Author has written 40 stories for Mega Man, Avatar: Last Airbender, Tokyo Mew Mew, Shaman King, Sailor Moon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Lord of the Rings, Twilight, and Harry Potter.
Hey, it's me, Wanda Ginny Greenleaf, my faithful readers. (I changed my name in the name of my new favorite literature - Marvel Comics, Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings!) Welcome to my profile.
Hello my dear readers. As you may have guessed by now, I have burned out on basically everything except my new Harry Potter ideas. Feel free to blame Daniel Radcliff and Alan Rickman - its their fault for being so awesome. Once I had one idea they promptly multiplied like mating bunnies, so here I am working away on four stories at once (likely not my most inspired idea, but there it is) Anyway, I'm going to focus on my HP fanfics for some time now since I seem to be out of ideas for my other stuff. I wouldn't say my other fanfics are discontinued - just put on hold (haitus if you will). Please forgive me, but a really bad start to high school basically killed me for a long time, and Harry Potter was what restarted me.
Random Stuff About Me:
I'm a huge bookworm. Currently I'm enjoying Harry Potter, the Mortal Instruments, and 1632, though I've also read Warrior Cats, the GONE series, The Twilight Saga (mostly for snark), and several lesser known series that half of you probably haven't heard of. I've also just started on Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the sequel series Heroes of Olympus, which are also becoming some of my favorite books ever! I'm also a movie buff; anything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe will immediately get me on board; I am an utterly huge fangirl of Tom Hiddleston and Robert Downy Jr, Loki and Tony being my absolute favorite characters with Thor coming in a close second. Also, Buffy the Vampire Slayer kicks ass. I saw the Mortal Instruments movie and I really hope they get enough money to at least make the City of Ashes and City of Glass movies. I'm a loner, I'm definitely socially awkward to a certain extent, I have some weird tastes, I mope sometimes, I hope to write some actual novels after I get out of high school, and I can't wait for high school to be OVER.
I also enjoy comic books, a lot despite the frustrations that pop up occasionally. I'm more of a Marvel Fan then a DC fan mostly thanks to that pointless and cheap reboot that started back in 2011 and the fact that the Marvel Heroes feel a little closer to home then the DC ones. My favorites (a few carrying over from the movies) are Iron Man, the Scarlet Witch, Magneto, Loki, Black Panther, Cyclops, Wolverine, Thor, Superman, Wonder Woman, X-23, Hawkeye, Green Arrow and Captain America just to name a few.
I also enjoy a variety of video games. I'm currently playing through Pokemon X, but other games include the Megaman series as a whole, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, Bejeweled, Big Brain Academy (what? Once you start, it's kind of engaging) Spectrobes and Beyond the Portals, Super Mario Bros, Assassin's Creed, Resident Evil, The Darkness and Prototype. The stuff I enjoy can vary from sweet, fluffy and triumphant to dark, morbid and bleak. I admit I'm not a very deft hand at an X Box controller, but my 3DS is in my hands almost constantly these days.
As you might have gathered, I'm an enthusiastic writer, but my attempts to write my own novels have fallen a bit short these days. It's not that I don't have any ideas - I do - but writing them down is tricky, and an exercise in frustration and patience. Anybody who says writing a book isn't that big a deal has clearly never tried to.
If there's ever a time when there seem to be a longer period of waiting for an update, it's because I'm seriously stressed out over something. When I'm stressed it's impossible to think and I'm just going to apologize ahead of time, because it looks like high school has a lot more in store for me before it's finally finished. Or it means I have a lot of homework, which is also possible given how the year's gone so far.
I'm a tomboy and I love cats. I enjoy some morbid stories, like Elfin Lied or Monster, mostly for the psychology of it. I do enjoy when powers work as metaphors for other things, until it goes overboard. (hi, mutant hysteria, could you go away? Please) I also love comicbooks, but I'm red-hot steaming mad over most, if not all of the executive decisions that DC comics has made ever since they decided to throw away forty years of stories and history for the sake of appearing younger and hipper. This is frankly coming off as a desperation move to up sales to combat the runaway success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Random things that annoy me in fanfics.
