Best Christmas Gift Award Goes to…

…this fan object for my fan-fiction. It was such a surprise too, so yes that is a box from some Black Russian cigarettes, which if you read my Carrow stories you will know are the favoured smoke of Timothy Faulks…

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…and it gets better…

 

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…getting thanked by fictional people never gets old 🙂

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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So finally we’re going to get some more Harry Potter, a play in fact, set years after Harry’s time at Hogwarts. Which is excellant, more fuel for the fanfic fires. But I understand there’s been some controversy over it due to one of the casting choices.

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The person chosen for the role of Hermione is Noma Dumezweni, an actress who’s had roles in everything from Macbeth to The Bill to Doctor Who. Obviously a versatile and hard-working lady.

So what’s the controversy?

Ms Dumezweni is black.

Personally I’m really struggling to see why Ms Dumezwani’s casting is such a problem. Coming from a background of heavy fanfiction consumption I’ve seen so many variations on the diffrent characters of Harry Potter that really, what’s the issue? This is just another variation on a much loved character and it will be extremely interesting to see what Ms Dumezweni brings to the role…but compared to fanfiction, seriously, her casting is increadibly vanilla…and rather safe.

And here’s some evidence to prove my case…

…if you thing black!Hermione is challenging how about…

dark lady!Hermione

male!Hermione

disabled!Hermione

lesbian!Hermione

badass!Hermione

trans!Hermione

Pregnant cat!Hermione

 

 

FanFiction – I’ve Written How Much?

Well on my way 400k words of fanfiction which seems rather crazy when I stop to thnk about it. Hmmm…

…and then I go on to the fact that I prefere to write out my stories on paper first before commiting them to the computer. It allows me a chance for a first edit, check the grammer, shift and twiddle things around and that. It also means I’ve got serious quantities of notebooks full of writing, as you can see.

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Thanks to the ring-binding they have an annoying habit of falling apart. I’m trying to switch to a smaller format rather than having to lug something A4 around with me all the time. Not much joy so far since I’m actually using a ring-binder at the moment.

Once it’s in the computer then my brilliant Beta gets stuck in, correcting all the grammer and spelling I missed and making helpful and interesting suggestions, and pointing out those annoying plot holes that snuck by me.

And this is where it all started, the very first page of Inquisitor Carrow and The God-Emperorless Heathens, which made it on to the internet more or less as I wrote it.

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This was in the spring of 2012. I’d dabbled with writing fan-fiction before this, had actually started several stories but been utterly unsatisfied with them, and then Inquisitor Carrow marched on to my mental stage, pretty much fully formed, demanding to be written, and that, as they say, was that…