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Pet Peeves v.11

Discussion in 'Fanfic Discussion' started by Dark Syaoran, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. KGB

    KGB Headmaster

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    Now this has probably been said a million times before, but I just want to get it off my chest as I just run into another example.

    "Lord Potter", or any variation upon it. (Heir of House Potter etc.)

    I just makes my interest in the story come to a screeching halt. I honestly don't care if what fallows is the greatest political intrigue story of all time it's just totally inappropriate in a setting where people can turn each other into ferrets.

    I'm not saying that there is no space for some politicking in the HP universe, but a set noble class, with set power structures, just makes no god damn sense in a world where balance of power shifts so rapidly based upon someone like Dumbledore or Voldemort just being born.
     
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  2. Ghosthree3

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    I wouldn't care if it actually was used to create an extremely interesting an elaborate political world. But in reality it's almost always just used to make Harry better and richer than he was last chapter for no reason.
     
  3. Nuit

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    I'll have you know, Potter men are renowned for their messy mops. :sherlock:
     
  4. capo327

    capo327 Sixth Year

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    This isn't anything HP related but I see it in a surprisingly large amount of fics and it's annoying: using the words today and tomorrow when the story is being written in third person.
     
  5. chaosattractor

    chaosattractor Groundskeeper

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    That's actually correct grammar, depending on context. Not everything is a transcript of direct to indirect speech.
     
  6. Joe's Nemesis

    Joe's Nemesis High Score: 2,058 ~ Prestige ~

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    Nothing wrong with that, depending on how it's done and the 3rd person POV being used. If you're using an omnipotent POV, probably not good. If you're using an "over-the-shoulder" POV where you're writing as though you're a commentator giving a play-by-play, then today and tomorrow are okay, as the author is walking you through the days with the character, and probably revealing only things the character can see and know.
     
  7. capo327

    capo327 Sixth Year

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    I was thinking specifically of omnipotent POV.
     
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    I don't know why I subjected myself to this, but lately I read a bit of Starfox5's stuff. Evuul purebloods in those stories are just as ridiculous as Evuul Dumbledore. I have this urge to write a fic where Hermione tries to start a muggleborn revolution, but is thwarted and proved wrong at every turn by purebloods.
     
  9. Agent

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    Naruto Uzumaki Namikaze.

    Yeah, no.

    You don't see Harry going around calling himself Harry Evans Potter.

    For that matter, any form of Minato bashing at all. I don't care if you're the son of Shezza and Inert, the second I see that shit I will lose MY shit.

    Rant Time:
    Apparently, most people subscribe to the beleif that the guy should have found "another way". How about you try and come up with a solution on the fly while a giant fucking fox is attacking your village?

    I saw one story where Naruto found a scroll from his father where he explained that he hoped the vilage would treat him well. Naruto of all people then critices his father's optimism as if he should have known better. Well, gee...when you see that the brother of the Raikage is treated well by his village then is it that much of a stretch to think the SON of the Hokage would be treated just as well?

    In most Minato bashing stories, Naruto still apparently gets on with his mum. Like shit, first James Potter, now Minato? This is what I meant before when I was talking about shit leeking into other fandoms.
     
  10. Download

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    "Please don't call me Mr Potter, Harry is fine. Mr Potter makes me think of my father/feel old/feel like I'm in school."

    Can't stand this phrase and variants.
     
  11. Rhaegar I

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    I'm not going to defend the Revolution story, but to be fair I think "The Dark Lord Never Died" story is pretty good. It managed to twist around various cliches in some pretty creative ways.
     
  12. capo327

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    That's almost as annoying as Harry calling all his classmates Miss Granger, Miss Greengrass, etc. when he's eleven.
     
  13. Snupps

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    Kid Harry is just annoying all-round.
     
  14. Download

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    I'm pretty sure in the UK it's reasonably common to refer to students by their last name. He probably wouldn't be using Mr/Miss however.
     
  15. capo327

    capo327 Sixth Year

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    We also did the same in my high school phys ed/driver's ed classes. Never used Mr/Miss though, as you said.
     
  16. HarrySeverusPotter

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    The Harry finds an ally in those rascally Weasley twins cliche so bored of it. For once I would like to see them against Harry.
     
  17. Jhyaal

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    I really hate how a lot of writers seem to think that Harry can't be a Slytherin without also being a constantly smirking little cunt.
     
  18. chaosattractor

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    Also I'm really tired of people's "inner Slytherin"
     
  19. Zel

    Zel High Inquisitor

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    Yeah, if only some ffn writers would let go of their inner idiots.
     
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  20. Agent

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    It might have been because I went to Public/State School, but we never referred to each other by our surnames.

    Even if we didn't know the person, we'd call them by thir first name. Teachers also called us by our first names. Of course, we still called the teachers by Mr/Miss/Ms/Mrs/Dr.
     
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