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Ten Days of Fandom: Day 2

January 31st marks my 5 year anniversary for writing fanfic, and I decided this year I wanted to do something special. I'd seen the fandom snowflake challenge going on, so it sort of gave me a leaping off point - but I decided I wanted to do a ten-day celebration of my fandoms, my fics, and and my favorites, culminating in my usually-morose anniversary post on the 31st.

So today we continue to discuss Harry Potter.

Ten Days of Fandom: Day 2

Today, however, I wanted to concentrate on my favorite fics in the fandom, which probably should have come first, being as I read HP stories long before I wrote them, but this is how I wanted to do it.

I have a whole list of HP Fic Recs on my massive Rec Page, but it was rather had to put together since its been so long since I was in the fandom properly. I was obsessed with HP from like the summer before I started Salem - my High School - until the 7th book came out. (I actually got the 7th book at midnight the day it came out, and read it all night, finishing just before my shift started at AT&T, sitting in the back room of the store, having gotten my mom to drive me that day and never having gone to sleep).

God, was that a long time ago.

Anyway, I started reading fan fiction during my winter exam period my freshman year at Chapel Hill, largely because I was massively depressed the entire year I was at that school, was constantly getting migraines, had almost no friends, and hated the college so much that perhaps it was a good thing I was asked not to return at the end of that year. (Although I maintain that I had a bad reaction to the drugs I was legally proscribed for my migraine and did not, in fact, try to OD, as the college and my roommate believed. However, as I have almost no memories of those few days, I cannot be certain.) Anyway, I needed something good in my life. And so there it was.

I spent almost the entire break reading fic late into the night, which irritated my father, who couldn't understand why I didn't want to be sociable and has always maintained that anything to do with a computer that's not for him is a waste of time.

And anyway, I continued to read only HP fic from about Xmas of 2006 until about halfway through the writing of STaRT. It was mostly Harry/Ginny at first, because it took me a long time to get over my embarrassment of reading fic at all, let alone "betraying the canon" by reading about non-canon ships. (I was young and naive). I don't think I even read a slash fic until about 4 months before starting STaRT. (I was very young and naive).

IE, this lasted through most of my Chapel Hill experience, all of my time at AT&T, and my somewhat disastrous attempt at transferring my 1st year biochem credits to the local community college, before turning to community college. It also lasted through the worst years of my migraines, which somewhat tapered off around the end of 2008; the worst of my depression, the worst of my sister's mental illness; my father's long final deployments overseas, my mother going back to work, my sister being left almost entirely in my care, and, delightfully, some of the absolute worst days of my life. Pre SEPS, that is.

Anyway, I've read a lot in that fandom. The best are on the above list, but I want to particularly call attention to Cartographer's Craft by sam_storyteller: (In the summer after Harry's sixth year, Harry and Remus uncover a section of the Marauder's Map which has been hidden for the past twenty years, releasing a carbon copy of sixteen-year-old Sirius Black from its depths. As they prepare for the impending war, Sirius must find a place for himself in this new world, Harry must find a way to destroy Voldemort, and Remus must  face his own past while trying to build a tenuous future with Tonks.) It is my absolute favorite HP fic of all time and introduced me to one of my favorite authors of all time. It has a dozen absolutely beautiful quotes in it I would list if I'd one ready, but everyone should read it. No one can write a story like Sam, and it is absolutely full of feeling, and even if it's not your OTP I suggest trying it, it's that good.

Plus, it makes the Horcrux stick make more sense than JK managed.

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I haven't been in the HP fandom a long time, and trying to read fic in it now makes me feel weird, but I might gif Cartographer's Craft a try; I like sam_storyteller's writing, and I trust your recs :P
I know what you mean. Even I haven't read this fic in years, but it's well worth it. His stuff usually is.
I loved the books and enjoyed watching the films but reading fan fiction for HP has, for some reason, never appealed to me. It's odd that there doesn't seem to be any reason for which shows draw me into reading fan fiction. I wonder whether for some, like HP, I enjoy the stories as they are and am happy with the plot and outcome and for shows like SGA although I love the show I want different endings, particularly ones where John and Rodney are together. Food for thought.

Saying that, the above rec looks interesting!
Sam's stuff is almost always worth reading. It's really brilliant, and takes things in a slightly more... macabre direction than the series. It's brilliant.
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