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Abuse in fanfiction [Oct. 20th, 2013|12:33 am]
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I’m just putting this out there, because abuse is a serious issue and I’m all for dealing with it in fanfiction. However, I do think it should be dealt with properly. I don’t like it when it’s used as a reason or an excuse for someone being horrible (unless they actually were abused). Here are some cases where it pops up in the Harry Potter fandom

  1. Snape was abused/neglected: Yes. We definitely see that and it does make his attitude understandable, maybe not completely justifiable, but it makes Snape more human and sympathetic

  2. Harry was neglected by the Dursleys: Yes, though the way they treated Dudley in some ways was also harmful. Safe to say the Dursleys aren’t good parents

  3. Malfoy was abused Ehh . . maybe? I don’t think so. In Deathly Hallows, the Malfoys clearly do love each other, and in Chamber of Secrets, we see Draco making demands for a present and we see him gloating a lot. Lucius may not be the best father, but I don’t see him as abusive. I think Malfoy was spoiled, if not by Lucius then probably by Narcissa. Plus, the whole moving Draco around with the cane bit is in the movies only, this doesn’t happen in the books, which are canon.

  4. Sirius was abused: Again, maybe? I don’t think there’s enough info to go by. I’m cautious about taking Sirius at his word too much, because well, he’s not exactly impartial. I don’t think the Blacks were the happiest family to grow up in, but I don’t know if I’d go as far as abusive. If it was, I'd say it was emotional.

  5. James and Lily are in an abusive relationship: I repeat my reaction in my Snapefen rant: Where does this come from? It’s not just insulting to James and Lily (Do you think Lily would take that? She clearly doesn’t take disrespect), it’s offensive. Ship or like who you want but don’t totally make thing up to justify it. Especially about something as serious as abuse.

  6. Merope was abused: Definitely

As I said, if you are going to deal with abuse in a fanfic be careful. It’s a serious matter that should be written with respect.

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Snape and Sirius [Oct. 17th, 2013|11:29 pm]
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Snape and Sirius are two of the most popular characters in HP fandom, and sometimes the debate about these two characters can get heated. So, I’m gonna do something different: I’m going to analyze BOTH of them and show how they’re actually not that different. Good thing they can’t see me say this or they’d both curse me!

First of all, Snape:
Anyone who’s read my blogs probably thinks I REALLY hate Snape. Well, that’s partly true. I hate him as a person, because he is so bitter, spiteful and cruel and I just want to smack him and yell “GET OVER IT!!”, but as a character I think he’s perfect. First of all he occupies that grey area that is more realistic but is hard to write. He’s also the wildcard. He keeps you guessing. All signs point to him trying to kill Harry in the first book, then it turns out he was trying to save Harry! Then in the next two books there’s no real reason to suspect him of trying to hurt Harry…until the fourth book and we find out he was once a death eater! It’s enough to make us go “hmmmm”, yet Dumbledore says Snape’s reformed, so that seems to enough, Dumbledore was no fool, so well we’re not entirely sure about him, we give him the benefit of the doubt… until he killed Dumbledore! I read that and thought “WHAT!! OMG SNAPE YOU EVIL TRAITOR HOW  COULD YOU!”. And all through book seven it seemed Snape had indeed fooled Dumbledore…then we find out his backstory and he WAS loyal to Dumbledore, on the good side, etc. It’s brilliant. Also, giving Umbridge FAKE veritaserum was clever. Despite Dumbledore saying we sort too soon, I think Snape is very much a Slytherin, it’s his cunning that keeps him alive for that long. He’s also VERY perceptive, you have to get up pretty early in the morning to fool him! I like characters that keep you guessing. I like characters that are complex. They’re realistic. As I’ve said, it’s more when he gets re-written into some woobie that bugs me, because it’s missing out on what makes him so interesting, just as painting him all black (I know lame joke) is missing out. Snape is an anti-hero, and anti-heroes are always interesting. Actually, I think if I met Snape I’d say “You really confuse me sometimes”.  That’s OK, it shows JKR’s genius.

On to Sirius Black
First off, I do like Sirius. A lot. I love him. BUT I agree with JKR, he’s not “wholly wonderful”. He can be very cruel to people. I won’t defend the werewolf incident, that was stupid. Snape could have been killed, and Lupin would have never forgiven himself. Good thing James had enough sense to stop it. Sirius was very bitter for a lot of reasons. I don’t think anyone can blame him about being bitter for going to prison for a crime he didn’t commit! However, he was stuck in the past, unable to let go and just forgive, and there were times I wanted to smack HIM and yell “GET OVER IT!!” Sensing a theme? He doesn’t practice what he preaches, telling Harry “If you want to know what a man is like take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals” yet he was cruel to Kreacher. I know, Kreacher was a symbol and a reminder of the home he hated. That wasn't Kreacher’s fault. He tells Harry “the world isn’t divided into nice people and death eaters”, yet he clearly didn’t think that of that when it came to Snape. He was also incredibly reckless, which is what lead to his death. And again, like Snape, he could be unhinged when angered.  In book five, I don’t think Sirius was a good influence on Harry who was already angry and at risk of doing something stupid. Sirius did live through them. And his comment about “You’re less like your father than I thought” was hitting below the belt. I also don’t think James would want Sirius being reckless. Sirius definitely showed he was thinking like a student. But he wasn’t a student, and James was past that mentality when he died. Like Snape, Sirius is an anti-hero. Also, he could be a tragic hero.

It’s hard to take either of them at their words about the other they’re both so biased, it’s a case of the pot calling the kettle …black (sorry, bad pun). Both these characters are complex. Both are bitter and suffer from arrested development and never grew up. Neither of them could forgive, and ironically, the ones who would benefit from forgiveness are themselves. Both however, were capable of some form of love and died for it. Neither of them had happy childhood. They both acted like teenagers especially with regards to each other. Snape taunting Sirius about being forced to stay inside was low, but Sirius calling Snape “Snivellus” which he called him as a child and scoffing at the prank was also low and childish. I think both these men needed a smack upside the head.

What are your thoughts?
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