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So, I was reading [community profile] fandomsecrets today and there was a secret about thinking that it's plagiarism/theft for a fanfiction writer to write something about fanart without the artist's permission is near enough to theft. So now I'm curious: what do you guys think about this? Do you think that fans (who are borrowing from an original creator) have a right to say that nothing can be borrowed from them? Or borrowed only with personal permission? What do you think about people borrowing things from your work? Are you in favour of having transformative works created based on your stuff, or not?

I know that I personally squee like a little idiot whenever someone creates something based on something I wrote (one of the reasons I love big bangs so much), so I'm curious to hear your thoughts :)

Also, tumblr rec time! [tumblr.com profile] simplypotterheads is a new Harry Potter tumblr and there's LOTS OF NIFTINESS GOING ON THERE, GUYS; YOU KNOW HOW GAMMA LOVES NIFTINESS.  Also, it's doing Slytherin-themed posts right now, so lots of Slytherin things!  

Oh hey, also, Gamma has a tumblr question: Why is there an option to "ignore" a user?  Does this serve some function that just unfollowing them won't?  Anyone here who knows tumblr better than me...?
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At last!  At last, the AO3 collection for [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang is public.

This is wildly exciting.  I have this huge grin on my face and part of me just wants to hug my computer.  And now I'm going to blather about them.  Because I can.

First, about my Harry Potter story.

Okay... I procrastinated way too much on this thing, and to my serious detriment.  By the time I started to get towards the end, it was sucking the life out of me and I fear that it became a bit too repetative and angst-laden.

BUT.

But I still love it - every single word.  The agony that I inflicted upon myself over it was well worth it, because I've never before written anything that so thoroughly examines what a pair of bitches Rodolphus and Narcissa are.  I loved stepping back from the somewhat romanticised image of them that I can have in one-shots and drabbles and portraying them as two really awful people who are tearing apart everyone they care about and themselves as well.  

AND THE ART.  The art is here, by [livejournal.com profile] twisted_slinky, and I just love it.  The pictures (Candice Night!Narcissa!  :D) and the composition are just lovely - dark and shadowy and beautiful and really wonderful.

And my Crucible story

This is... actually the first thing I've ever written in a fandom outside of Harry Potter (I don't count Twilight parody crossover things).  And what a first non-HP thing to write!  The Crucible caught my imagination in a big way when we read it last year in school (as I'm sure you all know by now) and I loved the twisted, obsessive, dangerous dysfunctionality of John/Abigail (I'd already signed up for [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang with Narcissa/Rodolphus when we read The Crucible and I was just like "screw it, signing up twice").  Again, I just love that everyone in the story is horrible and I do hope that no one (least of all John) came across as entirely sympathetic.  John's a bastard.  Which, of course, is what I love about him.

It was odd having to do research for fanfiction.  I... didn't do much, so I'm sure that there are historical innaccuracies all over the place, but I feel like I got to do some fun detail-putting-in that I don't usually get to do when I'm writing for Harry Potter.  Like John's sons' names.  And the mould on the rye.

AND THERE'S A FANMIX FOR IT.  It's here, and [livejournal.com profile] tree did some very awesome music finding and I've listened to the mix several times already because everything in it fits so well into the story.  If I hadn't only started listening well after I wrote most of it, I'd think I'd internalized the lyrics (the line I think the Good Book is missing some pages comes to mind) and subconciously written the story with them in mind.  I think finding music that fits tonally with a story based on The Crucible must be a terrible task, given the Puritan's dislike of music, but almost all of it (and especially Icicle by Tori Amos and First Snow by Clint Mansell) had exactly the right sound.  I also like that - while according to her notes, most of the songs were chosen with Abigail in mind - a lot of them fit John as well...

I'm going to start posting my two stories here and at ff.net... soonish.  I don't need to post all at once, the way I've had to with other big bangs, so I'll space out the chapters a little more.  

