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Theodosia ([personal profile] theodosia21) wrote2009-05-01 08:18 pm

hello, world.

Hi. My name, for the purposes of the internet, is Theodosia21. I've been going by Theodosia for a while now, but when I tried to set up this journal I found that it was already taken. Thus the addition of semi-random numbers to the end. Anyway, let me introduce myself.


I first discovered fanfiction, and consequently fandom, when searching the internet for more information on Lois McMaster Bujold and her Miles Vorkosigan books. Bujold was, and is, one of my favorite authors of all time. I can't remember precisely what I was looking for, other than, perhaps, some new work of genius that had somehow managed to slip past my attention until that day. In short, however, I found her website, which included, among other things, links to fanfiction based on her works. In my tender innocence, and with a profound lack of anything better to do, I began to read. They were short and generally well written. Not as good as an actual new Bujold book, I thought to myself, but better than nothing.

Then I started "Time Shall Not Mend", by AJ Hall- and found myself blown away. It was simultaneously my first crossover, between the Vorkosigan-verse and the Harry Potter-verse, my first fanfiction epic, and the first time I was introduced to a far more interesting Draco Malfoy and Neville Longbottom than appears in the canon. I finished that story with more speed than sense, just to discover, to my joy, that it was part of a series. I moved on, ravenous.

I will not take the time right now to give ze's series the review it deserves, except to say that it's best to start with "Lust Over Pendle", and that it is, in the words of the author, "a comedy of manners set in the Golden Age detective thriller genre". It is Draco/Neville. It made me believe in Draco/Neville. It also has the best Augusta Longbottom and Narcissa Malfoy I've ever read.

Anyway, after reading everything of AJ Hall's that I could find, I moved on to whatever other Harry Potter fanfics I could get my hands on (mostly on fictionalley, if I remember correctly). Alas, my innocent conviction that surely all Harry Potter fanfics would be of the same stellar quality was soon dashed. For lo, I had discovered badfic, and it was very bad. However, I persevered, and it was not long before I was thoroughly addicted.

That was in the spring of my senior year of high school. I'm now nearly at the end of my junior year of college. Since those starting days, I've spread far and wide from the Harry Potter fandom, though I still return now and then.

I keep a list of my favorite fics on my delicious.com account, The_Virtual_Bookshelf. At the time of me writing this post, I have 1,904 bookmarks there. My most common fandom tags are Harry Potter, Stargate: Atlantis, Naruto, Bandom, Torchwood, Bleach, Final Fantasy 7, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel, Stargate: SG-1, and Doctor Who. I have many more, though. I'm eclectic like that.

I also have a fanfiction.net page where I keep track of interesting WIPs, Theodosia. Despite fanfiction.net's reputation as the Pit of Voles, I've found a lot of good stuff there. I don't write my own fanfic. I might someday, but I'm not there yet.

I've also spent my time lurking on various author's journals. I left comments sometimes, but I could never be bothered to open my own account. Mainly because I didn't believe I had anything interesting to say. Well, I doubt that's changed, but too much time spent on [personal profile] synecdochic's journal has infected me with the Dreamwidth mania.

So here I am, poking around, trying to figure out my first online journal ever. I've made lots of links in this post, and hopefully I've put it behind a cut, as it's gotten rather long. We'll see if they work.


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