Harry/Hermione. It can be executed well in a handful of fics I've seen but most H/Hr fics I read not only demonize Ginny (who I like a lot, as you might have guessed) but pretty much anyone who isn't Hermione, who's suddenly a perfect paragon of goodness goddess in human form while Harry becomes an asshole who treats people badly. It really bugs me for those reasons because those traits make the fanfics unpleasant to read. (gears up for rant mode) I don't get where everyone's getting this whole OMG HERMIONE IS LIKE HARRY'S ONE TRUEST LOVE idea anyway. When they meet, they don't initially get along. Hermione provides support for Harry, that's true, but she never does it with any indication that she has romantic feelings for her. I don't see any of this supposed subtext when they have scenes together, I see one friend helping another. Can a boy not have a platonic friendship with a girl when he's young? Does making your first friend be a female automatically entail romantic feelings? Because if that's so, I'd be dating a boy I met back in Junior Kindergarden. A guy and a girl who meet and share a connection aren't required to have a romantic subplot! In fact, I'm glad JK Rowling didn't make them the official couple. It's just so easy and so cheap and it does a disservice to both of them as characters to force them into something like that! This is such a tired concept, and I think that the mindset of guy who supports me at times = truest love is actually a dangerous assumption to make and can result in an unhappy relationship. Honestly. Sometimes people are just friends, nothing more. And really, I can only see Harry and Hermione as friends, especially considering their characters. Hermione strikes me as someone who's providing a familiar/sisterly love that Harry had been denied as long as he lived with the Dursleys, all through her behavior towards him throughout the series. This kind of love is equally as important as romantic love! They have a bond, but it never reads as that type, and I feel like those who insist otherwise are projecting due to the long-held assumption that the male hero gets the first female he gets to know. Besides, Hermione holds a lot back from Harry at times, and she never really opens up to him about personal issues that she's faced, such as being Petrified or isolation back before she came to Hogwarts, unlike Ginny who talks to Harry about being possessed in book five. And at this point, Harry is an abused orphan who doesn't know what love is like. By the time he finally understands what romantic love is like, he still doesn't develop feelings for Hermione which I think just drives home the point that they're simply not compatible that way. Also, implying that Hermione has to be somehow validated by Harry also leaves a bad taste in my mouth because I don't like the implications of that. Why exactly does Hermione -have- to be Harry's love interest? Hermione is her own person. She's wickedly smart, she knows things a lot of people don't, she learns fast although she is flawed in that she's tunnel visioned and relies too much on what she thinks are hard facts. She's interesting enough in her own right. Why would someone like that need romance to rule what she does? I really hate seeing Hermione get mutilated or turned into a damsel to incite a poorly executed romance with Harry, which is yet another big sticking point I have with this pairing. Most H/Hr stories that I've read make Hermione submissive to Harry. She rarely fights or does much of anything outside of research. A lot of the H/Hr fics I've read love to blather on about how awesome Hermione is but don't let her actually do anything, she's often forced into the role of a helpless damsel, she's nothing but emotional support for Harry with occasional moments in the limelight. And that's just insulting to her as a character. So no, I don't see Harry and Hermione being romantically involved and I won't ship them. (breaths out) I wanted to get all that off my chest.
Bad Grammar. I admit I overlook spelling mistakes sometimes and have to go back and correct them (due to not having a beta), but fanfics where the sentences run on, periods are in weird places and generally looks like it was written by a five year old? Yeah.
De-Powering female characters: I hate it when a strong female character is reduced to the role of 'weeping love interest', especially if it's in the name of making a non-canon ship possible. I hate it even more when she's turned into a 'possessive psychopath' so her love interest has a 'reason' to turn to some other chick. It's a nasty stereotype of female exs, loaded with double standards and leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
Harry in Azkaban Fics: For starters, the premise is a ripoff of Count of Monte Cristo. Secondly, Harry is always a borderline sociopath and becomes unsympathetic fast, almost everyone at Hogwarts is suddenly evil, and they're often badly written.
Evil/Stupid/Slut/Theif Ginny and Molly: I am so. goddamned. sick. of. seeing. this. Really. There are no words for how much these two plot devices drive me me nuts. They might as well create their own cliche one-note villains to fill this little habit. It's a symptom of lazy writing and childishness and it basically spits in the face of the original book, usually for the sake of propping up Hermione as Harry's OMG ONETRUEST LOVE, to which I direct you to the above rant. Ginny used to have a crush on Harry's BWL image. Note the past tense. After the Chamber of Secrets she began to see Harry as just Harry, and grew to have feelings for the boy, not the legend. This is a perfectly natural progression of character. Lots of people complain that we don't get to see any of it, but I think evidence of Ginny's growth is apparent in her attitude in Order of the Phoenix. The supposed 'obviousness' of Harry being drugged with a love potion keyed to Ginny actually doesn't make any goddamned sense in any canon context. Firstly, Ginny is a nice girl. This much is obvious. And yes, it is obvious that she cares about Harry. And by this point it's clear she thinks he's never going to look her way, so she might as well start dating. She has absolutely no incentive to use a love potion on him. Also, to the complaint that they hooked up to fast - it happens in these situations! It's truth in television. They were emotional teenagers who had just discovered their feelings in a time of war - there's a tendency for people to hook up young and fast in those situations. While obviously they're not old enough to do it yet, a lot of young soldiers purpose to their sweethearts or sleep with them before they go off to fight a battle they might not return from. We're given a G-Rated version of that with Harry and Ginny's hookup. Also, the sheer double standard of calling her a slut for having dated Dean and Seamus before she hooked up with Harry - nevermind the fact that Hermione also dated two guys - Victor and Cormac - before moving onto Ron. You don't see her getting slutshamed! Also, Molly Weasley. The treatment of her reeks of classism and projecting. She can be loud, but she's raised seven kids for god's sake, of course she's loud! Molly is never shown to be anything other than caring and loving towards Harry as though he was her own son, so the very idea of her drugging him or stealing his money is laughable.
