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Intro/update post

So, this is in my brain right now, so I feel the need to post it.  Just a little intro for those of you who don't know me, or don't know me well.  Most of this will come as little shock to those who do, however. :D

Writing:
I write a lot, but my fics tend to center around a few specific characters:
  • Draco - Usually with Harry, Severus, his father, or Blaise.  I don't write Het Draco.  I gave that up about the time I finished with HBP.  He's snotty, snarky, and very insecure.  He's also very much a bottom.
  • Harry - Is likely next, but only because I ship Harry with so many.  Though really, Draco seems to be the main one.  If my Harry/Draco wasn't so plentiful, I probably wouldn't write him as much.  Harry tends to be just discovering that other side of his sexuality in my fics, realizing that he might be more interested in guys than girls.
  • Severus - Is easily next, despite how I sometimes struggle with writing him.  I ship him with a lot of people, but I seem to do Lucius/Severus or Severus/Draco best.  Severus is gay.  He's got two possible Het pairings that I have dabbled in, but really, he's far too snarky to be able to deal with a woman well.
  • Blaise - Is all over the place when it comes to ships.  One moment straight (Hermione and Pansy most often), the next gay (with far too many pairings to count).  I tend to lean on his relationship with his mother as my main source for his characterization.  He seems shallow and stuck-up, but he really just doesn't believe in the emotions most people get so invested in, and it often takes him a while to understand what he really wants.
  • Lucius - Has been in my head almost as long as Draco, though far quieter than his son when it comes to getting my attention.  He's far more picky than his son or his bestloverfriend, though I have written him with his son's true love a handful of times... :)
  • Remus - The quietest of my muses, and it shocks me just how much I have written about him.  He's very much an omnivore, and will accept any love that comes his way, though he tends not to believe that he will keep it.  I have yet to be happy with any of the offerings I have written for my favorite ship with him, though.  But you never know.  Someday it might happen.

Top ships I write:
  1. Harry/Draco
  2. Severus/Draco
  3. Blaise/Draco & Lucius/Severus (tied)
  4. Blaise/Hermione, Blaise/Seamus, & Ron/Hermione (tied)
  5. Lucius/Draco, George/Harry, Remus/Regulus & Severus/Lily (tied)
I've also done Harry/Draco/Blaise a few times, and James/Remus/Sirius a few times.

Reading:
I'm much more of an omnivore when it comes to the fic I read.
I tend to gravitate towards a few ships when I read:
  1. Harry/Draco
  2. Severus/Draco, Sirius/Severus, Severus/Remus
  3. Lucius-pairings, particiuarly with the Marauders
  4. Regulus-pairings - Remus, Sirius, James, Lucius, Severus in about that order
  5. Remus-pairings - so unpicky here it's not even funny.  There are few characters that bug me with Remus, and that's usually because they squick me of their own accord and/or with anyone, not because I don't like them with Remus.
  6. Sirius-pairings not covered above, particularly with Harry or James
  7. Draco-pairings not covered above, specifically Blaise/Draco and Charlie/Draco
  8. Blaise-pairings
  9. Weasley-pairings
  10. Harry-pairings
As for threesomes, I have quite a few that I'll stop and read more often than not:
  1. Severus/Remus/Sirius
  2. Severus/Draco/Harry
  3. Severus/Remus/Harry
  4. Sirius/Harry/Remus
  5. James/Remus/Sirius
  6. Harry/Draco/Ron
  7. Lucius/Draco/Severus
  8. Harry/Draco/Blaise
  9. Lucius/Draco/Blaise
  10. Twins paired with Harry, Hermione, Severus, Remus

Beyond that, I have to say I read and write mostly slash, with a smattering of het and a dash of gen, and have only barely touched on femslash, though [info]kabal42 could easily get me addicted to Tonks/Luna if she wrote more of it. :)

Also, there are a few men in my mind that are 99.99% straight, and I can never read them slashed.  Just doesn't work for me.  Top of the list?  Ron Weasley and Neville Longbottom.  Ron just doesn't strike me as someone who would ever "go gay," and Neville, even if he did have the urges, wants so desperately to be "normal," that I don't think he'd do well in a gay relationship.  I'm not saying that others who see them that way are wrong, just that I myself cannot believably see them that way, so I avoid any slash with them as central characters.  The only exception for Ron is the trio with Harry and Draco, and that only really works for me if it's Harry/Draco with Ron joining in for some reason.

Um...so...there's the tip of the iceburg for you.  I'd love to hear what you think/write/read. :D

Comments

Aug. 25th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
Ooh, I really don't know.

My first and original love was Sirius/Severus. That got me slashing big time. The characters I seem to write a lot are Draco, Harry, Sirius, Severus, Lucius, Remus.

