So, I’ve been watching a few shows on Netflix recently. Well, if I’m being honest, my daughter has been watching them, and I’ve been caught up in the shows while attempting to work on my laptop. Here are some of the shows we’ve been watching. Oh, by the way, there will probably be spoilers, so consider yourself warned. Continue reading
A WIP that you constantly check for updates
Normally when I catch up with a work-in-progress (WIP), I just wait to read the updates until I feel like reading the story again, or until the story is complete. However, there are three stories for which I am anxiously awaiting the next update. I recognise that the authors have a life outside of fan-fiction. Still, I cannot help but check every other week in the hope of reading a new chapter. Continue reading
An unusual pairing or trope you didn’t think would work but turned out well
I am a big fan of unusual pairings in Harry Potter fan-fiction, but even I can admit that some pairings seem strange at first. However, I always give these pairings a chance, no matter how strange they sound because you never know when you just might find a gem. Continue reading
Favourite quote from a fan-fiction
“There’s [sic] isn’t really any such thing as heroes and villains, Sirius. Good and evil don’t exist. Very few people get into this stuff because they’re legitimately evil. People have goals and motives and when someone is willing to fight for their ideals it’s because they believe in what they’re fighting for. They believe that they are the good guys. Everyone believes that they’re the ones in the right and the people fighting against them are the ones who are wrong. It’s all about perspective in the end. History is written by the victors, which is why the history books are always able to peg one side as evil while the other side – the winning side – were the heroes and saviors.
Everyone has goals and objectives that they believe in and are willing to fight for, and no one fights with the goal of destroying the world unless they’re an insane sociopath or something…”
— Harry Potter speaking to Sirius Black in Descent Into Darkness by Athey
Story you wish someone would write
Some stories that I really want to read are:
- A Harry/Flitwick story with a cheerful Harry falling in love with, and wooing, Filius Flitwick
- A Harry/Griphook story with a sarcastic Harry being subtly wooed by Griphook
- A (complete) Harry Potter/SVU crossover in which Vernon rapes and/or almost succeeds in killing Harry and he comes to the attention of Elliot and Olivia. There is actually a story like this in which Vernon rapes and attempts to kill Harry in an American hotel room before attempting to flee the country. It begins well but was abandoned after a few chapters.
- A Harry/Lucius time-travel story in which a traumatized Harry leaves a devastated world, travelling back in time in the hopes of fixing everything. He suffers PTSD throughout instead of just getting over it in the first few chapters. He is an adult trapped in a child’s body so, instead of waiting for Ginny to grow so he can marry her again, he finds himself falling in love with Lucius Malfoy.
These are all stories I would love to read, but don’t think I could do justice to them if I were to write them. I do hope someone sees these and decides to write them for me. If you do so, or come across a story that fits the bill, please, please, please, give me the link in the comments below.
Story that made you laugh out loud
I think, however, the funniest story I have read — one that had me cackling from beginning to end — is Muggle Sarcasm and Rita Skeeter Don’t Mix by jessica499499, so that’s the story I’m going with. It’s only short — just 943 words — so it won’t steal much time from your day, and I highly recommend it to any fan of Harry Potter.
Head-canon you’ve accepted that, while not necessarily supported by canon, isn’t contradicted by canon either
My answer to this question can be summed up in one word — Wolfstar. For those who don’t know, Wolfstar refers to a romantic relationship between Remus (Wolf) and Sirius (Star) in the Harry Potter universe. Continue reading
Head-canon you’ve accepted that is not supported by, or directly contradicts, canon
I believe the best answer here would be the names of Hermione’s parents, Harry’s grandparents and Gringotts’ director. The reason I’m choosing this over any other head-canon I’ve accepted is because most of my head-canon is fairly fluid according to the type of story I am reading at the time. The names, though, are something that I always, always believe, to the point that I feel wrong-footed when they are different. Continue reading
Best story you read for the first time in the last twelve months
There are three stories that have really stood out to me in the past twelve months. It is interesting that only one of them is written in third person, given that this is generally my preferred perspective. Continue reading
Least favourite plot device used in too many stories you otherwise enjoyed
Independent Harry stories are amongst my favourite Harry Potter fan-fiction tropes. Unfortunately, despite my enjoyment of this type of story, there is one plot device that is often employed within them that I find a little irritating. That is the inclusion of a room or, in some cases, trunk with some kind of time distortion allowing Harry and, occasionally, his friends to complete years of training in a matter of months, or even weeks. This is definitely my least favourite plot device utilised in stories I otherwise enjoyed.
Fandom you haven’t read but might one day
Firstly, just to clarify, the word ‘fandom’ in this case refers to fan-fiction, not the source material. I had a lot of difficulty with this question because if I have read/viewed/played the source material, chances are I’ve read at least one related fanfic.
