Reading his commentary on the series is hilarious, first of all, but it also just reminds me how much I love those books. Every chapter he goes through takes me back to when I first started the series (which, holy fuck, was eleven years ago when i was ten, i am so old) and how utterly mind blowing all the twists and turns were the first time around. And it's just exciting waiting for him to post a new chapter reaction because he doesn't know what's coming and half the greatness of getting new people to read Harry Potter (or any series) is waiting for their OMGWTF reaction during the good parts and then squeeing with them.
...I need more HP icons.
I got an email from someone this morning pointing me in the direction of this Rose/Scorpius fic and said the first couple of lines were similar to my James/Lily fic The Incident in the Library. So I checked it out, and at first I was like, "Oh, it's just the first line, huh? Well, I'm no aja, so I'm going to let it slide," but then I read it again and now I'm kind of pissed.
( Here's the opening paragraphs to both stories )
The stories themselves are completely different from each other otherwise, so it's just the opening couple paragraphs that have been stolen.
I'll repeat this from what I said in my last post on plagiarism: I completely don't understand the people who do it, especially college students who should KNOW BETTER BY NOW (which this author is, according to her FFnet profile). If you'll allow me to be an arrogant brat for a moment, it's not like my fic is some obscure little piece in the monster that is HP fandom. It's a fairly well-known and popular fic in the Lily/James section for a one-shot. Like I said before, someone always finds out when you plagiarize...especially if you plagiarize from something popular.
The mean-spirited bitch in me wants to stir whatever Harry Potter fangirls I have left, report this fic to the FFnet mods and get it yanked without warning, while my more rational, "Let's not end up on Fandom Wank, shall we?" side believes I should at least send a PM to her first to let her know her I'm reporting her. Or is that still being too bitchy to report her without giving her a chance to change her fic? I'm risking creating a wank storm anyway because her fic is a fairly popular Rose/Scorpius one-shot, and it getting yanked will probably piss someone off.
Has anyone out there been plagiarized, and if so, what did you do about it? I'm not going to make a move until after I get off work, so you have plenty of time to respond.
The reason this isn't f-locked? When you're on the receiving end of plagiarism, it's not something you should hide and it's something everyone else in whatever fandom should be aware of. It's all about accountability, and when you've done something wrong, you need to own up to it and face the consequences. Or at least be publicly shamed for it.
And, no, this is not a plea for people to go out and harass this author. Not like I think any of my f-list would do that sort of thing.
Best quote of the day, from the lady herself:
“Is that the best you can say for the Lexicon? That it has text?” She added, “An alphabetical rearrangement is the easiest and laziest way to re-sell my work.”
Jo, how are you so awesome?
Actually finished it at around 8 this morning, but then I had to...you know, sleep for the rest of the afternoon.
I loved it. Completely and absolutely loved it.
What a fitting end to the series, even the mighty epilogue stuffed full of cheese and terrible naming skills. It just fit and felt right, and it was just what the series needed.
I think I cried my eyes out every half hour or so. There was just so much going on and so many things that I wanted to happen and that did and some many things that I didn't expect to happen and the vindication about having good guesses... It was an emotional rollar coaster.
I'm still a bit confused about certain plot points, which I'm such will be cleared up once I've re-read the ending when I'm awake. I always run out of steam just right near the end but I'm so into that I can't stop until I've read the last words and my understanding of the book always gets sacrificed until a later date.
If anyone wants to discuss deeper spoilers in the comments, go right on ahead. I'm rather lacking for HP related discussion because all my RL friends haven't finished the damn book yet because they read like snails or have weddings to attend or just can't handle the midnight to finish reading marathon.
ME: WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU HAVEN'T FINISHED THE BOOK YET?
RL FRIEND: I'm savouring it, Jess! it's the last one!
ME: Well, at least what chapter are you on?
ME: WHAT?! WHEN I CALLED YOU THIS MORNING AFTER I HAD FINISHED YOU WERE ON CHAPTER FIVE! ARE YOU TELLING ME YOU ONLY READ TEN CHAPTERS IN THE SIX HOURS IN WHICH I WAS SLEEPING? YOU COULD HAVE FINISHED THE BOOK! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?
That one's going to be annoyingly smug once its over though. Snape's her favorite character.
"We came across a copy of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' at a store in New York City and we bought it."
So says the New York Times about how they were able to review DH two days before it was published. Is it just me or does that just seem incredibly convienent?
And how do booksellers keep ignoring the explicit instructions NOT TO SELL THE DAMN BOOK BEFORE 12:01 AM TOMORROW? Every book launch, there's always some Mom and Pop store that somehow doesn't get the memo that they're not allowed to sell the books until a certain time on a certain day and sell them just a few days in advance, stirring up all kinds of trouble in fandom and raising blood pressures around the world. Thank God this is the last one.
But really, comparing the NY Times's actions to the Boston Tea Party is just riddikulus, Bloomsbury.
And I love how all the industry people who can't believe the backlash about the leaked copies automatically think it's about the money:
"I can't think of an example from our publishing list where sales were hurt," says Paul Bogaards, director of publicity at Alfred A. Knopf, which published Clinton's book. "None of the leaks are going to hurt sales of Potter."
I don't know how some people just don't get it.
Last post for the weekend. Will come back online after I've read it.
I think I'm going to have to cut off all access to the Internet until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comes out.
Not only are those digital copies of DH floating around the web, but apparently some stupid company shipped out 120 copies of the book early.
Meanwhile, Scholastic, Inc. announced Wednesday that it was taking "immediate legal action" against online retailer DeepDiscount.com and distributor Levy Home Entertainment after learning that "some individuals have received copies of `Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' through the mail."
"We are also making a direct appeal to the Harry Potter fans who bought their books from DeepDiscount.com and may receive copies early, requesting that they keep the packages hidden until midnight on July 21st," Scholastic, Rowling's U.S. publisher, said in a statement.
Someone always has to get a copy early, don't they?
Why is it never me?
ETA 7-19: DAMN IT, NEW YORK TIMES! YOU TOO?
STOP TEMPTING ME ALREADY!
Just one more day, one more day. I can last that long. One more day...
NEW HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX TRAILER GOODNESS!
Favorite part: Voldemort in a black suit.
This may be just what I needed to get the squee back into my Harry Potter obsession.
Summary: Tonks was in St. Mungo's the first time she met Remus Lupin.
Notes: Another old fic I found on my computer that needed dusting off. I wrote this sometime after Half-Blood Prince was released, but never posted it, probably because it was supposed to longer. Tonks/Remus is my other Harry Potter OTP. :)
Title: The Incident in the Library
Summary: Lily Evans has been distracted lately…and it’s all because of James Potter and his stupid, unbuttoned shirt. Hardly any fluff, but plenty of shirtless James for everybody.
It can be found here if you're interested.
Still no progress on Nothing on Earth Chapter 21 because I am a lazy pile of crap. Will get going on it soon, however, because I've just realised that summer is already almost half over.