shyfoxling: Sirius Black looking serious (sirius (lookin' sirius))
( Oct. 4th, 2016 12:01 pm)
Great meta post by [tumblr.com profile] pazithigallifreya responding to the question of just what Sirius was thinking in trying to get Severus to meet a werewolf in the Shrieking Shack, wandering into Sirius's psychology in general and his relationship with Severus: http://pazithigallifreya.tumblr.com/post/151340595027/the-savage-nymph-art-i-sometimes-wonder-about
shyfoxling: Colin Creevey with camera, text "Fangirl!" (squee (colin fangirl))
( Jun. 3rd, 2015 01:40 pm)
via [livejournal.com profile] elisi: Slash Fanfiction: The Meta Of All Metas

Really good, recommended read, albeit probably preaching to the choir for most of you seeing this.
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shyfoxling: Text "Sectumsempra: Latin for 'sadistic bastard'" (humor (sectumsempra))
( May. 22nd, 2012 10:52 pm)
From the (tiny) excerpt of The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1 that's recently been added to Pottermore (Ch 14; see this guide if you want to know exactly where):Read more... )
shyfoxling: worn book with text Property of the Half-Blood Prince (general (hbp book))
( Dec. 15th, 2011 01:34 pm)
Holiday cards were pitched in the mailbox this morning. Unfortunately I think that means the ones destined for further lands (relative to California) may arrive a little behind schedule. Ah well.

In other news, via [livejournal.com profile] bewarethesmirk: challenging the concept of a Mary Sue as problematic in a feminist context. (briefly: why is it ok for men and boys to have idealized, wish-fulfillment, power-fantasy characters, but not women and girls?)
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shyfoxling: Cauldron with steam rising (general (potion book))
( Nov. 7th, 2011 05:55 pm)
So, y'all* get a load of this? http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/video-j-k-rowling-admits-deathly-hallows-draft-had-snape-vs-harry-not-mcgonagall-86207/

I don’t like the marginalisation of women when the fighting breaks out. We get to fight too. I really wanted that. In fact, there was an earlier draft... I know there was at one point, it was Harry who took on Snape in that confrontation, and I really didn't want that to happen.

In the book Minerva McGonagall was the one who does it, and for me it was very important that she did that.


I agree very much that the women characters ought to fight as well and I think everyone reading this probably enjoyed seeing what a badass Minerva was, but on the other hand I've got to wonder what we'd have got if it had stayed Harry on the other end of that duel. (One hopes it would have been more than a repeat of the end of HBP where Severus hands the kid his arse on a platter!) It's not as simple as just the change in meaning from it being a female instead of a male; it being Harry (as opposed to another male teacher, like Flitwick) would have changed the whole ensuing action considerably.

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* I settled on just the pronoun here because I was getting way too caught up on how I might spell the mushed up contraction of "did you all" that I was actually thinking: j'y'all? d'j'y'all? djy'all?
[livejournal.com profile] lilyevans_snape posted an interesting question in her deviantART journal recently: Snape Fanfiction - What is Left to Say...? This was my response, and a response to a response from her.

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It's always been a little dismaying to see comments like "OMG, he's not a Byronic hero, get over it" because to me he's definitely got more than a whiff of that about him. (I wonder if people are misunderstanding "Byronic".) To me he is definitely a dark-romantic character; I understand the problem with excessively romanticizing him (there are parts of his past and his character which are, simply, ugly), but it's not right to just make him a simple bastard without that compelling aura. And you may have seen me rant before about how I don't get or like how "emo" is used as an insult. True he is not the weepy mushy type but it so often comes across to me like people are trying to deny him feeling, deny him the deep passionate heart that makes him him (how else do you carry a torch like that all those years).

I've had a hard time finding my way in Snape fandom over the past couple years actually because I don't know what's okay to think anymore. Every time I think I've settled on an expression or version I feel comfortable celebrating or sharing, I see people I consider friends saying "don't you hate it when people ____?" "Oh god, I know, right? how can they think that way?" and I'm like oookay, well, better keep my mouth shut then. Time and again I get the message "it's not okay to think the way you do", from all sides of the map, and I just don't know what to do.

