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Am still enjoying the ridiculous and addictive City of Bones (seriously - it's shoujo in word form) and that made me remember how I used to love Draco Trilogy in my younger and dumber days. Dooooooon't judge me! Judge away!

I actually even went up and looked up the complete version I dled from the net a long time ago that I never got to reading - by that point I lost interest but I obtained it for sake of completeness. My God - that thing is almost 1700 pages long!

I read the ending 40 pages or so and...I feel old. I used to love this stuff and eat it up with a spoon but now I feel attacked by overzealous adjectives - it's so busy. It makes it feel overheated. One doesn't have to be a follower of uber-terse Mr. Hemingway but it feels as if a thesaurus exploded in there. Moreover, probably because I am a decade older, Draco is not angsty and supercool any more - I just want him to. stop. talking.

Yeah, yeah, your evil abusive father has poisoned you so you are dying, the world is about to be destroyed, and your love life resembles a hexagon or an episode of Passions. But can you stop overemoting all over the place? Stoicism and quiet are admirable traits but I am not even daring to hope for those - I just want a break in the non-stop stream of overwrought emo - doesn't it get tiring to be in constant cosmic anguish?

He is ridiculously high-maintenance and I have low tolerance for that, and my tolerance gets lower and lower as I get older. Either he or CC's Harry make awful boyfriends. I think by the end I only like Ginny, and I think that is mainly because she forced it out of Draco that he lurves her forever and ever as his souuuuuuumate, had sex with him, and then ditched in the morning because they both have way more growing up and therapy and ducttape on Draco's mouth to do before they hook up for good. That is about the only sensible thing anyone ever did in that entire trilogy.

Also, CC is such a Dunnett fan. I don't think she lifted any quotes directly (not that I recognize at least) but she was so going for Lymond/Philippa and the library confession with that last Draco/Ginny scene. Obviously, it's nowhere near the same universe in quality or appeal (Dunnett is a favorite author and CC is a Potter BNF) but it was rather surreal to spot the influenced vibe (and age-inappropriate. Lymond is a 32-yr-old Renaissance nobleman. Draco is a 17-yr-old boy.) Ehhh, one can do worse than try to emulate Dunnett, even if you will never succeed to be near as good.
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Am still enjoying the ridiculous and addictive City of Bones (seriously - it's shoujo in word form) and that made me remember how I used to love Draco Trilogy in my younger and dumber days. Dooooooon't judge me! Judge away!

I actually even went up and looked up the complete version I dled from the net a long time ago that I never got to reading - by that point I lost interest but I obtained it for sake of completeness. My God - that thing is almost 1700 pages long!

I read the ending 40 pages or so and...I feel old. I used to love this stuff and eat it up with a spoon but now I feel attacked by overzealous adjectives - it's so busy. It makes it feel overheated. One doesn't have to be a follower of uber-terse Mr. Hemingway but it feels as if a thesaurus exploded in there. Moreover, probably because I am a decade older, Draco is not angsty and supercool any more - I just want him to. stop. talking.

Yeah, yeah, your evil abusive father has poisoned you so you are dying, the world is about to be destroyed, and your love life resembles a hexagon or an episode of Passions. But can you stop overemoting all over the place? Stoicism and quiet are admirable traits but I am not even daring to hope for those - I just want a break in the non-stop stream of overwrought emo - doesn't it get tiring to be in constant cosmic anguish?

He is ridiculously high-maintenance and I have low tolerance for that, and my tolerance gets lower and lower as I get older. Either he or CC's Harry make awful boyfriends. I think by the end I only like Ginny, and I think that is mainly because she forced it out of Draco that he lurves her forever and ever as his souuuuuuumate, had sex with him, and then ditched in the morning because they both have way more growing up and therapy and ducttape on Draco's mouth to do before they hook up for good. That is about the only sensible thing anyone ever did in that entire trilogy.

Also, CC is such a Dunnett fan. I don't think she lifted any quotes directly (not that I recognize at least) but she was so going for Lymond/Philippa and the library confession with that last Draco/Ginny scene. Obviously, it's nowhere near the same universe in quality or appeal (Dunnett is a favorite author and CC is a Potter BNF) but it was rather surreal to spot the influenced vibe (and age-inappropriate. Lymond is a 32-yr-old Renaissance nobleman. Draco is a 17-yr-old boy.) Ehhh, one can do worse than try to emulate Dunnett, even if you will never succeed to be near as good.
dangermousie: (Default)
Am still enjoying the ridiculous and addictive City of Bones (seriously - it's shoujo in word form) and that made me remember how I used to love Draco Trilogy in my younger and dumber days. Dooooooon't judge me! Judge away!

