Author has written 22 stories for Harry Potter, Cheers, Misc. Books, Fairly OddParents, and Mad Men.
I am 40-something, married with children, and live in Arizona. I love Harry Potter fanfic. My favorite ships include Draco/Ginny (but I'm very specific about their characterizations), Harry/Ginny, and Ron/Hermione.
SO WHO IS SUE BRIDEHEAD?
My pen name is a tribute to a character written by one of my favorite authors, Thomas Hardy. Sue is from 'Jude the Obscure', which was his last novel and in my opinion, his best. If you're old (like me), you may recall him from your high school or college recommended reading as the author of 'Far from the Madding Crowd' and 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles'. Hardy wrote romantic tragedies like no one else.
What I admire about Sue is her refusal to conform to society's rigid standards. Although not married to Jude, she does love him - she even sleeps with him and bears his children, a brazen act in Victorian England - yet she refuses to marry him, calling marriage nothing more than 'a license to love'. Here are a few lines from the film Jude, in which Kate Winslet played her perfectly.
Sue : Why are you looking at me like that?
Jude: Does it scare you?
Sue : No. I am not afraid of any man.
Sue: Because no man would touch a woman unless she gives him reason to. A touch or a look that says come on. If you never look, they'll never come. You are the timid sex.
I also love J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austen (or as my friend Jessica calls her, the queen of 19th-century fluff-!), J.K. Rowling, and Paul Scott. Almost any movie based on the works of these authors gets a 'thumbs up' from me.
If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh
Speak friend and enter. J.R.R. Tolkien
How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd. Alexander Pope
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. Joseph Campbell
I must speak to you by whatever means I can . . I am half agony, half hope. You pierce my soul. Captain Wentworth, Persuasion (1995)
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you. Mortimer J. Adler
In Hollywood, if you are a man and speak your mind openly, you're considered a man in full. But, if you are a woman and do the same, you're nothing but an annoying bitch. Sigourney Weaver
Ferris Bueller: -Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
When you open up your mouth to speak, Could you be a little weak? Do you know...what it feels like for a girl? "What it Feels Like for a Girl", Madonna
Villiany wears many masks, none of which so dangerous as virtue... Ichabod Crane, Sleepy Hollow (1999)
I will love you always. I will love you as my queen, and as the wife of my best friend, and while you live, I will love no other. Lancelot, Excalibur (1981)
So, if you're frightened of dying and...and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth... Louis, Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Forget regret or life is yours to miss...No day but today. RENT by Jonathan Larson
It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot
Every great idea is on the verge of being stupid. Michael Gondry (Director of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind")
I never expect anything, and then I'm always pleasantly surprised. My 19-year-old son