Ron and Hermione have been such an obvious couple for so long that I rarely write them with other people, though I do have one short Ron/Draco that I'm still quite pleased with; and as a frustrated femmeslasher who doesn't like very many of the female characters in HP, I've been known to pair Hermione with Ginny.

I have absolutely no shame and no preference. I write het. I write slash. I write saffic. I write mixed threesomes. I write single-sex threesomes (hmm, no all-female threesomes yet, actually... maybe I should work on that :) ).

I love your reasoning for Neville: it's really convincing and sounds Neville-ish. Although if he managed to get started, he might settle down into it. He did blossom in DH.

As for reading... I tend not to read inter-species things (Draco/Squid, for example) - but given the right authors I'd read pretty much anything.
Aug. 25th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Looks like you and I have a lot of crossover. Outside of Harry/Draco, Sirius/Severus was my second love, so I'm totally with you there. Did you ever read Acamar's Shade More than Man? Love that one.

As for inter-species, the only way I come close to that is werewolves or Veela, really.
Sep. 9th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
*nudge*

The KK signup at D_D is up. Did you still want to work with us on that idea?
Sep. 10th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
I'd love to! I've never co-written anything, so forgive me if I'm rubbish at it, though :)
Sep. 10th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
Cool! Right now we have Kingsley and Gideon, and depending on who you want (we're setting it before the end of the first war, but after the marauders are out of Hogwarts), I'll take Lucius or Rabastan. I'm leaning towards Lucius with the plot we want.

Could you email me your response at elfflame at hotmail? And we'll get a series of emails going between the four of us. :D
Aug. 25th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)

Hmmm...

Well, I don't write at all, so I can skip that bit. I suspect that if I did write, it would be mostly H/D.

My reading habits are a little more diverse, but not by much. I have to find the concept of a pairing believable within my idea of the characters to be able to read it.

My favourite character is Draco. JKR never gave him the attention he deserves and there's so much that I want to know about him. My OTP is definitely H/D, because there is so much tension, so many unspoken similarities in their situations, that there has to be more to it than just schoolboy rivalry. I want to know about all the different ways it could play out. But I would agree with you that Draco is 100% a bottom, and rather insecure about his place in the post-war world.

I don't like reading inter-generational slash. I can think of Snape as a sexual being only with one of his peers. Snarco and Snarry make me feel vaguely uncomfortable. The one exception is some of [info]ravenna_c_tan's work, for which I can believe the characterisation and motivation. I find Sev/Remus or Sev/Lucius believable, and enjoyable. I could also believe a long-established Narcissa/Lucius/Snape trio.

Other things I'll read include twincest (but no inter-generational incest - big squick, that is); occasional femmeslash, mostly involving Pansy; and... that's probably about it. I've read the odd Bill/Neville fic, but I agree with you that Nev's just not gay. He'll meet a nice girl, have a quiet wedding and be a good husband and father, finding joy in the small things in life.

I also have to say that I just can't read het these days. It bores me!
Aug. 25th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Hmmm...

She really sold him short. I mean, why bother having him be the first person his own age he met in Diagon Alley? She could have set it up on the train, but she didn't. And she obviously had no real understanding of what she was writing. I remember hearing her say in an interview once that she's just letting the themes come as they do, and doesn't try for them, but I think this was a case of a theme (redemption) coming to her, and her avoiding it as much as she could. So many chances. Peter, Severus, Draco, hell, any Slytherin in the Great Hall, even. She didn't want to see the good in them, and it burns me up...

As you can see from my list, I rather enjoy inter-generational. I didn't used to, though. It's grown over the years. Snaco was the one that first really worked for me, and the others have come along since. I prefer them to be of-age, though.

Incest seems to be a growing trend for me. I've even written a Pottercest piece, sort of... (wasn't really James) But twincest and Malcest I've written.

Yeah, I'm working on this theory of Slash. Basically, Slash is the most popular because it's something women simply can't experience, so it fascinates us more than Het or Femslash, because those we *can* experience, if we have the desire. If that makes sense.
Aug. 26th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)

Re: Hmmm...

YES! Exactly! I truly thought when I read the first chapter of DH that Draco (and maybe his parents too) was going to take his chance to make things right. And it was all leading up to that. From the tears in Myrtle's bathroom, through the terror of living under Voldemort's scrutiny, to the refusal to identify Harry at the Manor. And he screws all that up in the RoR? I don't think so! It could have been so amazing, and JKR just let it fall by the wayside. I was so angry when I read that part.

I would agree with your Theory of Slash, and add this: If you show a straight man a picture of lesbians, they will most likely perk up (so to speak). Why shouldn't the same principle work for the girls? Twice as much of what you fancy and none of what you don't. Of course, girls tend to be less visually oriented, hence the fic rather than the pics. And I personally look for romance and plot rather than PWPs these days. But I think that's just a sign of maturity in my tastes.
Aug. 25th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
I've never tried this before and I want to know myself. For the record, this is only fanfic, not original fic…

Writing:
Slash
Kingsley Shacklebolt / Gideon Prewett – even though Lee and I have really stopped writing them, we have well over 40 stories. A couple we each wrote on our own, but I think 38 joint stories.

