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 Some fans complain about certains cliches, calling them overdone, annoying, or simply a sign of bad writing. And yet, I still have a few I simply adore and will never get tired of, and I'm sure many others have their own favorites.

Harry Potter

- Draco is suddenly a ~misunderstood and sensitive~ soul, often with a tragic past and/or an abusive background. The realization of who Draco "really is" is the catalyst for Draco to be invited to join the Light/Order of the Phoenix/Dumbledore's Army and/or for Ron, Hermione and Harry to befriend him.

- Draco's eyes are now "silver" rather than their canon gray.

- Draco is part veela, or entirely a male veela.


The Lord of the Rings

- Legolas is revealed to have a dark secret of a tragic past that is revealed to the other Walkers during the question to destroy the one ring.

- Legolas gets hurt and then has to hide his injuries from the group because he doesn't want to delay the mission.


Criminal Minds


- Reid is revealed to have a dark/tragic past (noticing a pattern here?) that is revealed to the team through a case.

- Reid's dad resurfaces, and Reid or other gets to tell him off in epic fashion.


That's me. Does anyone else have some favorite fanfic cliches?
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If you have watched any significant amount of television in the past forty years, you probably will recognize a common stock plot for various sitcoms and dramas: Female Character falls for suddenly introduced Bad Boy and begins to wreak a path of rebellion to be with him. Her friends are concerned and try to stop her, but she continues, only so see the light at the end and return to the status quo. That 70's Show did this. Seventh Heaven did this. It was probably old news when Happy Days did it. Sometimes it appears literary form, such as in Runaway of the Sweet Valley High series.

No trend is too outdated and no cliche too overplayed for Archie Comics, so in 2007, they made an attempt at using this plot device as a dramatic tale to launch their new series. And while I love Archie in spite of its cheese and a lot of the time, for its cheese, even I'm questioning this one.

I have not read this particular story, but I want to get my hands on a copy, because it sounds positively LOLrarious. If your library offers Hoopla Digital Services, they have plenty of Archie stories available. (If your home library does not offer Hoopla, but another library in your county does, you might be able to switch your home library to that one and access the services. It's worth a shot.) Sadly, I have not been able to find this one on there, so I'll just be dissecting the summary from Wikipedia.

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 Warning: rant ahead. I might come across as entitled or catty, but this is something that's been really frustrating me.

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 Just a reminder to everyone that today is the last day for nominations for the Chocolate Box fic exchange! This is my first year participating, and I'm super excited!
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 Links to my fandom pages:

Maeve of Winter on AO3


Maeve of Winter on Tumblr


Maeve of Winter on Dreamwidth


WhimsicalNixie on LiveJournal


Maeve of Winter on Imzy


Maeve of Winter on Fanfiction.net

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 I've already finished my assignment and a few treats! How is everyone else's Yuletide going so far?
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Title/Link: The Glare of Gotham Lights
Author: Maeve of Winter (WhimsicalNixie)
Characters/Pairing: Gar Logan/Dick Grayson
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1,500 
Summary: AU-- an amnesiac Beast Boy is forced to work as a thief. After relocating to Gotham, he encounters the hero known as Robin, and both of their lives are changed forever.
Disclaimer: I do not own any recognizable characters, settings, or other ideas.
Author's Notes/Warnings: Mentions/depictions of violence, implied/referenced child abuse.
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Ready for a low-maintenance recipe that only requires the fridge and the stovetop?

Ingredients:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs***
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup peanut butter
4 tablespoons peanut butter
2 cups confectioners' sugar

*** Sometimes graham cracker crumbs can be somewhat expensive, so check if your grocery store has bulk food aisle-- sometimes you can find graham cracker crumbs there for a more economical price.

Directions:
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Links to my fandom pages:

Maeve of Winter on AO3


Maeve of Winter on Tumblr


Maeve of Winter on Dreamwidth


WhimsicalNixie on LiveJournal


Maeve of Winter on Imzy


Maeve of Winter on Fanfiction.net

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Link: Trixie Belden Halloween Challenge

Description: A fanfic challenge open to anyone who wants to write a supernatural-themed Trixie Belden story.

Dates:
Due: Tuesday, October 18.
Interactive challenge event goes live: Friday, October 21.

Note: To be a part of the interactive event, your fic must be submitted by October 18. However, the challenge remains open forever, meaning that you may write a fic for the challenge and have it posted to the official page anytime you like.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!
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As Yuletide is set to begin later this week, what are you planning on nominating? What are you hoping to see nominated? What characters and pairings do you want to write, and what characters and pairings do you want to see written?

Personally, I want to geek out with people over Trixie Belden, and I also am interested in seeing what happens with comics this year. What about you?
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 Observations:

1) At the end of the movie, Harley Quinn is reading some racy romance novel-- a harlequin romance novel.

2) I still love the scene when Batman rescues Harley from the water-- but what in the world was up with Bat's CPR methods? It doesn't look like rescue breathing-- it just looks like he was kissing her. The camera angle created some obscurity, though, so I can't help but wonder if Harley took a page from The Sandlot and pulled him into a kiss just for the lulz.

3) The chemical wedding scene was beautifully shot and had an excellent song with a unique arrangement-- "Gangsta" by Kehlani, Suicide Squad OST-- to accompany it. The music can also be heard in an earlier scene, where Joker is surrounded by knives.


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 Let's be clear: the script definitely had some questionable dialogue choices. But honestly, in terms of plot, I really don't think this movie is any weaker than Thor or The Avengers. In fact, the more familiar you are with Amanda Waller's character, the more the plot makes sense.

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 I walked into this movie not expecting to like it very much, so I was surprised to find the movie fun and engaging, though certainly not flawless.

To begin, here are two of my favorite Harley moments from the Batman cartoon, both from "Harley's Holiday."

Harley's day out.

Harley's return to Arkham.

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Title: The Glare of Gotham Lights

Link: Here

Summary:
 AU-- an amnesiac Beast Boy is forced to work as a thief. After relocating to Gotham, he encounters the hero known as Robin, and both of their lives are changed forever. Slash; Robin/Beast Boy.

Rating:
PG

Warnings:
mentions/brief depictions of violence, exploitation of a minor
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 So, I know I post a lot of grimdark angst and drama. This week, I decided to give it a break and try my hand at humor. And thus, I give you . . .  
 
Title: The Messaging Misadventures of Mart Belden 
 
Link: Here

Summary:
 Mart tries (and fails) to sext Diana on his new phone. Written for Jixemitri CWP #11
 
Rating: PG-13. 

Warnings: 
Sexual humor and innuendo, some swearing.
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 Title: The Ice-Maiden 
 
Link: Here 

Series:
 The Caustic Ticking of the Clock 
 
Summary: Previously, in Den lille havfrue, we saw how the Bob-Whites reacted to the death of a classmate. But what's going on with the people closest to her? 

Rating:
 PG-13 

Warnings:
 Profanity and dark themes

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