trude: (harry potter)
Review of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch" where reviewer Julie Myerson doesn't like the book (fair enough) because it is a "Harry Potter tribute novel" (WTF?).

I'm currently reading The Goldfinch (It's OK. It certainly has flaws, but I enjoy reading it.) and every parallel to HP that Myerson drags up falls under "oh, that is a somewhat similar situation, only playing out in a totally different way"*, which makes me think that Myerson familiarity with HP is something like "read the first book, seen bits and pieces of the movies".

OTOH, it did strike me how one could map Tartt's debut novel The Secret History (which Myerson liked) on the HP books. Lonely boy grows up with boring middle class Californian parents/muggles! He gets the opportunity to leave this behind and go to artsy New England college/magic boarding school! At the school there is lots of wacky faculty and students/lots of wacky faculty and students! Our hero makes (new) friends/(new friends and meets a charismatic but morally ambiguous professor/Dumbledore! Horrifying and wondrous things happen!/Horrifying and wondrous things happen!

The Secret History came out a couple of years before the first HP book, but I doubt Tartt will file a lawsuit against Rowling anytime soon. (Though it would be a magnificent train-wreck if she did.)

*Obviously, Tartt and Rowling DO have some influences in common, Charles Dickens being the most obvious.
trude: (alsana)
Theory: Zadie Smith used to lurk at Harry Potter-boards during the Blaise Zabini-related kerfuffles after HBP.

"Proof": In her new novel, NW, there is secondary character who is a rich, handsome, British public school-educated Black(Trinidadidan)Italian.
trude: (lix)
1. Chrétien du Troyes/Marie de Champagne/Godefroy de Lagny Media fandom/Social Media Modern AU-RPF

2. Remus/Tonks-fic where they spend the last two years of their lives in a happy, functional relationship and Tonks' death isn't really, really stupid. And we shall call it movie-verse, and it shall be sort of canon-compatible.

3. The Hour/Downton Abbey-crossover where Lix Storm turns out to be descended from Mrs Hughes. (Granddaughter? Daughter? I can't work out the timelines.)

4. A Discword-story where a talented young witch meets Granny Weatherwax and finds her awesome. And then she meets Nanny Ogg and finds her awesome, too. Oh wait, Pratchett already wrote that. Thanks, Sir Terry!

5. Crack-fic where MI6 really is run by Kilgarrah, Sirius Black, Mr Darcy, Caesar and Dobby the Free Elf, with some assistance from Sherlock Holmes.
trude: (snape)
Saw Deathly Hallows II last night. Like with most (all?) HP movies, I can’t decide whether it actually works as a story or not, but it was enjoyable throughout. (Except for the bit where I convinced myself that there was seven horcruxes, Harry not included, and desperately tried to remember the seventh one). Special kudos to Grint, Radcliffe and Watson, who never been better.

Spoilery bullet-points )
trude: (dumbledore)
wasn't made by Emma Watson in her "in case you haven't noticed I'M REALLY NOT ELEVEN YEARS OLD ANYMORE!" lace and muppet-pelt ensemble, but by Imelda Staunton who wore a pink jacket. A Pink Jacket. I think she looks lovely, but Umbridge would probably disaprove of the relative lack of frills and the black dress.

Also: nice hat Kilgarah!

And since I segued into Merlin there, here's my very brief and belated thoughts on "Love in the time of dragons"

hardly spoilery by now, but whaterver )
trude: (soft and tender and sweet)
(Also, HP-related so I can use newish Snape-icon).

Interview with Rupert Grint. Apparently people send him pictures of him and Emma Watson in "romantic positions". Which sounds better than blaming him for breakint up Harry and Hermione, but still pretty silly.

The other fandom:
Pics from the Merlin-set of AC on a horse. Wearing trousers. Looking absoultely stunning. (Plenty of visual spoilers.)
I can't wait for series 3 to start.

