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Everything posted by Elena

  1. Conquering Self-Doubt in OF

    Writers block - Pfft! I’m going on into my 5th year of it. I got nothing on this, literally. Self loathing your work is normal, I think. I don’t actually get through it as much as tell myself “just do it anyway”. I also don’t think just because it has already been done is an issue. When you look at Harry Potter in its companants, it’s all been done before. Witches and Wizards are nothing new, either is hidden worlds, fairies, pixies, goblins, magic, etc. it’s in how you present it. When you read Harry Potter, it’s like you are discovering all these things for the first time. JKR owns her world, not just in copyright I also think you need to believe what you are writing. Not just that you are talented or that you know the English language because you studied it. You need to believe the story, the characters, and go on the journey with them. I always know I’m heading in the right direction when the characters fight you. You have one idea in mind, but then once you start writing, the characters make you do something else. Sometimes this may not fit what you are meant to be writing, but it’s when you know the story is coming alive. I have often written scenes, but loved what’s happened - it’s just not suited for the story I’m writing, so it goes into the bunny folder. Other times, the characters build a side plot on their own and I have no choice but to go there. The project I’ve been working on since 2009 is huge. It’s a historical fiction based on a true timeline of events, but also based on real towns. So the longer it takes to write, the more the towns change and research has to begin again. Sometimes I feel like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, but I’m too determined to not write it. I have an editor already waiting for the draft when it’s finally completed. I just need to push through this writers block and get it done.
  2. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    #Me too I do understand it personally, I just can also see it objectively too. @TidalDragon I’m also not sure what you want me to take away? Unless you’ve seen the confidentiality agreement, you can’t say for certain what’s in it. As I said, it could prove both to be victims and abusers and trying to protect both names. I too have seen the pictures, some worse then that in that article, but my point was about the statement. As I have also said previously, accusations are just that. If the “proof” is so solid and he is guilty, why has he not been arrested and charged? Like I also said, I am a fence sitter. I don’t say anyone is guilty or innocent. For me, personally, I require more proof. I’m sorry if that differs from your opinion.
  3. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    And I do agree, you had the right reference. However, that was not meant to be taken personally. As I said, nothing of what I have said is targeted at anyone. In general, when there is a debate much like this one “society” tends to jump on board. Technically, we both belong to that society but it doesn’t mean that either one of us fall into that category.
  4. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    I never insinuated that you were ignorant or jumping on any bandwagon. Nothing I have said in this thread is targeted at anyone. I'm responding my thoughts and opinions based on how I see the whole situation. I'm sorry if this topic goes to a personal place for you. You are not the only one touched by it and just because my opinion differs to yours, it doesn't mean that I condone abusers or making excuses. I posted that link based on what @TidalDragon said.
  5. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    I'll post this here: Amber Heard: JK Rowling ‘just not right’ about Johnny Depp The above has a pic that Amber has posted, but it's more her joint statement, that she so wants everyone to remember - because she tweeted it: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to charity.” I'm not arguing what your personal opinion might be, I've already said that I'm on the fence. But what Tasha said is also a truth. This is why I'm choosing not to believe Depp or Heard. We are not talking stats, we are talking Heard and Depp and they settled a divorce. They both gave an agreed statement. For all we know, they were both "volatile" to each other. Sure things get settled all the time, but unless you know all the details in that settlement, you only have partial facts. How do we know that, in that confidentiality agreement, Depp also has stuff on her that he agrees not to reveal to protect her name and reputation as much as he wants to protect his own? How do we know any pictures she's taken and posted aren't work injuries or injuries sustained elsewhere? We don't. Did she go to a hospital and have it documented? Go to the police and have him arrested and charged? We don't know anything more than he said this and she said this. There is another article that says that in one episode where she claims that Depp was smashing up the place she was on the phone with a friend and asked them to call the police, but when they got there, she had no physical injuries, everything seemed in order, but there was a verbal argument. This is why I chose to be a fence sitter. Contradictory evidence doesn't prove anything one way or the other.
