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Which fanfic classics have aged well and which haven't?

Discussion in 'Fanfic Discussion' started by Sorrows, May 16, 2018.

  1. Heather_Sinclair

    Heather_Sinclair Minister of Magic

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    This was a story that began the Unspeakable!Spy organization HP trope. It had a number of items that are considered cliche now, but not then. I blame the writers for destroying what was a decent story at the time. I'm not saying it was great, but it was different and entertaining. Now it's just copied far too much.
     
  2. CaffeineAddict

    CaffeineAddict Seventh Year DLP Supporter

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    Huh. That's a point I hadn't considered. I'd forgotten it was the start of that, I just remember trying to reread it a while back and wanting to bang my head against the wall. What a difference a decade makes. And now I feel old.
     
  3. Heather_Sinclair

    Heather_Sinclair Minister of Magic

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    Rosswalk's (sp) story Power something used the multi-compartment trunk and then proceeded to make it cliche all in one story.

    Acceptance of Fate started the personal/lawyer's pensive and then everyone had one.

    I forget who really took the Indy!Harry to new heights . He inherited some small Black castle along with a Baronship, grew his hair out, rode a motorcycle, became awesome, etc. Decent story.

    It all had to start with something, but now almost all of them are painful to read.
     
  4. wordhammer

    wordhammer Supreme Mugwump DLP Supporter

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    HP and the Power of Time by RossWrock - honestly have never read it. I think it has the distinction of being 'published' earlier than the invention of the internet, much less the novels, no doubt due to a database error with excellent ironic pedigree.
     
  5. throwaawy

    throwaawy Third Year

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    I wouldn't call it a classic but Triumvirate of Resolve (a portkey fic, which means it is now lost to the interwebz) is still very memorable to me due to the most interesting prophecy twist I've ever read... albeit mostly because it was one of those fics written prior to HbP.

    To summarise the solution: the story focuses on "Neither can live while the other survives" but applies it to their titles. Harry uses the link Voldemort forged when he used his blood in the resurrection ritual and basically finds a way to strip himself of magic, inflicting the exact same thing on Voldemort via a sympathetic link.



    Thus, the Boy Who Lived as well as Lord Voldemort are "dead", leaving behind the rather ordinary muggles Harry Potter and Tom Riddle.



    I liked it because there was a sort of... symmetry? Harry willingly gave up the one thing that turned his life around for the better (Yer not a wizard, anymore, Harry) to save the people he'd grown attached to. Meanwhile Tom, who'd spent his childhood proving himself to be more special than anyone else, is stripped of that and left surrounded by people who were now objectively his superiors. In the epilogue, Harry is still living in the Wizarding world more or less treated as a respectable squib, while Tom literally died in a ditch as a homeless bum in muggle London.

    While interesting in itself, my favourite moment in hindsight was that it was Ron who came up with initial interpretation, even if it was Harry who chose the actual means of pulling it off.
     
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    Zombie John Waynes Teeth Prestige DLP Supporter

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    Either someone here of someone on HPFF has an archive of the entire site. Can't remember their username though.
     
  7. CaffeineAddict

    CaffeineAddict Seventh Year DLP Supporter

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    There's the Unofficial Portkey Archive

    I think this is the fic: Triumvirate of Resolve
     
  8. Zombie

    Zombie John Waynes Teeth Prestige DLP Supporter

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    Or that. That's a decent theme on that site.
     
  9. deyas

    deyas Slug Club Member

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    On the topic of the Denarian series: yes, Harry does most assuredly have many of the trappings of Indy!Harry as it was interpreted at the time. But unlike the vast majority of stories where Harry behaves or has powers similar to what he has in the Denarian series, the world does not bow to his whims as a result of that: he consistently, and loudly, loses. He acts in ways that are counter to his self-interest due to greed or arrogance, and it blows up in his face. He is shown to be, at best, morally gray, and the world and characters around him behave in a way that you might expect them to in real life as a result of that.

    He has flaws, in other words.

    That's not to say the series doesn't have a laundry list of issues, because it definitely does, but it holds up remarkably well given it's age. It also has one of the better Dumbledore's in the fandom, in my opinion.
     
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