(As for series 2 there's a couple of episodes on my dvd's harddrive that I'm going to watch once I'm finished with choir stuff, snarking affectionally at royal wedding stuff and getting out of the house during brief spells of summer stuff.)
trude: (g_l_poetry)
Two HP recs, apropos the recent discussion about fandom and female characters:
Being liquid by rotary phones. Teddy/Victoire, R-rated.
A rare story that manages to question and transform the canon's (and possibly the reader's) assumptions about gender and sexual orientation, while keeping the canon pairing and not dismissing the female character as uninteresting and unimportant. (Bonus points for the way the issue of Teddy's parents is handled.)

Better sisters is a ficlet from Fernwithy's recent round of prompt-taking, and an example of that YES it is possible to write Ginny and Fleur symphatetically in the same story, and YES one can assume that neither of them stayed exactly the same person they were back in their teens.


Assorted other recs:
Selenak continues to write Merlin-character studies. Five lessons is about Arthur and Sui Generis is about Merlin and I can only hope that she continues to go through the rest of the cast.

Five Pre-Raphaelite Muses Who Did Not Quite Pan Out by prochytes is Desperate Romantics/AtS/Torchwood/Primeval/Doctor Who/Merlin. I'm unfamiliar with half of these fandoms (though vaguely familiar with Dante Gabriel Rossetti) but of the three I am familiar with, two parts are hilarious and one is eerily beautiful.

And now some G/L stuff that got cut out of my last post )
trude: (still not queen)
About the icon (Dreamwidth only): I can't remember seeing this joke in this context used anywhere else, but it seems unlikely that I'm the only person who had this idea. If you feel I'm ripping somebody off, please tell me.

Anyway, after Sins of the father I started thinking of possible Gwen-centric episodes that wouldn't be about Arthur (or Lancelot), and that got me thinking about Gwen and Morgana, and an issue I have with their relationship. Because while they obviously like/love* and are fiercely protective of each other, they don't really seem to be honest with each other. (And one can read class and race issues into Morgana's protectiveness of Gwen and possibly ablism [?] issues into Gwen's protectiveness of Morgana, but I don't really feel qualified to delve deeper into that.) It doesn't seem like Gwen has told Morgana about Lancelot or Arthur, or that Morgana would even want to know about that. And it doesn't seem like Morgana has told Gwen about her magic, or what happened at the druids. And I wonder if they have any in-depth discussion about the various weird shit that keep happening in Camelot, or about losing parents in sudden and violent ways.

So, on one hand I would like them to talk about all this, and to be angry at each other. On the other hand, I don't see the show letting them do this and then re-define their friendship. A quarrel might mean permanent break-up, and I don't want to lose this rare female friendship, flawed as it is.

*Gwen/Morgana as a romantic pairing is something I've understood where it comes from but never felt, but I'm slowly warming up to it, in a fanon way at least.

In sillier news: I used to think my favorite scenario for a Merlin/Harry Potter-crossover would be teenage Albus Dumbledore falling into Camelot (much like Legolas fangirls used to fall into Middle-Earth in 2002) and learn about the power of love and teach Merlin about the power of novelty socks, but after yesterday's episode I rather want movie-Snape to fall into Camelot and strut trough the hallways calling Merlin "idiot boy".
trude: (dumbledore)
Just came back from watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I enjoyed it, though I think it works better as a series of set-pieces than as an actual movie - I wouldn't recommend it to non-fans.

Spoilery )
trude: (when canon goes wrong)
Made a quiche with some broccoli and Västerbottenost. Remembered half-way through why I havn't made anything similar in ages - I always fail with the crust. (This time, I accidentally heated the empty casserole, and the crust melted when I put it in.) Nevertheless, the result was pretty good and the leftovers will probably be even better.

Did some quite, quite necessary book-shopping. Isn't this the prettiest Austen-cover imaginable? [Back-cover blurb by J.K. Rowling]. Apart from maybe this. [Front cover blurb by Helen Fielding].

Also bought Strong Poison. Not with the cover I wanted (it's probably out of print), so it won't match the rest of my Whimsey(&Vane)-novels, but at least now I can read about Miss Climpson faking a séance whenever I need to. [Back-cover blurbs by P.D. James, Minette Walters and Ruth Rendell and an introduction by Elizabeth George. Bit of over-kill, there.)

