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 I stumbled across a fanfic site called "Sink Into Your Eyes" and realized that there's a whole treasure trove of Harry/Ginny fanfiction on the interwebs. 

And happened to read a few by an author named CassandraCross. 

And now I'm addicted. Oh.my.God. I stayed up until 2am last night reading one of her fics (ironically, it has the same name as one of my own fics -- "Great Expectations) and now I'm trying to hunt down some more awesome Harry/Ginny fics to fill the void since I went through all of her stories. 

So... calling all Harry Potter/Ginny shippers: I need me some more fic! The problem is that I'm a very high maintenance fic reader. The fics MUST be 100% canon fics. Meaning that they have to be written post-DH and characters who are dead should be dead & people should be married to the correct people. No Draco/Hermoine pairings for me. 

I saw that the last post garnered some great fic recs & I'm on it... going to start going through them now. 

Date: 2011-07-20 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verogeller.livejournal.com
Oh Sana, I HAD NO IDEA YOU WERE A H/G SHIPPER!!! in a World filled with Harmony shippers (who seemed to be following me lately) a fellow H/G fan is a gem.
I've been reading H/G fics for years (since OotP, back in 2003), so I have a bunch of favorite fics that don't follow current canon, but let me take a look to see what I can recomend you.

I feel like hugging you!!! And please, feel free to recommend anything worth reading, I'm always on the look for new reading material, although this last 2 or 3 years I've read more Clois fanfiction than anything elsr. DH part 2 relight my interest in HP fanfiction, although right now I'm reading R/Hr stories ;)

Date: 2011-07-20 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
*hugs back fiercely*

I am a HUGE H/G shipper. Always have been - since Book One actually. I remember going through physical pain when I was reading "Order of Phoenix", because I couldn't believe that Harry would go for Cho when he could have gone for Ginny. It was like watching Clana unfold before me ALL OVER AGAIN.

Honestly, the main reason I've avoided being part of the HP fandom is because of the Harry/Hermoine shippers. I had heard stuff about how they're were even worse than Chlois fans & so I stayed away. Because I didn't want a fandom ruining my love for Hermoine's character. I love her with Ron and I am a Ron/Hr shipper, but I must admit that I'm a little bitter that JKR spent 7 books focusing on the R/Hr love story, but poor Ginny's love story was pretty much handled all off-screen. I mean, seriously, we couldn't have gone on a walk with H/G after he planted one on her in the common room? Just ONE BLOODY walk?

You've probably already read these stories, but you should should check out "Great Expectations" by Cassandra Cross, as well as the sequel. Her writing voice is almost a perfect sync with the books -- I really felt like she got Harry's character's down PAT.

I've been shifting through the other fics, but none have captured my interest like her stories did. I do have to admit, though, that I'm started to feel that little tingle I used to get over Clois fics & wondering if I should try to write a one-shot in the HP verse.

Then I look at my 'to do list' and tell myself I'm being crazy.



Edited Date: 2011-07-20 05:21 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-07-20 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verogeller.livejournal.com
I've always been a H/G shipper too!! I was intrigued by this little ginger girl running behind the train in book one, but it wasn't until book 2 that I fell in love with the idea of them ending up together. I felt so related to little akward Ginny Weasley, ignored by her brothers and in love with a guy who barely knew she was there. Ginny has always been my favorite female character, but then PoA and GoF came, with Harry "in love" with Cho, and I asumed that it was't going to happen, so I concentrated my shipping energies on Ron and Hermione.
In OotP I saw this amazing, strong and independet girl, who was't afraid of calling Harry on his bull (like Hermione was, many times) and who could understand him more than anyone else. So they became my HP OTP, although I kept thinking they weren't going to happen, with the Profecy there I was sure Harry would die.
I can't put into words the happiness that HBP was for me, just knowing that Harry was in love with Ginny was enough, and that kiss... ooooh, it was Several sunlit days for me too :).

