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Fandom Snowflake Challenge: days 5-6, 9 [Jan. 9th, 2014|03:54 pm]
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In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing.

I’ve read quite a lot of good things from a lot or different people over the years, but for this particular question I want to give a shout-out/rec to/for methleigh (Probably well known to a lot of people as Janus). He hasn’t been around that much lately but his fics are still around at the LJ and on AO3. I always loved his outlook on the Death Eaters. It’s a little different from mine but close enough to strike a very intimate chord. He’s one of those people who gives life and depth to overlooked characters in his work. I always enjoyed his rich writing style, especially the descriptive prose.

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul.

This one was hard for a lot of reasons. Mainly, anything that has sucked me into a fandom can have said to have had an effect on my life (mainly because I spend so much time in fandom – God, that sounds pathetic when I say it out loud lol). There have been a few fics. Most are by someone with whom there has been some ~fandom drama. Argh. So I won’t talk about them. In the end, I think I will be evasive and say that nothing has exactly changed my life (not even aforementioned fics, although they’ve had fandom effects on me) but rather, there have been works that have had a profound effect on me, which have enriched me in one way or another. There have been a lot of these, acting in subtle ways to add to my arsenal of exposures and experiences. Which, really, is a great thing.

In your own space, rec at least 3 fanworks you thought you wouldn't like (because they weren't your fandom or they pushed against your boundaries or you thought you just wouldn't be interested) but you ended up loving.

The Roe Briar and The Holly by selmak (Minerva McGanagall/Yaxley, Elphinstone Urquart/Minerva McGonagall)
I am so not someone who reads McGanagall-centric fics. She's just not a character I'm into. But this turned out to be such a fascinating read. The development of all the characters, the contrasts of the two relationships - everything is very realistic and fits into a wonderful, canon-right portrayal of a lifetime and a Minerva that I can easily sympathize with. Not to mention the wonderful development of Yaxley and the spot-on characterizations and the nods to various Pureblood traditions and culture.

"The Well Bred Warlock: A Guide to Wooing, Courting and Every Day Behavior for the Pureblood Wizard" by selmak (Yaxley/Hermione Granger)
Everything weirded me out here at first - the paring (the characters involved and the cross-gen aspect), the concept (Stockholm syndrome...), the fact that I don't really read Hermione stuff... But in the end I'm glad I gave it a try. I got squicked now and then but overall it was a wonderfully developed story with great characterizations. It showcased how half-truths and personal-truths and lack of information or wrong information can effect a person's perception in the world. It's a love story and yet a disturbing portrayal of something...that doesn't really look like love at all. I love the depth of this, its variety, the way you can peel away layers and find more and more things hidden under the surface every time.

The Magpie and the Rat by wwmrsweasleydo (Peter Pettigrew/Mundungus Fletcher)
Not characters I read at all. I'm much more likely to give a weird slash paring a try than a weird het one, but this was really pushing it. In the end however, it all came together and came through. Both of these characters are given depth and are made sympathetic. I really ended up rooting for them as a couple.