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So... sore... from... painting... room...

Anyway. How in this big blue world did I not know that J.K. Rowling had WRITTEN AN HP PREQUEL STARING JAMES AND SIRIUS???? I know I'm not involved in HP fandom anymore, but come on. How did news of this not trickle down to me? You guys, I'm sorry to say this, but you've really let me down on this one.

Four things of note about the prequel:

1. James and Sirius are clearly such dorks that they're out on the town wearing matching, somewhat not stealthy Order of the Phoenix t-shirts. Seriously.

2. James is riding bitch behind Sirius. Oh, yes, indeed.

3. James is amused by the unisex. Because he is a dork.

4. James/Sirius, James/Sirius, James/Sirius. Did I mention James/Sirius?
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Been MIA for a bit due to the rapid bombardment of changes and transitions in mine life. I don't do well with change (i.e. transitions), so avoidance was key.

A good transition: I got a job as a volunteer at the Childrens' Services office. They don't pay me, but this job is going to secure me a spot in the MSW program next year. I scored big with this placement because they treat me more like an intern than a volunteer. I've gotten to read case files and shadow social workers during investigations, meetings, visitations, etc. It's been really exciting, though I've been informed that I have no soul/something's wrong with me because I'm excited about this job. Pfft! I'm not a sociopath. I just went into the experience expecting to encounter sad stories and situations. That's kinda what social work is.

Now, for some fandom business.

Sarah Rees Brennan (formerly known in fandom as the illustrious Maya) wrote an interesting essay about how reversing the genders of popular fictional characters reveals how much harsher fans tend to judge female characters as opposed to males.

Quote from section on Harry Potter: "I think people would be less fond of him if he was Harriet Potter. If he was a girl, and she'd had a sad childhood but risen above it, and she'd found fast friends, and been naturally talented at her school's only important sport, and saved the day at least seven times. If she'd had most of the boys in the series fancy her, and mention made of boys following her around admiring her. If the only talent she didn't have was dismissed by her guy friend who did have it. If she was often told by people of her numerous awesome qualities, and was in fact Chosen by Fate to be awesome.

Well, then she'd be just like Harry Potter, but a girl. But I don't think people would like her as much."

I'm inclined to agree. I know I wouldn't care for Harriet Potter. But then again, I don't care much for Harry for these exact reasons. For every Mary Su, there is a dozen Gary Stus wandering around.

Here's another analysis by [Bad username or site: @], wherein she writes about how changing Harry's gender would negate the entire series. Though an interesting read, I mostly disagree with her ideas. For instance, I think "Harriet" would, if anything, incur Petunia's wrath even more than Harry did by further resembling Lily. Nor do I believe Snape would have been any kinder to her than he was to Harry. True, Harry galled him by so closely resembling James, but Harriet would still be James and Lily's kid with all the baggage that comes with. Also, I think Draco would have been just as likely to attempt befriending a female chosen one as a male-- prestige is prestige. Also, Harriet's rejection might have made him even MORE obsessively resentful than he was of Harry because being rejected by a girl would have that extra special layer of sexual rejection on top of plain old regular flavored rejection. Imagine how much of a nuisance he would have been then. Lastly, Harriet would still be Harry-- reckless, Gryffindor personality and all. There's no reason why she wouldn't still find her way onto the Quidditch team or into all those crazy misadventures Harry did. So in essence, I don't believe changing Harry into Harriet would change anything except the popularity of the books. Unfortunately.
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I was stuck in traffic behind this car today, and their license plate holder read: "Then the lion fell in love with the lamb."

I was puzzling over this when I noticed another sticker that read: "I drive like a Cullen." And then it hit me. I was sitting behind a Twitard. I suddenly remembered that quote creeping me out when I was trying to read Meyer's book. This wouldn't mean anything except that while I was puzzling over the lion falling for the lamb business I had an epiphany. I know what my thesis proposal will be about. I'm going to write about the gender dynamics inherent in the lion/lamb, beauty/beast dichotomy all the way from the Bible's Daniel up through Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

I'm both mortified beyond belief that I owe my epiphany to a Twitard with fairy stickers all over her car and grateful to finally have a direction.

