heidi: (LastKiss)
Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.

From today's 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court.
The Supreme Court is not likely to rule before the November election, fwiw.

ETA and in a total coincidence, the Whomping Willows' Luna/Ginny song & vid went live today on YouTube (it's their counterpart to their "Draco & Harry Secretly Want to Make Out (that clip is from their Infinitus performance, btw, and they'll be back for Ascendio)).
heidi: (LastKiss)
Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.

From today's 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court.
The Supreme Court is not likely to rule before the November election, fwiw.

ETA and in a total coincidence, the Whomping Willows' Luna/Ginny song & vid went live today on YouTube (it's their counterpart to their "Draco & Harry Secretly Want to Make Out (that clip is from their Infinitus performance, btw, and they'll be back for Ascendio)).
heidi: (Booze! 3. Party)
Lots of goodies, including sneak previews of Flash Forward, Glee and Vampire Diaries - and there are pre-order specials for a bunch of ABC serieses - hoping that other networks do the same. One thing I've already downloaded is the SPN Sneak Preview of S5 here.

Spoilers, obviously. Spoilers, in fact, on the iTunes info pages if you accept that any hint about the next season of something is a spoiler.

Supernatural Teddy Bear auctions in support of my friend [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl's Avon Walks breast cancer fundraiser. Jared's is here (currently 61 bucks) and Jensen's is here, at $71 right now. Only two days left to bid, and all proceeds go to Avon Walks.

I also found, while looking for pre-orders for Heroes, the Heroes Comic Book Reader app for iphone and Touch. It looks fantastic - it has *all* the Heroes graphic novels in readable form.

So, does anyone *really* want John Winchester's Journal in interactive form (including clips from Show) as an iTunes app? Who do we ask for this?

Heading to Atlanta in the AM for Dragon*Con - but I will only be there until Friday evening. I'll be in the Tom Felton autograph line on Friday - I have a bag from Comic Con to get signed - and at his panel. Anyone else getting into that line at 230/3-ish, or should we get in line earlier?
heidi: (Booze! 3. Party)
Lots of goodies, including sneak previews of Flash Forward, Glee and Vampire Diaries - and there are pre-order specials for a bunch of ABC serieses - hoping that other networks do the same. One thing I've already downloaded is the SPN Sneak Preview of S5 here.

Spoilers, obviously. Spoilers, in fact, on the iTunes info pages if you accept that any hint about the next season of something is a spoiler.

Supernatural Teddy Bear auctions in support of my friend [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl's Avon Walks breast cancer fundraiser. Jared's is here (currently 61 bucks) and Jensen's is here, at $71 right now. Only two days left to bid, and all proceeds go to Avon Walks.

I also found, while looking for pre-orders for Heroes, the Heroes Comic Book Reader app for iphone and Touch. It looks fantastic - it has *all* the Heroes graphic novels in readable form.

So, does anyone *really* want John Winchester's Journal in interactive form (including clips from Show) as an iTunes app? Who do we ask for this?

Heading to Atlanta in the AM for Dragon*Con - but I will only be there until Friday evening. I'll be in the Tom Felton autograph line on Friday - I have a bag from Comic Con to get signed - and at his panel. Anyone else getting into that line at 230/3-ish, or should we get in line earlier?
heidi: (Booze! 5)
Lots of goodies, including sneak previews of Flash Forward, Glee and Vampire Diaries - and there are pre-order specials for a bunch of ABC serieses - hoping that other networks do the same. One thing I've already downloaded is the SPN Sneak Preview of S5 here.

Spoilers, obviously. Spoilers, in fact, on the iTunes info pages if you accept that any hint about the next season of something is a spoiler.

Supernatural Teddy Bear auctions in support of my friend [profile] laughingirl's Avon Walks breast cancer fundraiser. Jared's is here (currently 61 bucks) and Jensen's is here, at $71 right now. Only two days left to bid, and all proceeds go to Avon Walks.

I also found, while looking for pre-orders for Heroes, the Heroes Comic Book Reader app for iphone and Touch. It looks fantastic - it has *all* the Heroes graphic novels in readable form.

So, does anyone *really* want John Winchester's Journal in interactive form (including clips from Show) as an iTunes app? Who do we ask for this?

