ladymirth: (yay kermit)
Feeling bored and blue? 

The Weasley's Wizard Wheezes product catalogue will have you crying in hysterical laughter cheer you right up!

Fandom, how I love thee! I wish Rowling could read this. She'd be proud.  
ladymirth: (milkshake)
You don't need to be an HP fan to read this. You just have to be a woman. Even men would find it an educational read.  

Title: Five Women Who Hate Fleur Delacour
Author: [ profile] snegurochka_lee 
Characters: Gabrielle, Narcissa, Molly, Tonks, Minerva, Luna. Oh, and Fleur. ;)
Rating: PG-13 (possibly R for some strong language)
Words: ~7,300
Content: DH-compliant
Summary: She was beautiful, intelligent, talented, successful – and not very nice about it. Clearly, other women must hate her.

One of the most powerful commentaries on feminism, combining character study and social observation, that I've ever read in the HP fandom. It amazes me how deftly she deals with the many perceptions of the women in HP without succumbing to character bashing. If this sort of text were made requried reading for every young girl, the women's movement would be aeons ahead by now. For this is the kind of story that teaches us to be better people, and kinder to one another. 

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Gakked from[ profile] madlori . Take a look at this:

trope illustrated.

By the same logic, Luke Skywalker is also King Arthur, Frodo Baggins, Aragorn and Sam Winchester. Except for the John Williams bit. 

I wonder what it is about trope that clicks so well with the collective human psyche. The patterns never seem to change. It's almost mathematical. 

Orphan  + Unique gift + Mentor + Access to hidden world + Universal acceptance of formerly misunderstood hero + Evil Nemesis + Psychic foretelling gobbledegook + Sidekicks + Love interest + Hero's journey + Dramatic Geneological Backstory Reveal + Final confrontation + Triumph of the Hero = Literary phenomenon + AM IN UR BANK, ROLLIN' IN DOUGH, BITCH! 

Excuse me, I'm off to create my college fund now. 

ladymirth: (internet needs surfing)
Once in a while, you find a fic that's warm and beautiful and unpretentiously, smoothly written. It's doesn't leave you in awe, but it does warm the cockles of your heart and leave a tear in your eye.

Title: Of Pride and Prejudices
Author: [ profile] araminta_lupin 
Pairing: Teddy Lupin/ Victoire Weasley
Rating: PG 
Summary: Victoire Weasley is seventeen years old, fresh from her summer vacation is Paris and feeling very grown-up  now that she's going out with  the best-looking boy in her year. She wasn't expecting a reality check delivered by her best friend Teddy when he takes exception to her essay on  the dangers of werewolves. COMPLETE. 

I am in love with the characterizations of every single person who appears in this story - OCs and all. Victoire is your typical teenage girl trying to live up to her image as the eldest child of the family, and yet struggling to overcome the usual pitfalls of growing up along the way. She's obsessed with her hair and clothes, and has all the usual insecurities of a young girl who wants to be popular, but shows her deeper nature whenever it comes to her friends and family. Teddy Lupin is a wonderful mix of the best and the worst of his parents, and it's so easy to fall in love with him as Victoire does. The chapters fly by rapidly and leaves you with the sense of having enjoyed a work that has been meticulously and lovingly crafted in every aspect. 

This story is the only chaptered fic I can find by the author, although I enjoy anything she writes. Red Hair is a prequel one-shot to Pride and Prejudices that I would strongly recommend. 
ladymirth: (kitty H/D)
I have discovered magnificence. In three parts.

Title: Arc of the Pendulum by [ profile] brummell
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Summary: After his father casts a mysterious curse on Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy is forced to try to make things right. Based on The Beauty and the Beast.

I have read many slash adaptations of Beauty and the Beast in both SPN and HP fandoms, but this one trumps them all. The utter seamlessness of it, the raw emotion interspersed with unexpected moments of hilarity and the way it still manages to stay true to canon characterization. All without a hint of cheese. I must say, I read this in anticipation of the sex, but as well done as it was, the actual story eclipsed it. Which is saying something.

Go read!
ladymirth: (Gay dumblz)
Dear people who like reading any kind of HP fic.

Meet Lady Altair.

She is only 20 years old and writes some of the best HP fic known to man.

