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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: 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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