  6. I haven't written any fan fiction for YEARS!! But I think I want to do this...A spin-off story from a one-shot I already have.
  7. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    Nobody is dismissing anything nor any victims. In this case, it's up to Amber to come forward and stick to her allegations if they in fact, true. If there is a confidentiality agreement, then it's up to her legal team. As I stated above, there was a divorce settlement and a withdrawal of allegations. If Depp is guilty, it will come out one way or another. But people can throw accusations out in the wind at any time for any reason. This is why they are "allegations". But a man's life, career, and reputation are on the line. If he is guilty, I hope they go after him and he gets what he deserves - but if he's not guilty and Amber was just hurt and angry about the divorce and said stuff that isn't true, should he have to pay for that? Imagine if it were you - not the victim (well, if the allegations are false, Depp technically is the victim), but the one having allegations thrown at you. Would you want to be considered guilty without proof?
  8. Then you'd hate my 4,025 emails I haven't cleared I just found your story on AO3. I'm on a Snape binge at the moment, so I'll read it shortly. I'm actually just submitting a Snape story to HPFT.
  9. I love Severus, I've never read your story, but now I want to I'm an AU writer, I love Draco/Hermione, Draco/Ginny, Sev/Lily, Lily/Sirius, and SS/HG. I wrote a story called "Portrait in the Headmaster's Office" and there is a scene at the end where Snape is given time with Lily before he takes his place in the portrait and he whispers to her that they would have made a better couple and she agreed. Canon fans HATED me for it. But it's something that I grew accustomed to being an AU writer and writing the ships that I do. My perception is that we all, kind of are. Even if you write a "Canon" compliant fic, you are still adding your own story or events and characters that JKR never wrote. So that is already AU - it just has Canon facts. But I learned two things: 1. I wrote fan fiction to satisfy me. What I wanted to read and place characters in situations to see where they would end up. 2. When you go against the masses, you are sometimes ostracised for it. That has happened to me and the main reason why I stopped writing fan fiction. I think the fan fiction world is passionate - regardless of character. We all love, hate, dislike, like, want to change, want to manipulate situations etc. But at the end of the day - it's you and your expression. People may love it or hate it - but they can only get to you if you allow them to. Naturally, we generally all want our stories to be liked and only positive stuff said because it's disheartening to read the negative - but sometimes it's also humourous and makes you realise that people say things for the sake of saying things rather than entering a discussion with valid points. I also wrote a story as a parody of sorts. I placed a warning that Canon fans would NOT like it - they read it and commented anyway. Post it. Why should you hide your creations? If you get negative feedback, scroll by or have a laugh. But if anyone goes all out to post hate stuff to YOU - it says more about them than it does you. I'm a Stephenie Meyer and Twilight hater. I think I love to hate it. But I'd not spend any part of my day writing and sending it to SM. She'd probably never get it anyway, but also - it's sooooo pointless. Who cares if this person in Australia hates her books when millions loved it and made her rich and famous?? I'd only think for you NOT to post it if you are the kind that can't take the negative. And there is a line between negative feedback and out right abuse. No-one deserves abuse, even the verbal/written kind. Maybe someday I'll grasp the world of tumblr better, today won't be that day though
  10. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    It never went to court though, she withdrew her complaint. They went through a divorce settlement and I posted above the public statement - so I don't believe a public apology is needed. I hear what you are saying about public opinion - But the public opinion rarely means anything if it cannot also be fair. I think the state of the world is all about "I think this and that's all that matters, so make what I think right." And you get this on many topics, not just this one, but in regard to race, religion, gender, equality, etc. As I said above, if he is proven to be guilty - and the truth always manages to surface - especially about this topic now with the "Me too" movement and "Times Up" - then I'm sure not only will he suffer the weight of public opinion, but also the law. But if he is innocent he was hanged by the public for no reason other than someone said something about him that wasn't true.
