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Fic: Broken Wizards (Regulus/Remus, R)

Title: Broken Wizards
Author: youcantseeus
Pairing/Characters: Regulus/Remus, Remus/Sirius
Summary: Regulus can never be like his bright, beautiful brother -- but he can become a Death Eater.
Rating: R
Word count: 5,900
Warnings/Content Notes: Angst, infidelity, violence, humiliation, self-harm, mental illness, implied abuse, some fudging of the canon timeline.
Author's Notes: This fic was originally posted at hp_concrit_fest. Participating in the fest was an incredible experience. After much consideration, I have made only very minor changes to this fic. While I agree with many points of feedback that I recieved and will use some of them when I write other works, I always considered this fic to be a finished product. Thanks so much to josephinestone for doing a great pre-fest beta read for me. Any remaining mistakes are my own.

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Title: The First Drop of Rain
Author: youcantseeus
Pairing: Sirius Black/Remus Lupin
Rating: PG
Word count: ~2000
Summary: Sirius needs to prove certain things to his mother. Remus is not impressed.
Warnings: Angst, prejudice against half-bloods.
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Author's Note: Originally posted for The Day of the Black Dog at sirius_black. I hope you enjoy!

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Fic: Young People (Tonks/Ginny, PG)

Title: Young People
Author: youcantseeus
Pairings: (pre) Nymphadora Tonks/Ginny Weasley
Word Count: ~1000
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Summary: Tonks isn't having a great deal of fun tagging along on a Weasley family vacation -- at least, not until Ginny cheers her up.
Disclaimer:   All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended
Author’s Notes: This little ficlet was originally written for an inter-team activity at rs_games.

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Recs!

There have been so many good fests going on lately that I thought I'd post some recs!

From Remus/Sirius Games

Title: Oh, We Lost Magic
Word Count: ~4000
Rating: PG-13
Summary: The year is 1985 and Sirius, Remus, James and Lily are working as EMTs in muggle London, living seemingly normal lives...except there's really an awful lot of weird things going on.
Why you should read it: Like the summary says, the characters are all working as Muggle EMTs but these bits of the magical world keep creeping into their lives. And no one knows quite what’s going on because they only remember bits and pieces of the magical world. It’s such a great concept and is executed well. There’s perfect, witty dialogue as well.

Title: Leave the Children Behind
Word Count: ~49K
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Sometimes, the bravest thing you can do is learn to let go of what you were, and fall in love with what you are. Remus, Sirius, and a series of choices.
Why you should read it:  Oh my God, this fic was glorious. It begins right after the first war and deals a lot with Remus’s feelings while Sirius is in Azkaban. Then it slowly morphs into this incredible “Lie Low At Lupin’s” fic. The dialogue alternates between playful wittiness and heartbreaking sincerity. The writing is lush and beautiful. The fic is the sort of slow building long fic that I see less and less often in this fandom and for this pairing in particular. It’s an incredible love story that stretches out over a span of years.

Title: We Might Fall
Word Count: ~7100
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Behind the veil, Sirius unwrites his life, one electric light at a time.
Why you should read it: This is an afterlife fic and such a good one. Sirius tries to rewrite his life to make it so the Potters never died and he ends up changing a lot of other things and it’s so heartbreaking.  So it’s sort of like an afterlife fic combined with an AU where Sirius is sorted into Slytherin. And it’s awesome.

Title: Between the Moon and the Stars
Word Count: ~3000
Rating: M
Summary: The summer before their sixth year, and everything changes and stays the same.
Why you should read it: This fic is from a happy summer in the characters’ lives. The writing is absolutely amazing – lavish, descriptive, and poignant. Even though the fic is mostly made up of happy moments, there’s this undercurrent of sadness to it – it’s as if it somehow hints at things to come.

Title: Within White Space
Word Count: ~8900
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Non-magic AU. Remus spends his all his lunch breaks the same way: he sits at the university cafe, orders the cheapest thing on the menu, and stares at Sirius. Getting a good long, look at Sirius (and fantasizing about said look) is all Remus expects from Sirius. But Sirius has never been one for fulfilling expectations.
Why you should read it: Okay, so I normally don’t like Non-Magic AUs very much. But this one was just so good. The author made a lot of good choices in regards to characterization like choosing to give Remus a disability and making him think that someone like Sirius could never fall for someone like him. And of course James and Sirius are slightly obnoxious rich guys. This fic was the perfect counterpart to canon.

Title: The Psychopomp
Word Count: Art
Rating: G
Summary: The world collapses. You hold it in.
Why you should read it: This is a comic with beautiful art work (Remus’s hair alone fascinates me). It’s about a Muggle Remus dreaming of the magical world. The Muggle parts are in black and white, but color slowly bleeds into the magical parts in a great way. The story really sets my imagination to spinning.