I actually even went up and looked up the complete version I dled from the net a long time ago that I never got to reading - by that point I lost interest but I obtained it for sake of completeness. My God - that thing is almost 1700 pages long!

I read the ending 40 pages or so and...I feel old. I used to love this stuff and eat it up with a spoon but now I feel attacked by overzealous adjectives - it's so busy. It makes it feel overheated. One doesn't have to be a follower of uber-terse Mr. Hemingway but it feels as if a thesaurus exploded in there. Moreover, probably because I am a decade older, Draco is not angsty and supercool any more - I just want him to. stop. talking.

Yeah, yeah, your evil abusive father has poisoned you so you are dying, the world is about to be destroyed, and your love life resembles a hexagon or an episode of Passions. But can you stop overemoting all over the place? Stoicism and quiet are admirable traits but I am not even daring to hope for those - I just want a break in the non-stop stream of overwrought emo - doesn't it get tiring to be in constant cosmic anguish?

He is ridiculously high-maintenance and I have low tolerance for that, and my tolerance gets lower and lower as I get older. Either he or CC's Harry make awful boyfriends. I think by the end I only like Ginny, and I think that is mainly because she forced it out of Draco that he lurves her forever and ever as his souuuuuuumate, had sex with him, and then ditched in the morning because they both have way more growing up and therapy and ducttape on Draco's mouth to do before they hook up for good. That is about the only sensible thing anyone ever did in that entire trilogy.

Also, CC is such a Dunnett fan. I don't think she lifted any quotes directly (not that I recognize at least) but she was so going for Lymond/Philippa and the library confession with that last Draco/Ginny scene. Obviously, it's nowhere near the same universe in quality or appeal (Dunnett is a favorite author and CC is a Potter BNF) but it was rather surreal to spot the influenced vibe (and age-inappropriate. Lymond is a 32-yr-old Renaissance nobleman. Draco is a 17-yr-old boy.) Ehhh, one can do worse than try to emulate Dunnett, even if you will never succeed to be near as good.
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
The other day in the bookstore, right outside the cafe where I was bound with my haul of books, I noticed a copy of Cassandra Claire's City of Bones and, driven by morbid curiousity, picked it up.

For those of you not familiar with Harry Potter fandom (lucky you!), once upon a time, CC was the BNF to end all BNFs - she was the biggest fanfic author in the fandom, by far. Her status rested on the Draco Trilogy - a trio of ginormously long and hideously popular fanfics with Draco Malfoy as the main character (as she is responsible for Draco as sexy leather-pants-wearing-stud, I may never forgive her). In terms of my personal preferences in Harry Potter, DT was basically the polar opposite - cult of Draco, Harry/Hermione, etc. Yet, despite it, I confess that I was addicted to DT almost a decade ago (yes, it was a long time). I eventually lost interest in it when the third and final part of her trilogy kept getting longer and longer and the time between updates got longer and longer as well, and I never finished it. (I must say, I remain impressed with the fact that CC eventually completed it - a lot of BNF fanfics go on forever and never get done).

This is the good part. Now the not so good. I was not in the Potter fandom as it had too many crazies for my liking, but I do know that CC had as many huge scandals as she had popularity (ahhhh, the BNF drama!) There was plagiarism - apparently she routinely lifted chunks of dialogue from Buffy, Red Dwarf etc without crediting (I don't really care about that but a lot of people were upset. It was that kerfuffle that introduced me to Buffy so I will always be grateful.) There was getting expensive gifts from fangirls under false pretenses. There was the general "I am queen of the world, worship me" attitude at cons.

As a result of all of this, and the fact that CC wanted to get published, she took her fic off the web (you can still find it though) and disappeared from the fandom.

And then she published her own YA fantasy fiction trilogy, of which City of Bones is the first part.

