Recently I’ve read a couple of conversations that made me think about shipping. Specifically I've been thinking about the criticism: Why does s/he like her/him? As in: We don't understand why s/he likes her/him. The sudden attraction comes out of nowhere. If we don't understand that it's not realistic/it's badly written or whatever.

I'm going to use actual ships to talk about this, but hopefully this will not set off a ship argument or make anybody feel criticized for liking or not liking a ship. One of the ships I'm going to talk about I don't like (Harry/Ginny from HP) and one I do (Zuko/Mai from Avatar), so hopefully that separates it from liking or not liking the ship straight off.

But where did that attraction come from? )
I had mentioned [ profile] kayen's essay Agents of Narrative Desire earlier and still recommending it--it's long, but I really enjoyed it. So I feel a bit guilty having a response here that's sort of "Okay, now how can I make it all about Draco and H/D?" but hey, I wouldn't be me if I didn't do that. And besides I really love the assassination plot storyline in HBP and it doesn't get talked enough for me so--Isn't it cool how that storyline is all about the H/D? )

Btw, best response to The Sopranos finale I've heard, from a radio caller this morning.

Barely a spoiler, but just in case. )
It's really hard to spend an intense long weekend listening to meta meta meta and come back and write about it. I don't even know where to start, except to say that PR was my first conference and I think I was spoiled by it. It was *really* well run. My biggest complaint was--and this is so cheesy and cliché--that I wish I had a Time Turner so I could have gone to more stuff that were at the same time. (And that's just the programming, of course--not even getting into just having a good time outside of the programming walking around and eating and drinking and talking and wtf flamingo? and yay!)

I will shamelessly say that my own paper was the most fun ever for me.:-) Especially because everybody started talking afterwards so it was just like having a great lj conversation but better because there were people there in person and Aja brought her Draco doll and let me have him on the stage with me.

I can't wait until they put the thing out with all the papers I didn't get to read and panels I didn't get to go to. It's still all sort of processing in my brain. Oh--and the Snape panel was also really fun. I admit I love the whole Snape=Anubis theory and was glad it was represented. Also, interestingly, the last question the Borders mod asked was whether we thought Snape would live or die. The three of us on Snape=Friend said he would die; the three on Snape=Foe said he would live.

For my first little blip of response to an actual paper, I saw a really cool one on PoA as a Gothic novel that Got me thinking about Sirius' death. )
I was on HP4GU today and realized there was an actual Draco-related issue in HBP that I hadn't written thousands of words about--and it relates to Snape too! Anyway, we were talking about Harry feeling remorse about Sectumsempra even though it was self-defense yadda yadda, and I realized there was something I was kind of dancing around in talking about the scene that seemed really obvious but I actually don't think I've ever read much about it from this angle. Draco crying in the bathroom. )

Btw, how much do I love Stephen Colbert for putting Gwyneth Paltrow's head on his shelf? It's still the best moment in her career, imo.
I was reading a post today which linked to a discussion about H/D that got me thinking. I didn't actually read the discussion; only had time to skim it, so this isn't a real response to that thread. It just got me thinking. I believe the premise of the discussion was on the question of doms and subs in H/D, and which was which and why, but it got me thinking about The H/D dynamic in general and how it changes in HBP )
I was reading this thread today about the Most Complicated Life Debt Theory Ever, and I realized I never really put down my thoughts of how the Life Debt works or how it can be paid down anywhere. I blushingly confess that as usual I manage to bring this back to Draco, though it's really about Snape. Hey, I can't help it! The kid’s his biggest fan! )

None of which helps me pay my student loans.
I've been feeling weirdly disconnected recently. I'm reading my flist, and I keep hitting reply and then winding up not replying. It must be the time of year or month or something. I'm just having trouble opening my mouth. So here I am forcing myself--for the good of the world or something.:-) Because I did find myself thinking HP thoughts today, mostly due to a conversation I was reading about whether or not there would be someone revealed as ESE! in book 7. The point was made, and I agreed, that the bigger mystery for Book 7 seemed to lie in hidden allies rather than enemies, with Harry getting to know himself by coming to a new understanding of people he hated. That made me think about What sort of things Harry's been set up to see in his least favorite Slytherins--besides Tom Riddle perhaps. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Pope Magpie)
( Jan. 7th, 2006 06:56 pm)
Happy birthday [ profile] westmoon!!

I've been following a rather long discussion about Harry's getting special treatment in the books, and have something to say about it (pause for expressions of shock). It has gotten into a good area, I think, which is the idea of people resenting special treatment regardless of the reason for it. Think, for instance, about children with serious diseases and their siblings. I believe it's generally understood that siblings can feel jealous of the attention paid to the sick child, and that these feelings should be addressed and not just dismissed by saying the child should feel lucky he doesn't have a disease. Of course the child doesn't want to feel sick; but the jealousy speaks to an anxiety about how he's felt about by his parents or whatever.

So that led me to realize the three characters in HP canon who get the most focused on Harry's special treatment are all characters with issues about themselves not being special--or worse. It's not about Harry, really--Harry could be carried to class by Veelas every day and it wouldn't bother them as much if they were happy in themselves, but as it is they just can't not let it bother them. If you look at what happens to these characters in canon their experience seem to all speak to this same issue. We're not inside their heads hearing about how this is an issue, but JKR is constantly thinking up new things to happen to them that play on it where they're not good enough or don't triumph. I think that's as close as she can come to telling us this is an issue.

