Below are the 18 most recent journal entries.
I planned a birthday party for myself and a friend last night. It's in a week and a bit.
I'm really proud of the fact I managed to organise it and invite people - usually I don't do these things because I'm too scared people will say no.
I'll be 20 soon - which is a strange feeling.
Music: To The End - My Chemical Romance
Yay for me :/
I just worked out exact figures. If I get my transfer, I owe the scholarship people $10,487.20.
Music: I Never Told You What I Do For A Living - MCR
Where Did I Go Wrong?
This fan video should be compulsory viewing after the let-down of book 7. It made me cry, literally, in the first fifteen seconds of it, whereas book 7 didn't really evoke any reaction other than, "Ugh!" (Deathly Hallows spoilers).
I've been playing a lot of old Nintendo (as in the first console) games lately. I probably shouldn't be, but it's good procrastination. I love the fact that emulators exist - otherwise I wouldn't be able to play games like Dr. Mario, Ice Climbers, Antarctic Adventure, MC Kids, Dig Dug or Circus Charlie again. A lot of those games are too obscure to be released again and I've been looking for them for ages.
As for uni, I'm formulating a degree plan as we speak. At this stage, I'm going to make a Bachelor of Economics my first preference, with Economics and Social Science as my second. If I can bear to put myself into debt, I'm thinking about doing either a Master of Public Policy or a Master of Professional Accounting. Naturally, I'm going to do all of this at my university because most of the rest are inconvenient to get to and/or don't have the reputation my university does. (I'll need a credit average though, and while a 65 average is easy in my current degree, I'm not sure about its difficulty if I switch).
( Uni blathering under cut )
Music: Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
This is well interesting.
I just did that Career Cruising meme everyone's been doing and the results are very telling. My current career choice didn't even rank in the top forty, let alone the top 15 that you're meant to post.
Apparently the career areas I'm best suited for are Business and Finance and Law and Government. Both of the degrees I'm looking into combine the two. Guess maybe my instincts to change were right!
Top fifteen are as follows. Bolded ones I'd be very interested in, underlined ones I wouldn't do and italicised ones I'd think about.
1. Curator (I thought this was an extremely odd choice.)
3. Economic Development Officer
4. Research Analyst (Financial)
5. Editor (Done this before, it suits my perfectionist nature)
6. Political Aide (oh God yes!)
7. Market Research Analyst (that could be interesting)
8. Insurance Underwriter
9. Money Manager (don't know what this entails)
10. Operations Research Analyst (sounds interesting but don't know)
11. Statistician (I don't think I'd ever achieve that level of proficiency)
12. Computer Network Specialist (As above)
13. Certified Public Accountant (I'd think about it)
15. Bank Manager
Some of the other ones I'd definitely consider that weren't in the top fifteen? Economist, researcher, technical writer and paralegal.
I guess I really am in the wrong degree after all.
Music: How To Save A Life - The Fray
One quick question: where do I find Lucius/Hermione/Severus fic? I found one or two a little while ago, lost the links, and haven't found much since.
So I've got two days off uni... this means I've spent an unhealthy amount of time online even though I've got four assignments due next week and the last one I got back I received a mark of 42% - I've never received below a 70 on anything prior to this, *sigh*. I figured I've finally collected enough craziness to fix that recs list up, in between eating a batch of cookie dough and making really long posts on Fiction Alley (it's under walrus_squared, about third from the bottom).
And somehow, despite this, my reading list has swelled to at least 50 or 60 fics, most of these multi-chaptered. I just bookmark things I find interesting and read them when I get the time - which isn't now. I should really be doing assignments. I've got approximately 8,000 words of essay due next week..
Music: Someone To Die For - Jimmy Gnecco ft. Brian May
A four-long recs list isn't much of one so I'm going to add a few more to it today instead of making another mini-post. What I was more concerned with writing about is somewhat meta and probably already been done before but some things seem more logical than they should at 4.30am.
