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(originally drafted ON July 31, but you know. Life happens)


So I have this headcanon (that I'm super sure I posted but I can't find?) that on Harry's birthday after James was born, Ginny woke up to James fussing/crying, carried him back to the bad, dumped him on a sleeping Harry, declared "happy birthday," and went back to sleep. AND HARRY WAS DELIGHTED because Harry has FAMILY and basically HARRY COULD NOT BE HAPPIER ABOUT THIS FACT so Harry is 100% up for babysitting all the time anyway and like...Ginny giving him family is the absolute best gift ever?

And then it becomes a family tradition, every year all the kids wake up Harry on his birthday by climbing on Harry, or snuggling with Harry, or even jumping on him (Lily stopped when she got too big, really) because like...WHAT BETTER WAY FOR HARRY TO START HIS BIRTHDAY RIGHT??

AND THEN. potential minor spoilers happen? )
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The most HILARIOUS part of being in Cursed Child fandom is that their standard for "dark and/or angsty fic" is adorably low.

That fic where a main character dies makes you sad? I came up Torchwood fandom. Our canon killed off more than half the main characters. Our happy AU fics were the ones where Ianto got a few more years with Jack and we all ignored the fact that Ianto would before dye and leave Jack to the inevitable despair and loneliness of infinite immortality.

Like, the reason I seem to crave some darkness is that it's so gosh-darn cotton-candy colored in this fandom ALL THE TIME. Hahahahaha.

(Notably, BTW, Harry Potter fandom as a distinct entity had a lot of dark fic going on because it had a lot of EVERYTHING. But that is a ponderance for another day.)
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I MADE A NEW ICON.

Is good? Lol, no, but I needed some sort of Harry Potter icons for my Harry Potter posts. And also blvnk-art does some of the best Harry Potter fanart being made today and I saw this picture and I LOVED IT.

I probably ruined the art with the words because I don't know how to make icons! I was never super into the icon culture on LJ because I refused to pay for the extra icons, but I have made every icon I use (and it SHOWS) so I just smushed this one together.

Also I don't have any free time right now and I totally should not be wasting it on making new icons. OOPS.
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:D :D :D

So, I'm in a nerdy women's facebook group and one member just posted that she just watched the first episode of Torchwood. AND SHE IS NOT OK with the non-censentual mind-wiping of Gwen and Owen using the pheromone sex cologne. And then the user asked if the show was worth continuing.

AND THEN [livejournal.com profile] jossedintime TAGGED ME.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

My stance on Torchwood has always been, "it's a terrible show, don't watch it, also I love it to pieces and will never let it go." And I have drifted a bit away from the fandom (although really I sort of drifted out of fandom for the last four years, and I'm just now crawling my way back, so...) but TORCHWOOD.

ONE PERSON COMMENTED THAT SHE SHOULD SKIP TO SEASON 3. I have declined to respond to that one. I basically gave the OP my ordinary anti-pitch and then told her that if she makes it to episode four, she should call me.

Then I offered to recommend good fic. :D :D

(And then I turned off notifications because I always disagree with everyone about Torchwood. Did I ever mention when I went to the movie theater screening of Season 4 and a woman told me she hated Ianto?)

Basically, I've been afraid to go back to Torchwood fandom because I'm afraid it's all going to be GONE. I know people have been fleeing livejournal and there's a lot of fic that wasn't posted anywhere else. And I'm going to KICK MYSELF if some of my favorite fics are gone. Thank goodness for AO3 getting in before the fandom totally died. I should...get on that.
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Today is the last day of the original cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I am living vicariously through social media posts and POOR ANTO IS ILL and basically I am a wreck.

And all of my IRL friends don't understaaaaaand. Thank goodness for fandom I too many feelings to handle this by myself. The first six pages of my dash are 100% Cursed Child feels. I'm actually logging into Twitter today. You guys. TWITTER.

I think I'm going to spend all day today lying down on the floor, in my invisible box of EMOTIONS.
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This is the last week of the original cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I have SO MANY FEELINGS I CAN'T. I CAN'T.

