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Happy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone had a good weekend? It's a good day for me, because I finally have my laptop back, yay!! *jumps up and down* I'd just decided that I was going to try and post at least once a week, even if it was only to say "I have nothing to say", because I'm trying really hard this year not to just withdraw and go quiet on people, and then my laptop broke. It took Ben a couple of weeks to get around to looking at it for me, but it's up and running again now - although just barely, and I'm going to need a new one soon. But at least I now have something to type on, even if I am frantically backing up everything I write to gdocs just in case the laptop dies permanently. So anyway, hi!

Reading woes (here, have a random rant):

Has anyone ever read something that has made them so angry they're speechless? Because I did that last night, and I'm still not over it. The book was written by one of my favourite m/m writers too, which made it doubly shocking. I tried really hard to get the anger out in a GR review, but then I stupidly read the other reviews and I got angry all over again! Basically, the MC's love interest is this emotionally abusive cuntweasel (a word I used a lot in my review, because it fit so eloquently), but for some reason everyone else seems to think that's hot. "He's so awesome, so patient, so sweet, why is this book so short I need more Jack!!" UGH, so gross. And I'm so mad about it.

Comment woes (less of a rant, more thinky thoughts):

I got another weird comment on my bonding!fic, Unexpected Consequences the other day:

Fantastic drarry. Hermione turning into a Draco fangirl was not my favorite though. In particular her making excuses at the Burrow was entirely offputting given Draco nearly killing Ron and being the reason a werewolf could maimed Bill for like. That was shockingly unbelievable in an otherwise epic fic.

Still all in all well done.

And at first I wasn't too bothered, because I thought the 'complaint' (for want of a better word) was written respectfully, and everyone's entitled to their opinion, so I just replied with my own and a 'thanks for reading'. But the more I think about it, the more uncomfortable I get, especially after I went back to the moment in question in the fic and reread it. Because all Hermione does is agree with Harry's reasons for agreeing to the bonding spell with Malfoy, and helps him come up with ways to make sure that no advantage is taken of him while in that position of powerlessness under Harry. That doesn't sound like a 'fangirl' to me, but just a basic decent human being who cares about people's rights - the rights of all people, not just the ones she thinks deserves them. And I guess it makes me a little uncomfortable to think about, because the Trio are meant to be these shining examples of humanity at its best, doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do, and if these people aren't supposed to respect whomever they come across, what does that say about us all? I just... can't stop thinking about it I guess, and I'm probably thinking way too deeply about one person's opinion of my stupid little fanfic, but I guess I just... don't understand.

Okay, now I'm gonna go do some work in the hopes of getting paid, and then try to read a book that won't give me a rage conniption! Have a great start to the week, guys! <33

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Date: 2017-02-13 09:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smirkingcat.livejournal.com
yay for your laptop being running!
even if you will need a new one
and i am just fascinated about the way you thing your comments over again - i just mostly let them wash over me and try to take away: someone read it and liked it so it paid off doing it
but then i never got a comment telling me i should have handled my story differently - i mean it is your story you are free to to what you want in every way you want too
*hugs*
and sorry for getting angry at your fav book author...

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Date: 2017-02-14 09:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauren3210.livejournal.com
Yeah, I like to read them once when I get the email notification, and then again when I'm replying, just because they (usually) make me smile, so this one gave me thinky thoughts when I reread it. And now I'm wondering if maybe the commenter wasn't as polite as I first thought, because passive aggressive stuff tends to go straight over my head, but who knows?

<3

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Date: 2017-02-13 05:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gracerene
Yay having a laptop again!!

Lol, I saw your rant on GR and that's such a bummer! That happened to a slightly lesser degree to me I think with one of JLs other books, and it really sucks when an author you like and respect seems to portray a problematic relationship. :(

And yeah, agreed that the commenter is a bit of a dick. *Sigh* they're everywhere.

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Date: 2017-02-14 09:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauren3210.livejournal.com
Hahaha, did you count how many times I used the word 'cuntweasel'? ;D Ugh, I was on her website afterwards too, reading some codas to try and get over my rage, and I came across a coda for this book, AND THE FUCKER'S STILL DOING IT. Yet more "I can't keep doing this, you've got to stop taking risks" from Jack, just because Tim punched some dude who hit him first. I mean??? GOD I have never hated on a fictional character SO HARD. Hate hate hate. UGH.

Yeah, it does suck, because despite the little issues I sometimes have with her books, JL is still one of my very fave m/m authors, and at the moment I'm feeling kind of 'meh'. I'll get over it, though.

Dick commenters are the weirdest thing about fandom to me. Like, why are you wasting your life on this??

<3

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Date: 2017-02-13 10:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] snowgall
What an idiot commenter. Totally agree with you about the decent human beings thing. For goodness sake! Honestly, I'm more upset when Hermione is needlessly bitchy to Draco past the point of reason. In the books, Hermione continues to treat Kreacher with respect even when he's constantly rude to her, so being unable to look past someone's past would be really out of character for her.

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Date: 2017-02-14 09:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauren3210.livejournal.com
Yes! I knew you'd get it! I mean, to be totally fair, Hermione is known for not giving a fuck about people once they've crossed her (Marietta Edgecombe and the 'SNEAK' pimples come to mind), so I could kind of get behind a fic that has her resolutely ignoring Draco, but never to the point where she would actively wish something terrible would happen to him, because that's just not who she is. And the more I think about this comment the more pissed off I get, because in that scene literally all Hermione did was agree with Harry that they couldn't in good conscience leave Draco to the whim of someone who might wish him harm. Like, how is that being a 'fangirl'? How is it 'shockingly unbelievable'?? (Also I'm now getting the feeling that the commenter was being more passive aggressive than polite, which is usually pointless to use on me because I hardly ever pick up on it, lol.)

Ugh, some people are so weird!

<3
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