Also, I have a Harry/Draco fic rec. Due to some nostalgia kicked up by a conversation about H/D with [Bad username or site: @] in her journal, I read my first HP fic in pretty much forever. And it was so amazing that it managed to ebb away some of my lingering bitterness over that horrible epilogue.

Title: Take A Sad Song (And Make It Better)
Author: femmequixotic
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Post Epilogue.
Summary: The last thing Harry wants is to lose his kids.
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We have been bamboozled with something called a "Winter Storm." Being a SoCal native, I have no idea what a Winter Storm actually is, but it apparently has something to do with rain and snow. The rain part is definitely here, so I'm bundled up in blankets.

I'm still stewing over what's been done to my precious Nathan on Heroes, but I'm trying to channel my rage into my writing. It's either that or I go around punching everyone I encounter. So, yeah. Writing.

I'm making a lot of progress on FE 8! Yay!


I HAS QUESTION for the Harry Potter fans (or anyone who happens to be British) on my f-list. I went digging through the first few HP books trying to figure out exactly how long their Christmas holiday is at Hogwarts, and I can't find an exact length mentioned anywhere. I'm guessing it's something like one to two weeks, but does anybody know for sure?
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Apparently, Tilda Swinton refuses to play a role in Harry Potter because she thinks the books fetishize boarding schools.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Behind the Scenes Promo.

To recap, Dan is still a darling perv, they moved up all the "Weasely is our King" business to this movie (unfortunately), and they didn't replace Bonnie Wright with a real actress (I shuddered through the promo, so I don't know how I'm going to handle muchos H/G, a.k.a Dan/Bonnie, on the big screen).
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Since everyone else is doing it...

The character pairings meme...

In which we discuss HP, QaF, Bleach, Naruto, FFVII, Angel, and Avatar... And what I like and dislike about the individual ships... )
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Apparently, Rowling has revealed a few of the future fates of her main characters in this interview.

Thoughts behind the cut... )
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Okay, I've seen the movie and now I'm ready to give my thoughts.

Believe it or not, I really liked it. See? I don't complain about everything. ;) A few thoughts:

Wherein not nobody out-gays Remus- except perhaps Sirius, Cho doesn't deserve a straight-jacket, and other miscellaneous things... )
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I know that it can sometimes seem like I only use my livejournal to complain about things... but that's because it's true. ;) Seriously, though. In the wake of a very stressful week and on the precipice of another one, I have two things to address:


Kubo Tite, do you realize that it's been 12 BLOODY WEEKS since Rukia fell face-first into a puddle of her own blood? 12 weeks since we've seen her? Isn't that a record? Also... OMG, why have all the chapters been so boooorrring? I'm dying here from the sheer lackluster. I don't care about Grimmjow and his unrequited crushes on both Ichigo and Uliquiorra. And judging by Ichigo's equally lackluster behavior, I don't think he much cares either. I want Ruuuuuukia. *Pouts*

HARRY POTTER: Cut for melodramatic length )
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I feel soooooo old in Harry Potter fandom. It's a bizarre contrast to being such a newbie to Bleach fandom.

For Nicole, who needs this crazy ass fandom history for her paper. You have the lovely Miranda ([Bad username or site: @]) to thank for the link. ^_^

Seriously, though. Ooooooold. I can't believe how long ago all of that epic crap was. It was so HUGE then. You know, back in the olden days. ;) Cassandra Claire and her myriad of epic struggles within fandom (accusations of plagiarism, legal threats, stalking issues, etc.), the massive walk-out of, the Aja/Ivy Blossom fallout, etc. There are so many fans out there these days who don't know who Cassandra Claire is or don't remember Veela, Inc. It's so strange to me. It's a dead era. The HP Shogun Era. Not that those shoguns aren't still around, but still. I'm oooooold.

In a way, I'm kind of regaining my fandom youth by hopping over to Bleach. There, I'm a wee bairn. ^_^ And, you know, not so burnt out.

Dude. Do any of you remember when LJ was still "closed" to the general public? Remember when you had to know someone with a code to get one? *Wistful sigh* I remember when Ambrosia gave me one. I treasured it. God, what was wrong with me? ;)


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