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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
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secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on August 22nd, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I'm feeling all ambivalent about the ending and think I should probably think some more before commenting, but here I go anyway.

I'll start by saying that this was fascinating...the stark realism of it, the believable dialogue between Draco and Harry, the subtle twists and turns of the plot. Your Draco is a consummate Slytherin -- he finds a way to get what he needs when he needs it, and isn't too terribly troubled by morals along the way. Even if I can't say I liked him, I certainly sympathized with him.

I did like your Harry...so unexpectedly fragile, so decidedly unheroic. That scene where they kiss is amazing; again, the realism of it stood out for me -- the vomit breath, the less than perfect kissing, and the slightly bizarre dialogue about the onions. Quirky, just like real life (at least for me!).

It was a bit of a surprise to find that the last chapter before the epilogue ended with Draco tumbling into bed not with Harry but with Stefano; I couldn't imagine what you were going to do with the epilogue.

And there, of course, came more surprises. Angus is quite an unsettling character...not sure what to make of him, or, to be honest, of Stefano and Alexandre. As for the possible future Angus imagines for Harry and Draco -- I want to believe in it, but I don't know that I can. I can see the attraction these two feel for each other, but whether this Harry and this Draco can find lasting happiness...hmmm.

Thanks for entertaining me and making me think tonight! :-)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Dracoscoradh on August 24th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
Hee, I wish I could say something intelligent to all of this but, well, Brain On Strike ...

My mother always tells me my humour is quirky. I think this is because she doesn't get it -- but at least she knows it's humour, I guess!

About my only real reason for writing this was to play with the idea of Draco as this morally ambiguous bastard. It was fun. In earlier plans for the story, I'm sure I had him going off with either Achilles or Stefano.

See, my idea of perfect love is the one you experience for a short and impossibly bittersweet time. That's why I love Jack/Rose in Titanic -- I know they're ludicrious and sappy, but the ending makes me tear up every time.

Yet, Jack and Rose don't end up being together for ever, or even very long. IMO that's what keeps the love perfect. I'm sure my parents, for eg, loved each other like that at the start. But love wears out, like clothes or furniture -- and all you're left with is rags and stained cushions. That kind of love does not appeal to my writerly muses.

So if you're really wondering if Harry and Draco found lasting happiness in each other -- of course not. Even if they were together, they'd eventually run out of love. Happiness is a solitary achievement, I've always thought. So maybe they were happy, maybe they loved, maybe they were together -- but none of these events are necessarily linked.

WHOA TANGENITAL. Whoops.
secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on August 25th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
So if you're really wondering if Harry and Draco found lasting happiness in each other -- of course not. Even if they were together, they'd eventually run out of love. Happiness is a solitary achievement, I've always thought. So maybe they were happy, maybe they loved, maybe they were together -- but none of these events are necessarily linked.

Hmm, I'm with you on all of this except the idea of running out of love...I can see how one could run out of the "perfect love" that you describe, which I think happens to all long-term couples. But I picture long-term love as a well-worn pair of jeans -- not the shiniest thing in your closet, but the most comfy and most beloved. That said, I can understand how that might not set your writerly heart aflutter!

Word to happiness being a solitary achievement. I think it's a romantic, rose-colored impulse to think that another person can bring you happiness if you can't find it for yourself. Which is why I'm still an often cranky, stressed-out person even though I've been with SO for 5+ years. ;-) He has certainly made me happier than I used to be, but I'm still working on such issues as self-esteem, thinking positive, etc.

*joins you in tangent land*