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HP Sequel [Feb. 11th, 2016|02:49 pm]
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I'm like the only person in this fandom who's not excited for this lol.

I mean, ok, look. Everyone should be excited, new canon is typically always exciting. But a) I'm fed up with JKR constantly dropping new information (some of it badly thought out) and fandom treating everything she ever says as absolute canon and b) I've grown so attached to both fanon and my personal headcanon of the NextGen over the YEARS since canon has been, tbh, closed...that I'm kind of loath to part with them.
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2016-02-12 02:42 am (UTC)
I'm sort of conflicted. Like, I KNOW people will consider it canon and if I want to write NextGen (as I do from time to time) I'm going to have abide by it or put an AU tag on the fic (or risk people giving me grief over it). But maybe just reading about it on HP Wiki or something will suffice.
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[User Picture]From: evelyn_b
2016-02-11 10:57 pm (UTC)
I was just talking about this last night. I'm torn between sympathy for JKR's inability to let it go, and almost-complete lack of interest in any of the random "new canon" she keeps putting out. I'll probably just mentally file it with fanfic, like I've done with any Pottermore "reveals" I happen to come across.
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2016-02-12 02:43 am (UTC)
Yea, but it's harder to ignore an entire new canon installment than just some random Word of God "facts" thrown around :/

I'd have more sympathy for JKR if she didn't get so preachy so often.

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[User Picture]From: deslea
2016-02-17 11:55 pm (UTC)
I'd have more sympathy for JKR if she didn't get so preachy so often.

Oh, God yes. You know, so much of what she does seems to be motivated by her after-the-fact pangs of conscience about her readership rather than what the story actually is. She hates that people liked and identified with her antagonists...well, you know, that's what happens with shades of grey, and that's what happens when your work is enjoyed by adults. And she hates that impressionable girls loved Draco. Well, girls have loved bad boys since time immemorial. Harry Potter didn't do that. It takes many girls a long time to realise that even if the bad boy is complex and misunderstood, she doesn't have to wait for him to work his shit out, she can go find a psychologically healthy guy instead. You might as well hate girls for being girls if you're going to hate the Draco thing.

I think it taints the world she created when she lets it be influenced to that degree by her views on what people should think. JKR, you're not my mother, and I'm a grown-ass woman who isn't going to marry an abusive bigot just because I find fictional ones rather interesting, so fucking put a lid on it.

I'm not saying there's no place for being socially responsible in fic. I edited a sex scene once, for instance, to be more attentive to hygiene (basically added a cleansing spell between, er, phases), because girls are trying things younger and may not have correct information about how to do it safely. But there's adding a cleansing spell, and then there's completely distorting the world to shut a portion of your readership down. When you release a story into the world, it's no longer just yours. It takes on a life of its own in every single person who reads it. If you don't like it, keep your stories in your cellar and just read them yourself.

Edited at 2016-02-18 12:03 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: deslea
2016-02-12 02:15 am (UTC)
I'm over it, too. I wouldn't mind if it wasn't for the "poorly-thought-out" aspect. But as it stands, I basically think of Pottermore and everything since as JKR's own fanfiction, no more binding on me than anyone else's. I mean, the later ad-hoc bits are about as internally-consistent with each other as my various depictions of Voldemort (from vicious with mommy issues to tormented by a continual stream of images from other people's minds). The difference is, I know each story is a different spin-off world and I know they aren't canon outside of that story. JKR...either doesn't, or doesn't understand that unless she says otherwise, as the creator of that universe, what she says is generally presumed to be canon.
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2016-02-12 02:56 am (UTC)
Yea, I mean, creators seem to have this issue sometimes in general. Like, I remember in SW fandom there was a lot of talk about how frustrating it was that George Lucas would often give out conflicting information. But SW fandom had just at one point decided to ignore him. HP fandom...not so much.
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