Overly Helpful Goblins: This plot device has become increasingly common, and somehow the Gringotts goblins are being treated like Tolkien elves, which is starting to wear on me very quickly. (incidentally, this goes for elves in other books too - I'm looking at you, Inheritance Cycle) Somehow, I don't think the Goblins give one whit about human affairs outside of handling their money - it is stated so in canon. So why, exactly, are they suddenly so concerned about people 'betraying Harry'? Yes, they shouldn't be discriminated against but I'm tired of reading fics where they turn Harry into a God Mod Sue or make him super rich or solve half the existing problems is just tedious, makes absolutely no sense and a cheap shortcut. There's no indication in canon anywhere that they have the powers to do things like that. And the idea that they just 'punish' everyone involved...god. the goblins don't operate like that! I don't care if Harry's the last Potter, the bank director wouldn't make a million accommodations for him!
Ancient and Noble House of Potter / Marriage Contracts: For this, my only question is...why? The Seven books were all about pointing out how screwed up and unheroic the 'noble houses' were. Pureblood society was breaking down. Also, what is the point of giving Harry a million houses that he's descended from? Also, Marriage Contracts are a part of this - James defied tradition to marry Lily, why would he create a marriage contract for his son? If I'm going to say something positive about James Potter, it's that he wanted nothing to do with the messed up rules of pureblood society. Having Harry take them up completely backtracks on that and makes it pointless! Plus, this plot device is usually mixed with Evil!Ginny, which I also hate with a boiling passion. Also, something I say about Canon!Harry is that while he has his faults he's perfectly aware that the entire goddamned universe does not revolve around him, which these fics seem to forget! I can see Harry reluctantly taking up Head of Houseship in a gambit to take advantage of a badly-made system to protect as many people as he could and push for new laws, but I've yet to see one of these fics that does that as opposed to stroking Lord!Harry's new ego. And the whole thing reeks of classism - so Harry's better then everyone because he has the right ancestry? Doesn't that undermine the point of the whole book? We're supposed to hate on Lucius and Voldemort for promoting 'pure blood makes right' and then cheer on Harry when he basically says the same thing? Double Standard! Broken Aesop! Also, the utterly disproportionate responses that Lord!Harry dishes out to the people who 'betrayed' him sends him right into Voldemort levels of villainy in some cases, and either way his total lack of remorse for any of it makes him just as disgusting, and it's behavior you'd expect out of Draco Malfoy!
Couples I support
Harry/Ginny (yes I like her a lot! Yes, I think there is actual substance to their relationship! Yes, I think she's an interesting, balanced character! Yes, I think they work well together! This is my favorite HP pairing, she doesn't deserve the demonization she gets so often!)
Harry/Luna (I like their interaction and I think they could have been something more if Ginny had never been interested in him. I don't like that in the Epilogue Luna gets shoved off on some guy who never appeared in the series instead of someone we see her interact with)
Harry/Daphne and/or Astoria (I enjoy the concept and the fact that it's a handy way to show some actual heroic Slytherins [Snape doesn't count because he's complicated] also the fics I've read with this are a lot of fun.)
Hermone/OC (frankly as I mentioned above I don't think most of the HP guys that we meet are the right kind of guy for Hermione in the first place, so this is the happy alternative)
Lavander/Pavarti (this idea walked into my head when I read about how close they were, coupled with the fact that by the end it kind of feels like all the main characters are paired up in heterosexual rows, so its interesting for the characters and a deviation from the norm)
Jean Grey/Wolverine (Marvel, I like Cyclopes, but I don't like what you've done with him recently, especially in Avengers vs X Men. Besides, I always wanted to see this dynamic)
Nightcrawler/Scarlet Witch (It's really cute. I don't mind Wanda with the Vision but Wolverine and the X Men made this one really appealing for me.)
Peter Parker/Mary Jane Watson (Joe Quesada, there is no curse on Elfish, Entish or the tongues of men in any universe that could sum up how much I hate you for One More Day. Peter and MJ belong together. End of Story. No creator's pet that you could ever dream up would be better for Peter then Mary Jane. They're perfect for each other, and I never say that lightly)
Steve Rogers/Sharon Carter (I really do adore Sharon's character, especially when she's with Steve. The two of them are good together, even with the baggage of her being related to Peggy)
Tony Stark/Pepper Potts (the dialogue between these two whenever they're on screen together is hilarious, honestly, and Pepper is really fun to watch on screen. I wish Iron Man 3 had given her a suit instead of totally wasting a perfectly good character in Tony's antagonist)
Thor/Jane Foster (I think Jane gets a bad reputation, she's not nearly as flat or irritating as many female supportive characters have been in her position. Besides, their interactions are so cute!)
Loki/Tony Stark (okay fine, this idea stole its way into my head, and now it won't leave me alone. Even just a platonic relationship between these two is as plausible as it is hilarious and interesting [provided Loki's sane at the time] and I'm working on an alternate universe where Tony was born a girl [among other things] and they hit it off quite well [snickers])
Zero/Iris (I wish she hadn't died :( )
Jace/Clary (I love Jace so much!)
Alec/Magnus (Cassandra Clare wounded me when they broke up in CoLS)
Remus/Tonks (Remus deserves happiness! And I love Tonks!)
