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Old 01-13-2006, 04:53 PM   #1
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A Surreal Tale by E. M. Pink - T

Title: A Surreal Tale
Author: E. M. Pink
Rating: T
Genre: Action/Adventure/Mystery
Summary:AU. Slytherin!Harry challenge. What happens to the Wizarding World when Bellatrix and others discover the news of her inability to bear magical children? An enraged Dark Lord falls, and a small boy becomes missing: Harry. WIP
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2590595/1/

A nice fic where Harry is raised by Bellatrix. Its very refreshing cause it is cliche free and I also like it cause Harry still acts like a 11 year old and not like some total badass or angsty little bay.
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Old 01-13-2006, 08:27 PM   #2
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Yeah, I've been following this since the start. I like how Harry talks and acts most of the time. Calling Blaise Zabini Dark Boy and calling Tracy Davis Bushy Eye-brows, lol.

I wish he was a little less wimpy but at least he isnt too bad. He'll probably grow to be a badass.
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Old 01-13-2006, 09:12 PM   #3
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I've been following this for a while, though the Bellatrix/Snape scares me... I'll accept it. Anything with Belle and Harry is good. xD
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Old 01-13-2006, 09:17 PM   #4
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Theres another fic that doing a similar take innit? Can't find the link atm, but I'm sure there's another fic worth reading as well where Bella is raising him.
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Old 01-13-2006, 09:20 PM   #5
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Calling Blaise Zabini Dark Boy
....I really am not sure what to think of this....
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Old 01-14-2006, 03:16 AM   #6
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I liked it, it was very interesting. But the author left so much out in terms of how Harry ended up in the orphanage and how his parents were killed. And wth happened to Sirius? If Harry isn't the BWL, then Dumbledore wouldn't have put him with the Dursley's, he would have let Sirius take him, because Sirius would be out of Azkaban, since he was never the Secret Keeper.
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Old 01-14-2006, 07:15 AM   #7
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He only called him Dark Boy because he didnt know his name. They met in Knockturn Alley. He isnt going out of his way to be a racist.

Hell, I'm dark and that doesnt bother me, lol.
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:44 AM   #8
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....I really am not sure what to think of this....
Hi! Sudden Author Appearance here, and so on. Just wanted to take the time to say that

a) I'm black. I can not possibly be racist towards myself, and am not racist towards anyone else.
b) It's supposed to be funny.
c) It's supposed to signify how different things are in Harry/Antares' head - which is a lot. Do you think Canon!Harry would say something like that? Hell no - he's been raised not to say racist stuff about black people. But my Harry's been raised in the Wizarding World, in which the colour of your skin means diddly squat. It's a sign that he truly identifies with wizarding principles and the wizarding way of life and thought, even if he knows to some extent how muggles operate, from occasionally having to scrounge off them.
d) A lot of the stuff Antares says in my story has a particular reasoning behind it. If it doesn't it's either just a whim on my part or probably has no right to be there. Or something.

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I liked it, it was very interesting. But the author left so much out in terms of how Harry ended up in the orphanage and how his parents were killed. And wth happened to Sirius? If Harry isn't the BWL, then Dumbledore wouldn't have put him with the Dursley's, he would have let Sirius take him, because Sirius would be out of Azkaban, since he was never the Secret Keeper.
Sorry if this comes off as a wee bit annoyed, but I'm the author. I'm supposed to leave stuff out. You're not supposed to know how everything happened for a good while, just like Harry didn't and still doesn't entirely know, in the books. Please trust in the fact that

a) I WILL tell you, seriously. Just not immediately, is all.
b) Voldemort didn't - er, I dunno, rape all the potters and disappear in a puff of smoke. I assure you that my backstory is very much present, and well thought out, too. And, as I've already said, will be making an appearance.
c) May I refer you to a sort-of answery post about AST? It's here on my Livejournal. Hope that sort of explains your question...

I've heard people express their dislike for stories that reveal everything too soon, and leave no plot to keep you going or following the story as it goes along, and all that. I'm not necessarily trying to do the opposite or anything, although I subscribe to that particular dislike, but telling you all the details now is a very easy way for me to take lots of the fun and intrigue out of my story. This doesn't mean that I don't have a plot besides "oh, Antares is Harry, yay!", just that that fact works closely with the plot.

And if you really have a SERIOUS BURNING QUESTION, do ask me or leave a note in my LJ or on this thread. I answer almost every one of my reviews, and always try to answer my questions, so you'll be pretty likely to get an answer.
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I'm honestly in full agreement about the whole leaving stuff out thing. The story is no fun when the reader fully comprehends everything that's going on right when it happens. It's a good author's prerogative to set some things up without explaining them right off, so that when the payoff occurs, the reader is able to think back and understand how it all fits.
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Thanks - I think fanfic readers have somehow gotten used to knowing all the facts behind something, and it just seems wierd to have to puzzle it all out and all that, which is rather troubling. The essence of writing, for me, dictates that the author has the power, and they usually USE it, and don't tell you certain things about the bloody plot, you know? *sighs*
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I agree with not telling the reader everything right from the word go. My own story is wrote very much on a need to know basis, in fact the majority of the plot hints in my story will stay unrecognised until the plot progresses further. I've said this before and I'll say it again... a good plot should lead the reader to the answers and not let them have them from the beginning, otherwise what is the point in reading it? You already know the answers.