Being in a theater (theatre?) fandom is weird and it's an experience I am still trying to wrap my mind around. I mean, it's so different from any fandom I have ever been a part of or that I have ever lurked through before. I once asked [tumblr.com profile] fourteenacross about being in the Rent fandom back in the day and it seemed so fascinating and a little mysterious at the time. And now I'm looking at Instagram photos and clutching my chest because I CANNOT HANDLE THESE FEELINGS YOU GUYS. And I’ve memorized the names of actors and I’m praying they come to the US show and it’s so oddly different from any other medium fandom.

It's maybe worse because I'm so far away and I can't be there and cry it out with everyone. I'm counting down the days here and all of my local friends think I'm bonkers.

Anyway, going to lie down and have a lot of feelings right now.
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So apparently one of the members of One Direction just released a new song called "Sign of the Times" and now that the internet won't stop telling me about it I can't stop singing the song of the same name from Blood Brothers.



Wow, never though I'd have a One Direction tag. Laughing forever.
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ANTHONY BOYLE MIGHT BE LEAVING HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD IN MAY.

I NEED TO GET ON THE NEXT PLANE TO LONDON NOOOWW.

Me

Feb. 15th, 2017 18:40
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*has a bad day*

*starts checking ticket prices to London*
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So, the new trailer for Riverdale, the dark and brooding CW version of Archie Comics, was just released. And it's hilariously not like the comics at all (Archie is apparently sleeping with Ms. Grundy? WHAT?) but it made me think of and dig up this ancient MightyGodKing post about how Betty Cooper is actually a terrifyingly stalker. Which is a great read on the comics, I love that kind of meta.

And now that is a plot line I hope they follow in the show. Hey, it would belong thematically! I don't much care about Archie's love...square (?) and really all I want is asexual Jughead starting a food blog.
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So I did the crazy thing. And now I'm in London, using the free wifi at the National Theatre to pretend to do my final paper.

This time tomorrow I will be queuing for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (yes, again, yes I know.) Well, you only get to be young and reckless once.
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Tripping around an Old LJ of Yore (long story) and got linked to this blog post in which an author explains that fanfiction is illegal and also mostly unjustifiable.

BUT THE COMMENTS. Oh my gosh, the amount of people who are like "we totally agree with you about that fanfiction, the gross stuff, but our ~pure~ fanfiction is really different, really!"

Oh, man, I am so happy that I didn't re-join fandom until this had mostly blown over and I had very little contact with this attitude. I mean, I write and mainly read canon-compliant fics but I think non-canon-compliant fics (even the explicit sex stuff! Even the really weird stuff!!) is important and worthy of protection and YKINMKBYKIOK.

Ahhhhh.

And there have been some threads on tumblr from young people agreeing with this stuff, which is only not worrying because AO3 is around. Thanks, AO3!
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Livejournal users are fleeing LJ to DW and I keep wanting to write a longer post about the issue and spend time pondering if I want to leave Livejournal or not but in my brain I am 100% PANICKING ABOUT THE TORCHWOOD FANFICTION.

Should I start downloading? Should I use evernote? Should I just save it in word so I can convert to .epub? What about the fic I've already not saved?????? Chasing down fic from my MASSIVE personal rec list is going to take forever!

SAVE THE FIC. (AND THE META)
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I think one of my favorite things about reading fanfic is the ideas in the fics. Like, reading Harry Potter stuff now, it's just enormously fun to read people's idea of how the Wizarding World works and exploring all the background world-building that JKR put in her works. It's like when I read [livejournal.com profile] nancybrown's Intersecting Geodesics, and she had younger-in-the-future Jack react to a modern day suit like fetish wear, it was such a clever detail on how a world might work a little differently. It's the little bits that on their own would be a twitter post or a tumblr headcanon bit, but when they are just woven into the backgrounds of fics they make the fics just sparkle with depth and brilliance. Fandom, you are my favorite.

This is probably why I want long and plotty fanfics right now, because those are the ones that tend to have the cleverest ideas nestled into the longer story.

I think I managed to do it just the once, when I had Ianto and Tosh make a perpetual motion machine as a background thing in a Torchwood fic. It was just me trying to flavor their characters, but I'm still quite proud when I think about that little moment.