Essentially, what I wanted to ask is if people believed in "safe" fanon ships?
( Blather )
Music: Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Half a list
I said I'd put one up fairly quickly, but I did nothing but sleep yesterday. Anyway, there's no Harry/Draco on this one specifically, because I have nothing but Harry/Draco for the next one I'm putting up.
...not much on here, actually. Need to read more.
1. Stealing Harry - copperbadge / sam_storyteller
[Remus/Sirius, AU, R, 28 chapters, 100,000? words]
This is apparently the Remus/Sirius fic. I've never read anything of this pairing because I'm ambivalent on Remus and don't particularly like Sirius at all. I read it out of curiosity, because I know a lot of people fangirl it. The reason I rec it is because it takes a lot of work and good storytelling for me to not only become sympathetic to the characters in question, but actually like the way they're paired up. It deserves all the recs it gets. (As for what it's about? Imagine Remus and Sirius stealing Harry from the Dursleys when he's 8.) Sequels are Laocoon's Children 1 [Sirius/Remus, AU, R 19 chapters], Laocoon's Children 2 [Sirius/Remus, AU, R, 24 chapters] and Laocoon's Children 3 [WIP, Remus/Sirius, AU, R, 26 chapters so far].
2. And Just Plain Wrong - amanuensis1
[Draco/Harry, Lucius/Harry, Severus/Voldemort/Harry, NC-17, dark, non-con, other kinks (check page), one-shot, 20,400 words]
In my last recs list I mentioned there was one fic which was the second darkest thing I'd ever read. This one is the darkest. It scared the hell out of me when I read it. Death Eaters win, and Hogwarts essentially turns into a torture chamber.
3. We Learned The Sea - luckei1
[Draco/Hermione, PG-13, AU, 37 chapters, 197,073 words]
This is usually on my list of Draco/Hermione fics when people ask me for recs. After a successful career as a Death Eater, Draco turns himself in - but why? I love redemption fics.
4. The Sneaky Slytherin and the Redhead's Revenge - Yazethet
[Draco/Ginny, Blaise/Colin, PG-13, AU, 29 chapters, 81, 844 words]
I almost didn't read this because it has a very silly title, but I'm glad I did. I like this particular fanon characterisation of Ginny; she's almost Slytherin in it. Ignore the title and read the romance.
Music: Heaven Help Us - My Chemical Romance
Recs list the second
I'm up rather late and about to post a second recs list because I can't sleep - too much personal stuff going on and I don't really feel safe talking about it. If I didn't think it'd be wangsty and a burden, I'd unload via f-lock but, y'know, I wouldn't feel fantastic discussing that because most people undoubtedly have their own issues without having to read about mine.
Anyway, here's my next list of ten recs - there's a couple I really want to add but they're WIPs and so I might add a subsection.
1. Ordinary People - hayseed
[Severus/Hermione, PG-13, 20 chapters, 100,000 words at a guess]
I really like this not only because of the characterisations, or the fact that the romance isn't perfect - the author indicates in the summary that they strove for realism - but the fact it's very, very realistic in a way I have rarely seen in Severus/Hermione fic. When the romance is discovered, there's no matchmaking!Dumbledore or perfectly happy ending. There's retribution and punishment and Albus and Minerva being furious and totally not understanding it. It's fantastic.
2. The Rules of Pureblood Courtship - Pigwidgeon37
[Lucius/Hermione, background Draco/Ginny, R, longish oneshot, 10,000 words plus at a guess]
I thought this was hilarious in characterisation - Lucius' assessment of Molly Weasley is hilarious, particularly when he refuses to serve the good brandy because she wouldn't appreciate it. Having Hermione, Ginny, Fleur and Molly at Malfoy Manor prior to Draco and Ginny's wedding has got a lot of comic potential and this is really well done. If you're a massive, massive Weasley fan I don't know if you'll like this too much.