Sirius/OC (as long as said OC is interesting and their own character. The Dangerverse is a good example of someone doing this well. Poor Sirius could use something uplifting after years in Azkaban)
Severus/Lily (I love The Moment It Began, and it's also good as a posthumours tragedy. Poor Snape)
Buffy Summers/Angel (again, Joss Whedon wounded me with the Angelus debackle! Why the hell did he feel the need to stove Riley in our face as a replacement? That guy's boring as bricks and doesn't hold a candle to Angel's character [or Spike's for that matter, but I don't have particularly good memories of the way his and Buffy's 'relationship' was written. season seven didn't have the strongest writing in my opinion])
Willow/Tara (again. Joss Whedon, why do you have to kill every character I love? T_T)
Xander/Anya (hilarious and sweet, also totalled by canon. ugh.)
Aragon/Arwen (this is literally one of the first romances I ever saw on TV as a little girl, and it stuck with me)
Legolas/OC ([falls on knees] I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry! I KNOW this is a subgenre full of Mary Sues but if there was at least one partially interesting one I will go and read it! I can't help it! I love Legolas so much!)
Superman/Lois Lane: (for the love of god DC just get these two back together, I don't see him with Wonder Woman at all. How'd you even come up with that idea? Seriously!)
Hermione/Tony (I would like to see someone experiment with this idea, because I thought about the similarities and the differences between their characters and if done right I think it has the potential to be quite interesting)
Loki/Harry (oh, like Harry's 'saving people thing' isn't going to kick in when he [she if your writing fem!Harry] meets someone like Loki. It would be just what the prince needs.)
Boromir/Andromeda Tonks (Nimbus Llewelyn's excellent series of fics starting with 'The Wizard in the Shadows' brought this up in Snippets, and after a little while I became a shipper. Seriously, check the guy out. He's witty, clever and pretty cool)
Clint Barton/Dinah Lance (feel free to blame JLA/Avengers for making me ship this one in alternate universes. Given that Clint's pretty much the only person who's ever been a member of the JLA and the Avengers, I think it works out nicely. For what its worth, I think Clint and Oliver could have an awesome bromance under better circumstances as well)
Some Thoughts on Harry Potter
Hermione Granger: Now, here's something I want to get out of the way. I like Hermione. I like her a lot. What I don't like is Fandom!Hermione, this idea that Hermione is the most perfect person to grace the face of the earth and that the entire universe revolves around her. This really falls flat because anyone who isn't reading the books through goggles knows that Hermione is a very flawed individual - perhaps even moreso then Harry. Things aren't easy for her, and she can make wrong assumptions. She relies to much on the word of people in authority or in what she's read in a book; she's not prepared to make a leap of faith or trust something that seems impossible or out there. She's not ready to take chances unless she's sure of statistics. It's her struggles that make her fascinating. Taking away her flaws just leaves her as a husk - a husk to be paraded around by Harry or Draco or whoever she's being paired with. That's not who Hermione is. I admit that I don't ship Hermione/Ron. In fact, I'm not entirely certain I really want to ship Hermione with any of the characters we've gotten to know. It just doesn't feel right with her temperament. I think that Hermione needs more experiences before she settles down. She needs to work through more of her flaws and turn them around. I admit I don't think that Ron is good for her. But I don't think Harry is right for her either. Hermione isn't required to have a romance. I think she'd want one eventually, but only with more character development then I think Rowling gave her. That's a problem with Hermione. Out of all the characters (besides background ones) she changes the least out of everyone that we see. She needs the kind of dramatic change that Harry or Neville went through, not remain static. I think that someone as intelligent as Hermione Granger should have evolved into a chessmaster in her own right - possibly even surpassing the impossibly controlling Dumbledore. She has the information, but she doesn't know how to apply it to different situations; learning to do that would have made her more badass then ever. But alas, no such change occurs. Its like after seven hellish years Hermione is still the same girl we met on the platform when she was eleven.
Her worship of authority figures is something that frustrates me about her character, particularly of Dumbledore though she's hardly alone at that, (I'll get to him later) It also bugs me that Hermione seems to suffer no long - term psychological repercussions over the fact that Bellatrix quite brutally tortures her in the last book. If we're going to show a realistic war, we should show realistic consequences thereof, which is something I don't think the Deathly Hallows does very well (among a few other things). Hermione should have come out of that with PTSD and a fear of being touched, but she just seems to forget about it after a chapter. Which kind of makes the torture scene seem tactless.
Ginny Weasley: Yes, I love her. Yes, she is a good character despite what the more militant H/Hr shippers seem to think. Especially when you realize there are other ways to read her character post Chamber of Secrets that could potentially make her even more interesting then Hermione. (specifically, one angle that I'm thinking about for a later fanfic, is that after the Chamber Ginny becomes a Death Seeker). She's feisty, fiery, powerful, and from the sounds of it a good leader in her own right. Yes, she will be in many of my stories. Yes, I think they're substance to her and Harry's relationship that goes beyond her original crush on the legend. I will defend her from bashing - don't expect me to engage in that. Don't like that? The door's that way. Fair warning.
Ron Weasley: Good, bad, I admit I don't really notice. Ron just never grabbed me very much as a character, I don't know why. He was always...kind of there, if you know what I mean, like some sort of required third wheel. He just seemed kind of bland to me, which might have made his more negative traits stick out more. I have certain reasons why I don't think he's good for Hermione, but for the most part he'll be in the background of my stories.
