We want the story also....
Thanks, that made me laugh :-)
Author's Response: I'm glad to hear that! ;) Maybe some day, Glorfindel will let it slip... ;)
I agree with every word you say, but still the fact (or question) remains, that some of us (myself included) are not telling their real life-surrounding people of this hobby, reading/ writinf fanfic, right?
So what IS wrong and with whom? us or the surrounding world?
Author's Response: Interesting question. I would say the surrounding world, but then again I include myself in the "us" that you refer to, so I'm not exactly neutral on this issue! I have to say that I think the majority of the problem lies in the way fanfic is perceived - it is seen as the pursuit of the socially inept and the squee-ing fangirl, for the most part. One of my close friends at uni is invovled in RPG (D&D, though, not LOTR) and when he recently tried to explain what was involved to a girl we both know, she ridiculed him to the point that he was offended and upset. I'm not even talking about the kind of polite incredulity I met with from Miss M; I mean real hurtful derogatory remarks. It's very sad that people see the need to respond in this way, though I remember having a conversation with somebody on LiveJournal that all those who laugh at fanfiction clearly have some idea what it is (unlike most of the world) so in all likelihood they themselves have dabbled in it at some point. I suppose what I'm saying, albeit in a very long-winded way, is that there is something wrong somewhere, though not with us. We write. We are creative and productive. I wonder how many of the naysayers can claim the same?
Interesting point you mentioned: "clearly have some idea what it is (unlike most of the world) so in all likelihood they themselves have dabbled in it at some point". I would say "hypocrites"? well, maybe it's too rude...
I wonder if you read the recent message on http://lethe-lloyd.livejournal.com/159991.html#cutid1
In a way, it is related, even if not directly to what we say here.
Anyway, even though I raised the question of "what's wrong with who", I am "in clear conscience ", meaning, I may feel embarrassed to tell my real-world people of this hobby, but I certainly enjoy reading this whole fandom, and I actually got to your essay via xFanarix's bio page on this site :-)
And on that note, though all I read from you is this essay, let me encourage you to write as much as you can, because as you said (or was it Fanari?), it is both a creative work on your part, and one that provides a need for those who like reading yours and other authors' work.
Author's Response: "it is both a creative work on your part, and one that provides a need for those who like reading yours and other authors' work." - I have said many things along those lines, and probably so has xFanarix! It's one of my favourite pro-fanfic arguments ;-)
A ring can represent practically anything. Undying love, a silent promise, real friendship, commitment, but also nobility, worship or faith. There are rings that symbolize dependence, enslavement, eternity, and apparently there is one that stands for all that’s evil in this world. But let’s not forget a ring is nothing more than a piece of metal that fits nicely around a finger. It doesn’t even have to be pretty.
So don’t ask me why I ended up risking my life, going on this quest to destroy one. I mean, you can’t really blame me for getting caught up in things I don’t even believe in, right?
Be warned: this is a tenth walker fic and English is my second language. It’s possible you’ll hate this story, but don’t forget you’re not legally obliged to do so. And seriously, I really like readers and absolutely love reviewers.
My sincere thanks on a job well done and a debt paid. I was also interested in the issue of whether the ears move like cats ears, but I guess that would be too embarrassing to ask?
So, I guess we're nearing the story's end? Ai, good things never last :-)
Oh, but what is it with Legolas? are we going to learn what is the reason for his "dimming"?
Thank you for this lovely chapter.
Author's Response: I am glad I have finally paid my debt. This conversation between Legolas and Iris is one that has been pieced together from many other plans I had. I am sorry the ear moving thing didn't make it to the 'final' version. We are definitely nearing the story's end. I can't continue forever :P The dimming is just how I imagine an Elf that looks tired. I just can't see them yawning or dragging their feet. You are very welcome, and thanks again!
Are they going to end up "an item"?
I'll hate to see this turning into your typical "Mary-Sue", although the humor here is quite catching.
