A little about me: I'm 24, am a GPS tech/Field engineer. I started working on my story right around the time GoF came out, but gave up on it, and instead gave several of my better ideas to authors I was friends with.
Things I hate that too many authors do:
Harry crying over Sirius. He's talked to the man maybe 5 hours total since end of year 3. He knows the mailman at the Dursleys' better then he knows Sirius. STOP MAKING HARRY A DEPRESSED LOSER OVER A GUY HE HARDLY KNOWS!
Cliched Independent Harry stories where he becomes Super!Harry, a multi/phoenix animagus, suddenly realizes hes madly in love with Hermione/Ginny
Azkaban stories where he suddenly gets tossed in overnight for no reason, somehow becomes Lord of Azkaban b/c his moms really a pureblood who's had 1,000 years of squibs, winds up stronger then Dumbledore, and yet still somehow has to go to school and proceeds to act like a total wuss. Its so overused, and usually poorly written.
The two ones that showed promise went to crap quickly, one from poor update quality and really stupid choices for Harry to be strong as hell and yet everyone treats him like a bitch and he's a crybaby. The other because from some reason for all his power Harry acts like a little puss and is forced into going back to school, when earlier in the story he is blackmailing ppl left and right and is powerful. If you can't write a fic without using Hogwarts (in Azkaban/Evil/SUPER/ Harry fics) as FILLER to create meaningless Harry/Draco fights and filling paragraphs about how Harry really, really, REALLY hate Snape b/c he treats him like crap, DON'T WRITE THE FIC!
Sorry if this makes some mad, but I've seen so many of the stories lately just be carbon copies of each other, while GOOD stories get buried, or don't get reviewed at all. Yet some idiot who writes Harry/Ginny/heir of Voldemort/phoenix animag/Sirius returns/Harry's rich fic #2178628 will get hundreds of reviews all jumping on their jock.
Now onto the story:
I'm writing this story as an Answer to my own challenge placed at Darklordpotter.net in the Fanfic Challenges sub-forum.
I'd made this challenge awhile ago, and seeing noone had actively began writing one, and the high feedback I'd recieved on this idea, I figured I may as well do it myself.
Midknight's Azkaban Challenge
Harry becomes a man of his own, walking his own path. Most of these stories that are vaguely based on this premise are popular, but a none of them have yet done it to perfection! I have some rules
My rules are geared towards making a story that sets Harry up on
A)-Harry is tossed in Prison for killing one of the Lestrange's,
B)-Harry 'ships w/ Bella and Tonks or Bella/OC. Voldie sends Bella
C)-Total betrayal from all but Lupin, Kingsley, Moody, and the Weasley
D)Time manipulation, must age him 10-20 years, in the space of 1-2 years.
E)-Harry's the true Slytherin heir, Tom taught himself Parsel
F)-Must not work with the Ministry or Dumbledore. Manipulation of
G)"Grey" Harry, uses any and all magic, but to believable power, no
H)-Must kill Fudge and Umbridge in the most creative way possible.
Discussion for this fanfic may be found at http://darklordpotter.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=233
A NEW challenge has been posted by me on the msg boards, under the fanfiction challenges. It basically challenges you to write, or submit a story that is unique in as many was as possible, instead of being a cookie cutter POS that we are flooded with lately.
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