|snarrymod (snarrymod) wrote in snarry_games,|
@ 2006-04-01 23:43:00
|Entry tags:||interviews, team romance|
INTERVIEW # 24
Original poster: snarrymod
Your Name (and lj name, if different): Femme femmequixotic
Your Team: Team Romance
1. What made you decide to agree to compete in these games?
Honestly, it's been a while (*looks shifty*) since I've written Snape/Harry other than the occasional drabble and in the past few months especially I've had a number of people whose talent and opinion I respect talk to me seriously about writing the pairing again. I've hesitated because I had other fic commitments and projects on the burner, and then this opportunity came along and it seemed like the perfect chance to make myself sit down and actually write Snape/Harry again.
2. Why did you choose the Romance Team?
That is a good question. *g* Because on the one hand I'm a self-proclaimed angst whore, particularly in regards to Severus Snape (who at some point is truly going to come haunt me for my crimes against his personage—probably especially for that Snape/McGonagall angst-smut I once wrote), but on the other hand, I'm a sucker for happy(ish) endings. And in taking stock of the way I've always written Snape/Harry I had to admit to myself that I am, yes, most definitely a romantic at heart and no matter how I torment the snarky one on the journey, I do want him happy in the end. So, Team Romance it is for me.
3. Have you always been interested in the Severus Snape/Harry Potter dynamic?
Sort of. *g* I came into the fandom through Snape/Harry by way of genfic. Sushi's Civil War series was the very first slash fic ever to really hook me and pull me into any slash fandom, and from the moment I read it, I loved Snape/Harry. I wrote nothing but Snape/Harry for the first year I was in fandom and I still read the pairing quite a bit. But for a number of reasons, my writing drifted away, mostly into the waters of Snape/Draco, where I now splash about cheerfully. (Yes, I know. The heresy. *hides*)
4. What is more challenging to you – working WITH strict canon or working AROUND strict canon?
Oh, God. I don't know. I work with both, really, and find them equally challenging and interesting. Post-HBP, I especially love the challenges of twisting fic to fit canon as we know it. For me, HBP just opened up a world of possibilities as a writer, both in incorporating it and turning it to my advantage. I remember putting the book down after I finished and shrieking in sheer delight at the plethora of plot bunnies that were suddenly bouncing around my head.
Of course, should Severus Snape be killed in book seven you can damn well bet your britches I'll be only working around canon from then on. *g*
5. What motivates you?
Deadlines and peach Nehi!
No, seriously, I'd have to say that it's the characters. They have their own voices and personalities, and they're the ones who drive me to tell their stories.
6. Do you have plans for (or are you already writing) original fiction?
Yes, actually, in a form. I'm currently working on a screenplay just for the fun of it.
7. What three things are necessary for you to enjoy a story you are reading?
Plot. Plot is without a doubt necessary for me to really get into a story. While PWPs have their place, I just can't really sink my teeth into a story unless it's plotty. I truly lament the decline in plotty fics from the time I first stumbled into fandom three years ago.
Details. It's the little things that really make a story spectacular. The small little descriptions that don't seem to mean much, but which give you a visual of the scene, that put you in the moment. They should be used sparingly, but they can be such a powerful storytelling device.
Characterizations. So very necessary. Characterizations need to ring true. That doesn't mean you can't develop them outside of canon, but they need to grow in a manner that is logical and right for the character and the situation. So, put Snape in fuzzy bunny slippers if you want, sure, but sell me on why he's wearing them.
8. What are your Top 5 favourite fanfiction stories?
Aiyiyi. This is hard to narrow down after three years of fic reading. I'd have to say that these are the ones that have stuck with me and that I've read over and over again.
Minor Arcana by Isolde. (Multipairing, including Harry/Draco, Snape/Draco and Snape/Harry) This was one of the first WIPs I followed in fandom, and I had the privilege of betaing the final book of the series. Beautiful, beautiful fanfic. Very elegant.
Nine and Sixty Ways by GoSeaward (Snape/Draco) Sixty-nine scenarios that could happen post-HBP. Brilliant structure, fascinating vignettes, and just utterly incredible all around.
Circles of Power by Mad Martha (Harry/Ron) Harry and Ron as trainee Aurors. Filled with plot and warmth and the boys grown up.
A Thousand Beautiful Things by Geoviki (Harry/Draco) One of the first Harry/Dracos that I read and one which was rec'd over and over and over to me by those who wished to suck me into the pairing. (It worked.) An astounding good read and one of my favourite Draco characterizations.
Morte O Merce by Cluegirl (Snape/Black) I hate this pairing. Oh, God, do I hate this pairing. But I love this fic. It's one of my favourite stories for the very fact that it took a pairing I loathe and made me love it and I've never been able to forget its images. It still gives me chills. Brilliant story and fabulous characterization—everyone should read it, no matter how they feel about the Snape/Black pairing.
9. Do you have a story (any fandom) you’ve done that you are most proud of? Would you link it here for us?
Hm. *considers* I think the ones that I'm most proud of are Réveillon and Cadenza. Um. Both are Snape/Draco. :)
10. Are you excited about the Games?
Yes, very much so. I'm honoured to have been invited. I've got a plot idea that I'm thrilled with and I'm looking forward to playing around with Snape and Harry once again.
Thank you, and good luck!
Thank you, femmequixotic!