I tried CoB a long time ago and gave up a few pages in - it just felt like an overwrought hard slog (going back to DT, I remember plenty of overwroughtness there too. I think I used to like it more when I was younger though). A sort of too-many-crystallized-adjectives thing. I know CC exhibited good taste and liked Dunnett (my second-favorite writer of all time) but Dunnett is one of the very few authors who CAN pull off that ornate style - in CC's hands it just comes across as a bit incoherent.

But being a tenacious sort, I decided to give CoB another chance, shamefully swayed by the fact that in the meantime I found out that at one point the heroine and her OTP believe they are brother and sister with much angsting. Kdramas, what have you done to me!

So I tried again. The beginning is still a ridiculously hard slog - it does not flow at all. But then, about 50 pages in, it picks up and it's been great good fun since then - I don't really want to put it down, in fact.

Which is YAY! I have never cared about personalities of writers - have you heard some of the things Gogol used to espouse? Or a whole plethora of Soviet authors I used to love?

All I care is that I found a book I enjoy reading.

CC can be a plagiarizing, manipulative ***** for all I care - as long as her books entertain me.
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
The other day in the bookstore, right outside the cafe where I was bound with my haul of books, I noticed a copy of Cassandra Claire's City of Bones and, driven by morbid curiousity, picked it up.

For those of you not familiar with Harry Potter fandom (lucky you!), once upon a time, CC was the BNF to end all BNFs - she was the biggest fanfic author in the fandom, by far. Her status rested on the Draco Trilogy - a trio of ginormously long and hideously popular fanfics with Draco Malfoy as the main character (as she is responsible for Draco as sexy leather-pants-wearing-stud, I may never forgive her). In terms of my personal preferences in Harry Potter, DT was basically the polar opposite - cult of Draco, Harry/Hermione, etc. Yet, despite it, I confess that I was addicted to DT almost a decade ago (yes, it was a long time). I eventually lost interest in it when the third and final part of her trilogy kept getting longer and longer and the time between updates got longer and longer as well, and I never finished it. (I must say, I remain impressed with the fact that CC eventually completed it - a lot of BNF fanfics go on forever and never get done).

This is the good part. Now the not so good. I was not in the Potter fandom as it had too many crazies for my liking, but I do know that CC had as many huge scandals as she had popularity (ahhhh, the BNF drama!) There was plagiarism - apparently she routinely lifted chunks of dialogue from Buffy, Red Dwarf etc without crediting (I don't really care about that but a lot of people were upset. It was that kerfuffle that introduced me to Buffy so I will always be grateful.) There was getting expensive gifts from fangirls under false pretenses. There was the general "I am queen of the world, worship me" attitude at cons.

As a result of all of this, and the fact that CC wanted to get published, she took her fic off the web (you can still find it though) and disappeared from the fandom.

And then she published her own YA fantasy fiction trilogy, of which City of Bones is the first part.

I tried CoB a long time ago and gave up a few pages in - it just felt like an overwrought hard slog (going back to DT, I remember plenty of overwroughtness there too. I think I used to like it more when I was younger though). A sort of too-many-crystallized-adjectives thing. I know CC exhibited good taste and liked Dunnett (my second-favorite writer of all time) but Dunnett is one of the very few authors who CAN pull off that ornate style - in CC's hands it just comes across as a bit incoherent.

But being a tenacious sort, I decided to give CoB another chance, shamefully swayed by the fact that in the meantime I found out that at one point the heroine and her OTP believe they are brother and sister with much angsting. Kdramas, what have you done to me!

So I tried again. The beginning is still a ridiculously hard slog - it does not flow at all. But then, about 50 pages in, it picks up and it's been great good fun since then - I don't really want to put it down, in fact.

Which is YAY! I have never cared about personalities of writers - have you heard some of the things Gogol used to espouse? Or a whole plethora of Soviet authors I used to love?

All I care is that I found a book I enjoy reading.

CC can be a plagiarizing, manipulative ***** for all I care - as long as her books entertain me.
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
The other day in the bookstore, right outside the cafe where I was bound with my haul of books, I noticed a copy of Cassandra Claire's City of Bones and, driven by morbid curiousity, picked it up.

