- Fanfic and its Writers
- April 11th, 2012
Two things that have been bugging me about fanfic of late (well, mainly one, but I just saw a second, so). The second, lesser irritation is characters that faint. Authors, you have been reading too much historical romance. People get shocks, people feel week, people have great sex, people hear bad news. these things happen all the time. how many people have you seen faint? not many, I'd bet. And yet, Sherlock Holmes returns from the dead? faint. Harry Potter does magic in front of a muggle? faint. And god knows how many times Rodney Mckay fainted after sex. (granted, the last one might just be a really strong nap.)
I was just reading a story where John Watson finds out Sherlock was assaulted. A lot not good, of course, but fainting? over-reaction much. Please, Authors, take the corset off your character and let them get some air.
My first pet peeve, my main one in fanfic, is when no matter what differences the characters have or make, or are, the story turns out the same. Harry Potter is a slytherin, but he's still besties with Ron and Hermione. And how many AU stories do I need to read where Harry still is entered into the triwizard cup, even in stories where he's not the boy-that-lived. Arrggh. I read a summary the other day of a story where Harry is a girl. The author wrote 'that's the only change, it follows the book pretty closely'. That's great... wait, not! What's the point in making Harry a girl if you're just going to follow the bloody book? I've read the book. I know how it ends. I want to read a story where Harry's a girl and therefore different things happen.
Harry's a girl, Harry's a slytherin, Harry's a veela, Harry lives with his parents, Harry can't speak, Harry's a squib, Snape is Harry's dad and yet he still ends up getting that bloody stone from the bloody mirror every bloody time. IMAGINATION PLEASE!!! Oh, oh! and another hated un-change? No matter what, in any alternate reality ever, will the SGA characters manage to get the Dagan ZPM. No matter what. All different characters? still don't get the crystal. Butterfly effect on vacation.