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07 January 2010 @ 11:38 pm
A lovely thing, and then some ranting  
First, A LOVELY THING! Which is a rec.

Draco Malfoy and the Deathly Hallows is the final work in hd_holidays . A multi-panelled artwork with minimal additional text, it tells the story of book 7 with small, vital changes. It is no exaggeration to say that this is the story I hoped for when Mr Brammers brought the actual book home from the shop (I had influenza and was in bed). Beginning in the Malfoy dungeons (Luna in ankle-socks! Absolutely perfect), it tells the story of what would have unfolded had Draco been able to find the ability to make a different choice in his actions during the war.

Convincing and compelling, the narrative skips across the second half of the book, pausing at crucial moments. The Hufflepuff Cup, Fiendfyre, Snape's death ... these and more are addressed, but with the difference that a morally courageous Draco could have made. 

Not only is the central thesis captivating, the art that accompanies it is nothing short of gripping. Drawn in a spare almost-monochrome, it focusses attention down on the drama of each moment, showing story in the gesture of a hand, the hopelessness of a look. For all the drama, there are moments of humour, too, gently done and finely judged in tone.

The artist (because artists are very rarely the least bit anon, even if this artwork has an uncharacteristic lack of boy snoggin) is one of my faves, because she makes me look at canon and fanon in new ways each time. This piece is no different, save that instead of opening up new parts of the text for me, it reminded me again how sad I was when I reached he end of DH and Draco was still a feeble cypher.

Even Mr Brammers finished HP7 with a 'Hmph, I liked most of it, but I was convinced that Malfoy would come good by the end. What was the point of all that stuff in the other books if he wasn't going to learn anything from it?' Exactly right! And this piece helped immensely with that. In fact, I'm going to pull it up for him and see if I can break his fandom virginity.


To end, a spot of ranting:
Does watching television make people stupid? (Yes, obviously.)

Outside of America, a white person offering a black person fried chicken is nothing more than a friendly gesture of shared crap food, unless one of them is a cardiologist, in which case it is a neat piece of bastardry in either direction.

Also, Doctor Who has a long and proud history of supporting gingers!

On a final, political, note, Fuck me, Japanese whalers! Who do you think you are? French? Not cool!
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Brissygirl: face palm lion iconbrissygirl on January 7th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Did you see the chick who is trying to sue the Lutheran Church because of a lead pencil injury that she got in primary school? She is claiming, pain and suffering, diminished earning capacity, medical expenses? and something else totalling around $100,000.

This is in Australia BTW. What the hell is the world coming to?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 7th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
What did she do? Insert it through her left nostril??
(no subject) - brissygirl on January 7th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 7th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
It's that Bucket woman!curia_regis on January 7th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
Outside of America, a white person offering a black person fried chicken is nothing more than a friendly gesture of shared crap food, unless one of them is a cardiologist, in which case it is a neat piece of bastardry in either direction.

YES.

I kinda feel like KFC now though. That ad made me hungry. Damn ads!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 7th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Do not eat the KFC! it is not actual food!
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rosathome on January 7th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
I may be particularly ignorant, but what would be the significance of a white person offering a black person a piece of fried chicken in America? Also, am desperately hoping that I never did this accidentally, because obviously it would have been a Bad Thing.
It's that Bucket woman!curia_regis on January 7th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
From the articles I've just read, apparently it's a stereotype over there that black people like fried chicken and Americans viewed the ad as a white person offering fried chicken to pacify black people.... I think. I could be completely wrong. I never realised Americans had this stereotype before today.
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Glitter Me Timbersciel_vert on January 7th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Oooh thank you for pointing me in the direction of that art, I would have missed it otherwise. And yes! Definitely the story I wish I had read too.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 7th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Brilliant, isn't it?
glorafinglorafin on January 7th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Blatant anti-French racism there! :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 7th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Historical analogy only! The Rainbow Warrior is still fresh in my mind! ;-)
(no subject) - ladyjaneva on January 7th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Nienna: The Moon and the Yew Treeniennas_gift on January 8th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Totally agree on both fronts: the art (and rewrite of DH) is exquisite. The anon artist has this special talent to get me to see familiar characters in whole new ways. Her work has inspired several scenes in my fic.

As to DH as it is, I think a real opportunity was missed. With HBP, Draco went from being a background character to a major actor in the events unfolding. In many ways, he drops out of the picture in DH. It's not that I always think he should have joined the Order, I just think the evolution he went through was just as important to the wizarding world as the transformation Ron went through (for instance). JKR had created a wonderful character with Draco and then she just threw that away. imho, of course.
&helena;uminohikari on January 8th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
That was so pretty! Thanks for linking to it :D
Robyntimeasmymeasure on January 8th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
That was a brilliant piece of work. Loved it.

Outside of America, a white person offering a black person fried chicken is nothing more than a friendly gesture of shared crap food, unless one of them is a cardiologist, in which case it is a neat piece of bastardry in either direction.

Oh good Lord, so true.

Cerisewivern on January 8th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
Re the ad, Dr Who and Japanese whalers... YES!!!

Wasn't the doctor complaining that he wasn't ginger?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 8th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
I've not seen this one yet, but when Ten said it, YES!
Aliciaaliciajd on January 8th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
I'm removing this comment because I just saw the KFC commercial that sparked the comment and realized that this thread was about an Australian commercial, not an American one. My original comment was about our media situation in America, which has no bearing, at all, on yours.

Edited at 2010-01-08 04:46 am (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 8th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
Hee! Is fine -- I assumed as much on reading it, and you gave a thoughtful and sensible analysis (which is more than most paid commentators managed to do!) And I want to come and eat at your house, it sounds delicious!

Did you see the art? SO GOOD!
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feralcheryl on January 8th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
I am vaguely terrified that Australian humour is now being judged by American standards. WTF?
And could some one please explain to me why the black and white minstrals on Hay Hay were racist and Tracey Ullman dressing up as a black chick is not.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 8th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)
Ullman is a satirist, the minstrels weren't funny. Seriously, genuine satire is a serious defence in most Western countries. Of course, she's not really funny these days, either ...

And if American average is now the comedy standard, I'm buggered. Can we be judged by the best American comedy? I am far less rude than it!
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Kilian Ruadh: Toga Iconms_kilian on January 9th, 2010 09:25 am (UTC)
There should be more attractive, heroic, lust-worthy gingers on TV and in film. More Weasleys in the world I say! We are The Best (that's why we are so rare). In fact, I think that every 4/5 year old should have their hair forceably hennaed before they start school, then when it returns to its natural shade, the gingers can hang sh!t on the non-gingers, who are clearly inferior.
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There should be more attractive, heroic, lust-worthy gingers on TV and in film. More Weasleys in the world I say! We are The Best (that's why we are so rare). In fact, I think that every 4/5 year old should have their hair forceably hennaed before they start school, then when it returns to its natural shade, the gingers can hang sh!t on the non-gingers, who are clearly inferior.
<tongue firmly in cheek, except the Weasly proliferation thing>