I was a part of the HP fandom before I came into the Smallville fandom, I had to endure years of people trashing Ginny and Ron, so when I moved from one fandom to other it was with the hope that in Smallville fandom, where things weren't open for interpretation (because there were 70 years of story, backing Clois) people wouldn't trash of deny canon, but was I wrong. I don't know if the Chlark/Chlois fans are as bad as the Harmony ones, i've been dealing with the later for far too long, and never got involve with Chlark/Chlois fans, but I think they are just as bad.

I'm just like you about R/Hr, I think I would love them a lot more if the Harmony shippers (and the movies) hadn't ruined Hermione for me. I'm finally coming to terms that everything was the fandom's fault, not the character, and I'm loving her once again.

I like the way Rowling handled H/G in the books, I wish she had written more about them, like a scene where they played together Quidditich at the Burrow over the summer before Harry's sixth year or something similar, but all in all, it was alright.
One of my favorite scene was when the four of them are sitting in the common room and Ginny tells them all Rominda Vane wants to know is if Harry has an hippogriff tatooed on his chest.

I think I haven't read "Great Expectation", as soon as I finnish what I'm reading now (a R/Hr AU), I'll get into that.

I'm not going to say anything on the possibility of you writting H/G... except that I have every single pair of finger crossed so you can find the time :)

Like I said, Ginny is my favorite female HP character, and in the list of my favorite characters ever she's a close second to Lois. Which is why, a couple of years ago, I did this: http://undianormal.livejournal.com/7883.html

Date: 2011-07-20 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
>>> I'm not going to say anything on the possibility of you writting H/G... except that I have every single pair of finger crossed so you can find the time :) <<<

That is so sweet. There, at least I know I'll have ONE reader!

In all seriousness, I am starting to get these ideas floating around in my head. But - other than the time factor - the thing that stops me is that I'm not quite sure I could do the characters justice. I'm very much a canon freak and the tone of the characters (and whether they're OOC or not) is very important to me, both as a reader and writer. And since I'm not British, I feel that I just won't be able to get the nuances right.

But I'll toss of a one shot or two. We'll see.
Edited Date: 2011-07-20 04:12 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-07-20 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verogeller.livejournal.com
I always wanted to write HP fics, but the whole OOC part was my biggest pet peeve and didn't do it, and the whole british thing, english is my second lenguage, so I content myself with being an avid reader of fanfiction, nothing more.

If you get the time, you could put together something little, a one shot or a drabble... that'd be a good place to start ;)

Date: 2011-07-20 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
I... ah... am completely being irresponsible and avoiding writing graduate school application essays. So, I... kind of starting writing an HP fic.

*hides under desk*

You willing to beta it for me?

Date: 2011-07-20 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verogeller.livejournal.com
Of course!! I'd be honored :)

Date: 2011-07-20 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
OK, I'm sending you what I have so far (very rough draft) via PM. :)

Date: 2011-07-20 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verogeller.livejournal.com
great, I'll read it as soon as I get home ;). I'm finnishing here at work.

Date: 2011-12-08 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Ive just read great expectations and am looking for the sequel. Please help!

Date: 2011-12-12 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
Hhhmmm... for some reason, I can't find anything of hers that states that it's a sequel to "Great Expectations". I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I think I was thinking of "The Letter"

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3826183/1/The_Letter.

IIRC, Cross writes everything in her own universe and so this fic was consistent with that one. BUT... I'm not sure... I believe it's the sequel... I'll have to go hunting things down to see if I meant something else.

Date: 2011-07-20 02:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ancarett
H/G is my favourite Harry Potter ship but I really haven't followed it tremendously since the movies really got underway. I got burned by fandom nastiness (H/Hr attacks) in the old days. SiYE is an old favourite, though I don't think I've been there in years.