  11. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    But that also means that he doesn't have to be rejected either. "Accusations" are just that. If we bring it back to the HP world, look at what happened to Sirius. This happens a lot in real life too. Not to mention many people extort, are fraudulent, blackmail, etc. We only know what the media reports. We do not get 100% of the facts. Which is why hanging a person based on hardly any facts can also be wrong. I’m someone that that needs to know, not think, that a person is guilty to be punished. I do not want to be responsible for the innocence of a person to be robbed from them. So I sit on the fence till more is known.
  12. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    So there is no such thing as innocent until proven guilty? Only guilty? I don't think Depp is damned. I think if he's innocent, he'll fight to clear his name and reputation. If he is guilty, the truth will come out one way or another.
  13. Was Dumbledore good?

    Was Dumbledore right to hide the information he did from Harry? Some things yes, some things - no. Sirius died because Dumbledore hid things from him that he should have known and Dumbledore admits this. But something like him needing to die because he was a Horcrux - I think yes. I don't think Harry is the brightest or even the most skilled Wizard and he needed so much help to get through anything - but I think if Harry knew too soon, he may not have made the right decisions or did something stupid and screw everything up. Did Dumbledore knowingly manipulate Snape from the very beginning? Yes. Dumbledore was disgusted with Snape when he first appeared to him, warning him about Lily. Then Dumbledore mocked him in his grief over her death and used his love and guilt over Lily to help protect Harry. I do, however, feel that over the years they formed a great friendship and trust with one another. Would Dumbledore have stayed on the same path with Grindelwald if Ariana hadn't died? I think he would have eventually worked things out - but by then, how much damage would have been caused and would things be on the same path they were on?? Do you think that finding out the truth about Dumbledore's past was a necessary character development? Did it make him more relatable? I honestly found it pointless and boring. So no, it wasn't necessary for his character development and it didn't make him more relatable. I think DD was already relatable. His death would not have been as sad as it was if he was unrelatable.
  14. Severus Snape

    Did Snape really love Lily? Of course, he did Unrequited love doesn't mean that the emotion is not real. I feel for both Snape and Lily. They had such a bond and a solid friendship but the time in which they grew up together was against them. Did he have a choice about joining the Death Eaters, or was it the only way for him? Yes, he had a choice. I don't think he was forced to be a DE. But I do think he felt it was the place he was most accepted. Did his work for the Order and the manner of his death redeem him? I feel as if it did. I don't think it changes the kind of man that he was but he didn't have to place himself in mortal danger for a boy who he had a major grudge against. Right up to his death he helped Harry. Was he justified in treating Harry the way he did? Justified? No. I think we saw a flaw in Snape. Even as a man, he hadn't gotten over the torment from James and given Harry looked exactly like his father but with his mother's eyes, it tormented him again and he took that out on Harry. However, I think if Harry felt that Snape's treatment of him was so bad and unforgivable, why name his son after him? I don't think Snape was justified but could be forgiven. Was Snape actually a good guy? I think he wanted to be. I think he wanted to be what he needed to be for Lily. I think he was extremely conflicted and had no middle ground. He wasn't part of Lily's world, but not completely in the DE world. As much as he wanted to save Lily, he didn't have to go to Dumbledore, he did not have to help protect Harry - but he did. I think if you took the danger away, Lily may have chosen Snape. Even if she didn't, and still fell in love with James, Snape would be a part of her life regardless of what James thought.
  15. I think Slytherin kept old prejudices because the threat of Voldemort and the old ways were still amongst the community. So those original DEs had their children who were Slytherin (to explain why Crabb and Goyle were in Slytherin - and also the Hat takes their opinion into consideration). I think post Voldy dying would see better house unity. I would also change Cho - not that she couldn't be in the book, but I hated her for Harry's first crush. I just never liked her.
