Sunday, 17 July 2011

"Song To Say Goodbye" Fanfiction - Seamus/Lavender

Felt the need to write something tonight, so I churned out an angsty little romance one-shot on Lavender & Seamus; Song To Say Goodbye. Set during Deathly Hallows, under Snape and the Carrows' reign at Hogwarts. A nice destructive little romance for you.

As you can see, I also made a spectacularly bad image for it. (The characters are Effy and Cook, from Skins UK, if you were wondering.) Seriously, if I ever start making banners for stories and fanfiction, I'll probably need to beg some readers to do it for me.

The title "Song To Say Goodbye" and lyrics quoted in the story are from the excellent Placebo song, "Song To Say Goodbye." Original on my part, huh?

It's probably not all that good, since I basically just opened my iPad and started free-writing (I just bought an iPad 2! How awesome is that?), but if you could tell me what you thought of it in a review or in the comments, I'd be very grateful.

Also, if anyone's interested, I've decided to do both fanfiction projects that I was discussing a while ago; Lily Luna Potter Series and Marauders Series. Should take a while, but I'd like to have a go at both.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

New Fanfiction Project... Umm

I am so stupid. I shouldn't even be thinking of doing this. I've got several fanfiction projects on the go, some already posted and some that aren't even written yet, and plenty that are probably going to become discontinued or what not.

Last thing I should be doing is conceiving of yet another project. Especially one that will very likely end up being seven volumes long...

Yesterday, I was reading some fanfiction writer's profile, and they were talking about a potential but abandoned idea for writing a Lily Luna Potter series, citing the fact that she got little love from the NextGen writers. (Which is true. There's a bunch of stories along the lines of "Albus Potter And The Mysterious MacGuffin", "James Potter And The New Lord Voldemort" and "Teddy Lupin And The Goblin Uprising" posted and completed. There's none like that for Lily Luna.)

Naturally, the Really Good Ideas portion of my brain starts going into overdrive...

Point is, I now have an outline for a Lily Luna Series in my mind, complete with a villain, a couple of OC friends, political unrest and some world-building. I've even written the first chapter. (Bearing in mind that I only thought of this yesterday and I usually win an Olympic Gold in procrastination).

Basically, trouble is that I've got a good plan for a series I would have fun writing, but in order to do so, I would have to put aside projects in my timetable to make room for it.

I want to get MRMI completed sometime soon. Too many people have reviewed and said they liked it for me just to keep them hanging. Plus, it was my first story up here - I need to finish it. However, I don't think four more chapters will be difficult in the grand scheme of things.

The real problem is my Marauders Series (currently titled Definitive Guide To Sex, Drugs And Rock And Roll or whatever). I posted basic details of this on my profile a while ago and I desperately want to get it written. It's intended to be a fairly complex exploration of Voldemort's rise to power and the involvement of James, Lily & Co. I want to be quite original, and I'm attempting to deconstruct a bunch of cliches in the Lily/James fandom. (This could also go completely wrong and end up falling flat.)

I have a detailed outline for this series, and it's the closest to my heart. It's also proving difficult to write - I'm still on the first volume and that alone has gone through several re-writes. (The first chapter of what was going to be my initial MWPP-Era story is currently posted and was scrapped a while ago. I'm not taking this down until I have something to replace it with.)

So. Dilemma; Do I write;

A) Lily Potter Series; Long series I would find easier to write and have fun creating,  OR
B) Marauder Seres; Long series I would find harder to write but prefer to have written.


Saturday, 2 July 2011

What Went Right; Why Ron/Hermione Work As A Romance And Harry/Ginny Do Not

Harry/Ginny is one of the most divisive pairings in a fandom already heavily populated with shipping warfare. Their shippers, JKR herself amongst them, argue that Ginny and Harry are true soulmates and that  "they're both very strong and very passionate. That's their connection, and they're remarkable together." (JK Rowling). Whereas, their detractors, including myself, suggest that their romance was rushed and unrealistic, that they have little serious interaction and that Harry's attraction towards her lacked foreshadowing. 

Romance writing isn't necessarily JKR's forte. I love her, and she's a wonderful fantasy-adventure writer, but lacks the skills of a romance writer. However, she gets the balances of falling in love just right in her best written pairing; Ron/Hermione. (I actually always felt that Ron/Hermione were the main romance of the books, rather than Harry/Ginny, due to theirs being built up from Book One.)

To have a look at why Harry/Ginny fail where Ron/Hermione succeed, let's take a look at respective points about their romances;