If you don't read fanfiction, you have no interest in this post. If you do, but don't read Harry Potter fanfiction...you still might want to check this one out...
I first give a squee-alert, not for my post, but for the story mentioned below if you choose to click and read. Also remember there should be a drink- and food-warning for at least
the first six chapters, if you are a geek of any caliber. (And I specifically mean 'geek', not 'fen'. I've read stories that required squee-alerts for fen...this one is for geeks.)
The title of the story is Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, and <a href="http://fanfiction.net/u/2269863/Less_Wrong
">Less Wrong</a> is officially
an evil, evil author. Evil being read as the author of a fanfiction that is already over 450k words, not yet finished, hilariously
funny for the first ten chapters, humor gradually becoming less the focus and more simply the backdrop, as philosophy and PLOT gradually take over the story...all wrapped up in well-written prose that make you TOTALLY NOT REALIZE YOU’RE STILL READING AT 3AM UNTIL YOUR HUSBAND INTERRUPTS YOU IN THE MIDDLE OF A CLIMACTIC 'BATTLE' SCENE! (Climactic in the sense of end-of-semester, not end-of-story, which isn't actually completed.) Mind, I wasn't just tired-but-can't-put-down-excellent-story. I was totally-not-tired-because-I-am-wired-from-the-story-wired. I had to take an antihistamine to get to sleep. I feel like I overdosed on Miles Vorkosigan, it was THAT good...and THAT hyper, too.
I got SO FED UP with my husband not getting why it was so hilarious that I started sending .txt messages to my best friend (who I had already sent the URL for the story to via email a few hours earlier) to get her to START READING IT ALREADY SO I COULD SHARE! Within an hour she was reading, and texting back to me her snort-worthy or squee-worthy lines.
I’ll admit that I always absorb traits from anything I’m reading for an extended period of time, whether that be as simple as wording mannerisms or as expansive as energy states, but it takes an extremely well fleshed out character to put me in this level of mindset, so much that I’m still babbling in my head the next MORNING. I reference Miles Vorkosigan for a reason – Lois McMaster Bujold is the only author I’d been aware of that can influence my mental processing this strongly and for as long. Usually I can shake these kind of effects off within minutes of communicating on my own (whether that be verbally or in text like this), but Vorkosigan novels can have me at manic speed for a week (and the Chalion series makes me extremely solemn and introspective for days.) It’s the next day and I’m still stuck in this Potter-Evans-Verres brain speed, after reading only 30 chapters of a thus-far-77-chapter-story.
Which is slightly annoying, but worthy of a testament to how excellent the writing here is. And I happen to like
the little manic bugger, so that helps, too.
Given that I had to be interrupted
in my reading to even notice time passing, not once, but THREE times yesterday? I thoroughly expect that I will have finished all 450k words before the end of this weekend.