Now, I believe I shall go puruse all the other things that people have written...
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So, I was reading [livejournal.com profile] tunnels_of_loce's (excellent) DisneyWatch 2012 reviews and I was reminded of how much I wanted to finally see The Black Cauldron, so I went on Amazon and started searching around for a used copy.  But then I got impatient - as is my way - and just found somewhere to watch it for free on the internet.  Yay internet.

So now I talk about it.

Because holy Lord, was I right when I said that I thought this would be my kind of movie.

Cut for rambling and spoilers and such )
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Your result for The Harry Potter Husband Test...


Well, that was unexpected. )

I looked for a similar quiz with female characters, but Google failed me - if you know of one, please do tell!

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  • [livejournal.com profile] dudley_redeemed has opened claiming.  I have already claimed.
  • Ditto [livejournal.com profile] deflower_draco.
  • [livejournal.com profile] rarepair_shorts has begun its summer wish list event, which I am super excited about.
  • I finished the rough draft of my [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang!
  • I'm 95% sure [livejournal.com profile] dystopiabigbang has been discontinued.
  • There are so many wasps here that it's a bit sickening.
  • It's Camp NaNoWriMo time! 
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Yeah, okay, first off, I have not read 50 Shades of Grey.  I have read excerpts and summaries and deem it not worth my time.  It does, however, raise a question of interest to me.

Is it wrong to base characters off of other characters?  If not, then what's the problem with the resemblance of 50 Shades of Grey to Twilight?  If so, then... well, now what?  There will always be noticeable similarities between characters - are we supposed to sue every author for ripping off every other author?  Are we going to sue JK Rowling for stealing qualities of Bellatrix Lestrange's personality from The Crucible's Abigail Williams*?  Or Lemony Snicket for stealing qualities of Esmé Squalor from Bellatrix?  That would get very ridiculous very quickly...

I rather doubt that anyone in the universe would have noticed the resemblance between Bella Swan and Anastasia what's-her-face if the author (I am far too lazy to look up her name) hadn't published the story on fanfiction.net.  Bland, blank-slate female protagonists are a dime a proverbial dozen... so, what, is it only wrong if we're aware of it?  Our knowledge seems an illogical way to judge her guilt.
If she hadn't published it there, and had kept it safely on her computer, then changed the characters' names and sent it off to a publisher, then would that have been all right?  I think it would - what would we care if there's a rough draft that says "Edward" instead of "Christian"?  (As an aside... "Christian Grey flavoured popsicle", what the ever-loving...).  So if it's all right under those circumstances, why isn't it all right if it was once published on the internet?

I think the answer is fairly clear, though, when you come right down to it.  
None of this actually matters, but people don't want to admit that they're reading (bad) BDSM porn, so they pretend like they're only reading it to see how much it's like Twilight.
Our old, Puritan-instilled sense of shame strikes again.

*(credit to[livejournal.com profile] bellariddle for noticing that parallel)

*Squeal*

Apr. 24th, 2012 10:01 pm
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My Andromeda/Narcissa one-shot "Good Vibrations"  (Link goes to AO3) has been nominated for the SEXIEST SMUT STORY - FEMMESLASH COUPLE SMUT FIC category on the Summer 2012 [livejournal.com profile] hpfanficfanpoll awards!  I know my chances for winning are not good (let's face it, Andromeda/Narcissa simply doesn't win against Hermione/Pansy, and Gamma simply doesn't win against [livejournal.com profile] dexstarr... ;) )
But I'm going to bask in joy and validation at the idea that someone nominated me anyway.
Whoever it was, if you're reading this, thank you.  Eternally.
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Title: New Year Approaches
Pairings: Bellatrix/Rodolphus, Lucius/Narcissa, Andromeda/Rabastan, Bellatrix/Ted, Rabastan/Rodolphus, Arthur/Molly, James/Lily, Bellatrix/Voldemort, Alice/Frank, Marlene/Regulus, Draco/Luna
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~2 800
Summary: On December 31st, as the New Year approaches, the Blacks, Lestranges, Malfoys and others try to put their affairs of the last year in order. Written for Addicted-To-Sugar-Quills' Happy New Year Competition on the HPFC forum.
Warnings: Het, slash, incest

New Year Approaches on fanfiction.net

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