  16. Students & Teachers in HP

    Obsessed by Lily, yes. Bigot...hmmm...wrong word. I don't think he cared if anyone had different opinions. I think Snape himself became conflicted and partly because of his obsession with Lily. Regardless of his reasons, he chose a side the moment he went to Dumbledore. I also do not think Snape bullied kids so much that it created long-life issues. Even with Neville, given that he was scared of Snape, at least up to PoA in which he was helped to defeat that fear by the boggart scene - Neville also had confidence issues and part of his story arc was gaining confidence and becoming braver as the story goes on. But I do think a part, not all of it, a part of it was to keep up his appearance. There is no denying Snape held a grudge against Harry, but Snape did have to make sure Voldemort believed that he was still on his side and not turning to Dumbledore's side. Part of that was showing his biases to his own house and disliking others and still proving himself to those still working to bring Voldemort back, like Lucius, Narcissa, Bella and other DEs. Even right up to when Snape takes the Vow, Bella still questioned him, even when Voldemort accepted all his answers. He's had to continue living life with a foot always in the Darkness, even if he wanted out - there was no out for him until Voldemort was no longer a threat and Harry was safe. I think this is why Harry could forgive him and even name his son after him. Harry, or JKR, isn't saying that being a bully gets you named a hero or brave - But sometimes actions speak louder than words. That the ultimate sacrifice Snape made, regardless of his reasons, was worth forgiving him being a Professor that gave his students a hard time. That at any point, he could have chosen Voldemort's side, but never did. Snape put himself in danger so many times to protect Harry - sure, it may be because he was Lily's son - but Snape chose to do it through all the hate, anger, and grudges - he still did what was necessary to keep Harry safe. It doesn't excuse any of Snape’s behaviour, but when you make such a sacrifice, it can make other matters seem small, some even petty, in comparison.
  17. Students & Teachers in HP

    For the reasons before Snape's question above?? The point was to save Draco. Also, I never said this conversation is the sole reason why Snape doesn't favour or feel close to certain people - what I'm saying is Snape calculates everything. By being a double spy, he's essentially defying Voldemort, thus the Malfoy's. If Lucius had any idea what Snape was really up to, I dare say his life would have been taken much earlier. Although a double spy, Snape never gave all information away to Voldemort - only enough to keep up his appearance. Harry throws this in Voldy's face too, in the final duel. @abhorsen. - I agree with you, that he could be working to take down Voldemort while genuinely favouring Slytherins, and hating Harry. What I am saying is none of these things are reasons or motivations why he did things, like take the vow. He couldn't allow himself to step into a hole if it didn't serve the right purpose. But because he had already agreed to kill DD - taking the vow was easy for him and kept Bella from doubting him. As I said above - Snape's character is more complex.
  18. Where Does Canon Stop?

    I think all teachers are biased to their own Houses I can see where you are coming from with Snape, though I still feel him being irrational isn't a bad thing. We all can be, especially when it's personal and that's one thing the Minister had no idea about. This was personal for Snape, not just day to day stuff. It goes to show how he came to be in his position - not quite on the Dark Side, but not exactly on the "Light" either. Just like Snape asking Voldemort to spare Lily's life. Snape can show weakness or emotion even at the wrong moment. I think it makes him more human and not so cold. I don't think Snape needed something to compare off. Love is love. You "know" when you love someone. Love is an emotion, it's not a thought or something you get over in a fleeting moment. He had YEARS of getting to know Lily, being her friend, understand who she is, and her getting to know him. Although only friends, that can be how love grows - from friendship. This is one place I'd love JKR to write more about. A prequel - the Marauders. To fill in the gaps we don't know about. We certainly can as fans, but JKR would have had some idea. How James and Lily really came to be, was it that moment from Snape's Worst Memory that finally killed it for Snape and Lily? If James wasn't in the picture, could Lily have saved Snape from becoming a DE? I don't think Snape needed to be dying for Harry to believe him - but he would have needed to be forced to view the memories. I think Snape could have convinced him by simply mentioning his parents. Harry, regardless of their situation, wanted to know more about his parents - this alone would have grabbed his attention, much like the Mirror of Erised.
