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February 8th, 2015

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03:38 pm - Filtering Fanfics
Hi there,

So I'm new to this community but was once very fond of Jan's list (I hadn't initially worked out that there was a whole website of Snape and Potter fics).

I'm looking for higher written quality fanfics. I've had some luck on AO3 but it's hard to find ones for the theme I'm after.

I know there's the chocolate frogs ratings but most fics appear to have 4-5 chocolate frogs which suggest the ratings don't follow normal distributions! So the chocolate frogs haven't been all that useful. Are there any lists of good fics on the website?#


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Date:February 8th, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
The question is, what do YOU consider "good" or "higher quality"?

Is it a suspenseful/intricate plot? Great characterization? Originality? Length? Lots of romance (or none at all)? Above-average writing? Near-flawless spelling and grammar? What?

To me, a good, high-quality fic has pretty much all of the above ... with great SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) pretty much an absolute must. I can forgive a lot of other "sins" if a fic is at least technically well written -- and on the reverse, an idea/plot can be as original as all get-out, if the writing skill isn't up to par, then it's hello, back button. But that's MY criterion; it may not be yours.

Long post short, only you can decide what is "good" for you. But the fiction stats might help you -- look at "most reviewed", most tracked etc to give you a clue whether it's a category you like the criteria of, and take it from there. Happy browsing!
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Date:February 8th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
Hm, yeah. I suppose I should have been more specific.

I consider good fics to have good characterisation, believable dialogue, above average writing and near flawless spelling and grammar. That's my minimum requirements as it were good fiction. The rest I consider bonuses or great writing.

I don't mind if the fics are short, for example this blog showcases some excellent short fics.

Edit: I will check out the fiction stats, though. Thanks. :)

Edited at 2015-02-08 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Date:February 8th, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, some of my favorite authors are represented there, even though I prefer my fics long -- the longer, the better, in fact. :)

I thought you were specifically looking for Harry/Snape fics, as you mentioned potionsandsnitches.

Usually you can find good stuff here on LJ when you look at the various fests -- try potterfests for listings (and don't forget to check the communities' tags for past entries).

Another source are the communities on Fanfiction.net, which you can filter by character, theme, length and whatnot. The only drawback is, some of them will collect EVERYTHING that fits their criteria, and you'll have to check out every single story to see if it's to your liking. (Example: Harry's Many Mentors)

Also, if you have found an author on Ffnet that you like, check out their favorite stories/authors; sometimes, you can get lucky there.

Edited to add a link

Edited at 2015-02-08 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Date:February 8th, 2015 11:07 pm (UTC)
My soft spot is for believable Harry-is-mentored/adopted fics and gen Snape/Harry is seems to be the most common way that occurs. I thought a more focused site would be a good way of finding some. :)

I mainly linked as an example of what I think 'good' fic is. I have a habit of getting stuck on one trope and even waive originality sometimes. So it does me good to branch out a bit. I do like long fics, but often find they can be harder to find quality that is consistent across the fic.

I do check fan fiction.net from time to time, usually in the communities and there are some gems hidden in there. I often do the author and their likes thing on AO3.

Thanks for suggesting PotterFests, I will check that out.
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Date:February 13th, 2015 08:25 am (UTC)
FYI, P&S is an invite and validation-only archive so stories that are terrible are usually turned away. Most of the fics on Potions and Snitches that receive a low frog rating (less than 4 frogs) are deleted by the authors.

Edited at 2015-02-13 08:26 am (UTC)

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