The Half Blood Prince: It's my understanding that a good load of fans don't like this book. And to be honest...I don't get it. Well, aside from the fact that it sinks a lot of pet ships, I think HBP has a genuine plot line, the romance on the side just feels more pronounced because it wasn't mentioned as much in the preceding books. And the ending really got to me when I first read the book. There's an ambiguity to it that impresses me, and though several of the plot devices could have been addressed more thoroughly (love potions) or given more prominence (the horcrucxes...why didn't we get hints of these before?) I still think it delivers on what it promised. There are a few things I don't like, including Blaise's apparent personality (see below for that) but I don't think it's quite as bad as people treat it.
The Deathly Hallows: I liked this when I first read it. But after I came back to it several times, I realized that there were more things that I didn't like, though they're different things then most, it seems. Firstly, the biggest one of my complaints...the way Harry has to walk into the forest and die. What defeats Voldemort? Courage, justice, honor or a noble sacrifice in battle? No. A glorified suicide. That's all it is. And that leaves me feeling kind of sick inside because I don't see how Harry committing suicide was supposed to save everyone. That and the way his parents seem to encourage it doesn't seem heartwarming. It's creepy! Harry is implied to have great power, but that's tossed aside to have him just walk into Voldie's wand and expect that to solve everything. That's not how dictators work, it feels unsatisfactory regarding Harry as a character and just exists to deliver a handfisted message about Death - one that I think the books would be better without. Voldemort is better as a power-hungry tyrant - not as some whimpering coward who's done everything not out of bigotry or sadism but because he's afraid of dying. Really? That's the guy we've been afraid of for the last six books? That just defangs him. Granted Voldemort was never the most intelligent big bad out there but at least his raw cruelty was threatening! Also, the Deathly Hallows themselves seem kind of forced into the narrative at the last minute (to the point where I can't help but wonder if they were in the original draft of the book) and I really don't get their purpose in the overall story arc.
My next complaint is that the first part of the book makes dramatic deaths for characters we've hardly seen, but later in the pointless bloodbath several beloved characters are killed off screen and barely warrant so much as a mention. That's insulting to the characters we've come to love and is part of the aforementioned handfisted death message. One death is a tragedy, two deaths is a nightmare, but thirty-two where you could have five just crosses the line twice into a twisted comedy. These guys deserve better then that. Especially Colin, Remus and Tonks. There was no point to that boodbath at the end - it stopped being dramatic after the first ten names and started becoming ridiculous. It read like someone was saying, "oooh, gotta remember that was is senseless and brutal - okay, who gets the axe?" You'd think that Remus would at least deserve a death scene, or that Harry would have at least one father figure left alive. (that and I don't like the scene where he's run away from Tonks because he thinks the baby might be a werewolf - really, it just feels shoved in at the last moment and could be removed and it would be better for the character) And like I said above, if killing all these people is a 'realistic' war, then there should be realistic consequences! Like us seeing George be forever traumatized, or seeing Teddy calling for his mother when someone opens the door to give Andromeda the news, or the PTSD and emotional hell Harry must be going through after loosing one of the only people he has that was close to a father. But nope! None of that, it's given five pages and then he moves on. At least Sirius's death gave Harry some visible trauma afterwards!
Dumbledore: Ah, Dumbledore. I don't like you very much, I confess. You can't be both the Infallible Chessmaster and a flawed human being, and yet I can't remember a single instance in the books where you made a serious misjudgment (outside of Sirius's death, and really, his apology for that made no goddamned sense to me either) regarding anything. Really? So the Great Albus Dumbledore is literally never wrong? For the love of god. It also bothers me because of your sit-and-do-nothing-until-the-last-dying-second policy, which is really inapplicable in any similar situation but only works because Voldemort has the mentality of a six year old. I admit I'm harder on you then Snape because you get no criticism from any in-universe character, despite being just if not more damaging of your students in the way you handle them. I can't help but wonder if you were very kind to Harry over the years to ease your conscious of the fact that you were preparing him to die.
Side Characters: There are so many side characters that have the potential to be interesting and likeable and they're just ignored! How about some sympathetic Slytherins - Daphne, Blaise, Tracy? How about a few Hufflepuffs who are actually loyal - Susan Bones? How about the Patil Twins? We don't see much of them either, and whenever we see Pavarti she's portrayed as 'flighty' and not one to think very deeply. I understand that there's a lot of plot that Rowling had to get through, but couldn't she have applied these characters (and others) to that plot? Otherwise why bring them up? There's a girl named Sally-Anne Perks who's literally given a name in the first book, and is never mentioned or heard from again. What? What happened? Did she transfer? Get kidnapped? Die? We never know. Apparently Hogwarts has the capacity to hold up to a thousand students, but I can only remember a handful that Harry defines to us in the story. And I might as well bring up what everyone else has - bringing in a few more dynamic (ie not evil or bigoted) Slytherins would make the overall tolerance message and the fact that things aren't as black and white as they seem come through much more clearly. I don't buy the idea that Slytherins are all bigots or blood purists. In fact, the few Slytherins we know (hi, Malfoy) don't act intelligent or cunning in the least. They're more like Gryffindors then anything with their utter lack of self control.