  19. Where Does Canon Stop?

    Dumbledore: I'm re-reading the books for this year and up to the feast I can see where you are coming from - Even Harry asks if he's mad, and Percy's reply is: 'Mad?' said Percy airily. 'He's a genius! Best wizard in the world! But he is a bit mad, yes. Potatoes, Harry?' - p131 2014 edition. Again, I think this is more Dumbledore having fun. Those who know him, know his true potential so he can be eccentric, but loved anyway. Snape: I had to re-read that part - I think it's too early in the story for Dumbledore or Snape to worry about being a spy. The Ministry has no indication that Voldemort is even trying to come back at this point in time and Snape really hasn't had to worry about the rise of the DEs yet. It's more in GoF that it becomes more certain that Voldemort is coming back (or gaining strength again), and The Order hasn't been reconvened. At this point in the story, Snape doesn't even know the whole truth yet because Sirius' name hasn't been cleared. I think it's understandable that he'd be so upset given he just caught a "killer" and was going to be awarded - then suddenly, the captive is gone? But not just any captive or any killer - a man that Snape has never forgiven for the prank that could have cost him his life and he believes the boy that looks like James was responsible for Sirius disappearing (how Snape has no idea how right he is at this point). I think it only natural that he'd be so mad. The Minister certainly thought he wasn't right in the mind, but even the minister has no idea about Snape protecting Harry at this point in the book. The reader doesn't even know yet. So I don't think his position as a spy or double spy is in jeopardy - just his sanity? Marauders: I don't think Sirius was thinking...He just wanted to get Snape. I don't think this makes it a book for mature minds, it just highlights that pranks can have serious consequences and any child needs to understand this. I had to try and explain to a 3 and 4-year olds once why they couldn't jump from our backyard cubby house that's built up on stilts into the backyard pool because they had zero comprehension of the dangers. Although we have no werewolves in real life, general animal safety is a normal discussion in life too - at least, it is here. We discuss the dangers of petting other peoples dogs and to always ask, especially if it is a seeing eye dog. This really is no different in the eyes of younger kids. It's not like they will go out and start trapping people in rooms with dangerous animals. And you can find scenarios like this in fairytales too. Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Ridinghood, and The Three Little Pigs. As I said earlier, most kids do not sit here, like we are, critically analysing stories. Snape's Love for Lily: I don't think Snape's love for Lily was a crazy obsession. He could have walked away at any time - but he gave his word to Dumbledore to protect Harry. Dumbledore technically used his love for Lily to help him. I think Snape loved 1 woman in his life and no-one else could compare. Which I think is sad, but...bittersweet? My Grandmother never had another partner after my grandfather died. She said she married her husband for life, and she'll join him again in her death. So I guess not everyone wants to move on or they feel like they can't. Perhaps this was Snape's position too? Snape and Harry: It's hard to say. Only Snape could come up with a way because he was the only one with all the information. I think Snape's intention of revealing what he did, including Lily, was to gain Harry's trust so Harry knew that the information he was given was true. I doubt Snape telling him this information would have done it, so it could have only been done in memories. Harry would have no reason to doubt Snape's information. If circumstances were different, Snape was running out of time - he would have had to flee Voldemort if he could to have the time to get to Harry. It certainly would have been a cat and mouse chase though.
  20. Snamione (Severus/Hermione)

    Admittingly, I found this pairing on Restricted Section, which no longer exists. Much like Dramione when I first read it - I was a bit on the Ewww side. But then I quickly fell in love. Age has no bearing if Hermione is of age (as in real life, I'm married to a man 16 years older than myself). I find Hermione breaks the seriousness of Severus. She brings the softer side out of him, the side that can love with his entire soul but also match his wit and intelligence. I have written one Snape/Hermione Voyeuristic Ways (T) but loved reading various stories with this pair.