One LJ comm you might not know about is [livejournal.com profile] catchmysnitch - it's a moderated H/G comm. Also [livejournal.com profile] harry_and_ginny is quiet but has had some good stuff. *logs back in for old time's sake*

Date: 2011-07-20 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
Thanks for the recs! I'm going to check those communities out. I also found another one called "takeitinturns" ... I'm hoping to find some new fics there.

Date: 2011-07-20 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] audrey229.livejournal.com
I'm a Harry/Ginny shipper too.. :) And i'm fairly certain that CBrownj is as well. :)

I read an article on EW yesterday that that asserted that the Harry Potter movies showed that "Harry ended up with the wrong girl" and that "Ginny didn't deserve Harry" and I literally felt myself flying into a blind rage wanting to kill someone. It felt like a Clark/Lois type of rage. That's how I knew that my love for Harry/Ginny was real. By the rage. LOL

Date: 2011-07-20 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
Oh, man. I don't want to read that article. I hate those types of arguments. I think that what H/G had was so real and he was NEVER into Hermoine. The books are so clear that he never saw her that way.

Date: 2011-07-20 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meijioro.livejournal.com
Check out Harry Potter and the Summer After the War, it's 100% cannon that is post-DH and also follows Jo's extra information canon info.

http://www.harrypotterfanfiction.com/viewuser.php?showuid=143134

Date: 2011-07-20 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
Ooohh... will do. Thank you!!

Date: 2011-07-20 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mbelle51.livejournal.com
Harry Potter was the second fandom I got involved with. I didn't read the books until after I graduated from collage, I think the 5th one had come out that year. I fell in love instantly and plow/ed through all five in a little over two weeks. Then I got involved in the fandom, and I guess I was naive and thought everyone saw R/Hr and H/G. I was so wrong.

My main ship is R/Hr so I can't really help with H/G stories. I have a hard time finding H/G stories I enjoy because I hate when they are portrayed as above everyone else, and everything they do is golden. I read a lot of those stories in the beginning and they turned me off H/G fanfiction. I do love them in the books, though not as much as R/Hr.

Oh, and when I first got involved in Smallville fandom and read the arguments of Chlois/ Chlarkes I got the Harmony vibe from them. My favorite was being told that their ship was for the intellectually superior, and I was a simple minded idiot for not getting it. Blah! Thinking about it today still makes me rage.

I hope find good H/G stories, and I wouldn't mind reading one from you. I love how you write :)

Date: 2011-07-20 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
I've read a few H/G fics so far, but haven't stumbled across any that make them out to be better than the other folks. I read one called "Delicate" (which was one of the ones recommended in the Time magazine article) and that one KIND of made H/G out to be these larger than life and perfect figures. (Super rich, really nice, etc.)

But since it was a story from the POV of Ron/Hermione's daughter, I shrugged it off.

The thing that is really throwing me off in a lot of the stories is how the OTHER characters are written. A little too much... as in, Ron & Hermione are fighting all the time. Ron's a little dumb (which I don't like) and the Weasley's are just too much.

Only a few have managed to capture the true spirit of the characters so far. But, then again, I've only just scratched the surface.

Date: 2011-08-07 07:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dqbunny.livejournal.com
I know this is a couple weeks old, but I was just reading your story on SIYE and came over to see if there's anymore published on your LJ. The story really resonates with me, especially when Molly is telling Ginny how she's on the brink of her entire life and she has so many paths to choose from. It reminds me of three points in my life: When I graduated college, when I lost my job right before I got engaged and right now as I contemplate starting a family.

Anyhow, I've gone through my own stories, and the only two to meet the criteria is a one-shot I did in 2007 and a story that's currently not completed that takes place after the battle that I'm not sure I'm going to complete. Here's the one-shot: Open at the Close. The only thing off about it is at the time I wasn't sure of Ginny's position, but needed her to be seeker for the story to work.

I think the big thing about a good bit of my stories is that they're either AU (one is exploring what could have happened if Ginny had successfully stolen the Sword of Gryffindor) or they were started before DH was released and so I'd worked in characters such as Fred, Lupin and Tonks that I just couldn't drop. So, they continued on as AU even though they all contain the canon pairings.