For anyone who'd like to read short snippets of Harry Potter-fic, fernwithy has had a challenge-call again. I especially recommend number 3 and 11.
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Wednesday: Bought ticket for HBP (aka The one where girls are going to kill Ron). It's not until the sixteenth, but I'm still exited. (Even more exited about movie 8, mainly because of Aberforth).

And today the small Tonks-doll I've bought from doll_shop arrived! (Er, after finishing DH almost two years ago I decided that the best way to honor Tonks' memory was to let her live forever in felt form among my soft toys. Then I remembered that I can't sew. And this spring I could finally afford to buy one.)

Anyway, she's super-cute and I just had to take some pictures:

Read more... )
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Belated Happy new year!

Saw a novel about Miss Moneypenny from the James Bond series in the bookstore today. Almost bought it, but then I remembered that I have no shelf space left.

Hey! The BBC will adapt Andrea Levy's Small Island into a miniseries(?) this year. With Naomie Harris and that-actress-from-that-Jane Eyre-adaptation-I-havn't-seen-yet as Hortense and Queenie. Good news.

Rec time!
More ficlets-on-demand from [livejournal.com profile] fernwithy:
Hermione's and Ron's wedding [Lovely fluff, lovely Hermione.]

Hermione and McGonagall during H:s seventh year [And it's a pretty good take on post-war Hogwarts, too. A bit sad, but hopeful.]

Harry and qudditch, post-war [More excellent fluff]

Young Albus D. and headmaster Black (Nigeullus) [Absolutely brilliant and heartbreaking take on a 13-year old Dumbledore, who has his very own way of getting into trouble.]

Lily, James and Harry in Godrics Hollow, 1981 [Just as cute and doomed as it should be.]


And something entirely different, a slightly older fic I re-discovered when I was looking for something else:
Just Impediment by [livejournal.com profile] doyle_sb4
Blackadder/Doctor Who crossover. Starts with Edmund dissing Shakespeare:

“Of course it’s got good reviews. It’s a Shakespeare comedy,” Blackadder said, with all the venom such a prospect demanded. “It’ll be cross-dressing, willy jokes and hilarious misunderstandings between identical twins. All of which the general public eats up like one of Mrs Miggins’s Wednesday Surprises. Will ‘Predictable’ Shakespeare must have one of the cushiest jobs in England: write the same thing over and over and wait for the girls and cash to come rolling in.”

and it only gets better from there.
trude: (delusional)
[livejournal.com profile] a_t_rain has posted the first chapter of The Lamentable Comedy of Severus, Half-Blood Prince of Denmark which is just as brilliantly weird as it sounds.

And this week's favorites from [livejournal.com profile] fernwithy's ficlets:

Remus and Tonks discuss werewolf stuff and parenting during DH [Sweet and sad.]

Grown-up Dudley at Christmas. [I really like the idea of Dudley changing. But it possible that I like the idea of his parents staying the same a tiny bit more.]

Orion Black (Sirius' dad) trying to intervene in a family quarrel. [Excellent take on the Blacks.]

A 16-year old Teddy Lupin having a chat with Dumbledore's Portrait. [Possibly a bit to previous-fanfic-dependent to be read on it's own, but then again, maybe not. Gorgeous, anyway.]
trude: (dumbledore)
For me, it worked as a sweet post-birthday, pre-christmas treat. Recommended if you enjoy the quirkier side of the Potter-verse, and like Dumbledore.

Spoilery )
trude: (lionel)
Can't remember where I found this.

Pick 10 characters from as many fandoms as you wish.
Answer 16 questions. Drabble responses are very welcome, too.


