Author has written 15 stories for Harry Potter, and Song of the Lioness.
Name: A name
Location: Buried in books
Mental state: Not quite sure
Birth Century: The 20th! Though my friend thinks it was more like the 18th.
Always wanted to: After the zipcode on an address, add America, the Earth, the Milky Way, the Universe
Favorite series: Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, 39 Clues, Narnia, Heroes of Olympus (and all the others)
Favorite authors: Tamora Pierce, Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, L. Frank Baum, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Gail Carson Levine, Shannon Hale, Lois Lowry, Magaret Peterson Haddix
Favorite genres: Parody, Humor, Adventure, Family, Friendship, Fantasy
Worst habit: Reads way too much!
Will read: Anything with words on it in a language I understand
Languages: English, Mandarin, French (a little), Basic (Visual, True, and Quick), Violin, Computer (It beeps when it wants to be charged!)
Pottermore House: Gryffindor
Pottermore username: silverice30505
Can't: Write or draw anything too different from me, or vice versa. So you can tell a lot about me from my style. *Shudders*
Stance on plagarism: The highest compliment anyone can give! I'd just like to know if I'm being given the compliment.
Stance on reviewing: Do it! No matter how far in the future. I always try to visit the profile of my reviewers. Personally, I always review fics that I like, especially if I favorite them.
Misses: Playing outside until dark, playing Concentration and Lemonade to relieve boredom, etc. Nowadays everyone just plays on their computer or phone.
Interests: Figuring out how stuff words why people do things.
On feminism: It is so incredibly annoying when people say feminism has gone to far and cite something like the fact that boys have to ask girls out, are expected to give presents, have all the responsiblity, are told they should be working harder if they don't succeed at something (apparently this is treating them like they're stupid), etc. That's the outcome of a patriachial society, not the feminist movement. Girls (we aren't even talking about women) have it hard enough. Forgetting everything else, they have periods every month from puberty to menopause. They have, more than boys, social pressure to be attractive (and more often in unhealthy ways), which is interesting because in nature, it seems to generally be the males that try to show off with feathers or antlers or anything. In many countries, they are devalued, even aborted. They watch male heroes and male villans with girls usually only as sidekicks and almost always with a love interest. They face the expectation that they won't preform as well as boys in most fields. And then, on top of that, they face any quality generally attributed to females as being generally disparaged. Take nagging, for instance. Along with gossip and talking too much or too quickly, it's one of female's most heinous crimes. "Wear your coat, it's cold outside," "Don't drink that, it isn't healthy," etc. But wait - doesn't it usually happen to usually be right, if not very effective? And sure, it's annoying, but so is immaturity, which doesn't get you painted as a hag or something similar. The worst is when people say something like "Oh, but now women don't have to hide their bodies! How freeing!" except not always in so many words. Yes, instead of pressure to hide every inch of skin, females now have pressure to show every inch of skin. Does it matter? Either way it's their worth as a sexual object that's being emphasized.
Yes, I'm a feminist (or equalist, they're really the same thing, which is incredibly annoying as the word 'feminist' from a linguistic standpoint implies seeking female superiority). Have you noticed?
Behind the magic: Electricity and Magic are incompatible. Magic is like anti-Electricity, except a little different in some ways. Like we have electricity powering our brains, wizards have magic. The incantations of spells are calculated based on what they do. Certain effects of magic are tied to different parts of the brain - the magical brain, which is structure differently from ours. These parts, in turn, send messages to the mouth to say different combinations of letters. When the signal is sent down the neurons, if the person concentrates on preforming magic as well, more magic rides those neurons, out of the brain, and split up to hurtle down the wand. The wand understands the intent and drew on whatever magic was available (generally the wizard’s) to make it happen. This is why Arithmancers (and Hermione) generally became very annoyed when people use Latin to make up spells. In Roman times, wizards and Muggles coexisted (albeit unequally - legends of gods had come from somewhere, after all) and Latin had been taken from spells and edited, not the other way around. Oh, and untrained magic drives people insane. The girls who started the Salem Witch Trials were actually witches, driven insane by their magic.
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I, UniquelyMi, have challenged myself. I am proud to be part of the Harry Potter Fanfiction Challenges Community.
Harry Potter (and general Fanfiction) Pet Peeves
1. Harry/Draco - Really? Really? Enough said.
2. Hermione/Draco - Hermione and Draco hate each other. Period. As a follow-up to canon, Hermione/Draco is something that will not happen. And even worse, when Hermione is forced to marry him and comes around because of that. Hermione is an extremely stubborn girl by the end of canon who would do anything to achieve her goals, in case you haven't noticed. Just look at SPEW.