Albus Severus Potter: ...really, Harry? What did that poor kid do to you and Ginny to deserve to be named that? Also, I thought that by the end of the last book Harry had learned to stop living in the past. Evidently not.
James. Potter. Rowling, you wrote him as a Draco Malfoy with black hair. Am I supposed to find that sympathetic? The only images of him that we get are him being a bullying Gryffindor version of Draco Malfoy, and no one...and I mean no one has ever truly called him out on that bullshit. He is bloody venerated by everyone except Snape. God forbid the man be a little bitter over the fact that someone who made his life a living hell got everything he wanted handed on a goddamned silver platter and no one has ever called him how cruel and dehumanizing his 'pranks' were. Sure, Lily did it for a while, but then she succumbed to the 'everyone must love James Potter' aura the guy apparent generates and marries him despite it being perfectly clear he was just driving her away from her best friend. We've condemned Draco Malfoy for six books Rowling, why wouldn't we condemn someone who acted the same way, Harry's dad or not? And his head magically deflated later in time to hook up with the girl he deliberately drove away from her best friend? No! No! It does not work like that! As a sibling of someone who was ruthlessly bullied unless I see some actual repentance and understanding that he was wrong to do those things from that asshole, he will be nothing but a bitter taste in my mouth. I've seen what bullying is like, and nothing's worse then a bully getting away with no real consequences. Also, James wasn't a head auror. He was unemployed. Rowling said so. He just lived off his parents money. Hmph. I won't just accept that he 'got nicer', I want to see it. Otherwise, I can't read his passages without getting really angry.
Comic Books, Marvel and DC - Things that Bother Me
Marriage: Why can't anyone stay married? This is really starting to get under my skin especially since DC has just arbitrarily decided to cancel the wedding of Batwoman to her girlfriend. I can't decide whether the writers are just lazy beyond belief because they can't come up with interesting plots that include married couples, or insulting that they believe that everyone who reads their comics are a bunch of singles who don't have any idea what a happy loving relationship looks like! They keep saying that the fans won't be interested in married characters because apparently that ages them fifty years or something. Except that people were furious when they keep breaking up relationships that have already been established, exhibit A? Spiderman and Mary-Jane! They had been married for twenty years real time and both characters were still perfectly interesting! Maybe we want to see characters continue to grow as they move into different stages in their lives, because it opens up a path for new stories to be told. I keep feeling like the executives don't want our icons getting married because they want to be able to fall back on the same generic plots they wore through twenty years ago that everyone's already gotten tired of seeing but reads anyway because that's what they've gotten used to seeing! Getting married doesn't destroy or age a character, it moves them into a different part of their lives where they will bear different responsibilities and have different freedoms! So no! I don't like that they broke up Barry Allen and Iris or Lois Lane and Superman! (and pairing him with Wonder Woman makes no goddamned sense to me either, it just feels like pandering to the vocal minority of the base that rabidly ships it) I want my favorite characters to get married, and I'm the one buying the comics!
Editorial Mandated Stories: Listen closely, editors. You are not writers. You cannot keep interfering with the guys penning the stories if you want to keep up good quality work! I haven't read an editorially mandated story that I haven't hated. (Civil War, Avengers vs X Men, the DC Reboot as a whole) Because Editors aren't story tellers, and they should just leave the storytelling to the writers!
The Many Returns of the Joker: Again. I don't know if the writer's are simply too lazy to come up with new villains for Batman to face (or up the ante with the many interesting ones that he already has) or if they're far too attached to their little pets to want to let them go, but the Joker is beginning to wear on me. Don't get me wrong, the Joker is a good character...at first. But when you keep watching him get away with horrible crime after horrible crime you have to wonder why that idiot bat won't just make an exception and off the bastard, because there's no way Arkham Asylum can hold him for over five hours, and the people who keep suffering are the citizens who end up mutilated, murdered and have other horrible things happen to them! Now whenever I see the Joker in a comic book I just get angry, and not in a good way. And I freely admit - when the public started seeing the Joker as a sympathetic murderer in the Reboot, I ragequit Batman. If that's Gotham's perspective, they can save their own asses.
Women In Refrigerators: There's a lot of controversy swimming around comics over their portrayal of women, and I agree with a lot of it, because female superheroes are greatly outnumbered by their male counterparts. They're also often the first ones to get depowered, captured, stuffed in a fridge or have other horrible things happen to them...because they're women, (and often despite how genuinely powerful they really are) and the men have to come in and save them. This isn't the forties anymore, damn it! I thought we had gotten past this!
One More Day: The very existence of this thing enrages me beyond anything else. It was a brutal assassination of Peter's character; Peter never would have done what he does at the end with Mephisto if he were his actual self. This is one man forcing his fan fiction on the rest of us as Company Canon. I hate that he split Peter and MJ up and I really hate that stupid Sue he introduced as her replacement. (Carlie Cooper sucks)
The Megaman Timeline - a bit more streamlined, Capcom? Please?
