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So what should I absolutely, completely, and totally watch from Comic Con, given that (a) I have a really short attention span for online clips--about 3 minutes and I will stop watching, no matter how interesting it is, and (b) I have to watch at work after hours, which is another reason short is good, and (c) I've already seen the hilarious Ausiello interview with Lucy Lawless .

I went and saw Half-Blood Prince again this weekend, and enjoyed it rather more than the folks I went with, partially because I am far from a canon purist. (Half the time I can't remember what is canon and what is fanon in that fandom, anyway).

I agree with the people who think Tom Felton stole the movie. I never felt much sympathy for Draco in the actual book, but considering how little actual dialogue he had, I though TF did an amazing job portraying Draco's inner conflict, and I cared about the character for the first time in any of the movies. (I'm not a huge Draco fan overall, though I have certainly read my share of entertaining Harry/Draco fic in my time).

I also thought the movie made Slughorn a far more interesting and sympathetic character than he seemed in the book. That didn't bother me at all; considering how much of the film was Harry-Slughorn interactions, I would have been bored if he had remained as unctuous and annoying as he was in the book. Which is not to say that I liked him, but of course you're not supposed to like him.

Hero Fiennes-Tiffin was an absolutely brilliant piece of casting for Tom Riddle. Not only does he have exactly the same eyes as his uncle (which, let's face it, is one of the few recognizable things about Voldemort's face), but he pulled off the creepy entitled kid vibe fantastically well.

The people I went to see the film with weren't impressed with Ginny, but I actually felt that Ginny in the films makes me root for Harry/Ginny a hundred times more than the Ginny in the books. And again, I think a lot of that is just the acting, because it's not like they gave her character a lot to do.



I've also been watching Merlin. Or, well, half-watching, much of the time with the sound muted. I really dislike Uther, which of course you're supposed to, but since that's cutting into my Anthony Head love I think I can never really get into this show, despite my total adoration of Gwen and Morgana. And I guess I've seen enough now to read fic--in fact, I spent a good part of this weekend doing just that, so if anyone has good Merlin fic recs, let me know. (Mostly I read entirely through astolat's stuff and then everything on the first 5 pages of a delicious search).

So that's the state of fannish me. I will probably have a couple more spn bigbang recs before the end of this week, but nothing has been stellar enough lately to rec on its own, so I am waiting for certain themes to reach critical mass first.

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butterfly
Jul. 27th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
I agree with the people who think Tom Felton stole the movie.

He did and I was so thrilled.

Hero Fiennes-Tiffin was an absolutely brilliant piece of casting for Tom Riddle. Not only does he have exactly the same eyes as his uncle (which, let's face it, is one of the few recognizable things about Voldemort's face), but he pulled off the creepy entitled kid vibe fantastically well.

I had no idea about the casting! I definitely agree that it really worked.

The people I went to see the film with weren't impressed with Ginny, but I actually felt that Ginny in the films makes me root for Harry/Ginny a hundred times more than the Ginny in the books. And again, I think a lot of that is just the acting, because it's not like they gave her character a lot to do.

I agree with both of these opinions -- Ginny isn't very impressive in the movies, but she's tons better than she was in the books. By this time in the book universe, I hated Ginny, whereas I feel a sort of bland appreciation for the movie!Ginny, and the same goes for the H/G relationship.
norwich36
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
I really felt the Harry/Ginny felt kind of forced in the books, but in the movies (or at least in this particular movie) I can almost see it.

I didn't notice the casting of Tom Riddle myself, I have to confess--someone I went to the movie with who is the type of person who reads all the credits caught that one.
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norwich36
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Yes, the running through the field scene sold me on it, too. And also when she insisted on hiding the potions book for Harry's own good. (I can't remember if that's in the book or not; I gave my copy to a teenage friend who couldn't afford to buy his own).

Jim Broadbent was wonderful, I have to say.
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norwich36
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Yeah. The only way it makes sense to me is that JKR really, really thought Harry's biggest desire was to be a Weasley, and that was the only way to make it happen--but it would have helped a lot had she built up a plausible romance in the books if that's what she really wanted.
miss_saigon
Jul. 28th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
If you haven't read any of seperis' Merlin fic yet, I highly rec all of it. I also love frantic_allonsy's Merlin air force AU Be Resigned I know it sounds kind of weird but it is really excellent and my favorite comfort read in this fandom is syllic's Three Tasks which takes a little while to get going but is absolutely marvelous in the end.

Edited at 2009-07-28 05:07 am (UTC)
norwich36
Jul. 28th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for the recs! I will check them out.
mskatej
Jul. 28th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
I wrote an extremely filthy (and wrong) Merlin/Arthur fic if you're in the mood for some Merlin porn?

No Magic Necessary
norwich36
Jul. 29th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Wow, how did I miss that you wrote Merlin fic? (I guess I was just ignoring all Merlin stories since I knew it would be a while until I could see the show).
duskwillow
Jul. 29th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
So glad you got into Merlin. :)

I've been bookmarking fic I liked since the show started (except for the last month and a half), so I have some +200 fics bookmarked here. I'd suggest checking out those with +100 bookmarks, and going by the summary with what sounds good to you. Because Merlin fandom is quite full of crack, so there really is all sorts of fic out there. Hee.
seperis wrote some brilliant stuff, so I'd start there. &hearts
Personally, I'm a big fan of Merlin AUs, so if that's your thing I have few best ones bookmarked here. Drastically Redefining Protocol and We're A Storm In Somebody Else's Teacup would be my favourites.
norwich36
Jul. 29th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I will definitely check those out. I did read Drastically Redefining Protocol this weekend, as it was the number one saved Merlin fic on delicious, and I really liked it. I agree with you that I tend to like the AUs more.
xgirl2222
Jul. 29th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
I really don't have and OTP for Harry in the books, for me anyone but Ginny (or Dumbledore *shudders*) will do. The Harry/Ginny relationship is one of the few things I have an issue with in the books. I mean she's a borderline stalker chick, who barely has any dialogue or interaction with Harry in books 1 and 2 (being saved by Harry in the chamber of secrets doesn't count sinces she's passed out for most of that scene). Is practically missing in books 3, 4, and most of 5. And is suddenly the love of Harry's life in books 6 and 7, which doesn't make sense. The movies do portray their relationship a bit better, but the Harry/Ginny is overshadowed by the chemistry between Harry/Herimone.

Seriously, if you show people clips of Harry/Herimione without them knowing anything about the books, you would assume those two are the ones that are going to hook up. Which kinda bums me out. I like Ron/Hermione in the books. But for movieverse Potter I'm all about Harry/Hermione and of course Draco/Harry.

Speaking of Draco, I have to agree that TF stole the show. I felt for him in the books, but I ached for him in the movies. And that's due entirely to the actor. I enjoyed the movie and I'm ok with most of changes (except for the one they made with Harry in the Dumbledore death scene). I really looking forward to the final two.
norwich36
Jul. 31st, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
Hmm. I don't really have an OTP either in the book or movieverse, though I'm kind of fond of Harry/Ron/Hermione or Harry/Snape. But I do think the actress playing Ginny is doing an awful lot with the very little she's been given. And TF is awesome. I can't say I have ever been tremendously sympathetic to canon Draco (fanon Draco yes, definitely), but he really was fantastic.
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