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11 December 2017 @ 05:29 pm
Here is a list of fics and fanarts I created for lj-related occasions (exchanges, fests, etc.) Older HP and ASOIAF fanarts can be found on my deviantArt. Most of my ASOIAF fanarts can be found also on tumblr, including fanarts not created for lj.

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ASOIAF fanworksCollapse )***

There are more to come in the future! Stay tuned ;)
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
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10 January 2017 @ 04:00 pm
A very short entry to acknowledge the reveals of hoggywartyxmas. Thank you purplefluffycat for your wonderful gift, Reparation. It is saved in my kindle.

I can now also revear that my own contribution was Exploding Crackers (G, Snape, Lupin) drawn for shadowycat. Drawing this Christmas scene gave me the chance to experiment a bit with creating an animated gif in Photoshop, something I discovered is quite easy (that is, if you follow the tutorial step by step.) I had also created a still wallpaper, but something didn't work in the Hoggywarty post, and the wallpaper was never visible. I am sorry for that. Although the Christmas season is now over, in case you wish to download it for next year, the wallpaper is here (click to full size):

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07 January 2017 @ 10:45 pm
So. As usual, I've been postponing this entry for the last few days. This post will be mainly about fests and fandom.

1. First of all, I managed to read and comment all entries in the sshg_giftfest (w00t to me!). The reveals have been out since January 1st, so I can now publicly thank lenaa1987 for her gift, Definition. It's the first time I was gifted with a Voldemort wins/dystopian tale, and I cherished every single word. Thank you so much.

I can also now publicly share that my own contribution (in case somebody missed it) was Pascentia's Passion (warning! NSFW!!!), drawn for mundungus42. I'm glad you liked it, Mundungus.

In addition to the fics I already recced in my last post, I wanted to add the beautiful Riddles in the Pub by the outstanding delphipsmith, a very nerdy tale of how Snape and Granger bond over Tolkien. It's a gem.

2. hoggywartyxmas too came to an end, however the reveals will be only on Monday (Snape's birthday), so all entries are still anonymous. In no particular order (apart from the last three I'll mention), my favourite entries were:
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My very favourite entries were:

Reawakening (the Hogwarts staff and students bring Snape some gifts while he's in a coma after the Battle of Hogwarts. With just a hint of SS/HG if you choose to read it so. Gorgeous.)
Great Balls of Snow (a masterful comic about a snow battle. Really, I have no words to describe how awesome that is. It just features my new favourite Snape portrayal:)

And of course my gift, Reparation, written in first person by a deliciously wry Minerva. Thank you!

3. snapecase has started, however I haven't contributed to it. The reason is very simple: by the time Snapecase starts, I have already been reading HP fics for one month (SS/HG gift fest and then HoggywartyXmas) and I cannot go on reading fics for a new whole month. Whenever I've tried following fests in January, either I've failed after the first few entries or I've managed with great difficulty.

A long discussion about fandom and my reading habits.Collapse )

This is why, apart from other considerations (I don't have much free time), I still don't know if I'll participate to the Happy Snape Week. But it's not a reason why you shouldn't participate.

And as usual, even if I'm not on lj, I'm daily on the internet. You can find me on facebook or drop me a message here anytime you wish (and I could go on discussing HP despite what I wrote above ^^)

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25 December 2016 @ 10:08 pm
Overdue post, in which I'll try to cover all the subjects at hand...

a.  Following a couple of discussions about Snape and Snape's appearance, I took advantade of a train ride to sketch a little Snapey. There was a beautiful line in one of the fics from the current sshg_giftfest, "He [Snape] looked utterly lost" (while watching Hermione who brushes some snow off from his coat). I tried to sketch it, in slots 1 and 3 (whiche were the last ones to be sketched, since this was drawn clockwise), but haven't exactly caught that moment of entrancement.

2. The said sshg_giftfest has come to an end today, with the Anonymous Masterlist posted. I managed to read and comment every single entry but for the last two; the overlapping with HoggywartyXmas has earthquaked all my organisation, and from being perfectly on time with the daily update, I'm now five fics behind considering both fests (sigh.) Anyway, my favourite entries from this round were:
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And last but not least my fabulous gift, Definition, a wonderful Voldemort wins told in beautiful, sparse prose. I've already read it many times and every time I find some new subtext.

