1. Hey Guest, welcome back to DLP

    As you can see, we've changed our look. We've migrated from vBulletin to the Xenforo forum system. There may be issues or missing functionality, if you find anything or have feedback, please check out the new Xenforo Migration Feedback forum.

    Our dark ("Dark Lord Potter") theme is under heavy development. We also have a light ("Light Lord Potter") theme for those happier with a light background and darker text.

    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Hey Guest! Are you any good at cooking? Got a favourite recipe that you love to cook or bring out to impress that special someone? Why not share it! A new forum called The Burrow has opened and it's all about homemaking!

What do you want to read?

Discussion in 'FanFic Discussion' started by Jon, May 2, 2017.

  1. Jon

    Jon The Demon Mayor Admin DLP Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2006
    Messages:
    7,355
    Location:
    Australia
    I've asked several people on IRC this question and I've either gotten half-arsed answers or nothing.

    So, wider populous of the forum, what do you want to read?

    What type of story do you instantly click on?

    What do you generally avoid these days?

    Give me something concrete to work with for the love of several kind of different flavored fuck.

    T3t
    • Old character in new setting.
    • Old material told in a new way.
     
  2. T3t

    T3t Purple Beast of DLP Prestige DLP Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2011
    Messages:
    151
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    High Score:
    3,164
    Universe fusions - any flavor of HP, DF, NotW, YGO (yeah I know), Worm (sorta, complicated, most current attempts are complete crap).

    On the HP or DF side - strong AUs, or divergences where canon is but a fleeting memory. (See: Taure's fics, Newcomb, etc.)
     
  3. Meerkats

    Meerkats High Inquisitor

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2012
    Messages:
    545
    Location:
    Space
    My white whale is a fiction set in Hogwarts with no Voldemort, where Harry and friends are just having fun. Preferably with some romance.

    There are few like this though and even fewer good ones.
     
  4. Taure

    Taure Magical Core Enthusiast Prestige DLP Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2006
    Messages:
    948
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    High Score:
    13,152
    A single-year mystery adventure with boarding school elements and no war or resurrected Voldemort, like the first three books.
     
  5. douter

    douter Third Year

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2015
    Messages:
    106
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Australia
    High Score:
    0
    I'd love to read a story that feels magical, that explores the magical world inside and outside hogwarts.
     
  6. Verovir

    Verovir Disappeared

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2017
    Messages:
    37
    High Score:
    0
    My favorite kinds of stories are those where Harry is alone in some way, without friends. That includes stories where Harry is left alone in France to handle things for himself and those where Harry is left alone at the Dursleys instead of going to Hogwarts. Also, first year AUs.

    I avoid stories in which there is no Voldemort.
     
  7. Jibril

    Jibril Headmaster

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Messages:
    1,099
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    50.26°N, 19.02°E
    Techno-thriller story with extensive use of magical devices.
     
  8. Andrela

    Andrela Plot Bunny DLP Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2012
    Messages:
    4,178
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Silesia
    Stories where the universe operates on Fairy Tale Logic instead of muggle physics.

    In fact, the less muggles in the stories the better, I don't like when various authors "mugglyfy" aspects of the wizarding world.

    I want to read stories about wizards and magic, with the wonder and awe that they should bring.
     
  9. kira and light

    kira and light DA Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2013
    Messages:
    159
    Location:
    Germany
    What I want to read: Harry gets a mentor, talented/hardworking protagonist, canon continuation without rehash, year spanning adventure, exploration of pureblood culture and society, exploration of magic, sweeping AUs.

    Big focus on characters for eg. interactions, dynamics with each other, very much character development, more inner conflict with with grayer characters instead of cartoonishly evil or good factions, flawed characters.

    Canon characterization except in AUs with diffenent backgrounds to justify the change.

    Bonus points: Harry, Dumbledore and Voldemort being the major characters. Many duells and cool action scenes just not too much.

    What I generally avoid: Time Travel storys, post Hogwarts, bashing/flanderization of all characters even Snape and Malfoy, characters like Snape and Malfoy becoming a major focus of a fic instead of important secondary antagonistic characters.

    Fics focused entirely too much on humor, romance, pairings, fluff that you can't take it serious anymore. Fics being to edgy and dark the entire time.

    MC being a woman magnet, incomparable badass who is never afraid does not ever face a real challenge, having talents which were never seen before and could stomp Dumbledore and Voldemort at age 17.
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2017
  10. Seratin

    Seratin Proudmander Prestige DLP Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2007
    Messages:
    1,263
    Location:
    Dún na ngall
    High Score:
    3,792
    I'd love a Harry centric fic that sticks to the formula of the early books up to a point but with Harry showing more aptitude with magic.

    One of the things about the series is it's often hinted at that Harry is very good with certain magic like the Patronus charm. There was a slow build up towards him being badass that never materialised in the books.

    Oh and Busty Redhead Susan Bones.
     
  11. Anarchy

    Anarchy Prisoner DLP Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2009
    Messages:
    2,928
    Location:
    NJ
    For purely HP, something along the lines of Raining Ink's Out of the Night. Wizarding culture and traditions, where they actually mean something. Where being a Dark Wizard means more than just throwing around unforgivable curses. On the Wings of a Phoenix is a similar type of story, it had a lot of potential, and I like the ideas behind it, and I just want more. It's the type of story where nothing is really as it seems, and that peoples motivations aren't always clear and things that Harry have been lead to believe are truth, might not necessarily be. I've been looking for years for something new like this but they don't come up that often, and they're usually not very good. My own attempts at writing things like that come up flat.