Maybe it's just the runaway thoughts of a young writer, but can't someone please fill in the giant gaps in the history of Megaman? There are dark holes between Megaman Classic and X, X and Zero, and Zero and ZX...and apparently some pretty awesome stuff went down in those time periods! Except we don't get to see any of it! Come on, and anime adaptation of the Elf Wars is something I'd pay good money to see! What happened when X was first woken from his dark slumber. Had the Maverick Hunters existed before that? Did Zero wake up before he did? And how the ever-living hell did humanity finally manage to pull itself out of the wreck it had been in the last three hundred years to form the mostly-functional and happy society of ZX? There are so many questions we aren't given answers to! I want to see all of this stuff! It sounds really interesting!
Aside from Ashe and Aile, there aren't a lot of female fighters in Megaman. I mean, there's Roll (for laughs) and Iris (for tears), but that's a pretty low number. But then again, Megaman always had a small cast and I do love X, Zero and Axl, so this doesn't bother me all that much.
How the ever-living hell did someone invent a machine god? Even Sigma didn't do as much damage to the world as Omega did! Even the Oroboris didn't pull this kind of crap! I want to know more about this machine maniac!
I love Pokemon! Currently I'm playing through Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness for the millionth time, but these games are so addictive I can't help it! I finally figured out how to get a Glaceon too. My current line up in Pokemon Y is Greninja, Lucario, Jolteon, Absol, Charizard, and Glaceon (very useful against dragons!) I have planned novelizations for FireRed, SoulSilver, Emerald, Diamond, Black, and Y, after which the protagonists of all will meet at a special tournament. It allows me to expand on and weave together the mythos and various legendaries into a (mostly) streamlined story, and allows all my handpicked teams to face off against each other.
I...am neutral on the Pokemon Anime. I think it's good, but it suffers from the fact that Ash a) isn't allowed to get any older, b) isn't allowed to win any of the championships, c) none of the older friends (Misty and May) appear again, d) Paul doesn't get suitably destroyed for bullying his Chimchar and e) doesn't have a darker tone after all these seasons. Personally, I prefer the Pokemon Special manga.
Out of all the Pokemon games, my favorites are the Mystery Dungeon ones. I was pretty sad when in Gates to Infinity they took away the interview at the beginning, shortened the number of Pokemon to choose from and didn't have any female choices. I think the best one is Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky, but I do think Red/Blue Rescue Team gets overlooked in retrospect. They're both pretty epic and both have some emotional moments.
My journey into this franchise, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Lunar Army, unfortunately has to wait until I've finished at least one of the Harry Potter stories I'm juggling currently. It will include the Kalos Pokemon/Legendaries, and it will differ from the original formula in ways I don't want to give away. The biggest initial change will be that evolution aren't restricted until after the first story, but I'll get into why when I put up the first chapter.
The Boy Who Could Not Die: When he survived the violent car crash that killed Vernon and Dudley Dursley, Harry found out something interesting about himself. He's a living Horcrux - unless someone thinks to run him through with the sword of Gryffindor, he cannot suffer injury, and he cannot die. He proceeds to abuse the hell out of this. A lot. Black comedy, Harry/Ginny later in the story.
Gravity: Callida Potter was seven the first time she heard the voice of her magic. It was also the first time she destroyed everything around her, grinding it into dust. No matter where she went, there was fear and panic, and the destruction would follow her. Then an old man finds her, and tells her that there's a place where she can be safe. He's lying. Will Callida call this new world home? Or will she crush it into the earth? Because the Power He Knows Not isn't love. It's Gravity. fem!Potter, magical Dudley, Callida/Blaise, others to be decided
God, Not this Again!: You know the drill. Harry in the future has some sort of magical experience that sends him back to his younger body. Whoopdi-do. Most people only get stuck doing one day over and over, but no, he has to do seven years over and over. No, he's not having the greatest time - an army of Death Eaters and monsters just stormed the Ministry, Voldemort has a habit of creating a magical black hole whenever he's defeated because he's a really sore looser, and everyone died. And he didn't count on some other students joining him to either join in on the madness or try to obstruct him. But this time Harry's going to do this right if it kills him. Which it will. Repeatedly. Black comedy, dark parody of the peggy sue storyline, likely Harry/Ginny, some Harry/Daphne and Hermione/Luna.
Life Sucks Then You Die: Hermione spent six months petrified. Bad. She wakes up to find one friend dead, the other deteriorating before her eyes and a Dark Lord with multiple bodies walking around. Also bad. Get caught up in a war where she has a target painted on her, being accused of wrongdoings for trying to protect her parents, and watching her world burn around her? Hermione Granger hated her life. Alternate Universe, proactive/badass Hermione, younger-than-canon Ginny, no pairings.
Coming Winter: After his name comes out of the Goblet, Harry meets the mysterious, haunting scion to the Moon family in the halls. Lilith Moon challenges him with a single question: "have you ever seen a real war? Countries reduced to ruin? Thousands of people dead? Your loved ones, gone? A real war is only won by real power." Possibly against his better judgement, Harry sneaks out of the school to learn an old family secret from Lilith's isolated family. Will this be a mistake? Will he be able to control the power of Winter? Harry/Lilith, huge cast, dark, powerful/unbalanced Harry.