The characters I'm thinking of are Ron, Draco and Snape. )
I was reading a discussion on a list about...well, at least what I made it about...was what kids in Snape's class are supposed to "learn" from his bad behavior. Snape seems monstrous to Neville because Neville is young and insecure, but Neville conquers Snape with his Riddikulus spell, making him look silly, and that's what he has to do in his life. Scary teachers often become not so scary when you grow up, and Snape may shrink a lot. The main point being that what's wrong with Snape is often that he's never grown up, and it's more important not to be Snape than it is to get back at Snape. When Dumbledore explains to Harry that the Occlumency lessons failed because he thought Snape could conquer his own demons and he couldn't, the implication is that Harry can hear this because he is a man who can conquer his demons. Neville's third-year boggart is a kid one. Later on he seems to get different priorities as he's able to really understand what happened to his parents and feel he should fight for justice on their behalf.
Naturally, where this is really going is Draco.:-) Well, actually Harry and Draco and Snape. )

So that was my thought. Marigold has retired to the country because it's hard for my roommate to carry her up and down the stairs with one arm, and she doesn't want to drop her. :-(
Well, this is the thing about lists, you never know when I'm going to prattle on so much in a reply that it creates a post in itself. First Slughorn, now...this. But I thought it was interesting because recently I know I was talking to somebody about why Occlumency and throwing off Imperius were so different and why Harry sucks at one and is good at the other. I was reading a discussion about Harry's greatest strengths and weaknesses (does he need to learn to keeps his mind shut like Snape says?) and it got me around to seeing what may be the difference.

Occlumency vs. Imperius, Slytherin vs. Gryffindor )
Happy birthday [ profile] jewelsong and [ profile] tiranog!!

I've been thinking about how magic works, I think mostly due to recent conversations about Dumbledore's death and the duel in the bathroom in HBP. My reactions to those things got a little more complicated than I originally expected, and connected to magic in general in the Potterverse, but I think it's important for interpreting that bathroom scene, in particular.

Magic in the Potterverse--err, long )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Me and my boyfriend.)
( Sep. 4th, 2005 05:58 pm)
I just really wanted a subject line that was all letters.

But it is relevant. Oddly, I found myself thinking about the state of H/D post-HBP. I can't begin to cover all of it, but I was thinking about one of the ways in which HBP seemed so H/D-friendly. That is, not anything to do with sexual attraction, but just that of all the standard H/D ideas it picked up on, this was one of them. )

p.s. My allergies are driving me crazy.

p.p.s. Unrelated but also about HP, why does it seem like everyone is very quick to assume that the writing in the HBP book could be Lily's, because she was so great in Potions and was helping Snape? Couldn't the joke be that Lily was a Potions genius just like Harry was--because she was getting help from the HBP? Slughorn makes it clear that he's more apt to praise you if he likes you personally, for either personal or political reasons. Plus, does "Just shove a bezoar down his throat" sound more like Snape or Lily? And did Lily create Sectumsempra and write it in Snape's book with the direction "for enemies?"
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (I'm still picking.)
( Aug. 2nd, 2005 05:45 pm)
Shut up, I have a lot to work through with this book and fandom's reaction to it!:-)

This thought crossed my mind reading something recently about the end of HBP; it's kind of a clarification about Dumbledore's Mercy. Spoilers, yes. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (I've been thinking.)
( Aug. 1st, 2005 04:27 pm)
I was thinking about essential choices today in HP...well, that and Peter Pettigrew and Draco. It all goes back to that line in CoS, It's our choices that show us who we are. Spoilers for HBP. )
I still have yet to receive my book. So this post may be filled with things that are off, or I may miss completely obvious things that have to do with the subject. It's very hard for me to write about Snape without going over stuff again, and without knowing some of the basic facts we're intentionally not told. Anyway, still, it came into my head so I'm throwing it out. I did that post about Father Figures and Draco, and I couldn't help but think about how fabulous it is from the other side for Papa Snape. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Should I post this or not?)
( Mar. 12th, 2005 08:36 pm)
A guy at work left a book he was using for an article on the copier. It was about male initiation rites--Iron John type stuff. I admit it; I'm a sucker for this sort of thing. Yeah, I know how painfully silly the men's movement can be--Promise Keepers? Please. But then, like most things, I think this sort of thing just gets turned into the dreaded "personal growth" journey for people, which is exactly the opposite of what it's supposed to be. Adolescence rules. More rambling within. )
Two posts ago we got into an exchange about an old thread on FAP entitled "HP Structure Demands More Draco," and it's made me think about how characters tend to work in the series and how that may or may not predict what they will do. If that made sense, come along with me! )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Default)
( Oct. 4th, 2004 09:58 pm)
[ profile] wayfairer asks the state of H/D in the wake of OotP. She makes a lot of great points about how writers are dealing with the questions OotP leaves us with, and asked other people's opinions of H/D in light of that...and my comment got long enough that I figured it was really a post. Basically, I'm thinking through this as I go. )
Um, I have no idea what happened to the beginning of this post. I brought up something in [ profile] reenka's lj, and that led to the fact that I've been re-reading The Dark is Rising and loving it so much that when I get to the end I'll probably either cry or have to start over at the beginning.

Anyway, I'm currently just finished the second part of the second book (The Dark is Rising) and I suspect I'm going to wind up doing some big Merriman/Will post when I'm done with that book but in the meantime I'm thinking about boy wizards. )


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