As far as fic and what is left to say: It's not so much that I'm out of things to say, or at least not that I am bored of saying the same things over and over again, because I love them and I am not tired of them (as *ls269 said elsewhere). It's more that I don't know how or where to start or how to continue. Or something. I can get vague scraps of ideas; there's a private "ideas" tag in my journal with various bits of bunny fur, and I have like four unfinished fics in various stages in my WIP folder. But mostly I just sit there afraid of doing it wrong, and/or just don't have the energy ("spoons") because I'm so brain-fuzzy these days I can hardly do more than read the internet. Drabble prompts and the like spark no response, not because I think there's nothing left to say about Severus, but because of some fault or empty place in myself.

I went way off the original question there didn't I. Read more... )
shyfoxling: Hermione handing a notebook to Professor Snape, text "is this fangirl drivel?" (severus gen (fangirl drivel))
( May. 7th, 2011 12:31 am)
Does anyone have any leads on where the practice of referring to Severus as "a/the greasy git", especially, and secondarily as variants of "dungeon bat" might have originated? The latter can be vaguely related to Voldemort!Quirrell saying in PS "So useful to have him swooping around like an overgrown bat," but the "greasy git" epithet is created pretty much out of whole cloth. ("Greasy" is used for his hair and skin, and a couple of times he's referred to as a git, but the phrase is entirely fanon as far as I know.)

Just curious, really.

edit: I mean if anyone knows where/when in fandom these phrases originated, since these particular arrangements of the words are fanon.
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( Apr. 12th, 2011 11:31 am)
Philosophical question:

Should every shippy fic be capable of selling the ship to an "unbeliever" or someone who is lukewarm (assuming a sufficiently open mind on the part of the reader, and not rejection out of hand to begin with)? Or is it okay if only existing fans of the ship are likely to be able to suspend their disbelief far enough to enjoy the fic? Does your answer change based on the likely display setting of the fic, e.g. personal journal, ship-centric fest, fest on some other theme (like the various seasonal things), archive of some sort...?
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Y'all are probably aware that Severus/Harry, Harry/Draco, Severus/Hermione, and Remus/Sirius are celebrating ten-year anniversaries this year. Well, I was very pleased to learn from [livejournal.com profile] white_serpent (Avocado) over on [livejournal.com profile] 12am_nosh that the first known Severus/Sirius fic is of similar vintage (November 2000). I'm tempted to want to arrange some sort of celebratory minifest and meta/reminiscences or something, but I don't know if I can.
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( Jul. 27th, 2009 09:31 pm)
Highly recommended bit of meta: The Fully Knowable Severus Snape by [livejournal.com profile] drinkingcocoa. I missed this at Azkatraz because it was in a 9 AM timeslot that I just couldn't drag myself out of bed for.
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( Jul. 27th, 2009 09:31 pm)
Highly recommended bit of meta: The Fully Knowable Severus Snape by [personal profile] drinkingcocoa. I missed this at Azkatraz because it was in a 9 AM timeslot that I just couldn't drag myself out of bed for.
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( Jun. 25th, 2008 07:02 pm)
Here's another angle on that whole doe Patronus business, taken shamelessly (but with permission) from a (locked) post by [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch who was talking about actual animal totems:

I don't get why Deer is always associated with gentleness. You don't want to fuck with a deer. Especially a buck at rutting season. And if you're taking "Deer" in a broader sense to mean the entire family, just consider the red deer, the elk, and the moose. Antlers are wicked weapons, and all deer have sharp hooves.

Lots of animals are gentle with their young. Lots of tame or domestic animals can learn to be gentle with humans. But I'm not sure there's any wild animal that's so gentle that it wouldn't bite, kick, or sting the crap out of you if you threatened hir.
shyfoxling: Ravenclaw crest (severus gen (light spot))
( Jun. 25th, 2008 07:02 pm)
Here's another angle on that whole doe Patronus business, taken shamelessly (but with permission) from a (locked) post by [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch who was talking about actual animal totems:

I don't get why Deer is always associated with gentleness. You don't want to fuck with a deer. Especially a buck at rutting season. And if you're taking "Deer" in a broader sense to mean the entire family, just consider the red deer, the elk, and the moose. Antlers are wicked weapons, and all deer have sharp hooves.

