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post Jan 17 2007, 05:21 AM
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Good Morning everyone,

My name is Ryan and I've been lurking here for some time enjoying all of Imogen's work. I just had a crazy idea and planned to post the following here and perhaps elsewhere on other forums. Thanks for reading!!

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I never cracked open a Harry Potter book until I received the first four books as a college graduation gift almost four years ago. I don’t tend to do anything at half-intensity so I poured over the books and was desperate for more. Order of the Phoenix arrived, and then Half-Blood Prince. By this point I couldn’t wait any longer for book seven so instead of rereading the series yet again, I delved into fan fiction. The first few one-shots I read frustrated me until I higher quality novel-length fics fell into my lap.

Jo Rowling should have a moon named after her. (An asteroid is not nearly enough.) I owe her a debt of gratitude for creating such amazing escapism. I consider outstanding fan fiction to be a true fan’s most reverent and careful effort at recreating Jo Rowling’s world. Through them we see what would have happened if Sirius hadn’t died, and examine the loneliness Remus Lupin must have experienced on Halloween 1981. They tell the tale of how the survivors recovered from the second war with Voldemort, and consider what would have happened if the journey had gone in a completely different direction. If we enjoy the experience and walk away with just one nugget of an idea we never thought of before, it’s a ride well worth it.

I made a New Year's Resolution this year to find what I really enjoy and step it up a notch. Having little experience yet tremendous dedication, I’d like to create a podcast to celebrate the best of fan fiction. Others have tried, but I’m not looking to analyze a one-shot of the week or rivet you with my best McGonagall impression. I’d like to bring like-minded and thoughtful adults together to deeply analyze and discuss the greats.

I’m curious if there’s an appetite out there for such a podcast. I’m also curious if anyone else would be willing to commit to such a project. Feel free to respond here, and thanks for reading!

Ryan


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post Jan 17 2007, 07:04 AM
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Hi Ryan, and welcome!

It sounds like a cool idea. I can't help you though, unfortunately. I'm a bit swamped in stuff in real life at the moment to offer you much help and I've read very little fanfic. I'm sure you'd have an audience for your project. Good luck with it - make sure you post a link when you get the podcasts done!

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post Jan 17 2007, 11:03 PM
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I think you have just a couple of projects going on already Imogen, but thanks! I've got a few balls in the air myself, but like you, I've decided to see how far I can push it! There's a lot of excellent fic out there that deserves high praise and analysis, and since I can't find a podcast that brings people together to do just that, I've decided to do it myself! drool.gif
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post Jan 18 2007, 06:45 PM
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Hi Ryan! I also echo Imogen's welcome to you. I've not read anything about podcasts, but a great source to see if one exists would be on MuggleNet. If you find something, I'd love it if you would share it with the rest of us!

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post Jan 18 2007, 11:04 PM
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I'm a big fan of Mugglenet's podcast, Mugglecast, as well as the Leaky Cauldron's podcast, Pottercast. If any of you have not checked either out I would strongly recommend it. They're both professionally produced and are amongst the highest rated podcasts out there - period. The banter is great and both sites actually produce live podcast jointly, under the name Leaky Mug.
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post Jan 20 2007, 08:00 PM
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Coming the week of February 5th. smile.gif
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post Jan 30 2007, 08:16 PM
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UPDATE

PotterFicWeekly, a new podcast dedicated to in-depth discussion and analysis of Harry Potter fan fiction, is scheduled to premiere on February 13, 2007. This podcast will feature interviews and readings from various authors, discussions of all aspects of the fan fiction phenomenon, and weekly analysis of the best of fan fiction.

The first fic up for discussion is After the End, by Arabella and Zsenya, and can be found on the Sugar Quill. The first episode we will be discussing the prologue through chapter three. Subsequent episodes will be released each Tuesday. The podcast will be found at www.potterficweekly.com, and you're encouraged to participate in the podcast. Read the fics along with us. Nominate fics or authors you'd like us to cover.
Be a vocal part of the show.

You can send in your thoughts, feedback and counterpoints by email, voicemail, or by posting in the forums. The first episode will be recorded on February 8th and anything submitted by that date can be used.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to PM or email at ryan@potterficweekly.com.

Ryan

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post Jan 31 2007, 06:56 AM
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Good luck, Ryan.

Hope it all goes well thumbup1.gif

P.S. Don't we get a link for fanfic? wink.gif


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post Jan 31 2007, 12:00 PM
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Done, and given you passively put me in touch with Leela Starsky and were my first well-wisher, you'll probably get shout-outs. smile.gif
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post Feb 1 2007, 02:43 PM
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LOL I thought I recognised the style in the banner on your site. She's absolutely fab - can't recommend her enough to people


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post Feb 1 2007, 02:59 PM
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I know! She's great!!!

On another topic I have to say though the entire thought of a fanfic podcast now seems like a much better idea considering we have six months of canon left!!
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post Feb 13 2007, 06:51 AM
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I just wanted to let everyone know that the podcast is live at www.potterficweekly.com.

Happy listening!
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