beatrice_otter: Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, Cho Chang (Girls of Potter)
[personal profile] beatrice_otter
I read Harry Potter fic, even though I'm pretty sure I've never managed to read any of the novels all the way through, or watch any of the movies start to finish.  Whatever, that's fandom.

Anyway, I periodically go through looking for new fic on AO3, and the best way (imo) to do this is to click on the Harry Potter works tag, sort by date, and then put "kudos>100" (or whatever other kudos threshhold you choose, today I picked 1000 because it's such a huge fandom) so you only get stuff a lot of people have liked.  (If you just go "sort by hits" or "sort by kudos" in a fandom as old as Harry Potter, you only get the oldy-goldies, which I've mostly read already or know I won't like.)

I also have AO3 Savior, a greasmonkey script added on to my browser that allows me to blacklist tags and such.  Items tagged with stuff I don't want to see show up in Works lists as blocked, with reason for blocking.

I went looking for Harry Potter fic today.  Apparently, a VERY high percentage of popular fic right now has either character bashing or Voldemort sexytimes.  Also!  I have "*/Tom Riddle" and "Tom Riddle/* both blacklisted (the asterisk tells it to block anything there, so I don't have to go through and list alllll the possible Tom Riddle pairings).  But apparently, if I want to block threesomes with Riddle, I have to ALSO blacklist "*/Tom Riddle/*"

Why do so many people want to write and read about Voldie sexytimes?!?  I do not get it!  I'm not judging, you do you, but gah.

(The bashing is, alas, a Harry Potter trend of longstanding.  Thank you to everyone who a) realizes that that is what you are doing and b) tags it properly.)

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Date: 2017-06-25 11:47 pm (UTC)
c_carol: (Default)
From: [personal profile] c_carol
AO3 Savior sounds like a great idea, I'm going to have to give it a try.

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Date: 2017-06-26 12:52 am (UTC)
ratcreature: RatCreature as Voldemort (voldemort)
From: [personal profile] ratcreature
I don't read Voldemort pairings often but with him in the mix you can indulge in a lot of disturbing non-con and torture kinks without it being ooc.

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Date: 2017-06-26 04:20 am (UTC)
ratcreature: RatCreature as Voldemort (voldemort)
From: [personal profile] ratcreature
Yeah. Though of course there's a whole spectrum of Voldemort fic, including various forms of more or less subtle death eater apologia fic. And not just the Voldemort as woobie variants starring young Tom Riddle but actual "blood purity is a real thing in HP magic" types of world building to reframe canon. Which for me is a major turn off and having encountered that too often made me wary of seeking out death eater fic, although I can really enjoy the kink possibilities as long as the author perspective remains sort of clear on them being the bad guys.

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Date: 2017-06-27 08:45 am (UTC)
ratcreature: RatCreature as Voldemort (voldemort)
From: [personal profile] ratcreature
Well, it's been a while since I last read one like that, but I remember one that was quite well written, that was Malfoy centric, and the world building premise was something like that the purebloods were gentry whose magic connected them to their land and it was facilitated through blood magic and inheritance or something, and it didn't exactly cast Voldemort as good (he being half muggle too) but iirc it was more a thing that old pureblood families aligned with him against modernity that came in form of the Ministry. It was interesting world building and if it had been framed as their beliefs it would have been one thing, but throughout the fic it became clear that their view of magic was valid. Unfortunately I can't remember the author as I read it on over a decade ago.

I mean it was far from the most disturbing thing I've read in HP, that still goes to a fic in which Voldemort won and part of his post win breeding strategy was to use potions on kidnapped muggleborn wizard toddlers to age up their bodies, rape and impregnate them and use as breeding machines, all lovingly detailed so basically you had traumatized pregnant toddlers in adult bodies, closely tied with a Voldemort/Harry fic in which Voldemort visits Harry at the Dursleys pre-Hogwarts, grooms and sexually abuses him, and the sex was written like porn not child abuse -- it squicked me so hard in part because the sex writing actually worked on a porn level for me when I expected it to be a child abuse dark fic at which point I backbuttoned and wanted to bleach my brain. I sometimes wonder what Tumblr would make of it if that was posted today. Probably cheer the deletion of pornish_pixies (that was where I encountered the latter two iirc) in strikethrough rather than rally around it.

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Date: 2017-06-26 06:16 am (UTC)
swingandswirl: (go go gryffindor)
From: [personal profile] swingandswirl
Ugh, character bashing. It's a huge part of why I stick to rereading my old favourites; I just can't deal with fic where Hermione and Ron aren't Harry's Persons, or where the Weasley family is bashed. My one exception to this rule is Dumbledore, as I really do not like or trust that man as far as I can throw Hagrid.

I wonder if the popularity of Riddel!fic has anything to do with the hotness of the actor who played young Tom Riddle? God knows Tom Felton and Alan Rickman (RIP) had huge amounts to do with the w00bification of Draco and Snape respectively.

(BTW, if you want a rec, and you haven't read it yet, Harry Potter and the Nightmares of Futures Past is amazing. It's a WIP, but. Solid worldbuilding and characterisation, and a huge amount of fun.)

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Date: 2017-06-26 03:22 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Re Christian Coulson as Tom Riddle: yeah, I'll totally buy that. (I haven't seen the HBP movie, though.)

Don't start NoFP if you're not into WIPs that go years between updates, mind you. It's great, bar one pretty massive chronology oops (dear author, if someone witnesses a particular occurrence in an earlier chapter, they cannot truthfully say they have never heard of the occurrence actually occurring in a later chapter), but.

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Date: 2017-06-26 03:24 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
On a totally different note, are you (openly) autistic or am I mixing you up with someone else with a B name? I ask for reasons that I'm happy to explain in PM, and that may not end up happening but I'm making a list of potentially interested folks in case the thing happens.

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Date: 2017-06-26 10:45 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
PMing :)

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Date: 2017-06-29 08:25 pm (UTC)
sulien: Made from my favorite photo of Big Lagoon, Humboldt, CA (Default)
From: [personal profile] sulien
Thank you for mentioning AO3 Savior, I really need to see if that will work with the Safari browser. I filter my searches on AO3 for things I don't want to read, but people don't always use the damn warnings.

Also, it's good to hear that I'm not the only one who will read fanfic in fandoms where I don't care much for the canon. Harry Potter is definitely one of those for me. :)

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Date: 2017-07-01 06:27 am (UTC)
monanotlisa: Diana as Diana Prince in glasses and a hat, lifting the rim of the latter rakishly. HOT! (Default)
From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
Ohh, clever blacklisting! May need to do that to (not in HP fandom, though).


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