My characters

1. Tara Maclay (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
2. Lionel Luthor (Smallville)
3. Gollum (Lord of the Rings)
4. Nymphadora Tonks (Harry Potter)
5. Jo March (Little Women
6. Jane Roland (Temeraire)
7. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
8. Donna Noble (Doctor Who)
9. Will Russel (Flambards)
10. Sirius Black (Harry Potter)

The questions: )

Sunday recs

Dec. 7th, 2008 10:33 am
trude: (toby)
[livejournal.com profile] selenak has written West Wing-fic, which makes me happy, since she's an excellent writer and it's a fandom I like to revisit from time to time.
Words and the men: Jed and Toby, four glimpses over the years. Sad and a bit funny, as it should be.

[livejournal.com profile] fernwithy offered to write ficlets based on other people's prompts last week-end, and got so many request that she'll probably be busy until January. These are my favorites so far. (Some of these makes more sense if you're familiar with her HP-ficverse. It's quite big by now, but well worth checking out.)

McGonagall and Sirius, during GoF [basks in the awesomeness of McG, and wants to hug Sirius]

Regulus/Lily II (and Harry) [So, sometime after the epilogue, Regulus returned from the actually-not-quite-dead. Just deal. I love how much Lily is her mother's daughter here.]

The trio discussing Teddy and dead parents and stuff ["Missing scene", sort of, from Fern's multi-chapter fic Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze. Excellent Ron.]

More un-dead Regulus. Christmas at Grimmauld Place, again. [Fern's Reg is my favorite Reg ever.]

A Star Wars one! Little Princess Leia celebrates her birthday. [A must-read for all Leia-fen.]

Percy and his nephew Fred [Good take on an older, wiser Percy. Also good take on George, even if he doesn't appear in the story.]

Tonks giving Remus a birthday gift (during GoF) [I love those little moments when they could have been happy]

Two Sirius-centric ficlets today [Both are lovely, though I think I like the first one best.]
trude: (hermione)
Two HP-recs:
Fic: Those Russian Songs From Sunny Spain by [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose: Harry/Ginny, set a couple of years after the Battle of Hogwarts, when Harry is that guy who married Ginny Weasley, Neville is the epitome of cool (though still very much Neville) and there is Hannah Abbot and smut (though not at the same time). Wonderful stuff.

Art: Bellatrix LeStrange reads Twilight by [livejournal.com profile] buttfacemakani: Very funny.

Speaking about the Sparkly Vampires, my personal Harry Potter-fanon part 12576 is that before their big fall-out in year five, teenage Snape and Lily used amuse themselves by sporking bad vampire novels. (No, I havn't read Twilight and don't intend to - it's probably a very good thing these books didn't exist when I was fourteen because they would have warped me for life.)

Links

Jun. 11th, 2008 08:25 am
trude: (poa)
Just read JKR:s 800-word James & Sirius-story (published on-line by Waterstones, so you don't have to feel guilty about reading). It's cute, it's extremely unlikely to destroy anyones fanon, and Sirius is still hot! (Yes, she took time to mention that.)
Some other fun stuff on the site, some literally unreadable.

ETA: In unrelated news the first chapter of Naomi Novik's Victory of Eagles is published on the Temeraire website. Lovely beginning, with Temeraires POV and a new character I already sort of love.
trude: (lupin)
I just discovered that [livejournal.com profile] ootpmoviepics has made a bunch of post with very, very huge promo-pics over the week.

This one has a really one of Fiennes, Bonham Carter, Gambon and Radcliffe on the Ministry set (Bella/Voldy=OTP 4EWA!), and a nice one of Lupin.

Recs!

Jan. 9th, 2008 10:53 pm
trude: (dora)
Restitution Hasn't Come Quite Yet by [livejournal.com profile] theiceisthin is a couple of brief, introspective glimpses of Tonks from OoTP to DH, it doesn't get to any profound insights about her and I think that's the point. R/T without being either particularly shippy or dismissive about the relationship, which is a bit of a feat in itself.

Harlequin by [livejournal.com profile] andromeda3116 is also a brief character piece, this time of Teddy. Without being super-angsty, it portrays a kid who definitively is troubled by his parents death, and deals with it in a very different way from Harry. I don't think I've read any other fic that comes closer to "Teddy in my head" than this. (Also like the very brief glimpse of his relationship to Victoire that we get here).

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