Author has written 31 stories for Titanic, Harry Potter, Robin Hood BBC, Twilight, Veronica Mars, Divergent Trilogy, and Persuasion.
"That is part of the beauty of all literature.You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong." F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hello, boys and girls! My name is Mariana, and if you're here it probably means that you already know the most interesting fact that is to know about me: I like to write. (Bet you didn't see that one coming, did you?).
Aside from the obvious, there are a couple of other things you might want to know about me. I'm a twenty-something female person (side note: how am I supposed to call myself? Girl? Woman? I really have no idea -I feel like Britney Spears right now: I'm not a girl, not yet a woman...). Anyway, as I was saying: I'm Mariana, I'm twenty-something, I'm female and I'm from Argentina.
But Mariana you say, if you are from Argentina, that means English is not your first language! Why don't you write in Spanish instead of making us sit through your attempts to write in another language? You'd be upset if someone was butchering your language!
That's a really good point, you, and I'm glad you ask. There are a couple of reasons why I write in English. The first one is really basic. Back at the beginning -almost 10 years ago-, I used to focus only on Titanic fan fictions, and since I started reading rather than writing, I decided pretty early on that I would stay as far as I possibly could from the Spanish tab. Being someone who would usually complain every time I'd catch the movie in Spanish on TV, I realize that I couldn't in good conscious go looking for stories in that language. The same thing happened when I decided to finally start writing about it: if I refused to even think about the words "Si tu saltas yo salto", how could I possibly write them down?
I'll admit that my first attempts were pretty pathetic (they are all here for anyone to see; as embarrassed as I am by them, I can't bring myself to delete them -I'm masochist like that), but as I grew older, I got better -if I may say so myself. My fandoms began to change: I became more and more obsessed with Harry Potter, a book I had originally read in Spanish, which meant I would have been comfortable writing about it in that language, but by this time I had gotten used to having this whole alter-ego who didn't even speak the same language as I did. Also, I could tell that being so invested in perfecting my English for my 'fictional life' was actually a good thing, especially so for when I had to actually study for my English tests.
So I kept trying and trying, and eventually I realized that I was pretty proud of what I was producing. My English wasn't perfect, but at the very least it was coherent and people seemed to be enjoying reading me. It's still not perfect, that's why I encourage people to tell me when I make mistakes. I'm not studying English anymore, so fanfiction is the only way I have left to learn and improve.
So your fandoms are Titanic and Harry Potter? Is that what we should expect from you if we added you to out Author's alert?
Well, yes and no. They were, at the beginning, but I don't know if that who I am anymore. I don't see myself writing anything Titanic-related for the foreseeable future. I still have a couple of unpublished stories in my computer, but it's unlikely they'll ever see the light of day. It's different with Harry Potter. I've always been obsessed with alternative points of view and with the things that are hinted at but never said. I got into fanfiction because I didn't want Jack to die, but I stayed because I wanted to know things, what a certain character was doing or thinking or planning as another character was going through an important moment in their life. There isn't much about Titanic that hasn't been already said, but with Harry Potter there's an incredible amount of potential. One has to look no further than the Marauder's story for an example: such amazing characters, such a great story... That's probably my favorite thing about Harry Potter -well, and everything Weasley-related, obviously.
What are your fandoms, then?
Well, if you'd ask me this a few years ago before my hiatus (my muse took off on an extended holiday through the Caribbean or something like that), I would have told you that my fandoms were Titanic, Harry Potter, Twilight and Robin Hood (BBC). This has changed a bit.
I still read -and could possibly write about- Harry Potter and Robin Hood. I've also developed quite a fondness towards Veronica Mars and an unhealthy obsession for Sherlock. But really, it's more about what speaks to me than anything else. Just today I posted a story for Divergent that is most likely a one time thing.
What can you tell us about your stories?
As I said before, I absolutely adore the idea of alternative points of view. Every time I read a book and there's a really intense scene I find myself thinking "Okay, that's great, but what was the other person thinking? Why did he do that?" That's what I usually write about.
I'm also a helpless romantic, so I can't promise I won't occasionally mess with the canon just a little bit to give characters the happy ending their creators so rudely denied them. Other than that, I don't mess with the canon. Ever.
What are your pet peeves?
Terrible grammar to the point where a non-native English speaker notices how bad it is and extreme OOC-ness. Also, non-canon couples, especially when there are no grounds for such a couple.
Anything else we should know about you?
I'm a child at heart. I watch every Disney movie when it comes out in the theater and I've had a crush on Flynn Ryder for years. My favorite movie growing up used to be Peter Pan -which I find quite telling, if you ask me- and I still catch watch The Lion King without crying.
I have a strange relationship with book sagas: I don't want to read them, but I do, for some reason I should revisit in therapy. I though I was finally over them, but then Four came along and... well. I can be such a 16-year-old at times!
Also, I'm obsessed with all things British (the accent, the literature -Jane Austen is my personal god and I firmly suggest that anyone who hasn't read Persuasion stops doing what they are doing and goes to read it right now-, the Sherlock) and if I could have one thing from the UK in my house, that would be the BBC -well, we get the BBC here, but only the reality shows or the news. Unless Benedict Cumberbatch becomes the new host for The Great British Bake Off, I'm not interested.
Thank you so much for your time!
No, thank you for helping me with my profile!
All kidding aside, if you've read this, I hope I have kept you entertained for a few minutes. If you didn't, chances are you're not reading this either, so what do I care. If there's anything else you'd like to know about me, or my stories or what the weather is like where I live, feel free to send me a PM. I'm a very sociable person -or at least Lady Marianne is.
Hope to hear from all of you soon in your reviews!
PS. For all of those that don't have an account here and yet want to ask me something about any of my stories, I'll leave you with my email: firstname.lastname@example.org (it's stupid email, I know, but I was young when I created it)