One Person's Compassion: Harry met a young witch on his tenth birthday, convincing her not to jump off a bridge. She tells him that there are a dozen people who want him dead. They give each other the kindness no one else shows them and change the future of the war. Harry/Hestia Carrow
The Art of War: Inspired heavily by Red Dawn and its remake. Harry, Ron and Hermione realize after Harry's trial in fifth year that they're going to have to save lives on their own - because no one else will. They create an inner circle and begin recruiting any student with strong gorilla fighter skills - assassins, spies, manipulators, ticking time bombs. Will this give Harry the opening he needs to defeat the Dark Lord? Will the students keep their humanity? Huge cast, many pairings, some slash and femslash involved, character death, will be rated M for violence, child soldiers and some suggestive content.
Arsenal: Hermione is dedicated to learning every spell she can. Every. Spell. She starts going into combat magic when she discovers a few things that might be able to help her in a war. Exactly what this new array of spells entails...that's another kettle of fish. Chessmaster Hermione.
Across the Universe: Harry is put in a coma by the events of the Department of Ministries. Inexplicably, the next morning there's a magical event, and two dark-haired children calling themselves Harry and Callida Potter appear on Hermione's doorstep. The result? Bouncing between dimensions to find a will and a way to save their own world - and maybe the universe while they're at it. Harry/Ginny, alt!Harry/Susan, Callida/Luna
Gone: Lily Luna Potter was just about to finish her first year at Hogwarts. She had had a rather emotional outburst at her father when he came to visit the school. Right when she was supposed to come home, she vanished. As the DMLE starts investigating, they find bottles containing Lily's memories - memories that become increasingly disjointed and strange as the trail leads on, lead by a frantic Harry. Is this the work of a twisted kidnapper, or is it something more sinister? Can Lily be found before it's too late? Dark, thriller, post-Hogwarts.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Lunar Army: Order has been lost, and the world is being torn between life and death. Chaos reigns as two armies, Solar and Lunar, fight for control over their crumbling land. At the height of this imbalance, an Eevee wakes up in a snowy cavern, remembering nothing but her name and the fact that she was once human. Dark, epic, violence, interspecies ship, T-M rating.
Worth Dying For: Clary Fray loves Jace Lightwood more then she could ever say, even if he just doesn't get it. But Valentine's summoning of the demon Azazel and his power and army forces her to use her powers to make a great sacrifice. Trapped in the seventh ring of hell, with demons chasing her for the life still in her body, Clary needs to stay sane and alive, and do what had been considered impossible since the day of Orpheus – push back, fight forward, and pray for success as she forces her away past the monsters surrounding her to return to the world of the living, and the boy she loved. Clary never did give up easily. Dark, some blood and gore, likely M rating
Save Me: Carrie Potter figures that she's probably done enough world-saving to last her the rest of her life. Its caused her enough pain for now. But then Loki lands in her backyard after falling from the Bifrost and she ends up making an exception. Again. Naturally. What she wasn't expecting was for, in the end, him to be the one to save her from herself. Carrie/Loki. fem!Harry, ignores Dark World, alternate Avengers.
Jaded Perspective: Echoes of the Soul: Loki's fall from the Bifrost yields unexpected results - he wakes up, alive, in the body of a mortal boy named Harry Potter. Harry hadn't been having the nicest summer when he found himself waking up in the teenaged body of a norse god. Loki attempts to navigate Harry's world with whatever tenuous grip on sanity he has left, while Harry has to figure out how to use the god's bigger magic reserves to switch them back. Of course, this is Harry we're talking about - things are never that simple for the boy who lived. Fourth year fic, alternate universe, multiple pairings, OCs, ascended extras, epic scope, start of a series.
Olympus Mons: Serena is the well-loved Champion of the Kalos region who was sent to handle some abused pokemon. However, Yvetel and Zgarde give her a change of plans when she ends up in another world where she is the only pokemon trainer. Now she has to track down the rampaging pokemon before they cause too much damage, and figure out why Yvetel seems so adverse to a man in black who's following her everywhere. Pokemon/Agents of SHIELD crossover. Serena/Calem. Violent.
Iron Maiden: Talia Stark. Beautiful technological genius and heir to Stark Industries, party girl extraordinary, was kidnapped during a weapon's demonstration and held captive for two gruelling weeks. Talia, life changed by the traumatic experience, returns home with a startling declaration – she would no longer make weapons for international warfare. But what she didn't say was that she would still make armour. Power amour, to be exact. dark, female Tony, future FrostIron, alternate universe
Cross Dimension: Tony and Bruce were having a normal day - until some weird accident knocks them both unconscious. When they wake up, they find themselves in...New York, USA? But hang on - what the hell? Is Loki on the Avengers? Iron Man's a girl? The Avengers are lead by the Winter Soldier? Is that Thor attacking the city? What the ever-living hell is going on? Alternate Universe, humor, action, violence
Light 'em Up: Tony and Bruce return to their 'vacation' in the Mirror Universe to find their Avenger's teammates have gone missing around the same time they did. So they have to prepare for Thanos's more-likely-now-then-later invasion plan on their own. First order of business - break their Loki off his marionette strings and enlist his help. They'll also have to moballize SHIELD to be ready for this threat, despite Fury and the World Security Counsel nearly screwing them over during the last invasion. Can they hold the line without their teammates? Can they rely on Loki, or are they setting themselves up for a backstab? Alternate Universe, darkish, redemption promotion.
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