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If you thought I was long-winded before, well, you haven't seen this entry.

I don't even know who is reading these at this point. I'm fairly certain the only entertaining one was the first, and they all go downhill from there.


I went to a lot of presentations on Saturday.

At nine, I headed off to the Eternal Soul in Folklore. It was actually two presentations. The first was by a woman who did a presentation on opals at PR; she was just as interesting at this presentation, perhaps even moreso. I thoroughly enjoyed her listing of the different places souls are stored, and the general themes of soul-hiding, and how some souls are destroyed--and others are brought back for barter. The second half was by a different woman, and I just wasn't as interested. There was something about her delivery, I think. She mentioned the Evil Overlord website, and used several lines from it that were apropos of nothing; her presentation was steeped in pop culture, and even though I find pop culture interesting, it just didn't click for me.

Ten? [ profile] logospilgrim's presentation. She spoke in her usual lyrical manner, with her beautiful voice, and it was absolutely riveting. She compared Snape, and Charlotte from Charlotte's Web. No, don't laugh, it was truly an amazing idea. Charlotte is described as cruel, spinning her webs and eating flies, yet she decides to help the hapless Wilbur. What follows is Charlotte's reluctant (perhaps even unnoticed by herself) transformation. Her death is solitary, unnoticed--yet with it she has achieved something noble and wondrous--the saving of another. It made me cry with its loveliness.

Of course, a tall older guy sat down next to me, and then I felt really weird about crying, but oh well.

At eleven, I attended "From Page to Screen," a presentation about adapting the books to movies. It was presented by a guy from a Kansas university. It was one of the highlights of the conference for me. What a terrific presentation!

He primarily focused on the directors, which was interesting. He talked about their level of emotional interaction & character development, as opposed to plot, and he made a scale to show us visually what he meant. He also talked about how difficult it is to adapt for an audience who loves the work.

He pointed out differences between the book and the movie, such as the entrance to the CoS and how it's so boring in the book, and yet two minutes long with machinery in the movie.

Also, each subsequent book has to adapt AND fill in gaps left from previous movies. They have to find the intended effect, and try to translate it properly.

He talked about shortcuts, like Neville taking Dobby's role in two movies, and Nigel becoming an amalgam of Colin/Denis.

He also gave a shout-out to Shae in her Umbridge costume, w00t!

Lunch was with Margina, [ profile] lampblack, and [ profile] tracy_loo_who, and another D/H shipper whose name I can't remember suddenly. We talked about D/H, and how those characters change through the movie. At one point a woman at a nearby table came over to tell us not to spoil her, she hasn't read the seventh book! ha!

At two I went to a roundtable. I know, I thought I'd sworn off roundtables, but this was put together by [ profile] furiosity, and it was about reviewing, which I'm very, very interested in. So I went with Margina, and we both enjoyed it very much. (We did begin creating carpet civilizations, but it turns out that they weren't necessary, thank goodness.)

F brought up the Snarry reviewing troubles from last year, how someone posted reviews of fanfic to their own journal, and how they were a bit more--raw, than reviews they would have left in the personal journal of the author. It was pointed out that discussions spring up in the comments of these review entries--discussions that would never happen on the fanfic itself. She also said that in some cases, other people actually sought out fics that had received poor reviews, sometimes because people who disagreed with the reviewer on a regular basis figured that they would like it, or because it sparked their interest.

Reviews help the writer improve. One suggestion was to privately email the author, because negative comments that are publicly visible can be distressing. Someone else commented that people--both reviewers and writers--have different levels of tact, and they don't necessarily sync up, which can cause problems.

Fewer people review on archives, too; it was mentioned that LJ is still queen of reviews.

All in all, a great experience.

At 3:30 I went to Dual Lit, and brought Margina with me. It turns out that this was the presentation of something I have read before--the presenter was excellent, but had too much information and too little time, so it was confusing to anyone who hadn't read any background on it before. She explained that the audience is what you have to think about--who is JKR writing for? It turns out that JKR is writing for adults AND children, in a way that few have. Hence the term, Dual Lit.

