Hello, new commentary series! I was hoping to find something non-Harry Potter for this, but this one was just too god-awful to ignore. This fan fic was suggested to me by a friend with the warning that this is ‘the stuff my HP nightmares are made of’. I thought Christian Potter already was that, but this seems to trump that in his opinion. He also informed me that szaleniec1000 at Red Pen Reviews posted about this fic, and that guy having been an inspiration for this commentary thing, I decided following in his footsteps was sort of fitting. No, I haven’t read his posts on this, and only read the fic itself up until chapter 07. After that, I go in as blind as I did on Christian Potter. I’m sure we all remember how well that turned out.
If after finishing my translation project (tomorrow) AND posting on SOF I find I’ll have the time and/or energy, I’ll choose something non-HP to comment on alongside this, but this is going to be my main ‘fan fiction commentary’ thing for the length of its glorious 26 chapters.
Now, there are two reasons I decided to go for this fic and the first was the ‘not for Weasley fans’ warning. As you all may have gathered during my rage fueled comments on School of Prayer and Miracles, I am a massive Weasley fan. Another thing was the author’s bio:
I saw the following quote accredited to Professor Brian Cox and thought it applied perfectly to fan fiction too.
“The problem with today’s word is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it.
The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstratively nonsense.”
I mean, they’re practically giving me their blessing, so make fun of it I shall.
Speaking of the Author; credit where it’s due. This wonderful piece of fiction was written by fanfiction.net user robst, and since this writer seems to a) be an actual real person unlike the ‘author’ of Christian Potter and b) take his stories seriously, I’ll do my best not to extend my commentary to his/her person. We can all be respectful here, right?
Enough chatting then… Let’s get on with it.