For those of you not familiar with Harry Potter fandom (lucky you!), once upon a time, CC was the BNF to end all BNFs - she was the biggest fanfic author in the fandom, by far. Her status rested on the Draco Trilogy - a trio of ginormously long and hideously popular fanfics with Draco Malfoy as the main character (as she is responsible for Draco as sexy leather-pants-wearing-stud, I may never forgive her). In terms of my personal preferences in Harry Potter, DT was basically the polar opposite - cult of Draco, Harry/Hermione, etc. Yet, despite it, I confess that I was addicted to DT almost a decade ago (yes, it was a long time). I eventually lost interest in it when the third and final part of her trilogy kept getting longer and longer and the time between updates got longer and longer as well, and I never finished it. (I must say, I remain impressed with the fact that CC eventually completed it - a lot of BNF fanfics go on forever and never get done).

This is the good part. Now the not so good. I was not in the Potter fandom as it had too many crazies for my liking, but I do know that CC had as many huge scandals as she had popularity (ahhhh, the BNF drama!) There was plagiarism - apparently she routinely lifted chunks of dialogue from Buffy, Red Dwarf etc without crediting (I don't really care about that but a lot of people were upset. It was that kerfuffle that introduced me to Buffy so I will always be grateful.) There was getting expensive gifts from fangirls under false pretenses. There was the general "I am queen of the world, worship me" attitude at cons.

As a result of all of this, and the fact that CC wanted to get published, she took her fic off the web (you can still find it though) and disappeared from the fandom.

And then she published her own YA fantasy fiction trilogy, of which City of Bones is the first part.

I tried CoB a long time ago and gave up a few pages in - it just felt like an overwrought hard slog (going back to DT, I remember plenty of overwroughtness there too. I think I used to like it more when I was younger though). A sort of too-many-crystallized-adjectives thing. I know CC exhibited good taste and liked Dunnett (my second-favorite writer of all time) but Dunnett is one of the very few authors who CAN pull off that ornate style - in CC's hands it just comes across as a bit incoherent.

But being a tenacious sort, I decided to give CoB another chance, shamefully swayed by the fact that in the meantime I found out that at one point the heroine and her OTP believe they are brother and sister with much angsting. Kdramas, what have you done to me!

So I tried again. The beginning is still a ridiculously hard slog - it does not flow at all. But then, about 50 pages in, it picks up and it's been great good fun since then - I don't really want to put it down, in fact.

Which is YAY! I have never cared about personalities of writers - have you heard some of the things Gogol used to espouse? Or a whole plethora of Soviet authors I used to love?

All I care is that I found a book I enjoy reading.

CC can be a plagiarizing, manipulative ***** for all I care - as long as her books entertain me.
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This looks so good!

Which is wonderful as Book 6 is my favorite (in case you are curious, the order of faves for me is Book 6, Book 7, Book 3, Book 5, Book 4, Book 1, Book 2).

I am doing my HP reread and am in the middle of Book 5. Guuuuh, I love those novels so much!

Who is your favorite character btw? Mine is probably Harry. Or maybe Ron.
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This looks so good!

Which is wonderful as Book 6 is my favorite (in case you are curious, the order of faves for me is Book 6, Book 7, Book 3, Book 5, Book 4, Book 1, Book 2).

I am doing my HP reread and am in the middle of Book 5. Guuuuh, I love those novels so much!

Who is your favorite character btw? Mine is probably Harry. Or maybe Ron.
dangermousie: (Default)


This looks so good!

Which is wonderful as Book 6 is my favorite (in case you are curious, the order of faves for me is Book 6, Book 7, Book 3, Book 5, Book 4, Book 1, Book 2).

I am doing my HP reread and am in the middle of Book 5. Guuuuh, I love those novels so much!

Who is your favorite character btw? Mine is probably Harry. Or maybe Ron.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Ten by objection_icons)
Just watched the Planet of the Dead special of Doctor Who.

Meh.

A pity, but meh. Even more meh than last year's Xmas Titanic special.

Christina was the first companion/potential companion I wanted to smack. The only way she could be more of a Mary Sue was if she had purple hair and lavender eyes.

Did make me want to reread Harry Potter though. I had a reread sometime ago and stopped in the middle of Book 5. Time to continue...
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Ten by objection_icons)
Just watched the Planet of the Dead special of Doctor Who.

Meh.

A pity, but meh. Even more meh than last year's Xmas Titanic special.

