Fanfic Wednesday: “Tea and No Sympathy”

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Tea and No Sympathy by who_la_hoop

Word Count: 70,045
Pairing: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Warnings: NSFW, EWE

Author’s Summary

It’s Potter’s fault, of course, that Draco finds himself trapped in the same twenty-four-hour period, repeating itself over and over again. It’s been nearly a year since the unpleasant business at Hogwarts, and Draco’s getting on with his life quite nicely, thank you, until Harry sodding Potter steps in and ruins it all, just like always. At first, though, the time loop seems liberating. For the first time in his life, he can do anything, say anything, be anything, without consequence. But the more Draco repeats the day, the more he realises the uncomfortable truth: he’s falling head over heels for the speccy git. And suddenly, the time loop feels like a trap. For how can he ever get Harry to love him back when time is, quite literally, against him?

My Thoughts

Okay, so I’m a sucker for the time loop trope. Have been ever since I first watched “Groundhog Day” way back when, and my love was set in stone with Supernatural‘s “Mystery Spot.” I was casually strolling through AO3 the other day and came across this fic completely by accident, since I was actually the Johnlock tag. I have zero regrets and a whole lot of gratitude for this author, who captured a post-war Draco Malfoy with superb superciliousness that slowly changes the more the day is repeated and the more he gets to know Harry Potter. If there’s two things I love in an HP fic it’s 1) a Draco Malfoy who’s determined to not let negative social stigma stop him from succeeding in life and 2) descriptions of Harry’s unmanageable hair. This fic has both in spades. It’s humorous, it’s a bit angsty, but in the end it’s charming.

Read it if you ship Drarry and prefer EWE fics.

-The Collectress

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Geek Chic: 5 Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Fan

Happy Holidays! Don’t know what to get your favorite fangirl or boy for Christmas? Have no fear! The Collectiva Diva is here to help and do the legwork. Last year, I gave you the Guide to Geek Chic Giving, just in case you weren’t sure where to start. This year, with less than a week until Christmas, you may have to express ship, but trust me, ship it. ship it good.

xoxo Misha’s Little Diva

1) The Supernatural Fan

Had to start with what I know. For the SPN family member who has everything, order Jason Mann’s Christmas With Friends over on his website for $15. Friend of the show, Manns convinced some of his Supernatural buddies to sing on this holiday treat, and yes, that means we get songs sung by Richard, Jared, Jensen, Misha, Rob and more.

Image property of Jason Manns

Image property of Jason Manns

2) The Sherlockian

There is a lot of great Sherlock gear out there, but around the holidays, I like my Sherlock with antlers. Check out Lilinas’ page over at Redbubble for iPhone cases, tote bags, throw pillows and tees with this adorable design. Prices range from $15-$30 depending on the item, of course.

Tote bag, Lilinas $18

Tote bag, Lilinas $18

3) The Whovian

Doctor Who fans will adore these funny pajamas that probably aren’t bigger on the inside, but they sure are cute. Visit the Spencer’s website and, for only $25, you can get this hooded onsie and totally look exactly like David Tennant in Series 4*.

*In no way will you look like David Tennant in Series 4

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Pajamas, Spencer’s $25

4) The Marvel fan

With 2 new Marvel movies released this year, Funko promptly created various mini versions of Marvel film favorites, ranging from $6-30. Amazon has everyone from Loki to Spiderman, Agent Coulson to an adorable dancing Groot. Of course, I purchased Cap and Bucky for myself and labelled them “To: Diva, From: Santa” because that’s what we fangirls do.

Gamora Funko Pop Doll, Amazon $12

Gamora Funko Pop Doll, Amazon $12

5) The Potterhead

Harry Potter fans already have gotten a pretty amazing Christmas present, with J.K. Rolling releasing 12 new stories from the Hogwarts!Verse on Pottermore.com between December 12-23 for FREE. If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, though, check out the WB shop. With quidditch jerseys, time turner watches, cosplay gear and Hedwig figurines, there is something for every fan.

House ties, WBShop $22

House ties, WBShop $22

 

 

Geek Chic: Baby Slytherin

I know, I know. On Wednesdays we write about Winchesters. You can all tweet your disappointment at me later. I got sidetracked, okay? It’s the end of term for me, and I wrote a 17 page essay in six hours today. So instead of blogging about Winchester angst, I decided I need to do something a little cuter and fluffier.

Let me tell you about Baby Slytherin.

My brother recently phoned me (while I was in a crowded restaurant no less!) and told me that in a few months, I’d be Auntie Collectress. Yes, coming summer 2015 is the affectionately (and somewhat biasedly) named Baby Slytherin. So like any good auntie, I immediately took to the interwebs to find cute baby clothes. Here are my Harry Potter favourites for the geek chic wee wizard, and just in time for Christmas.

Welcome to House Slytherin

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The Collectiva Diva Asks 5 Questions to Your Favorite Fanfic Writer: Xylodemon

Xylodemon is a beast. With 226* works across 17 fandoms on AO3 and new stuff coming out all the time, this writer has a knack for taking canon and transforming it into something simple and easy and totally unexpected. Her characters are clear and consistent, and her reimagined Supernatural codas are some of the best I’ve ever read. You may recognize the handle from either a fanfic rec by the Collectress or I, because her stuff is just that good (her demon!Dean is spot on). Read on to discover how she got started in transformative fiction, the inspirational words she has for aspiring writers and links to her favorite work.

(*note: it’s now 227, since she just released a coda for the Supernatural episode “Fan Fiction” which is lovely, BTW)

xoxo The Collectiva Diva

Want your favorite writer to answer 5 questions? Let me know over on Twitter @collectivadiva

1.) What/Who inspired you to write fanfiction?

Weirdly, it just kind of happened. Way back in the day I was in a usenet RP for the Wheel of Time books, and I loved it. I had a kajillion characters and read all the threads, even stuff I wasn’t involved in. A friend of mine there told me I’m probably like reading fanfic, but I didn’t pay too much attention at the time because she was into Harry Potter and I hadn’t read it. I ended up reading some eventually, mostly Lord of the Rings and X-Files. Then I finally broke down and read Harry Potter (I was convinced it would be garbage, turns out I was wrong), and I read a ton of fanfic, and from there it made sense to just write some. My first fic was pretty terrible, but I guess first fics usually are.

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Fanvid of the Week: Harry Potter “The Black Parade”

Vidder: dazzleme7

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Potter world lately. Like many, I grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and at least 25% of my geek references are HP oriented. This vid is the epitome of my teenage experience: Harry Potter + My Chemical Romance = my senior year of high school. So perhaps I’m reccing this out of a sense of nostalgia, or maybe it’s because I view the “black parade” as a metaphor for the people we’ve loved and lost, or maybe it’s just because it’s a combination of a fraking good song with a fraking good story. Whatever the reason, watch this and remember why you loved Harry Potter.

Always,

The Collectress