Heading to Atlanta in the AM for Dragon*Con - but I will only be there until Friday evening. I'll be in the Tom Felton autograph line on Friday - I have a bag from Comic Con to get signed - and at his panel. Anyone else getting into that line at 230/3-ish, or should we get in line earlier?
heidi: (Good and Bad)
From [livejournal.com profile] tomfelton_daily via [livejournal.com profile] mariannec

Q&A with Tom Felton:

How did you approach the character?

We took the time, with David, to work on the script, particularly on the final scene with Michael Gambon, but also on the relationship between Snape and Draco. We read the script, we took notes, and we discussed Draco’s state of mind in those different scenes. His father’s absence made Draco a more complex character; in the beginning, I was probably too one-dimensional in my approach but David gave it real depth. Draco isn’t focused on Harry anymore: he has a mission now, and it really brought something more to the character. Also in the same way we understand Harry’s reactions toward what he’s lived through and the absence of his parents, we begin to understand that Draco isn’t all that bad and that his actions and attitude were really influenced by his father and the way he treats him. There is therefore more research, emotion, subtlety…


Back before OotP came out, I had a bet with someone on HPfGU that Draco wasn't actually evil, and that sometime before the end of the series he would do something that was obviously and definitely The Right Thing to Do - ie more than the issue of interpritation as to whether finking on students out of bed after hours in the presence of an illegal dragon is the right thing to do under wizarding law, or whether telling Hermione how to get away from the Death Eaters at the Quidditch World Cup was the right thing to do - I've seen arguments both ways...

Lying about whether it was Harry at Malfoy Manor, trying to save Crabbe, not killing Dumbledore in the first place - I think it turned out there were multiple things, and I know JKR doesn't like him but sometimes I really wonder if his character arc went a different way from what she'd originally planned and that's why he and Harry are nodding to each other in the Epilogue, even if he's balding.


Oooh, should I have warned for DH spoilers?
heidi: (bad side)
[personal profile] gmth has been squeeful over the new dragon dinosaur named after one of Hogwarts' former residents, but I'm not sure she's seen the equally important to modern civilization bounce house, which is called, specifically, the Draco the Magic Dragon Bounce House - you can see it...
here... )

heidi: (JustMyType)
This is the first fic I've written since about March, so I will dedicate it to [livejournal.com profile] tea_and_toast, on the occasion of her birthday, which she shares with FictionAlley...

For Scribbulus_Ink's Candy is Dandy challenge (Sirius + Bertie Botts' Beans) )
heidi: (fly)
Excerpts from a dialogue I've been having with someone on HPfGU

I suggested, as I am wont to do, that if Draco ever gets over his Supposed To Be Evil thing, then he and Hermione might make a good match in canon, much in a manner that parallels Darcy & Elizabeth in Pride & Prejudice.

Various people who think Draco is Evil And Unredeemable laughed at me, as they are wont to do, which I can deal with. I make my arguments, they say they don't see it in canon, and eventually they might agree on the tiny tiny issues of Should Crouch As Moody Have Smashed Him From Floor to Ceiling (correct answer: no) and Was He Evil When He Reported Harry For Rulebreaking (correct answer: no).

But one person seems to have become incredibly confused about what I was suggesting, and posted:
**I'm fascinated by the widely divergent interpretations of canon on
this list, although I worry that sometimes fanon is making the water
very muddy.**

Erm. In other words, I have become muddied by reading so much fanfic that I now can only see canon through the prism/prison of all the fanfic I've read, when the truth is, (a) I am canon-obsessive with regard to fanfic, such that Lori, Cassie, Eb, Rhysenn and others use me to make sure their fics are canon-compliant, and (b) I;ve actually simply turned by personal take on canon into fanfic.

She replied
> I think that any time people use fanfic examples to support their
> opinions of canon, they are mixing apples and oranges. They are
> taking characters that share the same names as JKR's, making them do
> and say things that JKR has never had them do, and then
> extrapolating arguments from this new, artificial construct.
> Am I the only one bothered by this?

And I said...

I'm not sure what you mean bby "using fanfic in this way". I did not use any
fanfic in my original post when I suggested that in a manner that parallels
Pride & Prejudice, Draco might find it in him to overcome the elements of his
attitude and behaviour that would preclude a relationship with Hermione (see
various Draco Redemption threads). I admit that in rereading the books back in
2000, I did look at the narration and events from other perspectives - as the
book is told almost entirely in third person limited and from Harry's
perspective, we rarely know what the other characters are truly thinking, as
we see everything more or less through Harry's eyes.