We live in a society that heavily regulates children and the information they receive. JKR's books regularly transcend this, by presenting adults and children in both positive and negative light.

The presenter maintains that there are three different kinds of novels: a) conventional novels, whose protagonists conform to the status quo; b) speculative novels, where the characters begin by questioning, but eventually conform (Little Women); and c) the insurgent narrative, openly questioning. She says that JKR provides this insurgent narrative at points. She really follows the adult characters in many places, and has teenagers and children reacting to a lot of adult character actions/words.

She treats child readers with a lot of respect, and she gives adult readers a child protagonist they can actually pay attention to.

She brings up Molly's boggart in OotP as an example. Harry seeing this definitely shapes him--he really is forced to understand the fallibility of adults.

At four, I went to Magical Ethics, a roundtable which covered the good guys casting Unforgiveables--does this make them bad? are they okay in wartime?

People theorized that perhaps the Unforgiveables were unforgiveable because they are very hard to put to any use but a dark use. Someone wondered if Sectumsempra should be an Unforgiveable.

There might have been a carpet civilization involved. Only Margina knows for certain.

So then I went to the Snape get-together, organized by [ profile] drusillas_rain, held at Trader's in the lobby of the Sheraton. I don't remember everyone who showed up--Margina and Gmonkey, for certain, Drusilla (obviously), [ profile] droxy, [ profile] dbassassin, Julian. Also, [ profile] celisnebula was there, and even complimented my squid, and I had no idea it was her and ended up not talking to her, argh! That's the second time! Introduce yourself next time, girl!

Also, there was a person at the table with us who did not reveal her LJ name--said she was mostly a lurker. It surprises me how many lurkers come to these cons. At Snarry there were a few people who were lurkers, and I'm always intrigued by people who move about LJ without revealing themselves in comments or entries.

Margina and I were talking about the Ron/Hermione snogging scene, and I said that Hermione was saying, "Now that you're part of my political system [SPEW], we can snog." (Meaning Ron, obviously.)

So there was an empty chair across from me, and someone sat down in it. I couldn't read her name tag, so I just went back to the conversation with Gmonkey & Margina, and then the woman said, "Valis? I know that name."

"You do?" I said, astonished.

"Yes, you're on my flist!"

It turned out that she was none other than [ profile] josanpq, one of my FAVORITE writers EVAH. No, really. I actually have reread her fanfic, and I love her themes, her magical systems--she is just totally amazing! I squeed like a crazy woman and babbled on and on and on.

Yes. I have met Josan.

So then Josan was asking about [ profile] sylvadin, and then everyone at our end of the table--even the lurker!--was talking about your stories, Syl! I had to admit, of course, that I like your darker stuff. They were all into the Las Vegas story with the older ladies, but I'm right there in the crazy nature lady's cottage, myself. (Wanda? Was that her name?)

Then we wandered over to the Common Room and talked about writing processes. Josan talked about how the characters tell her what they want to do, and Margina and I had to admit that we pull out hammers and threaten our characters to get them to do what we want.

Later we moved to a seating arrangement, and Julian stopped by to demonstrate roll-playing. First she simulated a baguette, and then a croissant. Eventually she ended up on the floor, demonstrating an ebullient Kaiser roll. I'm sorry that there are no photos of this.

Margina and Josan and I went to watch Anneke's music vids, which were so much fun. Apparently vidding is an entirely separate fandom, and there is a lot of lingo involved. It was interesting to see how people put together vids, and even though a lot of the footage is used over and over again, they're still fresh and interesting.

I photographed a DADA teacher photo shoot.

Then back up to the room, where Julian and I laughed and laughed about roll-playing.

Number of basilisk glares: zero. I deflected them with my elbow.
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