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A slight deviation

Well, I just wrote my first non-Doctor Who fanfic. "Liquid Luck" spawned from a comment my husband made while we were watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix a few weeks ago.



When Slughorn told his class that only one student had ever won the vial of Felix Felicis by brewing the Draught of Living Death, my husband wondered aloud who it was. We both immediately agreed that Snape was the one (from all of the information we get about him, he really was a brilliant wizard), and we wondered what he did with the vial. It didn't take long for me to envision the likely scenario, and I finally put it down on paper this past weekend. I waited this long because I needed to research Snape, Lily, and James when they were teens.

So there you have it, a fanfic from a different fandom. I enjoyed writing it, and I feel like my descriptions of the action were better in this story than they have been for a while, but I doubt I'll return to the HP universe, for a number of reasons. The first, of course, is that the DW universe is just absolutely enthralling to me. No other fandom calls to me like it does. One of the other problems is that the HP storyline is so tight, it's difficult for me to insert stories that fit in canon (and you know how important canon is to me). This story is set long before the books, and I still had reservations about it because it portrays Severus as more competent as a teen than he was in the books: does it interfere with the later incident where James casts levicorpus on him? I rationalize it as this moment of competence crippled Severus even more later, because in the later incident, he didn't have a goal he was trying to achieve and therefore was even more unsure of himself against (the possibly still angry) James. I had a similar problem with Mistaken Identity, carefully fitting it into the little cracks of canon between Harry's fourth and fifth year, which is why Harry and the other students didn't appear in it: there was no way to have the Doctor encounter them without messing with the books (or wiping their memories, which would have been crude; the Doctor would have no reason to think they'd need their memories wiped).

I guess one of the problems is that I don't write introspection pieces. I like to write events and actions, and it's much harder to fit an event with consequences into an established story. If I wrote an introspection piece, such as Harry's thoughts about some event, it could go anywhere, fit in at any time he had a chance to think about it. This kind of goes hand-in-hand with something I realized last week: my stories are too happy. All of my stories except The Actor have ended on a happy note. I'd like to branch out into darker, more emotional writing, but when I try, it inevitably goes back to being more happy and action-y. Ah well, someone's gotta write the fluff.

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a_phoenixdragon
Aug. 19th, 2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
YAY!!! So proud!!

*HUGS*
shivver13
Aug. 20th, 2014 04:51 am (UTC)
Aww thanks! Hugs!!
flowsoffire
Aug. 20th, 2014 06:23 am (UTC)
Yay for exploring! I'll have to check that out, it sounds pretty good :) The rationalization about Severus sounds good. Besides, it was a moment of stress in the books, he had to defend himself and he did see that coming, he wasn't taken by surprise, but he still knew he would have at least James and Sirius together after him if need be, plus a laughing audience around and that's enough to make anyone tense and clumsy. One can make stupid mistakes at such a time; as you said, having a goal is important, and also makes one feel in control. Maybe young!Severus was very capable in situations he had full control on—subtle and complex potion-making, inventing curses—but hadn't developed into a very good dueller yet, because he didn't find it as easy to react quickly and not lose part of his control in a stressful situation (in the duel he slashed James' cheek instead of incapacitating him, that's blind emotion, not clever thinking).

Ah, I get you—we all have our preferred areas for writing, and our comfort zone! I'm your exact contrary actually, haha—I mainly write character introspection and short, pretty-ish pieces, I suck at action and plot like you wouldn't believe XD Exploring is good, but it doesn't mean it's an awful thing to mainly write the same genre! It's what you're best at ;)
shivver13
Aug. 20th, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
Aww thanks! I do prefer to write action and plot. I just wish I could write those beautiful emotional and descriptive stories like I see here all the time. It's funny, though: I sometimes sit down and thinking to myself, "I'm going to write this and really concentrate on introspection," and then an hour later, I realize I've slipped back into my regular mindset. Like you said, though, play to your strengths. :)
flowsoffire
Aug. 21st, 2014 06:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, I understand that—all the more since I wish I could write action! :D

Your mind just slips back into its preferred ways! ;) Creativity can be hard to control…
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