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I just read Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness, and it's probably the best fanfic I've ever read.
Everyone felt real. I'd heard some rumblings about sexism and OOC'ness, but I didn't notice any of that. So I'm here to gush.
Edit: *facepalm* Yeah, here's a link to the Fic. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4315906/1/bDumbledore_bs_bArmy_b_and_the_bYear_b_of_bDarkness_b
edited 19th Sep '11 1:49:02 AM by DollyU
That's on my (long) list of Things To Get To Someday. Since I'm something of a fanfic junkie at this point, I might even get to it before I die of old age.
Link? trope page? something?
I just stumbled across something and remembered the thread title here:
I dunno, the whole wank thing seems a little... unbelievable. I'm not entirely convinced it's not just various people blowing all kinds of things out of proportion. Either way, doesn't really affect my enjoyment of the Fic.
I like the premise, think I'll give it a shot.
Well, it seems even if there is no connection to "Victoria Bitter", even then what the author has done so far is pretty wank-tastic.
But you're right of course. This in itself says nothing about the fic in question, and one can simply enjoy it.
And it seems there actually is a TV Tropes page for it: Dumbledores Army And The Year Of Darkness .
I really enjoyed this fic even though it does have a couple of problems. Mainly characters having access to information that they shouldn't have and Snape being far more evil than he should be. Still, it was incredibly good. Couldn't really get into the sequal though.
^ Yeah, I mean, Snape has to have been bad, but Ginny agreed to name one of her kids after him.
('Course, there is a kid running around named Anakin Solo, so I suppose anything's possible in theory.)
Someone on the trope page posted a link to Thanfiction's discussion about why he made Snape evil. It boiled down to
A)There's enough wiggle room in Canon that he could have been EEEEVVVVIIIILLL or sobbing himself to sleep over what the Carrows were doing, so he took Option 1, because...
B)It made for a better story.
Re: Wank- *shrugs* I went on to the Facebook Fan Page for the story, and the author seems, while a little... intense about things, not overly Wank-erific.
But, as is said, that's neither here nor there when it comes to the story.
Why I liked it (and the 'verse surrounding it) is that all the characters seemed very real- reading the short "Backstory Fics", so to speak, really bought everyone to life.
Actually, it looks like I mis-remembered. I remember reading it somewhere, but it wasn't on the link posted in the Article's discussion.
Well, that's a little lazy. Outwardly-evil-secretly-good Snape is not only closer to canon, it's a decent writing challenge to set oneself. To avoid it entirely in favour of what thanfiction went with seems a shame to me.
"I think that you can use the leeway JKR has given to argue for a somewhat more lenient Snape, and you could make it work without contradicting canon. However, you can't swing the "Snape would never have HURT them on PURPOSE and if he did he'd have cried all NITE cuz he was GOOD!" that I see so often. And for the record, I don't think that's what you're arguing here.
As I said, you could take the path of, no pun intended, less resistence, but that is where you have to look at your options as a writer. This is something I brought up on the old ff.net forum, but it's still true. A story is only as compelling as its conflict. The tale of a man walking a block in a warm summer cloudburst that makes his clothing uncomfortable and his sandwitch soggy is not an interesting read in itself. The tale of a man crawling, wading, struggling his way down the same block in the teeth of a hurricane is gripping.
If all canon gives is us "Joe looked again at the growling dog, wondering whether or not the chain-link leash was just for show," it could be anything from a teacup Yorkie to a rabid Mastiff-wolf hybrid.
I chose the wolf hybrid because, simply, it makes a better story. More dramatic, more compelling, better tension, higher stakes, better opportunity for character development and unexpected twists. This post was really about how it couldn't be a friendly dog, and why the wolf-hybrid was not "against canon." Not that it couldn't possibly be another kind of dog."
Here we go. Found it.
It's not the best explanation, but, eh, I enjoyed the fic, and didn't care that Snape was a bad guy. It worked in context.
Apparently I can't link to the post due to being a new account. Well, there's a link in the Article's discussion page.
edited 19th Sep '11 8:07:10 PM by SantaMariaRemark
Having Snape be that evil doesn't make sense based on his interactions with other characters. That said, I was happy to ignore that to enjoy the story as it was very interesting.
Well, looks like Thanfiction's back on the 'net after a few months absence. A Deviant Art update says he'll be getting back to writing the third fic soon. Which is good, I was enjoying it, and look forward to reading the rest of it.
I'm glad to hear that.
I hope you continue to enjoy it. I'm getting progressively more annoyed by it as it goes along. Wish he had decided to write *either* a political thriller *or* a murder mystery and not tried to throw them together (yes it can be done, but most examples are at best disappointing).
That Wank website's little shpiel did not affect how I view Thanfiction. I thoroughly enjoyed his works, though a few chapters of Sluagh confused me.
Those on that website are not people to respect or listen to.
Those who like Dark Fic will like Dark Fic regardless. :shrug: Unfortunately I have already reached Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy and am about ready to say the Eight Deadly Words.
All the spectacular wank (which was hysterically funny until it turned, literally, deadly serious) is a completely different subject.
edited 9th Jan '12 12:59:29 PM by Maven
I'm sorry, but even discounting the flaws of the story in and of itself (the sexism, the testosterone-poisoning, the dodgy research, the Ireland-fetishism, and so on) I'm just not comfortable gushing about a piece of fiction derived from the mythology of the author's now-defunct cult. Particularly relevant posts are here and here.
Thanfiction is a fucking horrifying human being.
He might be horrifying to you people, to me, he's fascinating.
edited 10th Jan '12 3:58:59 PM by NickTheSwing
They're not mutually exclusive.
Hmm, maybe so, I apologize for generalizing.
...Wow. That's quite disturbing.
Hopefully this will put an end to the "soulbonding is harmless" crap.
Another person involved in this affair wrote a book about it:
edited 10th Jan '12 6:07:00 PM by silver2195
Erupting volcanoes are fascinating, but you don't want to be anywhere near them.
(to silver 2195): I wouldn't trust too much that's in that book - it was published for money, its accuracy is debatable, and the writer has since - especially recently - gone way over the brink in her obsession with people and events from 10 years ago.
(to Iaculus) I don't know. Working your batshit out on paper in a fictional format can sometimes be therapeutic - doesn't mean it's good writing or pleasurable reading, though. (IMHO it's neither.)
edited 10th Jan '12 6:33:04 PM by Maven
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