  21. I'm Slytherin - next would be Ravenclaw for the ability to learn and hold wisdom. Then Hufflepuff as I like things to be just and I am loyal, then Gryffindor because I am brave in situations I never thought I would be brave in, but may not be brave in other situations and may stay silent or turn away from the situation.
  22. Where Does Canon Stop?

    I don't think she accommodated fans at all. I think as the story developed each character grew or went places she never planned on them going. Not every writer plans their story from start to finish then fills it in. Sometimes you just start with a basic concept and start from there. Even with my OF, I wrote the ending first. So I know how the book is to end but had no idea where it begins. It's always good to see other's POVs on Characters But with DD, I never saw him as a silly old wizard at all. DD is a character that holds a lot of wisdom and faith in both the Magical world and the Muggle. I think later on in the books we learn a side of Dumbledore that he's not proud of. A side of him that he has had to grow and learn from. But, he also has bad judgement too, and he admits as much. For example in OotP when he ignores Harry because he thought it was best for Harry, yet what Harry needed the most was his continued guidance. Dumbledore admits it's partly his fault that Sirius died because he had not been forthcoming to Harry with information he knew. It's part of why its so sad that Sirius died - something the movies never really showed. I think Dumbledore is such a loved character because he can admit his faults. That he doesn't take compliments well because he understands how full of faults he is, regardless of how others think of him. I'm unsure why you would assume that Snape wouldn't have fits of anger? If anyone is entitled to them, it's him. Regardless of his talents and abilities, it doesn't change one's feelings. Snape was bullied as a child by his father and then again by the Marauders. He saw, what he would think, favouritism to Lupin being a werewolf and being taken care of by Dumbledore. Adults don't just "mature" and get over things. We look back or reflect. We can feel anger, regret, jealousy over and over again. I don't think Snape dealt with any of his issues which is why he has his moments - and who could blame him? He was inadvertently responsible for the death of the woman he loved. Had he known that the part of the prophecy was about the Potters, would he have told Voldemort? He asked the Dark Lord to spare Lily - a Muggle-born witch...He was showing his one weakness to the most powerful dark wizard of the time - but also knew he couldn't trust Voldemort so went to Dumbledore. He's not just a Spy, but a double spy. Every move he made he had to be 3 steps ahead. He had to lie to Voldemort, but only enough to be believed. Too much deception and no amount of Occlumency could have helped him. His every move in the "Public" eye had to be seen as if he was pretending to Dumbledore because he was supposed to be on Voldemort's side - right up to his death. He was a man who lived a lie and was only ever his true self when he had his moments with Dumbledore. He was convinced to protect Harry, then had to see a boy who had Lily's eyes but looked like the boy that tormented him - Although Snape wasn't nice to Harry and took some of his frustrations out on Harry, it just shows another layer to Snape's overall character. No, not a "good" one, but another layer. But despite all of this - He still helped Harry. Snape chose his side and stayed loyal to that side the moment he said "yes" to Dumbledore. He may not have handled every situation well, but from Book 1 right to 7 and his till his death, he chose the right side. He chose love. He chose to help Harry. And I believe it's this that makes Harry believe he was a good, brave man. Snape could have handed Harry over at any time or killed him, but he never did. Even when Dumbledore asked Snape to kill him, he questions his soul - what murder would do to him. There are always things about people, yes, even characters, that we don't have to like. But who they are as a person at the end of the day is what matters the most. We all can do stupid things, make mistakes, but do you learn from them and become a better person - or just stay plain evil? Edited to add: Also, I've yet to meet anyone who loves Peter Pettigrew. Sure he was "good" and kind of the one people picked on in his youth, but he betrayed his friends and got them killed then framed his other best friend. This is an example of a "good" character that turned evil - then you have Umbridge. I don't believe JKR glorified ANYTHING in these books. People like/dislike Characters all on their own. Even when kids were loving Draco, she said