I am left smiling broadly at this coversation.
Please let be a bit longer, and please, please, let us hear it?
Author's Response: Well, I guess it's never been real hard to guess where this story could be going. And yes, that is where it is going. I hope the coming chapters won't be too much of a dissapointment. And obvioulsy I cannot refuse to obey a plea from a reviewer, so the next chapter had just been posted! Thanks a lot for reviewing, it really is appreciated!
"And obviously I cannot refuse to obey a plea from a reviewer"
I beg to differ...
I asked to hear the answers to the on going questionnaire...
Iris questioned Legolas for two more hours, of which we did not get a single detail... I am sure there were quite some juicy items there.... You owe us :-)
And as for them becoming an item, well, as long as Either Legolas gets to sail west when Iris's time is up, or the story ends with "and they lived happily ever after", I am pleased. You see, deep down, very hidden from all eyes, I am quite the mushy type... :-)
Thanks you for an enjoyable story.
Author's Response: I owe you an apology then, although I honestly misunderstood the question :P Maye I will figure out what more has been said on that night, maybe not. If I do I'll let you know. And concerning the happy ending.... I guess I don't differ from you on that... So don't worry about it, I won't try to turn this into something depressing or deep. That would just be, well, depressing... wouldn't it?
You promised it won't get to be depressing at the end, right?
Her questions and thoughts makes me very suspicious....
He's not going to forsake his immortality and kin, right?
Author's Response: lol. Good to hear your drawn in. It would be a waste to tell you what is going to happen. Just, don't worry too much :P
"I also spend quite some time trying to expand the light conversation between Legolas and Iris, but I can't find the right tone anymore."
May I offer some tips out of my own conversation with Legolas? (though he never got to answer them, we were disturbed by some horrific orcs...), so here it goes:
In regard to Elves ears, there's something I was wondering, Are they able to move "on hinge" (you know, like cats ears), or are they "fixed" like ours but simply tipped instead of rounded at the top?
As for that "alabaster" skin of theirs (see numerous stories), is it sensitive to sun burns? I mean the white-skin among us get to either burn, or else be enslaved to lotions, how is it that their warriors spend all this time outdoors, and get not even a freckle? not to mention dry wrinkled skin?
Another bothering issue, regarding to blond elves (sorry, fair haired): how come in some cases we hear that one of the parents was with dark hair (specifically Legolas mom - again, see numerous stories) and still the child turns out blond?
With us, mortals, the child will always take after the darker haired parent.
I think I have some more simpleton's questions, but let him address these first.. If he (or you) ever talks back to me :-)
Author's Response: Sorry to hear you got disturbed by Orcs, they just don't seem to be very nice. I did try something concerning the pointed ears, and the pale skin, but the conversation kept coming out unnatural. I promise I'll keep trying. However I'll be off soon for a sailing holiday in Greece. There will be time to write, I assume, but no internet acces. Sorry to keep you waiting! Thanks for your review
Welcome back. And, that was too short...
Isn't all good things end too fast?
Thank you for this lovely chapter
Author's Response: Time flies, time flies; no need to tell me about it. That's just what life is like in the summer months, right? You're very welcome. Thank you again for another review!
OK, let's assume this is a parody, under the "humor" genre in any respectable contest, as as such, well...
Great. May I envy/feel for/pity poor/perfect GreenWingedRainbowPony?
Being in this strange place, with that wonderful gown, and that gorgeous prince...
All she misses is being the 10th walker on the quest, suffering the love of all the manly males (including dwarves/elves/etc) and we're done.
Thanks for a good laugh, and sorry for not commenting seriously.
I love this story and it's various sub plots.
I am eager to see how it will all be orchestrated into the final crescendo at the end.
Thank you both for this interesting tale.
Author's Response: I am so glad you are enjoying it Scarlet! Yes, there are many plots running about right now, and I am just as excited as you to see the finally result, it should be fun :D Thank-you for reviewing -Encairion