Christina was the first companion/potential companion I wanted to smack. The only way she could be more of a Mary Sue was if she had purple hair and lavender eyes.

Did make me want to reread Harry Potter though. I had a reread sometime ago and stopped in the middle of Book 5. Time to continue...
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Ten by objection_icons)
Just watched the Planet of the Dead special of Doctor Who.

Meh.

A pity, but meh. Even more meh than last year's Xmas Titanic special.

Christina was the first companion/potential companion I wanted to smack. The only way she could be more of a Mary Sue was if she had purple hair and lavender eyes.

Did make me want to reread Harry Potter though. I had a reread sometime ago and stopped in the middle of Book 5. Time to continue...
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http://www.hpana.com/news.20228.html

OK. Dumbledore being gay and initially in love with Gridewald?

CANON.

Rawling just stated so.

HEH.

(There are also answers to other questions there, like what were the jobs of MWPP after graduation and Neville's significant other).
dangermousie: (Default)
http://www.hpana.com/news.20228.html

OK. Dumbledore being gay and initially in love with Gridewald?

CANON.

Rawling just stated so.

HEH.

(There are also answers to other questions there, like what were the jobs of MWPP after graduation and Neville's significant other).
dangermousie: (Default)
http://www.hpana.com/news.20228.html

OK. Dumbledore being gay and initially in love with Gridewald?

CANON.

Rawling just stated so.

HEH.

(There are also answers to other questions there, like what were the jobs of MWPP after graduation and Neville's significant other).
dangermousie: (Anime: Ouran by sinfulintention)
I am kind of depressed today, don't know why.

But in cheering news, I am severely amused by this:

Herbology sounds fascinating, all of a sudden..

[livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer posted it, and I've seen it do the LJ rounds. That is Matthew Lewis who plays Neville Longbottom in the HP movies.

Oh My.

I am severely amused that not only has Neville become a total resistance leader badass in DH, but that he has apparently also turned into a total hottie.

Be kind to the meek and less fortunate, for one day they shall turn into smokin' rebels. Or something.

This makes him one of the very few appealing-lokking HP cast members. Oh, you poor Harry Potter casting people. Seriously, they cast unattractive people for those canonically hot (hello, young Sirius? Yikes) and hotties for those of less remarkable appearance.

Also, took the below. Yeah, I can see self as Ron :)


Find out your Harry Potter personality at LiquidGeneration!
dangermousie: (Anime: Ouran by sinfulintention)
I am kind of depressed today, don't know why.

But in cheering news, I am severely amused by this:

Herbology sounds fascinating, all of a sudden..

[livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer posted it, and I've seen it do the LJ rounds. That is Matthew Lewis who plays Neville Longbottom in the HP movies.

Oh My.

I am severely amused that not only has Neville become a total resistance leader badass in DH, but that he has apparently also turned into a total hottie.

Be kind to the meek and less fortunate, for one day they shall turn into smokin' rebels. Or something.

This makes him one of the very few appealing-lokking HP cast members. Oh, you poor Harry Potter casting people. Seriously, they cast unattractive people for those canonically hot (hello, young Sirius? Yikes) and hotties for those of less remarkable appearance.

Also, took the below. Yeah, I can see self as Ron :)


Find out your Harry Potter personality at LiquidGeneration!
dangermousie: (Anime: Ouran by sinfulintention)
I am kind of depressed today, don't know why.

But in cheering news, I am severely amused by this:

Herbology sounds fascinating, all of a sudden..

[livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer posted it, and I've seen it do the LJ rounds. That is Matthew Lewis who plays Neville Longbottom in the HP movies.

Oh My.

I am severely amused that not only has Neville become a total resistance leader badass in DH, but that he has apparently also turned into a total hottie.

Be kind to the meek and less fortunate, for one day they shall turn into smokin' rebels. Or something.

This makes him one of the very few appealing-lokking HP cast members. Oh, you poor Harry Potter casting people. Seriously, they cast unattractive people for those canonically hot (hello, young Sirius? Yikes) and hotties for those of less remarkable appearance.

Also, took the below. Yeah, I can see self as Ron :)


Find out your Harry Potter personality at LiquidGeneration!
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Here are some more scattered Deathly Hallows thoughts.

Thoughts here )
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Here are some more scattered Deathly Hallows thoughts.

Thoughts here )

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