3. Surprising Results of a Very Secret Conversation - Pigwidgeon37
[Lucius/Hermione, background Draco/Ginny, R, longish oneshot, approx. 20,000 words]
This is very cute and well-characterised - it's a lovely, lovely piece of fluff.
4. Future Parents Program - Avari20
[Draco/Hermione, PG-13, 49,787 words, 15 chapters, AU]
This is the fic that brought in the concept of the class project in parenting - you know, the one with the dolls where the students have to pretend to be parents? Read the summary on the author page for more details. The original and the best.
5. The Chosen - allecto
[Vincent/Harry, R, longish oneshot, 10,000 words at a guess]
This is a most unusual pairing - the only one I've seen so far of it. This seems to make it onto a lot of recs lists, because it's absolutely divine. It's one of those fics which makes you want to cry when you finish reading it.
6. Your Every Wish - Maya
[Harry/Draco, R, longish oneshot, over 20,000 words]
This is really dark and exceedingly creepy. I'd say it's definitely dubious consent and most certainly not typical fluff. Based on the premise that absolute power corrupts absolutely.
7. Crawl - nishizono
[Severus/Lucius, NC-17, longish oneshot, approx. 10,000 words, BDSM, D/s, religious kink, and - taken from author's warnings: very light bloodplay, boot worship, petticoat discipline, erotic asphyxiation, pseudo-trampling]
I'm not normally one for really kinky fic but the religious angle drew me in - it's something really different that kind of caught my eye.
8. Evil Be Thou My Good - Ruskbyte
[Gen, AU, Harry Potter/Hellraiser crossover, R, long oneshot, 40, 071 words]
This seems to be the recs list where I add things I wouldn't normally read. This is actually the first crossover I've ever read - it was linked on the new GAFF boards as an 'antidote' and is possibly one of the darkest things I've read (short of a certain infamous Amanuensis fic). The graphic descriptions and the goriness of it will either entirely gross you out or suck you in totally. It gave me nightmares.
9. The Birthday Present - excessivelyperky
[Gen, AU, Severus-centric, slight Discworld crossover, M, clocks in at an epic 85 chapters and 865,100 words!!! warning for slight, mostly-unrequited Severus/Molly]
This is the first in a planned trilogy and it had me absolutely hooked. I loved the originality of the premise and the way this is executed. I think the author expanded on canon in an entirely unique way and gave a very sympathetic treatment to characters who are usually peripheral at best. I also loved the fact that the adult characters are the ones centre stage for the first time, which is something that usually isn't the case. I did find the implied Severus/Molly a little squicky though, even though it's mostly unrequited, but Molly pairings are a squick of mine so don't let that bother you.
10. Harry Potter and the Enemy Within and its sequel Harry Potter and the Chained Souls - Theowyn of HPG
[Both gen, AU, Harry and Severus-centric, PG-13, part 1 is 19 chapters and 168, 951 words; part 2 is 31 chapters and 227, 127 words]
This is another really original look at Harry's quest to defeat Voldemort. I think the author develops almost an entirely new branch of magic here in regards to the use of Occlumency and Legilimency, and the way Voldemort's immortality is explained is also fantastic and a little disturbing.
Bonus WIP recs, because they're just that fantastic.
1. Where Your Treasure Is - zeegrindylows
[Severus/Hermione, AU, PG-13, so far at 25 chapters and 120, 039 words, post-Deathly Hallows]
This is the first absolute classic post-DH. Why? Because even though, being AU, it's not entirely canon-compliant the characterisations are so spot-on, the plot so wonderfully executed and the romance is so slow and realistic. This manages to break up Ron and Hermione without resorting to bashing, it deals with Severus' angst regarding Lily, the Weasleys' reactions to losing a family member, and the true and real consequences of war. It's just all-over wonderful, and the fact that the author adds a new chapter every couple of days makes me rather happy too.