Lots of animals are gentle with their young. Lots of tame or domestic animals can learn to be gentle with humans. But I'm not sure there's any wild animal that's so gentle that it wouldn't bite, kick, or sting the crap out of you if you threatened hir.
Reposted with permission from [livejournal.com profile] atdelphi, from this thread in [livejournal.com profile] persepolis130's journal. I just thought these were some really insightful comments:

Just chiming in as someone who likes to ship Snape with Dumbledore, Filch, McGonagall, Hagrid, or Slughorn. I had to fudge some of my answers - for instance, none of those listed pairings would make me spew, and none of the Lily options really described my view of the relationship (that is to say, looking at the character, I see a difference between how Snape would feel about Lily and how he would think he feels. To me, a defining point of the character is how his position at Hogwarts has kept him mired in his adolescence, living on grudges and wrongs, stunted emotionally and possessing a distorted self-awareness). In short, I think what he's in love with by the end of the series has more to do with ideals, guilt, himself, and lost opportunities than any real woman, but they all go by the name Lily. [emphasis mine]

I've always enjoyed the mirroring in PoA, where we see Snape and Sirius set up as the least mature adults in the series - Snape for his pettiness, Sirius for his recklessness, both for their obsession with the past - and you realise that just as Sirius is emotionally arrested at twenty-one from being locked away at that age, so is Snape. The presence of the Dementors at Hogwarts really needles in that image of Hogwarts as Snape's Azkaban, a place where he's forced to relive his unhappy memories. Then in HBP we get that chilling note of finding out why
[emphasis original] Snape keeps asking for the Defence position - because he knows that the Defence professor never comes back the next year.


FWIW what she says about "mirroring" with Sirius is one of the reasons I like to ship those two, actually. :)
Reposted with permission from [livejournal.com profile] atdelphi, from this thread in [livejournal.com profile] persepolis130's journal. I just thought these were some really insightful comments:

Just chiming in as someone who likes to ship Snape with Dumbledore, Filch, McGonagall, Hagrid, or Slughorn. I had to fudge some of my answers - for instance, none of those listed pairings would make me spew, and none of the Lily options really described my view of the relationship (that is to say, looking at the character, I see a difference between how Snape would feel about Lily and how he would think he feels. To me, a defining point of the character is how his position at Hogwarts has kept him mired in his adolescence, living on grudges and wrongs, stunted emotionally and possessing a distorted self-awareness). In short, I think what he's in love with by the end of the series has more to do with ideals, guilt, himself, and lost opportunities than any real woman, but they all go by the name Lily. [emphasis mine]

I've always enjoyed the mirroring in PoA, where we see Snape and Sirius set up as the least mature adults in the series - Snape for his pettiness, Sirius for his recklessness, both for their obsession with the past - and you realise that just as Sirius is emotionally arrested at twenty-one from being locked away at that age, so is Snape. The presence of the Dementors at Hogwarts really needles in that image of Hogwarts as Snape's Azkaban, a place where he's forced to relive his unhappy memories. Then in HBP we get that chilling note of finding out why
[emphasis original] Snape keeps asking for the Defence position - because he knows that the Defence professor never comes back the next year.


FWIW what she says about "mirroring" with Sirius is one of the reasons I like to ship those two, actually. :)
Somewhere in the comments on this post about the invisibility cloak, we got way off into talking about Snack:

[livejournal.com profile] raisin_gal: I mean, with Sirius long gone and now Severus dead, Snape/Black fodder is so thin on the ground to begin with... I'd clutch at any straw, at this point, but your idea just sounds so fantastic.

[livejournal.com profile] aras_fixation: Unfortunately it is. Lots slashers either tend taking the easy route, sticking to short PWPs with hate sex. Or to their but-they-hate-each-other thesis and then turning toward more easy pairings.