All entries are still anonymous, until the final reveals.

3. During the fest, I also managed to re-read my very favourite story from last year, The Shadow War by death_ofme, and I loved it just like the first time I read it. I also started reading the famous Post Tenebras, Lux by Loten (I was more or less at 26% before Christmas week trumped all my organisation). I loved the beginning, but several aspects of the development puzzled me. Anyway, I plan to finish it once I'll be done with the holiday fests.

4. Which brings me to THE holiday fest, hoggywartyxmas, that started a couple of days ago. As I wrote before, I'm shamefully behind with my reading, but I hoe to catch up next week. Go there, you! Go and follow!

5. By the way, if you perchance want to follow me, you can now find me also on Instagram (sometimes). I am currently working on a graphic novel (to be published hopefully in Autumn, 2017) written and drawn by me, Le tende bianche, for an Italian publisher. If you are not afraid of Italian, you can follow its progression here on facebook.

I hope this is all. A very merry Christmas to you all. <3
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09 December 2016 @ 10:30 pm

In order; Newt, Bellatrix, Theon and Ramsay, Theon and "Esgred" and Enjolras and Grantaire from Les Mis. All drawn in the last two days at a comic convention.
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03 December 2016 @ 09:47 pm
In short: I loved it. To bits.

I went to the theatre with very low expectations. I had read many fan reviews in the last few days, and I was convinced I was going to watch 1. a bad movie, and 2. a bad installment in the HP universe. While I had liked the first trailer, back then, I didn't like the second one and I almost skipped going to watch it altogether.

But then I enjoyed it immensely. I was actually surprised to realise, at the very beginning of the movie, that I was liking it. By 10% in I was already sold and at the end of the show I clapped my hands, as other viewers did. I was ready to watch the other four movies right then, at the end of the credits! Well, by the time the last Fantastic Beasts movie hits the cinemas, I'll be forty and would have devoted exactly half of my life to Harry Potter. There are worse things in life.

Naturally, the movie is not without faults.Spoilers aheadCollapse )

Obviously, I loved also all the animals, in particular the little llamas with wide eyes (I want one!!)

Of course, this is not high cinema. But I watched practically all the film with my mouth hung down, like a child, in pure amazement and delight. I am happy to be back on tracks.


Eta: Right after posting this entry I discovered of the sad loss of scatteredlogic, one of the mods of the SS/HG exchange. I didn't know her personally, but this is a very sad news for all the HP and SS/HG fandom. Rest in peace, Lora.

Current Mood: happyhappy
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01 December 2016 @ 02:28 pm
I ain't dead (in case you wondered.) I am quite continuously online, only not on lj any longer. :P In any case, today the sshg_giftfest will begin and I will be on lj again every day! :D

2016 banner 1

Can't wait for the first post! I haven't read new fics in quite a while (if you exclude some Charlotte Lucas/ Mr. Collins fics I miraculously found on AO3). I made the deliberate choice not to read The Cursed Child, and I still have to watch Fantastic Beasts (though I'll go on Saturday) so I'm quite behind in the new HP bandwagon. While I still believe in SS/HG as always, I'm quite disinterested in what akatnamedeaster has aptly described as the passage from HP as a series to HP as a franchise.

In any case, I still had to show you the Hogwarts-inspired blanket my grandmother knitted for me! I asked her to make a blanket similar to the one I drew last year for HoggywartyXmas (link) and bought her the wool. It's not a very warm blanket, more a plaid than a heavy, winter blanket, but I love to have a Hogwarts Houses plaid! <3

See you soon on the SS/HG gift fest!
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19 September 2016 @ 07:37 pm
Later than anyone else, I wanted to remind you that there are still two days left to sign-up for the SS/HG gift fest!

