’t possibly be relevant, and yet are. This is a series of thirteen wonderful drabbles about the Jacob’s Ladder fall into love, and it’s splendid.

    Why You Might Not Care: This will not satisfy the reader who longs for Marauder adventures and the protracted, slow romantic tension of novel-length stories. It’s almost like a series of still-life portraits, like flipping back through a photo-album of James and Lily’s life. You see the pictures, and the rest you have to fill in for yourself.

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    July 31st, 2007

    Nothing But Vain Fantasy

    Nothing But Vain Fantasy by Bec

    Summary: Less than a week after she knew she was pregnant, knew with a bone-deep certainty that tolled and reverberated in her head like big brass-bellied church bells, Lily had the dream. Angst, Drabble, 915 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is on the surface a story about Lily, but touches on the more general theme of the terror and uncertainty of impending motherhood and the dichotomy of emotions it brings with it. Lily flits between joy and fear, bouncing off her shameful thoughts and then back into them. The phrasing and rich language is poetic and intensely visual, and while some of the punctuation choices are a little odd, everything flows smoothly around the jagged edges. Where other characters appear (James and Remus) the observations made about them are particularly apt.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is full of imagery, and feels part real and part dream, which I expect was the intent going in. The metaphors are exquisite, but occasionally thick, and the subject matter is at times a little dark for people who have never considered pregnancy thusly. Fairly angsty… sort of.

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    July 15th, 2007

    Love In Fire and In Blood

    Love In Fire and In Blood by Raven

    Summary: In which James and Lily get married, Sirius gets maudlin, Remus gets put-upon and everyone gets pissed. Humour, 6,345 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because no one on Earth has written drunken Marauders better than this. I’m almost convinced the author was a drunken Marauder at some point in their life. The rest is light and cute and funny enough but the part where Remus is drunk on the table is why this is up here. “I lie here, drunk and rejected, on your kitchen table.” HaHA! That’s where it’s at, my peeps.

    Why You Might Not Care: Hardcore Marauder fans will get the impression that most of the characters here are slightly off, but will likely be amused all the same. Peter is almost-but-not-quite shunted aside, but has just enough cameos that you won’t hold it against the author. What does make a regrettable cameo, however, is a “serious Sirius” pun uttered from Remus’ lips. I’d forgive him, as he was stunningly hungover at the time of the transgression.

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    July 13th, 2007

    Asinus ad Lyram

    Asinus ad Lyram by Ylime

    Summary: Moony, Wormtail, and Padfoot feel that Prongs will never win a certain red-haired girl with the tame Valentine he is writing. So, full to the brim and beyond with good intentions, they design a little Valentine of their own… Humour, 5,256 Words.

    Why You Should Care: HAHAHA! This was something read on Spellcast that I loved. It’s a fluffy, humourous MWPP misadventure, yet remarkably in character. Sirius, Remus and Peter play off each other nicely, and all manage to be exactly what they are: misguided boys. In addition, the description of the Valentines Frenzy that overtakes Hogwarts is more than worth the price of admission. And the little Valentine James gets melted my heart and made me all gooey inside.

    Why You Might Not Care: Don’t come here unless you enjoy chaos created by Marauders or if you feel the need to take the Marauders too seriously. Or if fluff makes you gag a little. And James specifically is… a little weak, character-wise. But he makes up for it when he freaks out on Sirius, so I suppose it’s all good.

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    July 9th, 2007

    Precious Things

    Precious Things by Paperchain

    Summary: Honorable Mention in the Phoenix Rising “A Phoenix Moment” Fan Fiction Contest. Dorcas Meadowes faces Voldemort. Oneshot, 1,492 Words.

    Why You Should Care: If you remember the details of canon at all, you’ll already know the end to this one, and so it becomes all about the journey. It is both hopeless yet hopeful, and right to the end we are reminded that — just as there will always be true villains — there will always be heroes willing to stand in their way. Dorcas Meadowes is no hero of old, here, but just an ordinary person trying to do what’s right even when they know they can’t win. This story is far more general than it looks at first glance. Inspiring.

    Why You Might Not Care: Beware angst ahead, and one of those endings that tries to be as uplifting as it can without being a happy ending. The characters here aren’t really the point, just the means for the message.

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    July 5th, 2007

    Truce

    Truce by Thirty2Flavors

    Summary: This, Sirius thought, was the sort of thing they ought to teach you in Care of Magical Creatures. It was far more likely than an encounter with a Hippogriff, and probably more dangerous. // In the face of Lily and James’ strengthening relationship, Sirius and Lily realize they have no choice but to make amends. 8,155 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is one of my most favorite pieces by Thirty2Flavors because she’s a lip-smacking genius when it comes to these characters. Her Remus is exactly the way Remus should be, both prefect and marauder without being manic depressive. Most authors struggle with Remus as a boy and a teenager, opting to either make him a carbon copy of Sirius and James or a depressed, shy Hermione. The balance struck here is excellent. Sirius, too, is well written and compelling, and the interaction between him and Lily and him and Remus is brilliantly composed. The dialogue is snappy and feels right for both the era and the characters, and some of the lines are pure gold. I just really adore this fic and everything about it.

    Why You Might Not Care: I don’t even know what to say here. Because you’re an idiot, I suppose. Or if you completely hate MWPP era fiction. Or if you’re really lazy or something.

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    June 29th, 2007

    Just A Word

    Just A Word by DeepDownSlytherin

    Summary: A young Nymphadora learns a new word. Her mother is unusually disturbed by it. 1,908 Words.

    Why You Should Care: From the author that wrote ‘A Keen Observer’ comes an interesting little piece about what words mean and what we think they mean and how those two things can change as a person changes. This author writes these characters brilliantly, and the young Nymphadora is especially endearing. It’s also lovely to see an older Sirius with light in his eyes. This story exists in the same universe as ‘A Keen Observer’ but can be just as well read on its own.

    Why You Might Not Care: I’m not really sure. I suppose some people might be bored, depending on what they generally read. I suppose people with their feet firmly planted in Trio fiction might not give a damn, but there’s a message here for everyone.

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    June 24th, 2007

    The Six Degrees of Drunkenness

    The Six Degrees of Drunkenness by BeeDaily

    Summary: Scrooge-channeling Lily runs into a bit of trouble with a bottle of Ogden’s Old Firewhisky after she finds the Marauders drunk in the Head dorms. 15,809 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Everyone’s done the “she gets drunk and kisses him finally” story, if not with Lily and James than with some other pairing. It’s been done to death, over and over and over… Yet, somehow, BeeDaily manages to make it feel fresh and new again, largely through the use of three-dimensional characters who are believable and — most importantly — imperfect. Her Lily is excellent and her James is excellent. Both characters are not only believable people, but also believable teenagers. Additionally, while wearing a fluffy exterior, this fiction manages to have a surprisingly thoughtful interior.

    Why You Might Not Care: Well, obviously it’s James/Lily, so if you have a problem with that, this is decidedly not for you. And it’s a little fluffy, so if angst is your thing, this will make you gag just a little.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Comedy – First Place.

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