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I just want to be a naughty boy, naughty boy.

koimistress: "When audience reaction is all over the map, art itself becomes meaningless."

Does it really? I don't think it does. I think that as long as art produces a reaction, then art will always be meaningful.

Just something I've been pondering.

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svz_insanity contributed the final piece of the Quantum Physics puzzle to mine and Kimmie's ficlets. Yay! It's so interesting--we're all writing Tezu/Ryo in different ways, I think, but it's still coming together and working as one coherent picture. It's nice.

I love the Prince of Tennis soundtracks. They're just so happy. I love "Wonderful Days." I love it when the characters sing. I love that they cast the voice-actors in the musicals, and let the musical actors do the theme songs. It just makes for one great big incestuous Tenipuri family. It's adorable.

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fraught has a lovely post (note: spoileriffic) which among other things discusses HBP Ginny, and the fact that she is a bitch who must die painfully, and I must say I quite agree. I've always hated Ginny, but I was prepared to approach her with an open mind in Book 6, which is why I was really sort of appalled at the fact that every single time she appeared in the books she was doing something I found completely awful. I mean, I'm sorry, but she was a complete hag with regards to Fleur, and just steadily got worse from there--and how on earth is calling someone "Phlegm" even remotely funny to anyone who isn't a third-year Draco Malfoy?

In fact, let's take a look at that one, shall we? In yet another of the many inconsistencies which drove me completely around the bend concerning book 5, Jo Rowling expects us to believe for 6 books that Draco Malfoy is nasty because he:

  • calls people names

  • talks about them behind their back

  • hexes students

  • is smug and superior

  • resorts easily to physical violence.



But when Ginny Weasley:

  • calls people names

  • talks about them behind their back

  • hexes students

  • is smug and superior

  • resorts easily to physical violence.



Suddenly she's the love of Harry's life???

What the fuck. In fact, where Ginny in Book 5 was annoying because she suddenly went from a cipher with barely any character development into a suddenly-sassy Mary Sue Jane, in Book 6 she went from a character we were supposed to like because she was suddenly there, from a character we were supposed to like because she was suddenly doing absolutely vicious, nasty, awful things, to a level that I considered to be much more obnoxious and mean-spirited than the twins ever approached. I mean, the twins, as much as I liked them, could occasionally be awful, and even dangerous; but at least we saw them; we trusted their intentions and their motivations.

Ginny, however, has not been around enough for me to trust her motivations, and when I see her acting this badly, all I can think is that, okay, here's a girl who's been possessed by the Dark Lord, who hasn't said a word for nearly four years, who suddenly becomes insanely obnoxious, perky, twittering, calculating, and bitchy. If I didn't know that she was intended to be one of the good guys (don't get me started), I'd be all, EEEE HARRY RUN AWAY. THE RIDDLE IS STRONG IN THIS ONE. Come to think of it, maybe it is. Maybe Ginny still has some Horcrux left in her system.

Nah. She's probably just a bitch.

However, and I say this with great relish, when we have a Harry Potter who spends an entire book stalking Draco Malfoy, obsessing over Draco Malfoy, staring at Draco Malfoy, thinking about Draco Malfoy's sleek blond hair, and who then falls into what appears to be a completely invisible, dispassionate relationship with someone who acts just like Draco Malfoy....

Ladies and gentlemen, we have denial.

(We also have closets, lust, and a beard. Which still isn't as satisfying as it could be, because, hello, Harry? Luna would make a much better beard. Luna is probably a total fag hag. )

ETA: I'm going to quote my comment to gmth on Auster's lj in this thread. GMTH asked me where the Ginny hate was coming from since she is in fact so much like Draco, and don't I love Draco? A valid point, but the logic breaks down for me in terms of authorial intent and the themes of the books. And I am capable of writing intelligent things about Ginny, honestly, and this is my chance to prove it to the world.

It's primarily a structural thing. With Draco, there's mean-spiritedness, yes, but the books also strongly hint that it's environmental, that it's a product of his upbringing *and* a product of being the constant underdog house in Hogwarts. He's mean to everyone, and he's a racist little snot. But that in itself serves a functional purpose in the books: it serves to underscore Harry's developing sense of humanity, and it serves to underscore one of the primary themes of the books: that even annoying racist little snots from Slytherin are people too, who deserve love. As I've talked about before, I don't ship Harry/Draco just because I think their personalities are compatible; I ship it because of what shipping them, in their situations and circumstances, means to me about love and its ability to overcome obstacles in general. "Shipping H/D is about stripping prejudice and preconceptions away."

With Ginny, not only does her sudden character growth in the last two books feel sudden and superimposed onto the storyline thus far (like many things in book 5 especially, this is not just a criticism directed *just* at Ginny), but where is the point thematically of having Harry fall in love with someone who acts just like Draco Malfoy? It underscores, I guess, that he's not as resistant to Draco as he thinks, just like his "friendship" with the HBP shows that he's not as hostile to Snape as he thinks, either; but I don't think that love in a book like this, in a story like this, should just be about shoring up Harry's relationships to other characters. There is nothing that Ginny offers Harry, that we've seen, that he can't get from Hermione, or from Luna. There is nothing that Ginny is in the books so far, besides a parallel to Draco, a parallel to Lily. That's just not enough for me.

Also, in terms of the ginny-hatred, I'll quote what suaine said on my lj because I think it's exactly right:

Ultimately, I think H/D works better for me than the current state of H/G because Ginny gets to be the good girl, despite her being a weirdly ambiguous character, and Draco doesn't even though he's almost the same archetype. It's like because they have their authorial-intent!default settings on 'Good' and 'Evil' one of them gets the prize and one of them loses everything they care about.

It's something that bothers me tremendously about the books. When a 'good guy' does something like hex people when they are vastly outnumbered then it's supposed to be funny, but when a 'bad guy' does it, we're suddenly supposed to feel all outraged.


What is the point? What is the point of developing Ginny in this way if her specific relationship with Harry ultimately contributes nothing to the theme of the books besides being comic relief (which I don't think is very funny, but that's just me) and blurring the subtext of what's admirable and what's despicable about the characters?

I'm not one for Draco-the-character apologetics. It annoys me when he's portrayed as though he isn't a racist bastard. But functionally, his role in the books has always begged to be greater than what it is: he had a function and a purpose within the narrative that I was overjoyed to see finally realised in book 6.

Ginny has none of that. None. Which makes the fact that on top of everything else she comes off to me as a complete ass just that much more annoying.



Anyway, I looked up www.dieginnydie.com and it was sadly not registered to anyone. Hint, hint.


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In other news, ametatsu is one of my all-time favorite H/D writers who never writes H/D. (others in this category include weatherby and an_sceal.) Anyway, whenever Eddy writes anything you know it's going to be good, but this time she's written an absolutely delightful Hikaru no Go AkiHika fic, get this-- just because she didn't understand the pairing. She's all, "I don't see the love, che", so of course then she sits down and tosses off fic. And of course it's fucking awesome, brilliant, totally nails them, etc. It's disgusting, really. You should all go read it and then tell her exactly how disgusting it is. I'll be over here pouting, and definitely not waiting for her to write more.
Tags: draco, hikago, hp canon, recs, tenipuri, tezuryo
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