The line on top is the imaginary staircase. The small black thingies are the hinges.
I believe I've gone over some of this in a previous entry, but I've been thinking of it for several hours and no longer care.
Is it so cliche that Draco is the evil guy that it's become cliche that he is not?
What I mean is that when people notice something that is overdone, they tend to avoid it (or mock it, or attempt to improve it). Now I notice that since it seems a bit obvious to use Draco as the evil, plotting, Death Eater Slytherin who is out to get Harry, he is too often used as a spy on the Light side of the war. I no longer notice many fics that portray Draco as someone who intends to join Voldemort and actually does so, stays there for the duration of the war, and ends up there in the end. He is persuaded to join Dumbledore before he joins, persuaded to turn on Voldemort and become a spy for Dumbledore, or is redeemed for some heroic act by the end of the fic. Don't get me wrong--I like Draco to end up on Dumbledore's team, but I still wonder whether fics that portray an all around anti-Light, heartless, Harry-hating Draco are still out there (while keeping the boy in character!). Hm, maybe if I read Gen, then I'd have that. It's not very likely in Slash is it, for Draco and Harry to have a relationship under those circumstances? Then again, I do recall it happening in one or two good Harry/Severus fics. Hm.
Other things that I dislike:
---Characters, who admit to never having had gay sex, who magically know what to do once they hop into the sack. Even worse is when they are virgins and happen to have lube lying around.
---Snape described as elegant and dashing; and Snape who never uses compound words under any circumstances or words with less that 46 syllables. "I am unlearned, Albus, to the allegation that I am in the possession of a superbious inclination!" the sophisticated Potions master declared, flipping his luxurious locks over his proud shoulder, raising his refined nose into the air. I apologize that I've said this before, but I cannot say it enough: Snape is a pale-faced, yellow-toothed, grumpy, old grease ball. Hmph.
---A naive Harry. "What's sex? What's a penis? What's that funny warm feeling in my no-no spot when you touch me, Draco?"
---Abused-by-My-Daddy!Draco. Yes, we all know it. So, go cry on someone else's shoulder, Draco, you big baby.
---Remus/Sirius. I like the pairing. But I dislike that it's so automatic, or even expected, in so many stories. I'm starting to find it weird that they aren't referring to each other with pet names when I read PoA.
There are too many to list. So I won't. I'll just try to be optimistic now...
Other things that I do like:
---Okay, I'll say it. You don't have to smack me (I can do it myself). I, Natt, admit that I enjoy Abused-by-the-Dursleys!Harry and Reluctantly-Saves-Him-and-Is-Momentarily-H
---motherly!Remus. It's terribly out of character, and I do scold myself for this, saying "how on earth could you support such a thing?", but I enjoy it. I really do. To an extent. I like the idea of a happy Harry/Sirius/Remus family. Motherly Remus, fatherly Sirius, normal kid Harry. Still, thinking of it TOO much can be revolting. The Remus of PoA seems much gentler (though not womanly) than any other male, and I do enjoy that in fic when it is taken just slightly overboard for some reason. Once again, though, on occasion.
...I'm sure there were others. Peh.
Queer as Folk tomarrow. Yay. It seems as though it's been weeks. Joy.