publicly that Draco is not a character to be liked. But as I said above, people's perceptions differ. I love Draco's character. Not because he is a bully, but because JKR gave him redemption. But everyone has the right to choose - none of that means that JKR made people like characters that are meant to be hated. She had no influence over that any more than you can influence your readers to like, love, or hate your stories and what you do to the characters. The Marauders weren't exactly stellar kids and bullied Snape, but that isn't why they are liked or loved. They are liked because of the friendships and bonds they had, with what they shared together, and the people they grew up to be. In reality, had Snape, not turned spy, if there was no prophecy - eventually, the Potters would have had to fight Snape. The movies are a completely different thing. When moviemaking, you have to chop, change, edit, re-edit and make things look visually pleasing for the time length given. I still refuse to compare the movies to the books or accept anything in the movies as "Canon" because they left out too much of the book, including characters. Cursed Child I love, but in a different way to the original series. It's only Canon because JKR approved it because she doesn't want to write the Next Gen and this is what she has approved as Next Gen. Given most people hate the epilogue of DH, I can't see why the CC version should matter. It's only slightly different with added in parts. Technically, you could draw from either as Canon. But I loved Cursed Child for what it was and the fact it did feel like Fan Fiction. I feel it gave us a fresh look at the HP universe and places you can go inside it. As an AU writer, the alternate universes was brilliant. It showed different facets of the characters and how one slight change, in reality, can trigger off a whole series of events and not necessarily in a good way. It gave a different look at the HP characters as adults, rather than children growing up in a war and having to be more grown-up than their age. It showed us that even as adults and all you go through, sometimes you still make mistakes or can't see things in a different way. I felt it highlighted a complicated father/son relationship that can happen. We do not always have great relationships with our kids and each child is different. I thought the relationship between Albus and Scorpius was sooooo perfect to the point of shipping the two. I also feel it gave us all (fans fiction writers) a little salute JKR mostly approves of us writing fan fiction - so in some ways, I feel like it was an added bonus to us to say "yes, you can do this" or "yes, that could happen" or "That relationship or friendship could really be established". I just feel it gave us more room to explore and to say that some of the things fans come up with are good enough to actually be a real part of the "real" HP universe.
  23. Characters Involved: Victoire Weasley and Fred Weasley II Archive Name: Beeezie Story/Series Title(s): Shenanigans, Capers, and Hi-Jinks Link to story: Here (M) Reason for nominating: Vic and Fred are refreshing to read. Cousins who are best friends, look out for each other and know that family is important.
  24. The Hunger Games trilogy

    1. What's your favorite book in the Hunger Games trilogy and why? The first. I just got hooked and Katniss' love for Prim killed me. 2. What's your least favorite book in the Hunger Games trilogy and why? The third. I hate how Gale turned too military and I love Kat/Pet but why so fast? We had a 3 book lead up and then it happens all in a matter of a page or two... 3. Who's your favorite character in the Hunger Games trilogy? Cinna. So loyal and talented. 4. What District would you guys live in if you were to live in Panem? Probably 12 - knowing my luck. 5. What are your thoughts on The Hunger Games movies? Apart from comparing the books and looking at a filmmaking aspect, what would you say you found interesting about it? Or if you didn't like it, what could of have been better? I actually really liked the movies - even though they still left out so much. I didn't think Lenny was the right casting for Cinna, but turns out - he was perfect. I don't think I would change much. I still cry about Rue 6. Was there a line that resonated with you from any of the books in the trilogy? The whole series was confronting. Especially because I am a Mum. I don't remember any one particular line though. 7. If you had to change anything about the trilogy or at least one of the books from the trilogy, what would it be and why? I could have had a 4th book about the aftermath and give Peeta and Katniss time to be together.
  25. Stranger Things

    It's been a couple of weeks since I finished the series...but...