tahariel: (Harry Potter - Trio)
Hey! More Potter Puppet Pals videos! I'd forgotten all about these!
tahariel: (Panic!)
So registration opened for Accio 2008, but... holy shit! It looks like it's going to cost £150 just to attend! I mean, seriously, WTF?!?!

So I've emailed them to ask. I suggest you do too, if you're planning on attending, so we can find out for sure. Because I can have a cheaper convention in my house with a dvd boxset and some fizzy pop, thanks.

HP And Me

Jul. 22nd, 2007 09:55 pm
tahariel: (Draco - unquestioned)
So I had a fantastic time at the convention. I can't believe it's over already (and tomorrow is crapload-of-screaming-kids-day, which I love and fear in almost equal measure. Though my favourite part is getting to pick which kids I want. It's like going to the pet shop, but you get to give them back at the end of the week.) [livejournal.com profile] ionaonie and me had so much fun. The discussions were great - Steve Vander Ark was there! The Lexicon guy! And he is SO funny. I made new friends! And now I really want to get properly back into Harry Potter fandom.

It's been a while. I tend to drift in and out of certain fandoms, coming and going, returning and leaving... I want to return to HP now. (I'm also writing smut for Asha (from fictionalley), because she demanded it after I insulted Lavender Brown by saying she's kind of a hooker. Which I maintain is true, but I am writing Remus/Tonks/Sirius as penance.) I'm also planning on starting to read fic again - any recs, people? What are your favourite fics? I'd love to know.

I totally have to read some ASS fanfic. It sounds hilarious. Those of you who don't know - don't ask XD And I seriously need to make new HP icons, I want a new one.

I just added an HP daily newsletter to my flist, too, which will add to the difficulty in keeping up with my daily fandoms, naturally, but hopefully also make it much easier to find new fic to read.

Seriously though, comment or email me or something, yeah? I want to hear about your reactions to HP7, about your crazy experiences since we last talked, about what you're writing and reading and into right now, because we haven't done it in ages. The beratings will continue until morale improves!
tahariel: (Harry and Voldemort - Save Me)
While waiting on the tran platform to go in for the pre-release book party in London at the HP Con I caught sight of a pale, bald man down the platform and before conscious thought my brain screamed "VOLDEMORT! AARGH!" before I realised that no, it was just some bald guy in a suit. But genuinely I thought it was Voldemort for a few seconds. Tells you something about my brain, huh?

I read HP7 in seven and a half hours from midnight onwards solid through the night last night, and have only had about two hours of sleep since seven am yesterday. This is what I thought of it. Cut for spoilers.

HP7: The Book That JK Rowling Forgot (To Edit) )
tahariel: (Happiness and excitement)
Hello! *waves frantically* It's me! I'm back!

Although, of course, this weekend is the HP Con (omigodhowfuni'msoexcited!) and then it's Lighthouse for the next five days (fifteen screaming eight year olds all week, egads, but I love it) and then we're in France for two weeks on holiday (though we have wireless internet there), so busy, huh?

My placement went well, I got a better mark this time than last time which is good as it shows improvement, and me and Lucy have started putting our things together for Lighthouse, including washing the pongy blanket, which always smells when we get it out at first.

And I got a full tax rebate of nearly £200, which is frickin awesome, because now I have £200 I can spend for fun because it's like a bonus.

So I'm happy today ^-^
tahariel: (Harry and Voldemort - Save Me)
While reading Harry Potter doujinshi:

Amy: Oh my God, Harry, how have you not been raped up the ass already?!?!
tahariel: (kiss icon)
So today I've been thinking about what makes me read certain fics and what makes me click the back button on my browser, and why sometimes going back to a fic you loved makes you frown and say, 'huh, you know, I don't actually want to read this fic now.'

I'm going to talk about my thoughts, so if anyone feels they disagree, I'm not dissing you or your favourite pairing or type of fic or whatever, and please feel free to comment and discuss. I don't get to do this sort of thing any more, eyeballs are pretty cut and dried when it comes to your own inner monologue :D

For instance, then, after rereading The Mirror of Maybe up-to-date - which is a very good Harry/Snape fic, by the way, if you haven't read it, and it's worth a try even if you're not a fan of the pairing, which I wasn't before this - I've been looking for Harry/Snape fic to read and basically being picky about it.

I am willing to read this but not willing to read other fics (I, of course, don't tag fics I don't like, so I don't have one to put here just yet. Maybe if I find one later I'll fill in the blank.) If I'm reading Harry/Snape, it can't be fluffy, or really particularly light at all, because it just DOESN'T WORK. It has to be hard, and painful, and twisted but right at the same time. Something has to go wrong for it to go right for them as a pairing. (That said, The Mirror of Maybe doesn't exactly fit these criteria. But it has other things going for it, and Midnight Blue makes the pairing work. So I'm perfectly happy to read any of it I can get my greasy mitts on. I wish she updated more than once a year. I kid you not.)

Take Heroes fandom - I'm only willing to read Nathan/Peter, at least at the moment. Why? Because they're the characters I'm interested in, and because they have so much screen chemistry it makes my teeth ache. I love the other characters - in fact, there is not one I'd out and out get rid of - but I don't actually want to know about their sex lives. I do want to know more about Nathan and Peter's dynamic, because there is so much there under the surface, hidden from plain sight, that I feel like I'm picking up on. There are too many characters for an individual rundown, but my immediate thoughts - Hiro is too cute for me to want to consider his sex life, and the person Claire has the most chemistry with is Peter, but not in the same incestuous they-could-actually-go-there way that Peter has chemistry with Nathan. And that's fine, because she's pretty awesome all on her own. (Well, truth be told, I wrote a Nathan/Claire/Peter smutlet for the Heroes Pornathon a while back. So basically I'm good at breaking my own rules.) Again though, for me Heroes is not a fluffy fandom. It doesn't really work for me in fic. While there are probably even fics I've tagged that are sort of fluffy, it's not what I'm looking for.

I suppose what I'm really saying is that, with fanfic, I need to feel like it fits with the show or books or whatever before I can be comfortable enough to immerse myself in it. Stargate Atlantis fandom can get away with the most outrageous crack, because there is no limit on the crazy you can inflict there. (Though I seem to have gone off SGA fic lately. No idea why.) Supernatural - yes, crack, but not really fluff. (Sam and Dean are another pair that are so wound up in one another that fic really has to make sense to me before I'll read it, because their dynamic is so set in my head. I can imagine them killing for one another and not batting an eyelid, time and time again, and that's not fluffy. It's heartrending and breathtaking when it's done right, but it's never fluffy.)

I won't even go into the topics of grammar and spelling for now, as I suspect Sam is coming to pick me up to drag me out to Carnibar for the evening. Maybe I'll come back and expand this later. Until then :D
tahariel: (Harry Potter - Travelling)
...there's a new chapter of The Mirror of Maybe up now.

Just thought you ought to know *grin*
tahariel: (Harry and Voldemort - Save Me)
HP7 21ST JULY 2007 OHMIGOD!

...yeah, that's it.
tahariel: (Harry Potter - Travelling)
Sectus is a UK-based convention for HP fans that's happening next summer from the 19th to the 22nd of July. I kinda signed up as soon as someone sent me the link *laughs*

It's expensive. But I figure that I'm probably not going to be going to anime cons much any more, really, since I'm sort of falling out of that fandom into other ones, and they all cost money. And this one I can just take the Tube in - for all three days, instead of just one.

Anyone else want to go with me?

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