3. Harry has a super powerful magical core - I'm fine with this if there's a reason, like he had to fight the horcrux his whole life which increased his magical core, but why do people insist on making Harry born a super powerful person? True, Harry has a lot of potential, and when he works really hard he can do things that are supposedly impossible, but that does not mean if he works hard enough he'll be a phoenix animagus. Please, if you're going to do that, give a legitamite reason other than "super powerful people can". There are so many choices; Harry's experiences, Harry's temper, etc. Is intelligence or strength handed over on a silver platter? Nature vs. nuture.
4. Ginny is a whore or Ron only cares about money - I really don't like these. Well-written ones - well, you can give me anything well-written and I'll be fine. Granted, these are usually not well-written. Usually when these fanfics happen, it's because the author focused on a few, negative character traits and blew them out of proportion. That doesn't make good writing. Ron being jealous is a natural reaction that he spends a lot of time fighting. If now and then he shows it, there's no need to beat him up about it unless maybe because your plot won't work without it. (Speaking of which, I think people forget that Ron clearly felt betrayed during the Goblet incident. Not that he wasn't being a jealous prat.) And Ginny, believe it or not, had a crush on a famous boy. Considering the number of shirts out there that say things like "Mrs. Harry Styles", you can't really blame her for that without blaming half of our world. Just because Ginny's dreams actually did come true doesn't mean we have to kill her verbally for it. Of course, fanfiction is mostly the writer's interpretion of J.K. Rowling's characters (one reason why I don't like the movies; they're basically fanfiction in movie form), so I can't blame you if that's really how you see them, even if I will scream at you mentally for not having the same interpretion of all the characters as I did.
5. Harry/Hermione - I can take some of this, but really, Harry and Hermione are too similar (in my opinion!) to get together. So many people will talk about how Ginny looks too much like Lily for Harry to be attracted to her (which sounds too similar to the "you two both have black hair, so you're probably related" point of view I face far too often). Does nobody think that Hermione acts too similar to Lily for Harry to be attracted to her? Many fanfics cite how "true lovers" can use each other's wands. There is no evidence for this in canon. However, there is evidence that similar people would be chosen by similar wands, which would possibly make it easier to use the wand of someone similar to you. Besides, it is, believe it or not, possible for two people to support each other extremely well without them getting married.
6. Muggle good, Wizard bad, or vice versa - It seems pretty clear that the Wizarding world, when it isn't exactly the same, is a reflection of ours. I say racism, they say blood purity. I say logic, they say magic. I say corruption, they do too. (As wizards reputedly don't have an ounce of logic, I can take that one). I've seen the Muggle world - our world - contrasted against the Wizarding one so much it makes me laugh. One of the lovely things about Harry Potter (the books) is that it allows you to look at the Wizarding world, want desperately to change it, and then realize, "Hey, our world's just like it. We have lots of problems." Maybe even tempt you to get involved with something like the Harry Potter Alliance.
7. Lord of House Blank - Why were lords and scions were brought in? I know the book was set in Britain, but there is no canonical evidence (as far as I remember) for the Wizarding world having nobles except a brief "the most Ancient and Noble House of Black" thing which doesn't necessarily indicate nobles, just the Blacks being stuck up purebloods, and Andromeda being disowned, which is something that doesn't have to necessarily be related to nobility. I never heard that being noble was necessary for kicking someone out of your family. To go off on a tangent, marriage contracts appear far too much. I'm pretty sure Lucius (who is, I must mention, generally referred to as "Mr. Malfoy") married Narcissa by asking her. Not by going through her father, with whom he negotiated a marriage contract and bride price. As far as I know, the Wizarding world has only as much sexism, and possibly even less, than our world. They have other problems. Andromeda wasn't disowned for not marrying a certain man, but for marrying the wrong man. There's a difference.
8. Harry is beaten - I'm only annoyed because it happens so often and so severely. In the worst cases, the Dursleys beat and rape him until he can barely move or, alternatively, make him cook until he's the equivalent of a master chef. It's not that it isn't realistic, other than the fact that there is no canonical evidence for beating - attempted physical harm, through a thrown frying pan, but not the stuff that gets described. And when done well, I even like it. After all, Harry's case is rather similar to that of a child from a poor family given to a rich family to do household chores in exchange for food and shelter (still a common practice in some countries), and I'm aware of the abuse they frequently undergo. But I'd like to see the emotional harm done to him by the Dursleys emphasized. This is probably the most personal one of everything I've put here, because my mother was neglected as a child; her parents didn't treat her as their child. She didn't starve, she wasn't abused, wasn't even treated as poorly as Harry, but I've seen the damage it did to her. Sometimes, I feel like the attitude is that it isn't enough that Harry (and children like him) weren't starved of love and made to feel worthless. No, they have to be physically abused as well, because after all, it isn't suffering if you're merely neglected.
