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Fan-fiction Has Stolen My Brain

I am not sure exactly when, but sometime before Christmas, I began reading Harry Potter fan-fiction online. Primarily, Drarry  and other slash fictions. And I’ve not stopped since. My brain, my life, my time, has been taken over… Love-fan-fiction

I hear some of you asking “WTH is she talking about? Slash? Drarry?” In fandom terms, Slash is “a type of fic, often written by women, involving romantic or sexual involvement between two characters of the same gender. The term originates from early Star Trek fandom, namely “Kirk/Spock” stories — the term “slash” comes from the slash (/) placed between the names of the characters involved”.  Drarry is the pairing of Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy, combining their names.

What, exactly is the point of all of this? I have no idea. As I said, my brain has been invaded, stolen, by fan-fics. I’m alternately deeply enthralled by wonderful writing and great stories, some with truly excellent sex scenes, and highly annoyed by poor grammar, atrocious spelling and the worst romances I’ve seen. And I have read some bad romance novels in my time, people.

What amazes me each time I go onto FanFiction.net or Archive Of Our Own to look for new stories is how many are out there. How many people are writing about the things they love, creating worlds where the characters they love do all sorts of things. Where Sherlock and The Doctor have tea, or The Monkees hang out with Mozart. Worlds where the cast of Harry Potter interacts with the Twilight gang, or Sookie & Eric are running away from Buffy. True, some of the stories are awful, but that’s a risk you take when reading anything new. And I’m having fun. Isn’t that what matters?

Besides, I kinda like the idea of Sherlock & The Doctor being friends. Makes perfect sense to me…

 

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Book Review: Real Murders

Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden, #1)Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After waiting months for a library copy of Real Murders, I finally broke down & bought my own copy for my eReader, and proceeded to finish the novel in one juicy sweep. I do love Charlaine Harris’ books, and now that the Sookie Stackhouse series is almost finished, I’m happy that I have a new-to-me series to jump into. Aurora Teagarden is a delightful heroine, both smart & funny. I’d have appreciated a bit more of a plot twist at the end, but let’s be honest– I’m not expecting Hitchcockian story lines from these books.

All in all, I found Real Murders a real satisfying read.

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Book Review: A Secret Rage

A Secret Rage by Charlaine Harris
I’m a big fan of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels, and have enjoyed the Harper Connelly mysteries as well, so I had high hopes for this little novel. “A Secret Rage” didn’t quite live up to my expectations, yet was not all bad. Starting off slow, and building to a violent climax, this story is an easy read, with enough bumps in the road to keep the reader interested. Harris is an expert at writing a fight scene, as any reader of the Sookie books knows, and that talent does not go to waste here. Her characters are not quite as full-formed as one might hope, but I did care enough about them to keep reading.
As for the “whodunnit” aspect, well, I was kept guessing right up until the end, and just for that, I give and extra star!
Published July 12th 1985 by Ballantine Books (first published 1984)