ETA: Writing Snape/Black is a challenge. It often requires from the writer to like both characters in equal way, see all their strengh and weaknesses all at once, while keeping this all in ballance. Not an easy task, since most of the writers are, on a personal level, deeply emotionaly involved either with Severus *or* Sirius to keep themselves in check during their writing.

[livejournal.com profile] esmestrella: Apparently can pontificate. )


additional, which I didn't want to ETA when I'd already gone on quite long enough in a hijacked thread )
Somewhere in the comments on this post about the invisibility cloak, we got way off into talking about Snack:

[livejournal.com profile] raisin_gal: I mean, with Sirius long gone and now Severus dead, Snape/Black fodder is so thin on the ground to begin with... I'd clutch at any straw, at this point, but your idea just sounds so fantastic.

[livejournal.com profile] aras_fixation: Unfortunately it is. Lots slashers either tend taking the easy route, sticking to short PWPs with hate sex. Or to their but-they-hate-each-other thesis and then turning toward more easy pairings.

ETA: Writing Snape/Black is a challenge. It often requires from the writer to like both characters in equal way, see all their strengh and weaknesses all at once, while keeping this all in ballance. Not an easy task, since most of the writers are, on a personal level, deeply emotionaly involved either with Severus *or* Sirius to keep themselves in check during their writing.

[livejournal.com profile] esmestrella: Apparently can pontificate. )


additional, which I didn't want to ETA when I'd already gone on quite long enough in a hijacked thread )
I don't like Freewill Astrology. Something about the tone annoys me; I think Rob Brezsny often sounds like he is trying too hard. (Hello, kettle? This is pot.) A number of my friends (on [livejournal.com profile] starlightforest) enjoy it, however, so I simply skim past any posts of it I see.

Today, as I was doing just that to [livejournal.com profile] aureantes's post of his horoscope, I felt a twinge that I should go look up my own, which I ignored. After all, I thought, I don't care for Freewill Astrology, and I have a neverending stream of other things to read.

When I reached the bottom of the post, I saw the phrase "fumbling towards ecstasy" in among some reflections on what Brezsny wrote, and there was that twinge again. Deciding to yield to something that had gone to the bother of poking me twice within as many minutes, I looked up the Virgo horoscope for the week:
In 1954, the writer Albert Camus said, "A person's life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover, through the detours of art or love or passionate work, those one or two images in the presence of which his heart first opened." In the first month of 2008, a humble astrology columnist, yours truly, used Camus' words to direct Virgos towards one of their primary tasks in the year ahead.
(Emphasis mine.)

I already know what one is, at least. I have known for certain since early 1999, consciously suspected it for about a year before that, and can trace its threads back to about 1992 now that I know where to look. It has dark hair and dark eyes and a certain shape and sound and looks at me a certain way, and the character of Severus Snape is only one of a number of instances in my life of this particular template woven so firmly into my psyche that I cannot fail to respond to it.

It was in the presence of another such instance that I first thought that I could be loved and that there was vast beauty in the universe, that I felt a passion and life bubble up inside me and come out as shining strings of words. I know the truth of it in my marrow.

But wait; there's more.

I got turned on to the presence of [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets sometime during the winter break. I made a couple of my own "secrets" earlier this month and have had them sitting around in my "junk drawer", waiting for either the courage to post them, or a firm decision not to. Every now and again I look at them, idly tweaking the text or its arrangement, pondering whether I really think it likely I would unearth any kindred feeling, or whether it is more likely I would just get mockery. (Like PostSecret, it's anonymous, but it would still hurt, and paranoia says that someone would be able to guess it was me from style or wording.)

Last night I hit on what I thought was a perfect addition to one of them, which tied the whole thing together in terms of both content and design, and summed up the core of the secret. Those magic words, that I thought were so pithy, are the ones at the very bottom right. When I read about him... )

I hope the moral of the story is that I was wrong to frame this as a secret because it is not shameful.
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