Thank you so much! I feel like a doofus that I resisted for so long.
9 I answered below, but here are:
7. Pretending to be married
I haven’t written it, haven’t read it, and it wouldn’t be my first choice on the list, but I think I’d be down with it. I was married once, and it was not my favourite thing to be, so I might have a few personal blocks to get over. :)
But I actually like fake boyfriends quite a lot, and There’s Only One Bed, so I would be really interested to read any tropey-AU-Pinto-fake-married fics, if anyone has any recs?
22. Apocalypse fic
I. LOVE. Apocalypse fic. Back in the Pinto heyday one of my very good friends wrote a creepy possibly-zombie!Apocalypse fic, Ghosts of the Past - read the warnings on that definitely. There is character death. But it’s fantastically horrifying.
(While I’m on a tangent, there was another Zombie Pinto fic that Pikasafire wrote, which I love love love (but also horrifying and character death). It’s called Loving Rigor Mortis and it’s super icky, body horror etc, but so good, and I still can’t get the ending out of my mind. So, you know, if you’re into that kind of thing…that’s a good fic to read.)
Anyway, back to pure Apocalypse fic. There’s not a lot of Apoca-pinto out there, sadly. Someone should get on that. But I read a few Buffy Apocalypses when that fandom was alive and kicking. Ooh, and Blake’s 7. I forgot I was in B7 fandom for a while.
So if anyone has any Apoca-pinto to rec, I will gratefully receive.
Oh my God I didn’t even know there were Zombie/apocalypse pinto fics! I’m so happy and I love you so much for those recs rn.
Sadly I don’t remember ever reading fake-married pinto fics. I really like the fake relationship trope (so many things to play with: shared bed, jealousy, exes, misunderstandings, kisses that slowly get a bit to real…) but the fake marriage trope can be pretty unrealistic, imo, especially if the story is supposed to happen in the “real” world. I think there are way to make it interesting but I bet a pinto fic based on this trope would be pretty angsty.
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We can’t wait for this exciting documentary eye-opener to The Real History of Science Fiction.
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A brilliant idea by Sam Tsui. Some of these work so well.
Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.
A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.
So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.
“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.
When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.
So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.
In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.
So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.
Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?
[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]
I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.
Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?
She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.
Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that."
get to know me meme (five favorite female characters): buffy anne summers [2/5]
"Alright… yes, date, and shop and hang out and go to school and save the world from unspeakable demons. You know, I wanna do girlie stuff."
there’s something really interesting in this passage that I wanted to point out
Trelawney assumes that Harry was born in midwinter because of his “dark hair” and “mean stature” and “tragic losses so young in life”
Tom Riddle was born in midwinter, is describe in CoS as resembling Harry, and his mother died right after his birth
Harry has a piece of Voldemort’s soul in him
that’s why Trelawney made that assumption
I pointed this out in my Harry Potter class today and everyone started yelling and about five people told me to go to hell
this was so confusing when i first read it because i’m australian and in australia july IS midwinter