Thought I’d finally get around to putting something here. What to say?
I loved the Harry Potter books since I first picked them up, they got me into reading instead of just watching the TV all the time.
I didn’t think much of the last too HP books, they seemed a bit off to me. JK set up this whole wonderful universe then just wasted it.
After revealing the prophesy at the end of OotP, I expected the next book to show a Harry that finally pulled his finger out and did something to prepare for the coming fight, a Harry that could stand against Voldemort as his equal. Instead, all we go was the same weak pawn we had in the previous books that made no effort to do or learn anything, instead just lucking his way from one disaster to another.
Anyway, rant over.
I first got into fanfiction while waiting for book 7, a friend gave me a PDF with a story claiming to be a leaked copy. It wasn’t, it was so much better. From then on I was hooked on fanfiction.
Over the last year and a bit, I have gotten into reading Mass Effect and more recently Star Wars fan fiction, as well as still reading Harry Potter.
I didn’t like the way Mass Effect ended, all the time I spent building my character and all the decisions rendered meaningless by a simple ‘pick one of these’ ending, for what it was they could have put it at the beginning of the series and it would have meant just as little.
Kasumi Goto, such a fantastic character wasted and under used. I like pretty much any fic that focuses around Ms Goto.
As for Star Wars, I liked the films but never played any of the games or read the books, so for the most part I don’t have any pre-conceptions about the characters in this universe.
My only real gripe is the polarised view of good and evil, I think the same about magic in the HP verse: the Force/magic is neutral, it’s how you use it that matters.
Yes, people may do bad things, find out they like it and then do more bad things; but if a good person did something bad, they would dislike it and not do it again. I don’t think they would be instantly converted into the devil, which is what seams to be the general consensus between SW and HP, that the ‘dark side’ corrupts. Personally, I think it is just people wanting an excuse; something to blame for what they have done other than themselves.
Unfortunately, I lack the imagination to write a story myself. I do have good spelling and grammar, and being British I can Brit pick for the yanks, so I have offered to beta a few stories.