The rec list you were given is excellent.

And, I've been sucked back into writing H/G fic as well. They're such a great couple to come back to (and Ron/Hermione as well.)
Edited Date: 2011-08-07 07:34 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-08 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
Thanks for your recs -- I'm definitely going to check out your one-shot. What an awesome name for a story. (I won't start the other one since you think you won't complete it.)

Unfortunately, I have not yet written more of "Standing on the Brink" (well, I have 50% of the next chapter written). The reason is that I got side-tracked by this Lily Luna/Scorpius Malfoy story that just ran into my head, took up camp there, and REFUSES to go away. Until I get that entire out and on paper, I feel like I can't go back to "Standing on the Brink".

The good news is that I'm almost done with the Lily/Scorpius story, though. Only a few chapters left to go. So, I'm hoping to update "Standing on the Brink" by the end of the week or the week after.

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! I'm so glad you're enjoying "Standing on the Brink". That moment with Molly seems to be such a sticking point for so many of the readers of the story. And I was a little taken aback by that. They're so annoyed with Molly, but - why WOULDN'T Molly say that to her 18 year old daughter? Is Ginny going to only be Harry Potter's significant other for the rest of her life? I just feel like she deserves to be something MORE and she should be able to take the time to figure it out.



Edited Date: 2011-08-08 03:25 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-08 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dqbunny.livejournal.com
I thought it was brilliant! My mom, like Molly, married really young. Mama married at 17. She wanted so much for me to have the chances that she never had, and I did. I graduated college, moved around the country, then fell in love and married at 30. I don't regret any of it. But, my high school boyfriend wasn't anything like Harry either. ^_~ Still, I know when I have an 18-year-old daughter, I plan to have a similar talk with her.

I think that's the unfair assumption about Ginny that it feels like a segment of the HP fandom feels that she is nothing more than Harry's significant other, and I admit I was disappointed that Ginny's crowning moment of awesome wasn't seen like Luna and Neville's in the last book. It's why I like writing her so much. She's a fantastic character, and there's a lot to work with. She deserves more.

Your Lily/Scorpius story looked great as well, and I've got it on the to-read list.

Date: 2011-08-08 01:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
I married fairly young, as well. I met my husband when I was 18. We were married when I was 22 & we had our first kid at 23. (Even before our first anniversary.)

So, yeah, I totally want my daughter to wait until she's 25 to get engaged. Take her time - enjoy school, etc. Figure out what she wants to be and who she wants to be before she settles down with kids. Travel, etc.

Yeah, I was also disappointed by how Ginny was handled in the last book. Not only did we not see a crowning moment of awesome, we also didn't get to see Ginny & Harry have a real reunion. I mean, he was clearly thinking about her the whole time, but we got that epic kiss with Ron/Hermione, but Ginny didn't even get to hug the guy. At least the movie gave us that much.

I feel like there was so much story there as far as Ginny was concerned. And JKR seemed to leave that all off-screen. Maybe because it was supposed to be kids' books and their 2 weeks of bliss in HBP were nothing but make-out scenes? LOL I don't know -- she 'went there' with Cho Chang. If she hadn't put so much effort into giving us a glimpse into Harry's love life with Cho Chang, I might have understood her motivations more.



Harry/Ginny FanFic

Date: 2011-08-15 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I just wanted to say first that I love your fic "Standing on the Brink" and I am anxiously awaiting more. Secondly check out "Northumbrian" on SIYE. All of his fics are within the same storyverse and are canon complaint.

Re: Harry/Ginny FanFic

Date: 2011-08-15 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
Thank you!!! I've quite a bit of the next chapter written of "Standing on the Brink" and plan to go back to that as soon as I'm doing with "The First Time I..." (a Lily/Scorpius fic I'm working on right now).

And, yeah, I'm definitely going to check out your recommendation. Thank you!

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