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Bwahaha! [Feb. 8th, 2009|11:00 pm]
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I thought I'd share this with you lot because you'd find it amusing.

Early last week, I was informed that my NC-17 fic Fantasy had been nominated for this year's rhr_awards. W00t! I'm very pleased indeed.

Not having even considered submitting to CM in a couple of years, I thought, Hey, here's an excuse! Submitted the fic. And today got back this reply:

    Dear antosha,
    We regret to inform you that we must reject your story, Fantasy, at this time.



    At present, this story...

    ~ is not something we are interested in hosting at Checkmated.
    ~ has canon errors or inconsistencies.
    ~ does not meet standard of quality.
    ----poor characterization.


I'm guessing that those canon errors included the idea that Ron and Hermione actually dated other people between Ch. 34 of DH and the time of the fic, some four or five years later (though they're happily married at the time of the story) and that the poor characterization involved the person with whom Hermione briefly hung out being female.

Damn! Where did I miss the pages in canon that said they got married the day after Voldemort's defeat, and that none of the HP characters—but certainly not Hermione—ever engaged in a homosexual affair? Did you see that anywhere? Was it in Beedle the Bard, maybe? XD

(The first criterion would have been fine with me. "Not our cup of tea. Didn't like it." No problem. It'd even be fine with me if—like SIYE with H/G—they simply banned all fics in which Ron and Hermione dated anyone but each other. But the other criteria? :snort: Yeahno.)

It still chaps my hide that CM mods can claim such telepathic powers of canon insight when it comes to Ron and Hermione's behavior, but are happy to accept fics pairing Harry or Ginny with anything with a pulse—even characters whom they show ever appearance in canon of disliking. But then, that's Earth Logic....
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[User Picture]From: ozma_katiebell
2009-02-09 07:30 am (UTC)
This post is made of win. Congratulations on your nomination!
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[User Picture]From: mickawber_fics
2009-02-09 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Somehow the rejection made it all the more pleasurable. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: oncelikeshari
2009-02-09 11:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, Ginny and Draco can fall in love without question but you can't imagine anything during that space between the end of DH and the epilogue?

Look at how long they waited to have their first child. I'd say that made it canon that they both had LIVES before settling down.

If CM had their way every fic would have them go back to school together, where they lose their virginity in a pink cushioned room of requirement, then kiss in the great hall's famous annual prom while McGonagal applauds them and yells 'way to go you guys!' and get married on graduation day...despite the fact there's never been a graduation day in any of the previous fics.

Curse you and your imagination!
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[User Picture]From: mickawber_fics
2009-02-09 01:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's awful of me actually to have thought of Ron and Hermione as being—you know—normal. ^.^

It was the fact that Rose—their first—was born around eight years after "Flaw in the Plan," when Hermione would have been twenty-six or twenty-seven, that made me think that perhaps their path from smooch-during-battle to wedded bliss was not a straight one. Silly me.

I haven't been reading over at CM at all—except for one or two fics that are still being updated from a couple of years ago. Guess I'm not missing anything! XD
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[User Picture]From: writerwannabe
2009-02-09 01:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was nominated for the rhr_awards too and asked the mods there to link to the story on a lj community and not CM as they were planning to do.

Two of my fics have been rejected there. One I understood sort of because it was a 1000 word drabble and it would be hard to edit (beta) without messing up the precise word count. But I think they used the words 'does not meet the standard of quality'. I didn't know that JKR was a mod there, carefully screening work that wasn't up to par with her own writing.

Any my other story had canon errors because of the way Ron proposed to Hermione. I wasn't aware that there WAS a canon way to propose. Did I miss an interview with JKR giving us these details?

That site was started as a Ron/Hermione centered, but there's been a sharp decline in fics the past year or so with that pairing. You'd think they'd want more of the 'Good Ship' on their site, because every time I refresh their update page it seems like there's another remus/tonks, harry/ginny or rose/scorpius fics going up.

I've read your fic and it's great! I love that Hermione made him read the footnotes as well! Congratulations of the nomination.
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[User Picture]From: drcjsnider
2009-02-09 01:39 pm (UTC)
I noticed the decline in ron/hermione fics there as well... I think it is hard to meet all their 'characterization' requirements... very little room left for anything innovative
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[User Picture]From: mickawber_fics
2009-02-09 01:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks! (And of course she made him read the footnotes! That was the whole point! XD)

And congrats to you too!

It's funny—I've always been more of a Harry/Ginny shipper in terms of my fics. Not that I didn't and don't love R/Hr—I do—but my focus was always mainly on the other couple. So the crankiness of CM has always been a bit of a surprise and a puzzlement to me. I mean, come on—it's a huge community. You'd think that there'd be a certain amount of variety in views on how the Good Ship would sail, right? Phoenix Song (which is the closest H/G equivalent) certainly isn't anywhere nearly as restrictive.

And of course there's a canon way to propose! Didn't you get that handout? XD
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[User Picture]From: harrysmom
2009-02-09 04:35 pm (UTC)
And my other story had canon errors because of the way Ron proposed to Hermione. I wasn't aware that there WAS a canon way to propose. Did I miss an interview with JKR giving us these details?

Oh come on now, did you not know that one of them MUST have been there interviewing JKR? Please, how silly of you to even question that!
;)
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[User Picture]From: drcjsnider
2009-02-09 01:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah... I got rejected there a couple of week ago for 'poor characterization' which seemed to me to be a way of them saying that there is really only ONE way to look at Ron and Hermione and anything that challenges that or even tries to stretch it is 'poor characterization' :P
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[User Picture]From: mickawber_fics
2009-02-09 01:59 pm (UTC)
Hee!

I really don't mind them being fairly narrow in their definition of what is acceptable. The problem, it seems to me, is that they don't seem willing simply to post the criteria: No fics in which Ron or Hermione ever show any interest in anyone other than each other, no fics in which Hermione swears, etc.
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[User Picture]From: praize
2009-02-09 04:44 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your nomination! :-) My fic, Moments of Love, was rejected from CM for being "out of character", too, and now it was nominated for R/Hr Awards. I'm so happy! :-)
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