2. Recall Alice When She Was Just Small - Harmonic Friction
[Dudley-centric, gen, so far at 21 chapters and 103, 310 words, warning for OCs]
This is the first fic I've read that takes Dudley seriously and traces his journey from a bully through to the person we see in Deathly Hallows. The OoTP encounter with Dementors is the catalyst for Dudley having an epiphany. I love the fact that Dudley is portrayed as having a double life - one in front of his parents (and the realisation that they've failed him by encouraging him and seeing him as the perfect son rather than stopping him from heading down a dangerous path) and the other as a thug and a chav who's immersed in drugs, violence, underage drinking and sex. Obviously being about Dudley and therefore being peripheral in the HPverse there's a lot of OCs but they're actually pretty well integrated. I was recced this in a GAFF antidotes thread and I thought it was well done.
Music: Hang 'Em High - My Chemical Romance
I am absolutely fuming right now. I just stormed out of class half an hour early because I'm just so fucking sick of this bloody subject. Look, I don't particularly care that the people who run the department make Karl Marx look right wing. You're entitled to your opinions.
The problem is, I am completely sick of every. single. fucking. class serving as nothing more than a glorified bashing session of every political belief I hold dear. It's bad enough that the lecturers shove this down our throat and expect us to accept it as gospel. When it spills over into two-hour seminars where the primary purpose is ridiculing my political beliefs, and the Prime Minister of this country etc. and I am not even given a chance to defend myself and my beliefs because I'll be derided as a bigot and an elitist and a mysogynist and a classist and a racist and whatever other derogatory term they can think of, that's where it crosses the line.
You're entitled to your beliefs. Please do not expect me to share them and please don't assume that everyone in class is a Howard-hating, radical socialist. There are libertarians like myself and *gasp* even conservatives who are going into teaching, much as the powers that be seem to think everyone is a union-loving, anti-free trade, "defender of the oppressed".
We're undertaking teacher education, not Political Indoctrination 101.
Music: The Saddest Song - The Ataris
Random bits and pieces
Oh dear Lord this is hot.
I got linked by someone on fanficrants because I was unaware Placebo slash, of all things, existed. (And she promised to send me links if ever she found Brian Molko/Gerard Way slash, which would seriously be the ultimate holy grail of prettyboy slash for me.)
But apparently, according to those photos, bandslash is canon. Brian Molko is so pretty... well, at least now his hair is a bit longer.
Anyway, I just got back from the snow. Never seen it before this but it is certainly pretty. I'm badly sunburned though.
New recs list is coming soon; Millicent/Vincent fic is on hiatus because that bloody annoying Draco plotbunny keeps hassling me and I'm going to have to write at least an outline of it before I can go back to my canon-compliant fic.
Fiction Alley Park's V.E.N.O.M. boards are the best thing ever. It's essentially a sanctioned bashing board, which is nice because you'll mostly get flamed for that doing it elsewhere, and sometimes characters just annoy me.
I have a 1,000 word paper due tomorrow morning and I've got to work tonight, but chances are once I get home I'll be catching up on my fic and possibly writing that outline before I start on the assignment; it's for the subject I hate most so I'm not particularly keen on writing it. I'm such a lazy student sometimes - unfortunately it's spilled over into another subject and I only got a 70 on the essay handed back today.
And now, to catch up on email and my friendslist.
oh, on LJ and Fiction Alley I'm walrus_squared, in case you were wondering.
Music: Thnks Fr The Mmrs - Fall Out Boy
Bad, plot bunny! Bad!
So I've had way too much time to daydream in classes lately, and I've got this plot bunny. It won't go away, and it's the most atrociously terrible fic that could possibly be written.
MAKE IT STOP!
I think I'm going to end up writing it anyway, but I doubt it'll ever see the light of day. For one thing, it involves an original character as a reasonably "main" character.
I wish this stupid plot bunny wasn't blocking inspiration for the actual, canon-compliant Millie/Vince fic I'm writing.
