Frequently Asked Questions
Who Are You?
That’s a very good question. I’m a 25 year-old web developer, copy-writer, and free-lance stage manager living in western Canada that has been reading and writing fan fiction online for around ten years. I’ve been active in several fandoms over that time, and got into Harry Potter specifically in the summer of 2000 just around the time Goblet of Fire was published. My fiction is currently housed at The Unknowable Room and has been recognized with a nomination in the 2007 Hourglass Awards.
If you crave to know me better, have a gander at my Livejournal where I post my fandom related squee, or if you’re really into stalking people, here’s my Blog where I ruminate over Real Life. Yes, that’s right… there’s too much of me for one online journal. Am I a freak or what?
What Makes You Worthy Of Reccing Harry Potter Fanfiction?
Conceit, I suppose. I’ve got plenty of that.
What’s With The “Why You Should Care” and “Why You Might Not Care” Sections Of The Rec?
I feel it’s important to quantify the fic in some way with a sort-of-review where I can justify my recommendation. Also, I feel it’s important to be candid about the fic’s weaknesses if there are any, and any reason a particular brand of person would dislike it so as not to send people places where they don’t want to be.
Also, I like having a brief moment on a soap-box to offer my opinions.
What Kind Of Fanfiction Do You Usually Read?
Mostly general fic, tons of character based stories, and almost always only completed works. My character preferences are fairly broad, but I do tend to be attracted to Marauder fiction more often then not, and I have a certain fondness for Severus Snape and Remus Lupin. I’m a bit of a canon-nazi, and so tend to stay away from AU, obviously outlandish pairings (both het and slash), and overly fanon characterizations.
What Are Your Ships?
Canon ships, by and large, though I don’t really count myself as much of a “shipper” in the traditional sense. It is unlikely, however, that you’ll find any Harry/Hermione or Draco/Ginny here, or any other obviously non-canon pairings that proliferate elsewhere. If those are the kinds of things you are looking for, you’re probably in the wrong spot.
Why Isn’t There Very Much Slash Here?
Because I don’t read very much slash, to be honest. It’s not really my thing, and personally I find 99% of the slash ships highly improbable from a canon standpoint and largely out of character. There are a few exceptions — Remus/Sirius being the most notable, and Albus/Gellert coming in as a close second — but by and large most slash fic isn’t compatible with my other fanfic requirements.
The other reason is that, if you are looking for slash fic, it’s notoriously easy to find in the Harry Potter fandom. In fact, I would say good non-slash and general fiction is a great deal more difficult to find. There are plenty of sites that archive or rec slash fics of all pairings, so I don’t feel bad that they are woefully under-represented here. If you’re all about the slash-fic, I suggest clicking on one of the other recs links on the sidebar, because what I have to offer definitely won’t satisfy your craving.
What About Novel-Length Fics?
I don’t have anything against Novel-Length fanfiction either — in fact, some of the very best fanfic I’ve ever read has been over 100,000 words.
The thing of it is, I hate reading fiction that is incomplete. I hate investing all that time and effort into it only to be left hanging for years because the author disappears and never finishes. Since most novel-length fics are works-in-progress, I have a tendency to bypass them until I see that magic “COMPLETED” note in the summary unless they have been so highly rec’d to me by someone else that I just can’t help myself.
How Do I Get My Story On Your Site?
Send me an e-mail with the title, summary and URL where it’s posted, and I’ll have a read. If I like it and think others will like it, I’ll post it up here at some point.
However, please know that asking me to read your fiction in no way guarantees you a spot on this site. I’m pretty picky.
I Know A Great Story! Can You Post It Here?
As said above, send me an e-mail with the title, summary and URL where it’s posted, and I’ll have a read. If I like it and think others will like it, I’ll post it up here at some point with a thanks to the person who rec’d it to me.
Why Have You Rec’d One Of Your Own Stories?
Well, because it was nominated for an award and I felt that was ample justification for the rec. Someone, somewhere, liked it enough to nominate it for an Hourglass Award, and I feel that’s a pretty high recommendation all on its own.
I don’t intend to start reccing myself on a regular basis; I’m not that conceited. But if something else I write is given a similar public nod or award, I’ll throw it up here, too. Otherwise, the quality of my writing will remain up for debate on the archive where it is hosted.
Novel-Length, One-Shot, Drabble… What Do Those Mean?
Ah-Hah! A tricky question.
Novel-Length fics are qualified by me as being chaptered works that are 40,000 words or longer.
One-Shots are unchaptered works of varying lengths — usually but not always under 10,000 words — and are stories that stand-alone and are not part of a larger series. This term is thrown around all over the fandom and has particular connotations or defining features depending on where you see it, and I’ve given it my own unique spin to sort of suit my needs.
Drabbles are slightly more complicated. A traditional Drabble is exactly 100 words with a title of up to 15 words. However, the vast majority of the Harry Potter fandom doesn’t know this traditional definition, and so I’m using its more fanon and general definition of a piece of less than 1,000 words. When I rec a traditional Drabble of 100 words, I specify it somewhere in the rec — usually in the summary.
These categories here are largely used to group the stories by relative length in as simple a way as possible using terms that are fairly transparent and widely known.
Where Are Your Story Ratings?
I’m a rebel. I don’t post ratings. Part of this is because no one can really get together on what the ratings are, and they get assigned sort of willy-nilly by authors who never quite know in which pool their story belongs.
The other reason is that I just don’t think the things people read should be determined by what arbitrary rating of profanity, violence, and sex there may or may not be in the story. I think good things are good whatever the rating, and encourage all people to be brave and reach out of their comfort zones once in a while.
Having said that, I will point out somewhere in the recommendation if the fic contains NC-17 scenes or explicit sexual situations, knowing that it’s impolite to send someone to something like that without a warning. I will also indicate in the rec whether or not the fic contains slash of any kind or degree, for the sake of those who are uninterested in that particular genre.
How Do I Become An Affiliate?
Send me an e-mail and let me know. All Affiliates should have a standard sized 88×31 button, and all people wishing to Affiliate to me should provide either a text link-back or (preferably) an image link-back using the 88×31 banner located on the sidebar under the “Link To Me” heading.
Any site that is “Under Construction” will not receive a link. I don’t like sending people to places that don’t exist yet. Likewise, I regularly check the status of all Affiliates and out-bound links, so if I find yours is broken, off it comes.
Did You Know One Of Your Story Links Is Broken?
Really? E-mail me and let me know. I’ll search for the fic and see if I can find it posted somewhere else and link to it there. If I can’t find it, I’ll remove the rec.
I hate broken links, but obviously I can’t check all of them all the time. If you spot one that’s broken, I would be love to be notified ASAP.
You Use A Very Inconsistent Spelling of “Fan Fiction” and “Fan Fic”, Are You Stupid Or Something?
No. That inconsistency is — believe it or not — on purpose. Why? Well, no one can really get together on whether or not “fanfiction” is one word or two, and so it comes down to personal preference in the end. Because of this, I’ve gone out of my way to use it in both ways to sneakily get more search engine returns for both results, as an exact match is always better than an almost match. Perhaps a little unprofessional, but it actually helps people find the content in the end, so I don’t feel too badly about it.
Incidentally, my personal preference is “fanfiction” not “fan fiction” which is why I’ve spelled it that way in all my graphics.Comment