    For HP crossovers, I'm kind of a sucker for fusions, despite there being almost a zero amount of decent ones. I've said it before, but I'm of the opinion that people often overthink how to mesh two universes together. Combining Dresden Files and HP should be easy, but people get hung up on trying to have the two magic systems co-exist, when they really should just be one in the same.

    They don't just have to be fusions though. So while something like HP in Mass Effect is interesting, in that you can just have the ME world be the future with little issue, a fusion with Game of Thrones wouldn't make as much sense, so I would rather read about Harry landing himself there by going through a dimensional portal or whatever. And, I would admit that I'm a sucker for when the pairing is Harry/my favorite female from that universe.
     
  12. Joe

    Joe The Reminiscent Exile Prestige DLP Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2008
    Messages:
    499
    Location:
    Perth, Western Australia
    High Score:
    1,800
    Ah this is a real subjective question, Jon. Like, the most subjective.

    People want what appeals to them. Hell, writers write what appeals to them. That's why my stuff reads like a Stephen King fanfiction writer wrote Harry Potter fanfiction.
     
  13. Dresden11

    Dresden11 First Year

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2014
    Messages:
    33
    I enjoy almost anything that takes HP into a more fantasy setting. Powerful magic with the main character actually trying to better him/herself. Different races still having some power in the world can be interesting. Sweeping AUs can be fun, and my favorite updating HP fics are actually both large AU.

    Honestly though, I would like to read something good. Its probably been literally months since I found something new that is being updated and its actually good in the HP fandom. I am all ears if anyone actually knows any good new fics because I feel like I can never find any.
     
  14. BTT

    BTT Order Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2011
    Messages:
    812
    Location:
    Cyber City Oedo
    Something fresh and fun, departing from anything resembling stations of canon into the unknown and just never looking back. Something that's big in scope and expands on the world in ways that still fit the "feel" of HP. No senseless drama or angst, romantic or otherwise, but just a fun romp through uncharted waters of canon.

    tl;dr basically Ectomancer. But not dead.
     
  15. Tasoli

    Tasoli Headmaster

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2008
    Messages:
    1,129
    Location:
    Behind the keyboard
    A completely different world. Like say Wizarding world actually being another world that is not really part of this one.

    I liked Exalted Creation for example and I am reading Fables comics right now and I think Fable homelands is really interesting.
     
  16. Atram Noctem

    Atram Noctem High Inquisitor

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2015
    Messages:
    525
    Stories that don't add elements that conflict with canon (magical oaths, pureblood lords, scar-horcrux removal devices, child-raping Dursleys, Voldemort is misunderstood etc). or if they bother to add those elements, they also have to change anything else related (if you make 11 year old Slytherins Machiavellian politicians who already know most of the Hogwarts curricilum, don't make the other houses completely clueless and childish exactly as they were in canon).

    Stories that completely discard everything after GoF. I don't mean that they just take it in a different direction. I mean that all the elements and information introduced in books 5-7 gets thrown out, and the author takes the plot to a place that could never have gone in the canonical universe. I'm saying that because, for one, I don't like the direction the series took since OotP, and I also find fics that were written pre-OotP or pre-HBP more imaginative and interesting.

    Stories that take place in 80's Hogwarts, that is, the time between Voldemort's defeat and Harry's first year. I think that it can be very interesting to explore the effects the war had on that generation. Preferably with original characters.

    Stories where Voldemort actually died in 1981.

    ...Where Harry isn't the BWL or isn't famous.

    But most importantly, ones that are well written.
     
  17. kira and light

    kira and light DA Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2013
    Messages:
    159
    Location:
    Germany
    Building on canon instead of rebuilding it for no purpose especially the magic system.

    Avoid: MC being the center of the universe and the other characters can only think about him without their own ambitions and motivation.

    Introducing completely overpowered magics to tip the scale in the MCs favor, like the ultimate power of old magic which is so much better than what the silly wizards use now or who can forget ancient runes which is so much stronger than charms and transfiguration.
     
  18. Commander

    Commander Squib

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2017
    Messages:
    5
    High Score:
    0
    I would love to see a political AU story that has an actual muggleborn/halfblood resistance movement (outside the OotP) that never went away after Voldemort was "defeated" the first time around. I mean, how realistic is it that muggleborn witches and wizards would remain an atomized and basically defenseless group after what (nearly) happened to them? Would they really trust Dumbledore after he let things develop so far? Imagine a Harry Potter that is contacted early on by such a resistance movement, maybe by someone who knew his mother...
     
  19. Agravaine

    Agravaine Sixth Year

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2010
    Messages:
    179
    Location:
    New England
    Just want to read a Dumbledore's Army/Occupation of Hogwarts story that diverges from canon.
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2017
  20. Deliste

    Deliste First Year

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2010
    Messages:
    40
    Harry Potter and the Boy Who Lived.

    Basically I like worldbuilding and concept exploration, I want the MC to have control over himself not necessarily his environment, an effort at intelligence.
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2017