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21 August 2006 @ 09:29 pm
HP Fic: Interview with the Hero  
Title: Interview with the Hero
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: R
Word Count: 71,000
Warning: OCs
Disclaimer: JKR is the queen of everything.
Betas: sepiroth01 and terkey, who went above and beyond the call of duty to help me make this fic as good as it could be.
Summary: At the age of twenty-five, Draco is confronted with the past he'd rather not remember and the questions that still need answering. Still, a little Slytherin guile goes a long way. The only problem is that he might discover more than he bargained on about the people he thought he knew.
Author's Note: A very special thank you to jehnt, who consented to making this awesome banner so that I could feel special. (And also because I begged.) Regarding the title: it is a piss-take of -- not a homage to -- Anne Rice's film book.
Dedication: Which is where I get schmoopy. I'd like to dedicate this to a lot of people, but I fear they would then feel obligated to read it. A blanket dedication to everyone who likes/puts up with my writing must suffice.
Feedback: Oh, no thanks. [eyeroll] Seriously -- what do you think?

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Prologue | One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten | Eleven | Twelve | Thirteen | Fourteen | Fifteen | Sixteen | Epilogue
Current Location: crying about Dr Cox
Current Mood: nervousnervous
Current Music: Take My Breath Away (Berlin)
Shezan: Aubrey UFO by Katie8787shezan on August 22nd, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
WOOOOF. With sarahtales on the ending - I feel cheated of one chapter, at least; and the mystery of Angus is not given satisfactory deployment; he's syuch an uncanny child at St Mungo's that you want more on him - but apart from that - what a tour-de-force! I love the way Draco slowly changes his mind and the mess he makes of his life. Harry, like him, is imperfect and lovable. I'd like to see more of him and Draco at the end, obviously - instead we get the Blaise dystopia thrown at us like harsh sleet. But really, brilliant work.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Hmm, one chapter about what, exactly? I know a real writer shouldn't have to ask that sort of question -- but I'm not that, after all. :D If I can clear anything up, just ask.

As for Harry and Draco ... I daresay you wouldn't like my actual rendition of their relationship any better than Blaise dystopia. I'm quite mean when it comes to romance -- v. cynical at heart, me.
Shezan: Aubrey UFO by Katie8787shezan on August 25th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
Silly, you ARE a real writer. In spades.

I can't imagine you would make Harry/Draco in the Muggle word half as bad as a neo-Fascist revival of a post Voldemort.

Okay, my feeling - and it's personal - was that I missed closure. We had worried about Harry dying and in fact it turns out he only needs to be kept away from anything magical. Yet the chaper before the far-future epilogue leaves us thinking he's going to die very soon. You have built up an understanding with Draco that in the midst of the deception is very honest. I miss a bit more resolution. We leave Harry in hospital and Draco beaten up and about to be picked up by Blaise's goons. I think the story is not connecting to its natural end. (I had an editor years ago who said: "A story is somethin g that gets up, goes someplace and sits there." He was talking, mind you, about newspaper articles. But when you throw som many possoble and interesting lines - and Angus! Angus should have some importance in the plopt after all this brilliant foreshadowing, I was seeing Joel Haley Osment in the part!

I know I'm not making complete and organised sense. Bit more later if you're interested; it's now 5:30 am in paris, i have spent all this time installing my new computer and really should sleep...
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on August 25th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
I quote a quote quoted by someone -- 'Talking about writing is like opening the oven door on a souffle.' I don't like to do it unless asked because, well, it's exposing the man behind the curtain. And most people want the Emerald City.

But, because I value what you're saying and want you to understand why it is the way it is: I really didn't have much control, here. I wrote most of this last summer and left it untouched for a whole year. By the time I came back to it, I had little to no idea how it was supposed to end. Sure, I could pick up on my own foreshadowing, but that was it.

Still, I didn't want to let 50,000 words go to waste -- so I finished it. Then I got sick of it ... it wasn't the story I wanted to write. Nothing ever is, but some things come closer than others -- closer than this. It was too long, there were too many plot-threads, I didn't know what to DO.

So I guess what I'm saying is: you're right. I should have done a lot of things, but mostly they were things I couldn't see until they were pointed out in this context.

Please tell me if there's anything more. This is my only forum for learning and I do want to make the most of it!
Shezanshezan on August 26th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
Look, you're speaking to the woman who DOES NOT FINISH her fics, and is currently agonising over a couple of drabbles. I can totally empathise with coming back to something I'd left for a while, and not being able to pick up all the threads. If this were a book to be published, I'd go at you and tell you to make more of Angus, and foreshadow Blaise's evilness a bit more, and possibly to get more mileage of Harry knowing "Michel" is Draco and beginning to warm to him when he's told so casually about Narcissa's death (and that was a superb plt twist, BTW), etc. etc. (Poor Achilles! He's such a nice complex character, too!) But this is a fanfic, and it was a joy to read, and you'll be writing something else soon, having learned from this, so - enjoy the feeling of accomplishment!