Anyway, link to this fic for posterity, to remind me why I thought of this post in the first place. The author's vision of Azkaban is fascinating and detailed and nuanced. And it's hitting at the right time because my anger over the need for criminal justice reform in the real world is definitely leading me to think about Azkaban a LOT. For example, the books seem to indicate that people spent most of their time in something like solitary confinement, which is absolutely cruel and inhumane and makes me furious when I think about it too long. But what alternatives were there? Mealtimes supervised by the dementors? Feels unlikely. Lots to think about. And finding a fic that really digs into this idea at this point is hitting all my happy brain buttons. *cuddles fanfiction forever*
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Being in fandom means watching your heroes die. Like, that's what it means to be a fan of things, a lot of the time. Because creators and actors and the real people the bring life to the things that we love are all human and especially when you're young, they are older than you are.

My first year collecting comic books, Julius Schwartz died. When I was little, I actually thought all authors were dead, as if that was a prerequisite for being published. So, you see, I started fandom with death from the very beginning. And I don't think a year has gone by since my active fandom days where someone hasn't died, although some of them (eeerrm, Terry Pratchet?) are people I'm aware of even in the greater fandom space as I haven't necessarily consumed much of their work.

I think being a fan expands my universe in the real world, by giving me glimpses of people and places I may never know or visit that aren't fictional, that are real too. And death comes along with that reality.

Which I suppose is a very long way of me saying that Carrie Fisher died and memorials to her have rightly consumed my internet feeds. And I'm not sure what I can say or add, but it shouldn't go unnoticed. The things she did as her own person were in many ways more courageous and more complicated and nuanced than her iconic role and I'm glad the internet is recognizing her for that.

Also, Sam said a lot of this but way, way better.
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You know you're seriously procrastinating on studying for your final TOMORROW when you find yourself four chapters into My Immortal.

...can I even tag this Harry Potter? Because it's not a Harry Potter fic so much as a cornerstone of fandom HISTORY.
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That moment when you are reading an awesome, plotty fanfic that so far fits seamlessly into canon and then-BAM. Left turn to WHAT JUST HAPPENED NO WAIT GO BACK I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS.

Is there a fanfic flamingo for this moment? Because talk about whiplash.


***

For posterity, and my future self, the fic is Leave Out All The Rest and the title is actually a clue for this moment of OMG WTF, not that I would have seen it at the time.

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ETA: I just left a comment on a fic posted in 2011. On the one hand, it's easier, because the odds of the author reading it are pretty low, and the odds of a response are even lower, so I can rebuild up internet-stranger-confidence that way!

On the other hand, there is a slight TERRIFYING chance that the author will see it, panic, and will take down all their fic. Don't laugh. It happens. Dead fic links make me SO SAD.
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James Potter II was nicknamed "The Chosen Two" when he was born. Possibly by Ron. Possibly by George. Ginny definitely used the nickname when it was Harry's turn to be on Baby Duty and it was half three in the morning and no one had had any sleep. (e.g. "Your turn to get The Chose Two, Chosen One.")

(crossposted to tumblr)
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I just read my first Inception fic that concisely has the military backstory take place after Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed and it was just a tiny, little detail that fired a million pleasure-circuits in my brain. This fandom and it's attention to world-building details is amazing.

Seriously, how is Inception fandom still cranking out magic??? Sometimes I want a "Unified Theory of Fandoms With Active Fanfiction Cultures" to figure out what is the magic click combination that leads to fic-creation and longevity. (And then I remember that I don't' want to watch Supernatural and also I am incredibly picky about my fanfiction and the minute the magical combination is unlocked, it will be utilized by our capitalist society to suck every possible dollar from the fandom collective.)

And then I think, eh, let some things stay a mystery.
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I recced Pairing: Merlin/Pendragon last night to a friend because they were talking Merlin fandom and I was like "WELL I LOVE THIS ONE FIC?" We are both waiting for Check, Please! to get going again.

Making fandom friends is like a scary wire-balancing act where you WANT FRIENDS HIIII but also you probably don't share all your fandoms to the same degree so you aren't getting all their references and they aren't getting all of yours but you are so excited to be chatting with them an you want them to be your instant BFF but not in like a creepy way.

Anyway, now I'm re-reading the fic.

Oh my gosh, it's like a time capsule of a particular time in fandom. This fic should be the Library of Congress, it's a valuable artifact of FANDOM HISTORY.

V-gifts! I forgot about v-gifts! Probably because I never figured out how they worked.

And man, I could use the notes option on facebook. That way I could save notes on the jerkfaces I meet in groups so I would know to avoid them when they try to friend me.

...not that I ever used LJ notes in real life. Because I never paaiiiidd.

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