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Scotland on Sunday invites authors to write their own Harry Potter ending. I like Roz Kaveney's particularly, heh. Though generally they're not as good as I thought they'd be.

The battle for the future of two worlds was always going to take place where all hatreds and rivalries had begun, in the great dining hall of Hogwarts.

Five Dementors appeared out of nowhere, and clustered around a small figure in a hooded red cape, leaving her bleeding and still when they vanished again.

"Oh no," said Harry Potter. "You've killed Ginnie. You bastards."

Ron ducked and covered from flying bolts of magic, then hurled the first thing that came to hand. Suddenly Draco Malfoy's face was a mask of redness.

He licked his lips and said: "Damn fine cherry pie."

A horde of small metal pepperpots appeared and chanted: "Magic is a delusion of lesser minds which should be exterminated..." before being run over by small furry creatures on motorcyles.

"Normally I hate Ewoks," Hermione said, smugly "but sometimes..."

At the flaming heart of the battle, Dumbledore and Voldemort teetered on the brink.

"Can't we just get along?" asked Voldemort.

"To die will be a very big adventure," said Dumbledore. "Again."

"Albin," Voldemort said, "I am your father."

"No, you're not," said the old wizard.

"Worth a try," Voldemort said, then reached over and kissed his enemy on the lips.

"This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship," he said.

"Don't weaken, sir," said the mortally wounded Harry and with a last effort the boy shouted: "Reichenbachius!!!" With which a giant waterfall appeared, and everyone fell down it to their doom.

THE END

More on the ongoing "Scalzi isn't fannish enough to be Best Fan Writer" controversy over at Whatever. Hmm. Pity I can't nominate any more, I think I'd nominate Wil Wheaton. But I'm pleased to see that I'm already reading a good few of the people Scalzi recommends, including james_nicoll, nwhyte and Hal Duncan.

I'm in one of those sort-of-but-not-quite ill states at the moment. Think I needed a holiday, actually. I've been alternating between sleeping, watching Big Brother, and comfort-reading old Buffy fanfiction from years ago. Rediscovering the fabulousness that is James Walkswithwind and Mad Poetess and Wolfling, and Te, of course, and Tara Keezer, especially her crossovers. Finding this, basically, is what changed me from watching Buffy most weeks to Being In Fandom, and whatever you might normally think of fanfic and slash (oh, most of this stuff is slash, yes), this is wonderfully written and mostly in character and GOOD, by any standards, not just "good for fanfic". It makes me realise that I haven't been paying enough attention to my Who and Heroes fandoms, or Firefly, for that matter, because I don't know yet who the good writers are, the writers who'll make me read any pairing because they're writing it, as opposed to putting up with mediocre writing just to read the pairings I like.

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nwhyte
Jul. 16th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
I was stunned that Scalzi felt my 'umble words to be at all significant!
matgb
Jul. 16th, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
Well, possibly because most people whose blogs I really like don't think that the blog itself is 'that good'. Having read your comment there, I persoanlly prefer to read your entries, but I really like the way James' comments threads are always full of extra stuff, both are equally interesting but in different ways.

nihilistic_kid can be a bit too snarky for me at times, but mostly I like his stuff as well.

I think behind the facade, Scalzi himself is still a little taken aback by just how popular he is; he's just another writer/blogger who's just got on with enjoying himself online in various places he likes. That this means he's built up a massive following surprises him a little, although I doubt he'll ever say it.

Heh; I'd have never started reading him if it hadn't been for that discussion over your review, so you personally gave him at least two more readers...
pickwick
Jul. 16th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should try nihilistic_kid again - I've only read a couple of entries around the time of one of the big shitstorms, so he scared me just a tad!
matgb
Jul. 16th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, he's a deliberate controversialist, and does try to provoke people a lot, likes to get reactions; a favourite is to link to forum threads in which random new-author is trying to rehash tired old tropes or having a go at him for being mean and nasty in his feedback.

Which given he's quite open that he'll give honest feedback and take time over it, is usually amusing--people should know his rep. Not, however, sure I'd want to actually meet him without a bunch of people, because if he's half as argumentative in RL as online some sparks might fly...

(Oh, I tend to think of nwhyte as a politics blog I liked that became an SF blog as I was getting back into SF that's now a friend, which is a slightly different progression but it works)
pickwick
Jul. 16th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I tend to avoid deliberate controversialists both in RL and online, because my reaction is usually just "Oh, stop being a tit."
pickwick
Jul. 16th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
I was slightly taken aback because I think of you as a friend's blog rather than an SF blog, but that was just a categorisation problem ;)
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