From Minerva Fest

Title: Enough
Word Count: Art
Rating: PG
Summary: Sometimes direct action is in order. Minerva steps in.
Why you should read it: This is art of Minerva standing up to the Carrows, protecting Neville. The artwork is absolutely beautiful (Minerva’s robes and the other students in the background are particular favorites of mine). But what really gives the picture its power is the expressions on the characters’ faces. Minerva and Neville both look so fierce and determined which is just as it should be.

Title: Enchanted Evening
Word Count: Art
Rating: G
Summary: Two friends enjoy an evening together.
Why you should read it: Minerva and Horace Slughorn dancing together. There is just so much attention to detail in this piece of art. You can make out the pattern on Horace’s vest, on Minerva’s wrap, and on Horace’s shoes. I also love the choice of characters and the fact that most people wouldn’t have thought to put these two together in a work of art. Also, there are fairies and they are awesome!

From HP-Silencio

Title: A Fejedelem
Pairing Dumbledore/Grindelwald
Word Count: ~1000
Rating: PG-13
Summary: There is the line between them, the one Albus cannot cross and the one Gellert does not see.
Why you should read it: This fic is about Albus visiting Gellert in prison, but it also goes backwards in time so we get to see them as young men. It does a great job at showing how Albus was able to fall in love with Gellert and how much he regrets that now. And the writing is just lovely.

From Harry/Draco Fan Fair

Title: The Boy and the Sleeping Prince
Word Count: ~25K
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Harry is miserable and tired of being an Auror, coasting through life until he’s forced to make some changes. Spurred on by his passion for drawing and working with best-selling author Draco Malfoy, Harry develops a charm which gives children a magical, interactive reading experience. But when it’s time to test the spell, the two men find themselves trapped in a nightmarish fairy tale world. Can they escape unscathed, or is Draco right in his assertions that there is no such thing as a happily ever after?
Why you should read it: This fic was so well done. Harry and Draco work together to write a children’s book and they eventually end up getting sucked into the book. The concept is fun, but what really draws me to this fic is the characterization. Harry is an artist who wants to do something with his life other than by an Auror. Draco is very smooth and confident as a successful writer. And of course the two of them get on each other’s nerves badly. There are also several absolutely incredible drawings that go along with this fic.
So, I've been vaguely aware for some time that Goodreads had reviews of fan fiction on it, but I had previously been under the impression that the only fan fiction available for review was from super big name fans. Imagine my surprise when I was Googling my screename the other day and I came across a Goodreads page for the little fluffy Harry/Draco oneshot that I wrote a few months back for a fest.

I have mixed feelings about this. I've always been very pro-constructive criticism. I've never even minded negative reviews that much. I've always been able to shrug them off (although it might be different if I were bombarded by dozens of nasty reviews which has never happened). I've always figured that not everyone can like everything. The fic of mine which was posted on Goodreads had one positive review and one negative review which was fine.

But there's just something different about these Goodreads reviews than typical fan fiction reviews. It soon occurred to me that one of the major differences was that the Goodreads reviewers were not necessarily expecting that the author would be reading their review. I can't really think another context where this happens with fan fiction other than recs and rec lists (but recs and rec lists are, by their nature, almost entirely positive). A part of me likes that the idea that readers have a space to discuss fanfics and what they liked and didn't like without having to post it directly on the story itself or worry overly much about treading on the author's tender feelings.  

But something about the reviews still bothered me. I started looking around at other reviews of Harry/Draco fan fiction and after some time it occurred to me that a lot of the reviewers didn't seem to have much familiarity with fan fiction culture or what fan fiction was all about. Presumably, they were just wandering around the Goodreads Harry Potter discussions and then stumbled across some fic. There were a lot of complaints that various fics "weren't like the Harry Potter books."

Goodreads is a space that most people use to review professionally published books. So when fan works are discussed within this space for reviewing professionally published books, they are held up directly against professionally published works (often the ones they are based on) and compared in a one-to-one fashion. This makes me uncomfortable mainly because most of the fan fiction that I read and write is not meant to be a mimicry of the series it is based on. I think that some of the Goodreads reviewers (for stories other than my own) seemed to expect some NC-17 Drarry fic to essentially be "Harry Potter Book 8."

I realize that all fan fiction gets compared to its source material, but there are usually certain ways in which it is held against the source material and certain ways in which it is not. As a fan fiction writer, I understand that I am expected to write about the characters in a way that is believable when compared against their canon characterization. I also understand that, unless I am writing alternate world AU, I am expected to accurately portray the setting and the world and the details of that world.  What I am not typically expected to do by the fan fiction community is to adopt J.K. Rowling's style, tone, messages, voice, or themes. And I'm glad that I'm not and that the authors that I read are not. Because I'm not actually interested in mimicking J.K. Rowling. I'm not interested in writing "Harry Potter Book 8" or "Next-gen as J.K. Rowling Would Have Written It" or "The Marauders as J.K. Rowling Would Have Written It." Sure, you occasionally see this type of fic and it can be fun and some people prefer it, but I'm actually glad that most fan fiction isn't like this. Because truthfully, no one can write Rowling as well as Rowling herself.

