First of all english is not my first language, so be warned, i may make errors, a lot of them.
The thing i use for my avatar is an Interrobang, Wikipedia is your friend of you want to know more ;-)
I'm italian, living near Milan, born in 1971 (do some math yourself, i will not come here every year just to update my age). I'm a Read Only Member as i can read but forget about writing something. And that it's quite sad as i've got some little ideas in past years. So the only thing that i may offer is the list of my favorites stories.
I can't really say that i don't write at all, i write in c, java, php and some other computer languages, as i'm a programmer 8-). I like my job, in the first years (and sometimes even now) i was wondering why they were paying me to do it!
So, why i'm here ? At the moment (and the moment started in 2005/2) just to read some HP fanfiction.
HP is not my main (fanfic) interest, that surely would be Star Trek but i try to read only a few of them (in the end i got many of them) as i could really lose myself in it if i let me. I also read some NCIS, some Friends and some other random ones too.
For the ships... i'm a natural HP/HG, i don't like at all DM/GW and i don't usually read slash (please warn readers about it beforehand so we could choose). I don't like SS/HG (as 2006/7 that's not true anymore, i liked a few stories about them). Beside that i read quite all ships (even some RW/HG :-) ). For the less known ones i'm quite partial to HP/NT and KB/OW. I follow canon ships in Friends and i like TM/AS in NCIS (hey, i'm a geek myself, i have to!). Ships are a lot like rooting for sport teams, you choose the one you like but remember it is all done just to have some fun, nothing more! About nerd things, the last fictional universe i entered full speed is Bones, wow geekiness at maximum level!
What i'm doing now ? I'm waiting for Half Blood Prince to be published in italian! Yes, we have to wait since 6 January 2006 to grab our own copy! I'm quite angry about that as i don't understand why it was not published in italian back in July (it was published in so many languages, why not italian ? The previous ones sold well here!) and the big news slipped out in summaries and profiles and so i knew them without having read the book. Why i'm waiting it to be published in italian ? First of all i have the other five so i MUST have them all (i was almost going to write 'catch them all' ), second i've chosen to read fanfiction in english and the sacred words of JKR in italian so i can distinguish better what is canon and what is not and, obviously, to understand it better.
Ok, obviously i got my copy of HBP (and, even if it's quite incredible... i waited 4 days after it was published before buying it!). And after all what i have to say about it ? I didn't like it at all! No, not for the ship thing, it was always quite clear how things would go, not for the things that happen in the book, but about how it was written with special regard about the first half of the book. It seemed like as JKR was trying to block everything a fan fiction author could start a story from. Worst of all the six ones.
July 2007 (warning DH spoilers in next lines)
Another year... another book to wait :-) This time i'm not sure i will wait for the italian translation of DH and having it spoiled as HBP. Obviously i have my ideas about who i think will die in it and the first i have is about one (yes only one, is the best worst thing to do) of the twins dieing in an attack in Diagon Alley (not at the wedding, that will be the last moment of peace before hell).
I got Deathly Hollows in english the day after it was published as i could not wait 1/5/2008 (that being the publishing date of the italian translation) and loved it! I had big problems finishing it as i was saddened by it being the last one. It took me 2 month to read it (while i could have done it in less than three days (i have to work, sleep and eat sometimes too!)). Now i'm waiting for the italian translation for other family members who don't know english and to get some of the damned too many wood names right :-) I'll repeat myself it was great (the best with Goblet of Fire) even if it had many loose ends, a couple of illogical things and the epilogue has absolutely the wrong size, too long to be a short one and too short to be a long one. And i was not too wrong about my only prediction about it. ;-)
I've just read about "The Review Lounge" forum and community and as i don't think i can really be faithful to their chapter ... i solemnly swear to review most the fics I read, regardless of the number of reviews, its age, or anything else. So, at least, i support the review revolution. :-)
Another book, another silly note to add here. :-) I've just finished to read Eldest and Brinsingr in a ten days span and i must admit they are way better than the first one, Eragon. Now i can even go read some Inheritance fanfiction without being spoiled (at least untill the fourth book come out in english and not in italian. I like the nature/use of magic in this saga a lot more than the magic in Harry Potter... what Snape said in book 1 about wand waiving and such ? :-) The Inheritance kind of magic make a lot more sense.
A note not about a book but about a movie, the new Star Trek one. I loved it, really loved it. And i think that my "acceptance" of the big changes in the Star Trek universe that this move made to the canon we know and love is mostly due to reading a lot of fanfiction in past years. Without that i think i would have abandoned the theater after a few minute from the beginning. I still have some problem with the Enterprise herself (it seem built by Apple at leas the 'noble decks') and the silly creatures found on the iced planet (the ugliest one has a bad Jar Jar Binks aftertaste).
I've sadly fallen for another fictional universe. :-)
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