Mood: In Denial
Music: We're All To Blame - Sum 41
Doctors: kindly please stop screwing about with my medication. They've told me that apparently it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
It could be much worse. If I were in the US, instead of being treated properly for my illnesses, I could be sent to a behaviour modification boot-camp.
shoiryu, I'm deeply sorry you had to go through that. It was one of the most horrifying things I have ever read.
Music: Someone To Die For - Jimmy Gnecco ft. Brian May
I wrote about 2,000 more words of my fic yesterday. I was on a total roll because I had one really good idea for a new section of it and thus got to write something I consider reasonably emotional and hopefully relatively true to canon. Might start posting a chunk of it soon to see what people think.
And now, time for more of the 'Getting to know you' meme - this time questions come from
1) Your thoughts on yaoi? XD
I've never seen any anime/manga etc. so I'll have to assume you mean slash by that. As for slash, I love it. My OTP is a slash ship - Draco/Severus. I must admit I'm not really that much of a fan of really, really explicit slash, particularly if it's got a lot of kinks in it. And please, no matter what, keep me away from the mpreg. That absolutely kills me. I'm squicked by female pregnancy and assbabies make it ten times worse. To be completely honest, I don't prefer het over slash or slash over het - the characters are what make the story (and what I said about explicit slash also goes for explicit het. Femmeslash is probably the only time I don't mind PWPs). So long as certain characters aren't used, slash is totally fine. I'll be just as likely to read a Severus/Draco or a Severus/Lucius or a Draco/Harry or a Draco/Blaise as I will be a Severus/Hermione or a Draco/Hermione or a Lucius/Hermione or a Tom Riddle/Hermione. But I will never read a Ron/Draco or a Ron/Hermione, particularly if there's even a *hint* of smut in it. I'm a bit of an egalitarian when it comes to preferences, to be honest - I'll give almost anything a shot, from slash to het to gen to femmeslash.
2) Favorite place to go read?
I like to read in bed at three or four in the morning. It's winter at the moment, and bed means a lot of blankets and a lot of pillows to rest my back against. Plus, it also means privacy (which my second favourite place, downstairs in the lounge room with the heater on, doesn't) and no one to tell me to just 'go to bed already!' I'm pretty much nocturnal - I'm happy going to bed at 5 or 6 or 7am and getting up at 3 or 4pm, but during term time I get harassed and told to get my butt to bed earlier because I've got to be up at 7 to go to uni (damn living two hours away!). I pretty much can't read during the day - I'm too exhausted because my body clock just doesn't work that way.
3) Favorite HP moment and why?
I don't want to spoil Deathly Hallows for anyone, but two words: The Malfoys. If you've read it you'll know why. Also, I loved Draco in the bathroom in Half-Blood Prince. Severus' pensieve memories aren't my favourite, but I relate to them really strongly and I think they're also a really important part of the books.
4) What's a skill you wish you had?
I wish I had the ability to talk to people offline. I'm terribly anxious and don't have many friends out in the so-called "real world".
5) What's something in fandom (any fandom, or fandom in general) you don't get? (Why people do something, why they like/dislike something, etc.)
Oh boy, where do I start? I will never understand Trio!shipping. Harry/Hermione and even Harry/Ginny I can deal with in background pairings so long as there's no smut, but Ron/Hermione just kills me, as do Harry/Ron and Harry/Ron/Hermione. I just find most Trio!shipping horribly boring. Also - I really, really hate Ron as a character to the point if he's shipped in a fic or if he has a major plotline I just won't read it. I will never understand why people like him. I will also never understand how people can think he and Hermione are good for each other or would even work properly as a couple. I could rant about this for a very long time.
Music: But It's Better If You Do - Panic! At The Disco
Getting to know you meme
1. Leave me a comment saying anything random, likeyour favorite lyric to your current favorite song. Or your favoritekind of sandwich. Or your favorite breed of tropical fish/kind of bug/breed of dog. Something random. Whatever you like.