The fan fiction that I love to read is transformative and often transgressive. It is dark when the Harry Potter series is light and light when the Harry Potter series is dark. It features characters who were shuffled into corners by the original series. It respects its source material but it also challenges that source material and has a sort of dialogue with it. And I think that this is one thing that mainstream culture just really doesn't understand about fan fiction. Mainstream culture doesn't get that most fan fiction writers aren't all that interested in 'copying' the source material. We may love the characters and the world, but most of us are far more interested in conveying our own ideas, themes, and messages about those characters and that world than we are in conveying whatever we might think Rowling was trying to get at with them.

Anyway, this has wandered a bit. There are things that I like about the idea of people reviewing fic on Goodreads, but it always makes me a little uncomfortable when fic is scrutinized by people who just don't seem to get the genre.  




 
Title: Letters From Malfoy Manor
Author/Artist: youcantseeus
Pairing(s): Lucius/Remus, Remus/OMC, past Remus/Sirius
Word Count: 24,600 total (3 parts)
Rating: NC-17
Warning(s): Abuse, whipping, master-servant relationship, dubious consent, orgasm denial, mild child abuse/neglect of a non-sexual nature.
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Notes: Whew. This ended up being much longer than I thought it would be, but I finished it in the end! Originally written for hprarefest 2014. Thanks so much to my beta, R.
Summary: In 1985, Remus J. Lupin took a job as a personal valet to Lucius Malfoy. He wrote to his werewolf lover about his experiences.



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Title: Letters From Malfoy Manor
Author/Artist: youcantseeus
Pairing(s): Lucius/Remus, Remus/OMC, past Remus/Sirius
Word Count: 24,600 total (3 parts)
Rating: NC-17
Warning(s): Abuse, whipping, master-servant relationship, dubious consent, orgasm denial, mild child abuse/neglect of a non-sexual nature.
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Notes: Whew. This ended up being much longer than I thought it would be, but I finished it in the end! Originally written for hprarefest 2014. Thanks so much to my beta, R.
Summary: In 1985, Remus J. Lupin took a job as a personal valet to Lucius Malfoy. He wrote to his werewolf lover about his experiences.


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Title: Letters From Malfoy Manor
Author/Artist: youcantseeus
Pairing(s): Lucius/Remus, Remus/OMC, past Remus/Sirius
Word Count: 24,600 total (3 parts)
Rating: NC-17
Warning(s): Abuse, whipping, master-servant relationship, dubious consent, orgasm denial, mild child abuse/neglect of a non-sexual nature.
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Notes: Whew. This ended up being much longer than I thought it would be, but I finished it in the end! Originally written for hprarefest 2014. Thanks so much to my beta, R.
Summary: In 1985, Remus J. Lupin took a job as a personal valet to Lucius Malfoy. He wrote to his werewolf lover about his experiences.




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Fic - Heroes of Cosplay - Harry/Draco

Title: Heroes of Cosplay
Author: youcantseeus
Pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
Word Count: 8710
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Crossdressing (not Harry or Draco)
Summary: Albus and Scorpius are obsessed with cosplay, Draco loves trashy romance novels, and Harry is still trying to figure out his sexuality.
Disclaimer:   All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended
Author’s Notes: Originally written for hd_familyfest. Thanks so much to eidheann_writes for the amazing beta read.
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Cool fan fiction game

So I found this card game by Play Date, being sold for $25:

Slash: Romance Without Boundaries

All is fair in love and war and card-based party games.
Everyone has a soulmate, a partner who completes them, someone who
supports them in the thickest of thick and the thinnest of thin, who loves them
unconditionally and electrifies them with a glance,
a smirk or a touch. slash is about finding that One True Pairing.
Whether it is a relationship that crosses centuries, continents or literary
continuities, a true match cannot be constrained by the dictates of logic,
propriety or canon..




It looks really fun and you can download a print and play version for free. But you need at least three people to play. Players draw cards which have celebrities, historical figures, and characters from various books, movies, comic books, and shows. Then a "matchmaker" draws a card with a character and the other players try to come up with an "OTP" using the card and one of the cards from their hand.  The best match, according the matchmaker for that round, wins.

The possibilities are so ridiculous and fascinating. Teddy Roosevelt/Optimus Prime, anyone?  Draco Malfoy/The Golden Girls?  Edward Cullen/Santa Claus? There are also blank cards so you can add whatever characters you like. Hopefully someone will come up with an online version of this game because most of my RL friends aren't really geeky and fandom-y enough to appreciate this game.  

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