Please proceed to read every one of her stories, even though you don't care about the characters/ hate the characters/ is dubious about the premise. Your reservations won't matter past the first chapter, because you won't have them anymore. She doesn't write slash (more's the pity) and she writes as close to canon as possible.

I shall personally rec the following:

Chase This Light: COMPLETE. The story of how Draco Malfoy fell in love with his wife. I've always loved fanon Draco, but this one characterization is firmly rooted in canon. I started out as a person who denied the very existence of Astoria Malfoy, but by the end of the seven chapters I'm totally shipping them.

Must be Genetic: As the spoilt daughter of an award-winning boxer, October "Toby" Dursley knows exactly how to put bullies like Scorpius Malfoy in their place. It is rather curious however, that the girl who looks so much like Lily Evans doesn't have a lick of potions talent, a fact that is speedily remedied by a chance encounter with a portrait that is very handy with the subject...(LOLZ and Awws galore!)

Eight in the Morning On second thought, Aurors Harry Potter and Ron Weasley would much rather be dealing with brawling witches with itchy wands than at home dealing with hormonal wives and monster children. A one-shot purely for lulz.

For Now The Order of the Phoenix say good-bye as each comrade falls. A haunting one-shot that should not be read without some industrial-sized Kleenex handy.

And now I'm off to read some more. The wise among you will follow suit.
ladymirth: (Gay dumblz)
I'm reading Harry Potter fanfiction again. And it seems that Checkmated is not now entirely a lost cause. I've found a gem among the Mary Sues. 

The Colors of Fire by Sher
Rating: PG
Status: WIP
Pairing: NL/HA (Canon Pairings)
Summary: Two years after the Battle of Hogwarts, Neville Longbottom and Hannah Abbott's paths cross again. Each is on a journey to rebuild their world; they just didn't realize rebuilding would include each other.

I know, right? Who the hell cares about Neville's love life? I mean, I love Neville Longbottom, but not so much that I'd read a book about his dating tribulations with Hannah Abbot, of all people. So it was purely by co-incidence that I decided to read it, and it's also a co-incidence that it turned out to be an exceptional piece, with excellent character voices and narrative that I can only describe as charismatic. I suggest you give it a try, Neville or no. Chances are that you're going to get sucked in too. 


Dimensions and Verticals by bellatemple (not dial-up friendly)

Muahahahahahahaha! Here be CRACK. And to think I was about to leave SPN fandom too. That'll teach me.

ladymirth: (fangirl)

Dumbledore was GAY!!!! 

And he had an unrequited love affair with Grindelwald!!!

It’s CANON!!!

Oh, JKR we love you! We always knew you were a closet slasher.

Slashers UNITE!!! *wheee!*

ladymirth: (buydrugs)
The HP Fandom has transcended complete madness and passed the horizon of utter, rabid insanity is has come out the other side into the still, calm surface of manic sensibility. I mean, I knew that this fandom is a pretty scary and complicated place to be in sometimes, what with the flame wars and the inter-fansite politics but this, this is friggin unbelievable!

And to think this was going on even past the release of OotP! I joined the fandom in late 2002 and I didn't even KNOW about Gryffindor Tower. And here I was thinking I ws on top of fandom events! 

And all this over...what? Fricking fictional relationships between fictional characters in a book series we all love? Climbing the totem pole of  fandom popularity? How pathetic are these people's lives, really? 

And how appalingly uncivil, immature and...spiteful! How petty! These are authors whose work I've read and admired! I can't believe that such ostensibly sensible and nice people could have instigated such hateful flamewars! Because of friggin SHIPS?! They hated ships that much?! I mean, I detest Clana, but before I start smear campaigns over entire fansites and authors over it....It's unthinkable! 

I officially hate shippers. Forget money, shippers are the root of all evil. From now on, I'm reading genfic only. And I'm going to stick to my beloved LnC fandom. Never have I felt prouder of being a FoLC. We, at least, have a great tradition of tolerance and maturity. *preens* 

*hugs LnC Message Boards*  

Thanks to [profile] anotherdreamer5 for the link! Although she COULD have warned that once you start reading it, you can't stop. <g> The effects of horrified facsination. You never realize it's potency until you come across something like this. It's Fandom Reality TV! 

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