9. Dark Harry fics...where he isn't really dark - Despite the whole story revolving around how Dark magic and Dark wizards aren't necessarily the same, usually with Hermione-always-right-except-not-now being the one to nag, incorrectly, at Harry for using Dark magic, the summary often has Harry labeled as "Dark". Not only is this a bit/extremely hypocritical, it makes searching for fanfics where Harry's evil, cruel, or at least on Voldemort's side a bit frustrating.
10. Bad grammar; bad spelling - This goes for all fanfics. Unless you're not a native speaker, whereupon you have an excellent excuse and should be applauded for your amazing English, please follow commonly accepted grammar conventions to a certain degree. If you're going to have incorrect grammar for a reason (I'd rather not read something over-formal either), there are certain things you cannot do to grammar, like switch from past to present tense. Also, is Bellatrix Lestrange's last name only spelled that way in the American version or something? As far as I know, it is 'Lestrange' and not 'LeStrange'.
11. Said and Asked - Again, an all fanfics things. The English language has so many different verbs for that. There's murmured, muttered, whispered, groaned, moaned, laughed, chuckled, giggled, yawned, shouted, bellowed, screeched, screamed, yelled, gulped, hissed, etc. If you have to use said, add something to it, like tightly, quickly, softly, etc. Or don't put any verb and just include a description. To me, words are little packages of pictures that are affected by our experiences. If you see "chair" what do you envision? Then if you see "red armchair" what do you envision? Something completely different in my case. I know I sound like an English teacher, but reading can be a visual and audio experience for me even more than movies. That won't happen if 'said' and 'asked' are abused, or if there are any major grammar problems.
12. Romance - Another one that is completely and absolutely my opinion. Some people love romance, as evident from all the communities dedicated to it. I don't, at least not something completely dedicated to romance. Putting a little in is fine, excellent even. It makes the story more realistic. But something who's plot revolves completely around romance? Especially ones where the person gets drunk and the other person pities him/her, though it's usually him. The one thing I admired about Snape was that, even though he hated Harry, he saved Harry's life for Lily's sake. That is what somebody truly in love should do, even if it is a natural thing to commit suicide when you break up (a safety precaution Nature took to prevent us from breaking up). Fight that impulse and live for a reason!
13. Wow, he loved her so much he commited suicide when she died! - This one is more of a follow up to #10. Again, commiting suicide when you lose someone you love is hardwired into your brain. My personal belief is that leaving somebody at home while you fight is a selfish act. You are protecting your own happiness. Death isn't really that bad, we're just naturally afraid of it so that we'll stay alive. Sacrificing your happiness for the common good is heroic; ensuring your loved ones didn't die in vain is heroic; dying so that someone more important than you to the common good can live is heroic; being the first one to do something is heroic; and basically doing anything that is against your natural impulses but is beneficial to the common good is heroic. Does getting depressed when your loved ones die fall into any of those categories?
14. The absolute lack of Harry did not defeat Voldemort fics - I realize that these are the HARRY POTTER books fanfictions, but still, it's kind of annoying that Harry, somehow or other, always ends up being the one who has to face Voldemort. How about one from someone else's point of view where Harry backs out so they do it instead? Or one where Harry really wasn't the boy-who-lived but who cares? Whoever can defeat him will defeat him! Why do people care so much about fate, expressed in the form of genetics or not? Even some fics that mention that prophecies don't have to come true don't prove it when somebody other than Harry defeats Voldemort.
15. House Elfs like being enslaved - It's not the concept that annoys me so much as the reasoning behind it. And I wondered why people believed that slaves liked being enslaved... Does anyone ELSE realize that the arguments are pretty much the same? House Elfs apparently don't NEED to be paid because all their needs are provided for anyways (ignoring the fact that Kreacher lives behind the boiler) and of course, they're more suited for working
16. Finding an animagus form - Canon implies, if not outright says, that animagus forms are chosen. Remember, James and Sirius chose to be large animals that could fight Remus if they needed to, while Peter chose to be a small one to get into places better. They didn't just happen to find these forms, not like Patronuses, which you don't have control over. While I'm not terribly opposed to defying canon in small ways, I don't think I've seen a single fic where people choose their animagus form. No, there's always some potion or spell they use to find one.