I've been following this fic for awhile actually, and I like it. I'm hoping that Harry will grow up to be a badass wizard.
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:36 AM   #12
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You know, funnily enough, I just got this review/pseudo flame from someone on FF.net (name witheld because I'm not quite that mean):

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you do know that most of your chapters dont make any sence right? You dont exlain anything nearly enough and your writing skills are not nearly good enough to carry a story long enough to get too the explinations. Put that with how pathetic EVERYONE in the story is and its not a read worth the effort. sorry a 2 out of 10
I'm just baffled, honestly - what is WRONG with people and suspense? When there's none, they complain. When there's some, they complain. Gah.

And then there's the misspellings from someone insulting my writing skills. This would actually be funny if it wasn't so stupid.
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:41 AM   #13
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I'm honestly in full agreement about the whole leaving stuff out thing. The story is no fun when the reader fully comprehends everything that's going on right when it happens. It's a good author's prerogative to set some things up without explaining them right off, so that when the payoff occurs, the reader is able to think back and understand how it all fits.
I think the niblet of truth in this is that reading a fic, until I have reason to, I never expect them to be a good author. Feels like most are making a lot of stuff up as they go. So it becomes necessary to inquire whether they're leaving it out because they forgot, or are leaving it out because it will come up later. Just another annoyance about the inherent flaws with reviewing/commenting on WIP fics. A lot of your questions will simply be answered by future chapters.
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:47 AM   #14
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You know, funnily enough, I just got this review/pseudo flame from someone on FF.net (name witheld because I'm not quite that mean):
We'll need to work on how mean you are it appears.

Especially when anyone can go to your story's reviews and see nonone gave that comment.

Stupid people giving the nons a bad name!
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:09 PM   #15
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Edit of Shame: Er, I really need to read closer next time. I think I'll just leave the rant up (or down, as the case might be), and ask all the 'non-'s out there to forgive the slur. I shall not impinge upon your non honor again!!!1!

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Look, if you're going to read only three chapters of my story, judge them as making no sense, NOT tell my why they don't make sense or ask any sort of real question that wouldn't be insulting to me to answer, as well as calling all of my characters pathetic, then don't expect me to laud you for reading concrit or express remorse that you don't like my fanfic, or that people find out who you are by reading your review.

If you're going to flame someone and tell them their story is only a 2 out of 10 thing and not say why or give any kind of concrit whatsoever, you should sort of know that they have the right to reply in a similarly nasty vein. I'm not going to apologise for quoting your review, thank you - I reserve the right to reply to reviews that don't make sense, and/or quote them if they support my argument in this thread in any way.

Which is, by the way, that it irritates me when people don't just damn well let me write. I'm not saying there might not be plot holes I miss, or things I don't outright forget. But, for goodness' sake, guys, I've got a fat outline file and I'm not afraid to bloody use it. Relax. I'm not going to just look around at the end and say, "Er - Antares was never actually the son of the Potters. That was kinda all a mistake, people. On with the story..."

I sympathise, don't get me wrong. Reading or following WiPs can be tough, especially if you see a good fic go downhill. But what is one to do, hunt down the author and berate them for not giving details about their fanfic in an attempt to make it more like a story and less like rabid self-insertion or 'ooh, wouldn't it be cool if..."? Just because you read fics in a certain way does not mean I or any one author has to write them in a certain way to please any one reader. I write to please myself, thank you very much, and pleasing others while doing so is more of a pleasant side effect for all involved, so if you don't like my efforts, all I can do is shrug and say 'too bad'.
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I think the guy clearly stated he wasn't the one who flamed you.

For those with cheaper tickets:

Your flamer's name: NONONE

Nonjon's name: NONJON

See that "J"? Well, that means he wasn't the one who flamed you.
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:33 PM   #17
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Oh, shite. Shite - er sorry, nonjnn - thought you were nonone for a sec, there.

Could you tell?
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Guess who feels like an overreactive eejit now.
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Hehe... no worries. And I'm sorry to say I haven't read your story and probably won't. I can be picky and anal and offer you nothing constructive if the direction of your fic is not one that coincides with what I want to read (just ask Lord Serapheth).

I'm in this for the fun and entertainment of it. Not to make other people better authors. I could be wrong, and maybe when I'm looking for something new to read, I'll give yours a try and you'll prove me wrong and I'll get around to writing you a rave review then.

But I think that nonone person may be a faker non even. Could be his/her name is "no-none" and not a real 'non'. Or they could be a non-one, in which case I'll rally up the non-mafia and beat them down.

Besides, when I'm really going to lay into a fic for pissing me off and sucking, I'll log out and hide who I am. But usually you have to have a fic I really liked and then take a turn to sucktown, before I'll care enough to do that. And I doubt just two chapters could get that far for me.
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Hehe... no worries. And I'm sorry to say I haven't read your story and probably won't. I can be picky and anal and offer you nothing constructive if the direction of your fic is not one that coincides with what I want to read (just ask Lord Serapheth).

I'm in this for the fun and entertainment of it. Not to make other people better authors. I could be wrong, and maybe when I'm looking for something new to read, I'll give yours a try and you'll prove me wrong and I'll get around to writing you a rave review then.

But I think that nonone person may be a faker non even...
They sure sound like a faker non- to me...do rally the non-mafia and beat some 'sence' into them, if you will. And do try my stuff - one should always take a risk with a new fic now and then - I remember reading this really wierd Shakespeare-esque rendition of the story of the Potters' betrayal the Othello way, and being confused, intrigued and loving that Remus Lupin was essentially the villain anyway. I don't usually read Shakespeare adaptations of stuff, and usually raise a derisive eyebrow in the way of Villain!Remus, but that fic was good enough that I didn't care. I guess there are just some out there that are like that. Hopefully, mine may be one of those for you.
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