2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions
quaedam asked me.
1. So, first off, what's the whole story behind this presentation?
I'm doing a course on fantasy fiction as one of my English subjects (English is required for my degree because if you're going to be a History/English teacher, you need to do English). Anyway, we got to pick our presentation topics and since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a required text I got to do a presentation on it. The question was pretty broad - it asked us to discuss JKR's "lost world" i.e. the magical world. My presentation actually focused on how although it was magical, the fact it had a very human morality to it meant we could relate to it/it was similar to the real world. It was basically an excuse for me to jump on my soapbox about unfair treatment of Slytherins, at least in one part.
2. Favorite character/characters in HP?
Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy, Tom Riddle and Lucius Malfoy. Second tier? Blaise Zabini, Narcissa Malfoy, Millicent Bulstrode and Vincent Crabbe. I generally like all of the Slytherin students, too.
3. How you got into HP fandom?
Through furiosity</span></span>'s fic A Slytherin and a Gryffindor back in 2005. I recced it a couple of entries back.
4. Five favorite books?
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbing Down (Dr Kevin Donnelly, which is about the decline in the education system of Australia), Procopius' Secret History, Martin Gilbert's The Holocaust and Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
5. Mmm. . .favorite philosopher? :)
Do Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek count as philosophers? </b></a>
Music: Vindicated - Dashboard Confessional
When fandom and real life collide...
So I'm doing a subject called "The World of Fantasy" at uni. This is awesome in itself. Really. Have you ever seen the content of most uni-level English subjects around here? Atrocious!
What's better is... I had an assessment today. The topic? Morality and prejudice in Harry Potter.
I got to jump on my soapbox about how Slytherins are not all evil and about why viewing things from Harry's perspective means we don't get the full picture and even why I don't like certain Weasleys.
PS - Also got to use the line that a truly free and open society allows toleration of opinions that one may find personally abhorrent. WIN X2.
Music: Only One - Yellowcard
You know how I was inspired to start writing Millicent/Vincent because of the fic I was reading? I left a review for the author basically fangirling her and saying she's inspired me to start writing.
I just got a reply back from her.
Let me know when you post this, or if you need a beta. I want to see this
I have a few comments on DH and if Snape is still alive on my LJ--ask for
excessiveperky (no room for the 'ly' she whines).
Hey, he was a Potions Master, and probably saw more than just Arthur Weasley
fed to Nagini. It's like showing Louis Pasteur being done in by rabies. Sigh.
Wow, I feel honoured.
She's a pro writer and has written an 850,000-word fic opus (which is going to have two sequels! Yay! I didn't think she could wrap everything up in the final chapter) and she wants to beta for me, who's never written anything before (save fifty chapters of an original novel when I was 12, but that hardly counts).
And here I was wondering how in hell I'd get a beta for my fics. I'm flattered, seriously.
Now to spend the rest of the afternoon writing rather than doing my assessments.
Mood: On Top of the World
Music: This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race - Fall Out Boy
I have a bundle of recs here. I've read way too much fanfic over the course of this year especially as it's wonderful procrastination from the overload of uni work I've got. I don't know how much this stuff will be to anyone's taste, because most of it is overly long, epic-style fic (which suits my particular taste). There's a mixture of slash and het in here, I like them both.
No WIPs listed here, I've got a few that will be recced once they finally get finished! But for now, ten recs for your enjoyment.
1. The Years That Walk Between - femmequixotic
[Draco/Severus, Harry/Draco, NC-17, 15,800 words, Deathly Hallows spoilers *and* somehow epilogue-compliant.]
I love her Draco/Severus. This story quite literally broke my heart in a number of places. Her characters are so real - they react exactly as I imagine they would in canon.
