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July Blogging Challenge: Day 21 and 22

Yesterday was full of travel and chaos, so I missed yesterday’s prompt. Let’s make it up here, shall we?

Day 21 – The best thing about summer

Ugh. If I’m going to be honest, I am not a fan of summer. I’m much more of an autumn/early winter girl. I do like the more relaxed schedule of summer. Since the kiddos are not in school, there is less to keep up with. Plus I can sleep in a bit. So that’s also good.

Day 22 – It’s embarrassing but true

Not sure if this is embarrassing or not, but I specifically don’t bring it up usually, so I guess it embarrasses me a little? So confession time. This is actually something that most people probably don’t know about me, but I absolutely love fanfiction. The stupider, the better.

For anyone who doesn’t know (I can think of a few people who read this who don’t), fanfiction is when writers, typically amateur or hobby writers, take an established creator’s existing characters and/or story world, and use it to make new stories. This is often to make certain characters pair up that didn’t in the original, or sometimes to explore plot points that didn’t get fully explored.

I first started reading fanfic right before the last Harry Potter book came out. Several fanfic writers were using it to detail their book 7 predictions. After that, I couldn’t stop. I particularly like anything that is told from another character’s point of view (especially Hermione, because she is the best), but my favorite is dystopian Harry Potter fanfic, which details what could have happened if Voldemort had won, Harry had either been killed or captured, and a small group of fighters are trying to take on the new regime.

To further embarrass myself, I also tend to read Phantom of the Opera fanfic. Most of this either tells the story in a modern setting (not my favorite, but sometimes enjoyable), or finds a way to have the story end with the Phantom and Christine staying together (usually by turning Raoul into a complete jerk – poor Raoul).

I have, sadly, binged reading fanfic to the detriment of reading actual books. Sometimes I’m just in a mood. But hey, if you know any good stories out there, let me know! I’m always ready to go down that rabbit hole.

(And Alice in Wonderland fanfic is usually pretty good too.)

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