After pondering the issue for a while, I finally settled upon the movie Love, Simon which is based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I have not read the book yet, but I absolutely loved the movie.
I have not checked my favourite fan-fiction sites for stories related to either the book or the movie. However, it is highly likely that I will do so after I get around to reading Albertalli’s novel.
Favourite long story (5,001 words or more)
Once again, I find myself completely unable to choose just one story in answer to this question. Hell, I can’t even choose just one fandom. Considering I have hundreds of favourites saved on my kindle, most of which would fit today’s topic, I feel quite accomplished for keeping my list as short as I have. Continue reading
Favourite medium length story (1,501 – 5,000 words)
Sometimes a short short story (< 1,500 words) just isn’t enough, but there isn’t time to read a long chapter story. That’s where short stories (1,500 – 5,000 words) come in handy. I have five stories which I am going to list here today: Continue reading
Over-used trope that you love to read anyway
Many tropes become so popular that they are overused to the point of becoming cliché. When that happens a lot of fans stop reading those stories, thinking ‘if you’ve read one, you’ve read them all’. This is true, to an extent. However, sometimes that is the point. Sometimes I don’t want to read something new and exciting and unique. Sometimes, I just want to snuggle up with a bar of chocolate and an old, familiar story-line without having to re-read one of my favourites. The fact that genre-specific templates exist shows that I am not alone in this. Continue reading
Favourite fanfic author
As usual, I find myself unable to choose just one answer to today’s question. Having looked through my favourite fanfics, by which I mean those that I read again and again and yet again, I find that I am consistently seeing the same author’s names. Continue reading
Favourite short story (1,500 words or less)
While I love to read longer, novel-length, stories, that does not mean that I eschew short one-shots. In fact, sometimes a short story can have more power, emotion and impact than a longer one.
I have many, many short stories on my favourites list, but the ones I love the most are:
- Paying the Price of Justice by Poet Wroet: Harry Potter/NCIS Crossover, 1,083 words
- From the Mouth of Babes by AnUnholyAmountOfPasta: Harry Potter/Outnumbered Crossover, 580 words
- The Way (We Break) by nishizono: Harry Potter, 647 words
- Off Topic by SongoftheDarquePhoenix: Harry Potter, 1,102 words (Trigger Warning: Rape, Sexual Abuse)
- Memory by The Plot Bunny Whisperer: Harry Potter, 887 words
Favourite story series
For the purposes of this question, ‘story series’ is defined as any set of more than one story set in the same universe and revolving around the same characters; including, but not limited to, a story with a single sequel. Continue reading
A story that made you cry
I loathe crying in public if it’s about anything real, however I do love a good story that makes me cry. I have previously done a blog post on this very topic, so you can see my favourites by reading my Top Ten Fanfics That Made Me Cry.
If you have already seen that list, read all the stories that caught your interest, and are now looking for more sad story recommendations, here are some stories that made me cry, but didn’t quite make the cut for my top ten. They are all Harry Potter fics and they aren’t listed in any particular order. Continue reading
A popular fan-fiction trope that you strongly dislike
An exceedingly popular theme in Harry Potter fan-fiction is to have male characters born female instead, most commonly Harry, Ron and Blaise. I theorise that authors do this because they want to pair certain characters, but don’t want to include a same-sex relationship. Continue reading
A book/movie/game you sought out for the first time after reading a good fan-fiction
I actually have three and a half answers for this question. The first is Supernatural. I never really had any interest in watching this show until after I began reading Harry Potter/Supernatural fan-fiction stories. However, I grew to love the characters and have since begun watching the TV series. Continue reading
Favourite crossover pairing
This won’t be a long post, since there is a straightforward answer to today’s question. My favourite crossover pairing, by a long shot, is Harry/Daryl.
But wait, Nurture, who is this Daryl you speak of? Well, let me tell you. Daryl is the younger of the Dixon brothers in The Walking Dead. Harry, of course, is Harry Potter, from the Harry Potter franchise.
Some stories involving Harry/Daryl as a couple? Let me see… I know! You should check out Survival by misteeirene, which is a WIP that may or may not be abandoned (but is worth reading anyway) or the one-shot The Man at the Gate by kingsholto.
A story you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
My favourite fandom to read is Harry Potter, but that is closely followed by Harry Potter crossed with other fandoms. Sometimes, however, I will come across a story which crosses Harry Potter with a fandom I’m not familiar with. Continue reading
Favourite LGBTQI pairing using canon characters
Reading fan-fiction doesn’t just allow us to explore the possible outcomes of different decisions or events, it also allows us to explore the characters in different ways. On of the scenarios authors often write about is how things would play out if two characters become involved romantically, or refrain from doing so, as the case may be. Continue reading