2. Before Peace - </span>furiosity
[Harry/Draco, some het background pairings, PG to NC-17, 30 chapters + prologue, approx. 100,000 words]
</span> furiosity's Draco is my model for the perfect Draco. When I read him in fic, I automatically compare Draco to the one she's written. She captures him absolutely perfectly. I also loved one of the main background pairings in this.
3. A Gryffindor and a Slytherin - furiosity
[Harry/Draco, PG to R, 99,000 words]
This was the first slash fic I ever read and the one that got me into fandom. It therefore has to go onto any recs list I ever do!
4. Inferno - Ociwen
[Lucius/Hermione, NC-17, 42,432 words, warning for pregnancy]
I love the Lucius/Hermione pairing. It's started to supersede Draco/Hermione in my eyes just because it's usually done a lot better. I usually really hate fics with pregnancy in them (personal squick) but this one was incredible, pregnancy or not.
5. Nine Years In Solitude - Nishizono (LJ)
[Draco/Severus, NC-17, post-war, longish one-shot]
There are some moments of humour in this, but the ending of it is what really grabs you. Read it if only for that.
6. The Experience Of This Sweet Life - </span>femmequixotic
[Draco/Severus, NC-17, longish one-shot]
femmequixotic is awesome. I think I established that earlier!
7. Roman Holiday - Anna
[Severus/Hermione, Draco/Hermione, hard R at a guess, 71 chapters, pre-OOTP]
The writing in this is incredible. I love the turns of phrase and the way the words are laid out upon the page. There are no words for how well this is written. Some might think that the Hermione in this is a bit OOC or that the plots are too fanciful, but this is fantastic nonetheless. Sequels are Jewel Of The Nile (Severus/Hermione, Bill/Hermione, 60 chapters) and its sequel Last Tango In Paris (Severus/Hermione, 48 chapters, seemingly abandoned WIP) but I like the first one the best.
8. Have You Ever - Lady Moonglow
[Tom/Hermione, M, 32 chapters, 173,747 words, AU]
I read this story simply because I'd never seen anything with this pairing before. I ended up staying up half the night to finish it, bawling my eyes out meanwhile. I don't think any Tom/Hermione can live up to this one. I've since re-read it three or four times and it continues to make me cry each time.
9. Heart Over Mind - Regann
[Severus/Hermione, M, 27 chapters, 180,003 words]
This is my favourite of all the Severus/Hermione stories I've read. Like the Tom/Hermione one I listed above, this one got me rather teary. It also got me hooked on the re-reads. Fairly original plot devices and doesn't really succumb to any of the genre's cliches.
10. Macbeth - cyropi
[Draco/Hermione, M, 27 chapters, 115,185 words]
This was recommended to me by a friend and I'm glad she did. This very skilfully weaves in the plot of Macbeth (obvious from the title!) through the HP-verse. I like my fic rather angsty, can you tell?
Music: Lord Have Mercy On Me - Cold War Kids
Wow, there's a lot going on at the moment. However, in the midst of all the craziness I've managed to hit about 4,500 words in my as-yet-unfinished Millie/Vince fic. I have one terrible class this semester - it's Political Indoctrination 101 masquerading as an education class - so that three hours a week is being spent trying to avoid the dreaded *headdesk* through writing.
I really wish I'd been able to find more than three fics with this pairing. I know it's an odd pairing, but HP fandom seems to revel in odd pairings. And ff.net, of the 200,000+ fics, is home to all three of these fics. No joke. Even LJ, with its infinite communities, hasn't turned up anything. One of these days I'm going to post to fandom_lounge asking for help. If only excessivelyperky had never written The Birthday Present (an 850,000 word WIP), I'd have never been intrigued by Millie/Vince as a background pairing!
Other than that, I'm just settling into JournalFen and I'm halfway through compiling a recs list. That'll more than likely go up this weekend - I have three uni assessments due in the next week which means a lot of procrastination over this weekend...
Music: Demolition Lovers - My Chemical Romance