The rest vary from one to four stories

Oliver/Percy, Gideon/Sirius, Remus/Sirius, Rabastan/Regulus, Kingsley/other, Abe/Arthur, James/Regulus, Jack Sparrow/Will Turner (I know, wrong fandom!)

Femslash
McGonagall/Hooch, Ginny/Luna, ofc/ofc with Gideon and Kingsley, Emmeline Vance/Amelia Bones

Poly
Jack Sparrow/Elizabeth Swann/Will Turner, Kingsley/Gideon/Remus/Sirius, Remus/Bill/Gideon, Bill/Kingsley/Fleur, Bill/Remus/Fleur and there's a few more poly stories I can't find at the moment.

Het
Rodolphus/Bella, Molly/Kingsley, Frank/Alice, Kingsley/Tonks, Kingsley/Bella.

Gen
I write very, very little that is below an R rating.

Most of my gen has to do with Gideon Prewett, usually with Fabian, and is in drabble form. I used to write several drabbles for different comms, and those were usually PG13.

Reading:
There's no logic to my reading, it varies by day and mood. I love rare pairs, minor characters, het, slash and poly. I'll read anything that has the Prewetts or Kingsley in it.

Personally, I don't have interest in Harry unless it's H/D or Harry/Hermione/Ron and post Hogwarts and even then, only rarely.

You have started me, very recently, reading Snape and I don't mind him with Regulus, Lucius, Draco, Remus or Sirius, but I don't really buy into any pairing except Draco. I also read a little Lucius/Draco, again, your doing.

I still read Remus/Sirius, but not as often even though they are still the OTP in my mind.
Aug. 26th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
Oliver/Percy, huh? I like those two. Haven't read much of them of late, though...

Hey, whatever your fandom is counts. :D

The Prewett stuff isn't a shock. H/H/R does surprise me a bit, though...
Aug. 26th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
The three of them are so close, extending that to H/H/R doesn't surprise me, and I prefer reading poly to anything. I don't look for it, just like I don't look for H/D. If someone points out a good post-hogwarts story for either pairing, I'll read it.
Sep. 1st, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
I'm slowly discovering why my LJ flist is so quiet *g*. I'm a creature of habits, and it's very hard for me to switch from LJ. But it must be done. RPing in IJ has helped a lot and I know one day I'll feel as comofrtable with it as with LJ.

Anyway, I completely agree with Neville and Ron - not a gay bone in either. I also have to admit I saw Dumbledore as totally straight until we were introduced to Gellert. Then it was obvious to me those two had had something going back in the 1800's.

I started writing S/R and only S/R. Then slowly Kingsley started making an appearance in my fics and then, one day, he started reigning supreme. Nowadays I can't write R/S and much prefer minor characters. Have done Kingsley with a variety of people, slash and het, Charlie (mostly slash, but also with Tonks), Quirrell and himself and even a pairing that's so obscure I must be the only one who'll ever write it - it's still anonymous, but if you're curious, I can tell you by e-mail.

And, as Ceria mentioned, a lot of Kingsley/Gideon, because they were just so much fun to write!

Ah, and there may be a Kingsley/Blaise collab eventually *g*

I really have to update my profile here.
Sep. 1st, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's a bit odd. I'm starting to unfriend people if I know they're posting regularly over here, and most of the newsletters, or people that haven't updated at LJ in a year, but really, my flist seems pretty evenly split at the moment.

S/R, H/D and Sev/Remus seem to be major starting spots. Most people seem to start with at least one of those as their first major pairing, I've noticed. For slash, anyway.

I still remember being blown away by that Kingsley/Bill fic you did. Summersmut, I think? Or was it the Reversathon? So good... :D I'm so glad I asked you to play with us.

Yeees. Kingsley/Blaise! Must be done. :D
Sep. 1st, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
This is me in RP, don't mind him - atually, he's so gorgeous that I doubt anyone would mind...

Reversathon. I adore Reversathon! My favorite exchange.

And I'm very, very happy you did! It's been fun.

We have to find time for it, don't we?
Sep. 1st, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Yes. If life ever slows down... *sighs*

What Character is that? Not HP, I assume?
Sep. 1st, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
No, he's Dee Laytner, one of the two NY detectives from FAKE.

Have you taken a look at [info]seasidecafe? It's an awesome RP, multifandom. I have Dee and Charlie.
Sep. 1st, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Nope. I would, but I can't even keep up with everything I have to do these days, so... :S Glad you're having fun, though.