However, that doesn't mean I won't read them. The best fanfics, in my opinion, should be one of my pet peeves yet aren't because they're well-written. That is what, as fanfiction authors, we should aim for even if we never reach it because none of us are professional authors (probably).
Pet peeves in life
1. Humans are the most advanced species - Good for you! Now define 'advanced' for me please. Advanced is relative. Maybe lions laugh at us thinking they're more advanced then us. Only barbarians live in houses, after all. You can say humans are the top of the food chain, you can say humans are the most recently evolved, but do not tell me humans are the most advanced. Of course we think we're the most advanced; I'm sure during the dark ages they thought they were super advanced. The definition of advanced changes depending on who's in charge.
2. Alright then, humans are the only species with empathy - NO! Believe it or not, maybe animals are not that much less smart than us! They do not all have so much less complex minds that us. We are not the only species capable of decision making. For some reason, humans really need their egos stroked. When a race has been in charge, they've said all other races are inferior to them; less intelligent, etc. People throughout history have believed that servants like serving. And what makes them different from you? People once believed that women were less intelligent versions of men. We seem to have this need to be special. Look at practically any religion. And yes, I can list a few arguments for why people need to have a need to be special. But please take a look through history.
3. Come on, animals don't have languages - Great! Define 'language'. For me, a language is a concious means of communication. So maybe fleas do have languages. I wouldn't know; I'm not a flea. If I have been, I don't remember it.
4. That's not politically correct - Science isn't politically correct! One of the earlier people to propose that genotype determines phenotype was suppressed because a Marxist called it "grounds for discrimination". Science is about finding what is true. If you're going to interpret it that way, that's your fault, not nature's. Worrying about politically correctness will only hinder science!
5. Born to be - This is outdated, we know it is outdated. Then why do we still think like this? Why do we have a need for heroes to be naturally special? Was Hitler, then, born to be a maniac that tried to decimate a race? I'm not saying that people aren't different. Studies indicate that intelligence, at least, seems to be inherited. But there's no gene that makes you a pilot and no gene that makes you a liberal. There are a combination of factors that, when nurtured in the right direction, put you on a path. And I still don't understand why having a larger brain is supposed to make you smarter in any way, though that has been used in so many arguments for superiority.
6. Life cannot exist on Venus - Okay, maybe I'm wrong. But is it so hard to imagine that there is life on Venus with species that like it extremely hot, that need carbon dioxide to survive, etc? Maybe life adapted to Venus just like life adapted to Earth. I find it hard to believe that we are alive simply because Earth JUST HAPPENED to have all the right conditions. No! We evolved. So I'm probably wrong, but is searching for water necessarily the right way to go? Maybe in a different universe, nobody breathes!
7. Cinderella and Fairy Tales in general - First, let us establish that fairy tales were partially meant to instruct. So look at Cinderella. She's a girl with no backbone at all who lets her stepmother and stepsisters bully her, always good and obediant, never even dreaming of running away. Then one day, there's this ball she really wants to go to but can't. So she goes to the gutter and cries, because crying will get her everything in life. It seems it will, becuase lo and behold, the fairy godmother (who should totally be brought to court for neglect because she never bothered to help her before) arrives and fixes everything with a wave of her wand. Cinderella goes to the ball where the prince falls in love with her for her beauty and chases after her when she has to leave. They marry and live happily ever after. What is that supposed to teach us? To be pretty? To leave your fate to others? To have no backbone? To marry as high as you can? Most other fairy tales are just as bad, especially the Disney reproductions.
8. The fiction rating system - 'K Suitable for more mature children, 9 years and older, with minor action violence without serious injury. May contain mild coarse lagnauge.'' Do they really think little kids are that fragile? Especially the 'without serious injury' part. Does that mean we should take children away from families with paralyzed members? After all, they're being exposed to the effects of serious injury. Let's teach kids from an early age that whatever they do, they won't be seriously injured so it's fine. I'd rate everything K if I wasn't paranoid; as it is I rate everything I write K. Then again, I'm probably a bad judge.
9. Stereotypes about teenagers - Guess what? Not all teenagers care about dating. Not all teenagers are bored in class. I personally love school, love academic subjects, love reading, and all those other things that people find so impossible! For some reason all fiction (fan or original) out there involves teenagers who care about nothing except dating and their looks and are failing their classes. Or they have popularity wars and social backstabbing that never occured to me until I came to the world of fanficiton. Believe it or not, I go to a school where I can tell the joke, "What does an Astronomical Unit have in common with gold?" and have people get the answer instantly. I have friends who are more interested in Quantum Physics than boys. My school may be abnormal, but I somehow do not believe that it's that abnormal.