Canon itself plays with perspective in a fascinating way - on your first read
of Goblet of Fire, for example, the reader likely sees Moody as a good guy
almost all the way through the book - but on a second read, knowing that Moody
is really Barty Crouch, faithful servant of Voldemort, things he does which at
first seemed delightful or at least benign take on a sinister glow - things
like giving the book to Neville (obviously) but also things like his physical
abuse of Draco (slamming him from floor to ceiling, moreso than the
transfiguration) - and while we have a perfectly good explanation of the
former (he wanted Harry to get access to the gillyweed information), the
"obvious" explanation for the latter is somewhat sketchy. That explanation
would be that he wanted to be on Harry's good side by showing himself to be an
enemy of Draco's. But that doesn't really explain it all, to me - it seemed
clear to me that he had a vendetta against Draco as the wealthy, at least
superficially pampered child whose father was a Death Eater who walked free,
and who kept his stature when even Crouch's own father lost face because of
his familial relationship to a "convicted" Death Eater.

My conclusion is borne out by canon at least as well as any conclusion that
Neville is under a memory charm, but I have seen far fewer claims that making
a conclusion like that about Neville is fanon based or stems from reading too
much fanfic or that those who believe such things are getting confused between
things written by JKR's fans, and by her, herself.

I do admit to being troubled when people garble things from canon and fanfic -
I've seen people wonder whether Orla Quirke or Aiden Lynch were fanfic
characters (they're not, they're both in GoF) or be sure that JKR has said in
the english-language versions of the book that Blaise is a girl or a boy, or
state that Ron and Hermione kissed in GoF. It does bother me when people mix
up their fictional "facts".

However, it never bothers me when fanfic causes someone to think about a
character a little differently, or to view a scene from a different
perspective. JKR makes it SO EASY for us to do so, it's almost as if she wants
us to examine certain things from the book from multiple perspectives! Just
look at the debate about the Shrieking Shack Prank! Snape sees it one way,
Sirius another, and Lupin probably a third. Or even look at Sirius' take on
the real Moody, versus what Snape thinks about him - Sirius says that Moody
didn't use unforgivable curses unless he really had to; anyone want to bet
that Snape thinks Moody may be more like the police officer who says he had to
shoot the unarmed suspect because he *thought* said suspect had a weapon? Is
the latter conjecture? Possibly - but it's an entirely canon-based conclusion,
just like a conclusion that Lily and James died young.

I went back today and paged through Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys' novel which
has been called a literary masterpiece. It's Jane Eyre fanfic - even the
premise behind Rhys' writing of it is the same as many of those of us who
write fanfic have. I found a comment in a literary journal today that said,
"Rhys was always fascinated by Bronte+IBk-s novel +IBM especially the underlying
story that was never told. Who was Mrs. Rochester, that mad woman locked-up in
the attic? What was Rochester+IBk-s terrible secret? In Antoinette, Rhys has
recreated that imprisoned woman, providing a haunting, tragic portrait of the
fine line between love and madness." It also noted that there has been no 19th
century wife more demonized than Mrs Rochester. By creating a "redemption"
scenario for her, has Jean Rhys somehow ruined Jane Eyre for those who've read
her book? Debatable. Is she making Mrs Rochester do and say things that
Charlotte Bronte never intended? Certainly! Is that wrong or ruinous? Not from
my perspective - but then again, I've always loved Rashamon and Rashamon-esque
things.

To give a less "highbrow" example, look at Anne Rice's Interview With a
Vampire and The Vampire Lestat. The former is entirely from Louis'
perspective, the latter from Lestat's - and the cover, to some extent, the
same scenes and acts. We learn when reading Lestat that many things that Louis
assumed about him - his background, his motives - were incorrect, and it's
fascinating to go back and reread the first book, knowing the other point of
view as you do once you've read the second one.





I am convinced that she thinks I am arguing things based on what I've read in fanfic, or what I've written into fanfic. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just
because someone doesn't see an argument as canon-based doesn't mean that it isn't actually just that. We're all reading the same books; none of us is reading them exactly like anyone else.

What is wrong with speculating, anyway?
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