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Look, they used one of my fanarts for their banners! Come have fun with us :D
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04 July 2016 @ 08:35 pm
Chers/chères ami(e)s qui parlent ou lisent en français, je suis heureuse de vous annoncer que vous pouvez lire quelqu'une de mes HP fics en traduction française, maintenant, merci à Aësälys. Pendant les années, quelqu’un m’a demandé licence de traduire mes fics, mais normalement la question n’était pas suivie de l’effet. Dans ce cas, oui, il y a été ! J’ai été ravie de lire les commentaires des lecteurs en français. Juste aujourd’hui, Aësälys a publié la traduction de Absolutely Meaningless, écrite pour le première édition de Deeply Horrible. Merci encore à Aësälys pour ses efforts.  
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24 March 2016 @ 10:39 pm
Not following either JKR’s accounts or the Pottermore, I learnt that Rowling had written some new pieces about Hogwarts from Twitter links about it – meaning, I became aware there was a polemic about “Magic in North America” far before reading the piece myself. I read that people were outraged about her incorporation of Native American myths into the HP universe, and that she was accused of being not careful at all in her world building. That she was not, in other words, politically correct enough to satisfy certain corners of the internet.

Now, you probably now that I haven’t been overly enthusiastic about many of JKR’s declarations after the official ending of HP. I am only mildly curious about The Cursed Child, I haven’t read The Tales of Beedle the Bard (yet) and maybe wouldn’t have even read “Magic in North America” if not for the criticism. I wanted to see it for myself, so in the end I downloaded and read it.

I must say, first thing, that I’m obviously not American (I’m Italian), not tied in any way with Native American culture, and vastly ignorant about it. This said, the first half of Magic in North America didn’t seem to me deserving of such an acrid polemic. I liked how she tied the Animagi to the Skin walker myth, I found it clever and amusing. Probably no one would have criticised it, had it been in a fanfic.

About cultural appropriations, I can only repeat how much of the human culture, worldwide, was built around appropriating ideas and concepts from other cultures and mixing them together. We would not have the great majority of world literature if it wasn’t for cultural loans and adaptations. And on a personal level, if I had to start a polemic every time Italy and Italians weren’t portrayed “correctly” by someone else I wouldn’t be doing anything else with my time. I read somewhere that Mrs. Rowling shouldn’t be talking about Native Americans because they are very much alive, and the way she writes about them makes them some legendary/past figures like Vikings, samurai, etc. Well, I can assure you that stereotyping concerns almost every population on the world, dead or alive. The way Italy and Italians are portrayed in (even greatly successful) books and movies is often laughable, but – personally – I find that lashing out a twitter campaign, say, against something like “Eat Pray Love” for their stereotyping would be even more laughable. I have something worthier to do with my time.

On the other hand, what I found truly disconcerting in Magic in North America was not the object of criticism (at least, by the articles I read). What I really found criticisable was the treatment of Dorcus Twelvetrees in the section “Rappaport’s Law.”

Rappaport’s Law, which I believe was mentioned somewhere in the canon HP books (thought I don’t remember in which occasion) was “designed to create total segregation of the wizarding and No-Maj [Muggle] communities.” We are informed that the need to pass the law originated in the misplaced love the daughter of the Secretary of Treasury, Dorcus Twelvetrees, felt for a man who belonged to a family of Scourers (witch hunters). Dorcus revealed this man the secret location of the Magical Congress of the United States (MACUSA) and other things she ought never have spilled out. MACUSA was forced to deal very harshly with the consequences of Dorcus’ actions, and from then on “being ‘a Dorcus’ was slang for an idiot or inept person.”

I find this depiction of female’s indiscretion far more disturbing than the adaptation of Native American legends. What is called a political “catastrophe” is generated by a silly woman’s indiscretion, caused by the fact she was in love. It is generated not by political intrigues, plots, manipulations etc, but by a misplaced love, of a woman unable to keep her mouth shut. I was in disbelief, while reading. Or I shouldn’t say in disbelief: after all, Rowling has proved already many times how much closeted misogyny she hides in herself. I was in disbelief she had done it again. After Merope Gaunt (Voldemort’s mother). After Helena Ravenclaw (a.k.a. the Grey Lady, Rowena Ravenclaw’s daughter that got killed by the Bloody Baron). Another woman victim of a misplaced love causes a problem of far greater proportions, that she doesn’t solve herself but has to be dealt with from outside. After the fall, Dorcus “ended her days in seclusion, a mirror and her parrot her dearest companions.” (a nod to Flaubert’s A Simple Heart.)

What do you think? Did you, too, find Dorcus’ role more problematic than the Native American legends?