The Houses as I see them...
Gryffindor: Pretty much like it is in canon, because it's been mentioned a lot.
Slytherin: I think that one person (in the books, Malfoy) would inevitably take control of the House and everyone else would just follow that person in public, like it or not. It might be a bit more dangerous than Gryffindor, but mostly the same.
Ravenclaw: Now we get to the interesting Houses (mostly because they were ignored so much in canon, giving me free reign). Ravenclaw was overlooked in particular. Really, all we know about Ravenclaw is Cho Chang, Michael Corner, eagles, "intelligence" (whatever that means, and believe me, nobody agrees) and Rowena Ravenclaw. I wish Ravenclaw was a House of the witty, gifted, and just plain quirky, but I doubt it. There aren't that many smart people in the world. Not 25%, anyways. So who makes up the rest of the House? People who aren't that smart but try to get good grades is probably one. People who suck-up to their teachers as well. Ravenclaw as I see it is infested with both cheaters and bullies as well as the brilliant and those who love knowledge and books (and often, knowledge-loving bullies), and is probably also the most divided because it takes light and dark alike. It's also severely overlooked, which means Ravenclaws probably know pretty much everything that goes on in Hogwarts, but don't tell people because, after all, who cares about them?
Hufflepuff: Most authors call them weak or hardworking (two very opposite things) or sometimes both (which just doesn't make sense), but really, they're a House of leftovers. "I'll take the rest, and treat them all the same." People who don't fit enough into any of the other Houses go to Hufflepuff which means they have no defining quality. I think they created one. With the ordinary would come the very well-rounded, people who are evenly divided between qualities. And maybe someone took Hufflepuff and decided that they were tired of being the leftover House. Maybe, over time, they compensated for their lack of defining qualities and instead became a very tight-knit, hardworking House. And maybe, in trying to reach high, they started to look down on other Houses and treat anyone who disagreed harshly. Merlin knows Harry was given the evil eye for helping lose 150 points. Hufflepuff would just take that to a different level. But no, certainly not a nice house.
My favorite authors: (idea taken from bkaddictjk)
evansentranced - Another funny one! I loved the WWP presentations and the Chamber strike. Silly and not always quite logical, but a great person to read if you're feeling depressed. Humor is evenly spaced throughout; I was laughing the whole time.
DobbyElfLord - Great writing. The plots are fairly original and well developed. DobbyElfLord combines the magical world with the muggle world and has Harry be smarter. One of his/her fics has Harry walk away from the wizarding world after the dementor incident to the muggle world, where he becomes a sniper. Humor isn't the major point of the stories, but is incorporated.
DisobedianceWriter - Awesome plot ideas. Unfortunantely, my favorite one, Harry Potter and the Magic Factory, which is sort of based off Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is discontinued. Does both dark and humor. Also writes Naruto, but I haven't read any. Or Naruto, for that matter.
BajaB - Brilliant author! I loved most of his/her fics. My favorites were Harry the Hufflepuff, Dark Marauders, and Almost a Squib. Has great, original ideas. Can do all kinds of genres. One of his/her fics, The Subsitute, has Harry a golem that Lily and James created before going into hiding. They come back, and Harry's life changes forever. There's a really open-ended ending in that one.
Isilarma - Can do both funny and serious very well, and portrays all her characters perfectly. Focuses mainly on the Founders of Hogwarts, but has one really good fic called Four Heads are Better Than One on the canon heads of the houses. Also writes Holby City, Justice Society of America, Avengers, and Doctor Who.
cloverlover - All oneshots and mostly filling in the scenes J.K. Rowling never showed us. Only has canon characters so far. Does Tragedy and (gasp!) Romance very well! Her best characters are Severus and Lily.
anyavioletta - Has only written a few stories, but really good! Witchcraft By A Picture is the prequel to The Good Morrow, which are both canon-compliant and pre-Harry.
SpeechWriter - Thinks. Really thinks. And makes you think as well. SpeechWriter writes a lot of Tom/Hermione pairing, which shouldn't be realistic but somehow is, and is enjoyable as well. His/her (they need to invent a word for that) fics deal with the what magic can do and how it can do it combined with science and some really good plot ideas.
Arianna Scribbler - Writes mostly for Les Miserables and Harry Potter but has a lot of other fandoms as well, including Dr. Seuss's books. Does humorous and serious but in all cases, does it well. Likes Percy/Hermione as a pairing, but doesn't bash.
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