Got super tired of my LJ layout and did a pre-reboot reboot? Basically the new planned color scheme with an older layout - will experiment with fonts for embedding (particularly for titles of entries and the header title itself) and try some things out over the next few weeks.
 I find it embarrassing to run/jog outside since I'm slow and huffy/puffy and go bouncing/bopping about, so I very much appreciated this article cofax7 pointed out on slow runners. My favorite post was actually this one since it gave a different view of a marathon race from a slower participant's perspective.
 questofdreams pointed out her Sasuke/Naruto art for sn_exchange and THERE BE DRAGONS <3 Well, the boys are still boys but have dragons around them?
(though now I have this Spirited Away/Naruto fusion idea in my head where Sasuke is a dragon >_> DAMN IT)
 I went from an LOL reaction to Mark Reads Harry Potter to near rage while reading the comments to his commentary on Draco's face stomping in HBP. His reaction felt very much knee-jerkish in the "How Dare You Do That To HARRY???" which I admit, had me laughing a bit, especially with the WTF!RAGE INDUCED CAPITALS.
I find at times there's a definite POV bias to Mark's readings, which is probably the norm but most of us had years between books to interact and squee/rant with fellow fans, read meta and absorb fanworks and basically let ideas and thoughts percolate and see things from other sides (including Slytherins').
Mark on the other hand has had to actually stay away from the comments section for fear of spoilers, which, when a blog gets this popular, is pretty guaranteed.
So what we get is pretty much live!blogging of reading a series and even the follow up posts after each novel ends are more of a solo effort ultimately than what we saw on LJ following the release of HP books.
Still, since live!blogging is rather addictive, we can't help but hope to re-experience the thrills and angst vicariously through the blogger. So Mark's knee-jerk reaction brought out a lot of like minded Draco hate from followers.
I'd forgotten that HP fandom is so huge and fractured that I've gotten sheltered from all the Draco!loathing - that a lot of readers never delve into the discussions, meta, rants, squee - or even just bottle it up in the face of it all - so they just can't help but go "YES, WE HATE DRACO AND DRACO FANS ARE NUTS"
It infuriates me probably because these people have read the final book and yet brand Draco a coward and fans as deluded and simply in love with fanon!Draco.
On a certain level I'm aware that the blogging has brought a lot of people out of the woodwork, not just from other parts of fandom but also 1) those who never read or finished the books or 2)those who don't get involved in fandom.
Still, the comments here seem to go from "OMG, HE'S AN ASS" to "It's all Cassandra Claire's fault that people love him!" to "He's a coward since he attacked a poor petrified classmate!". And in what way or form is Draco the equivalent of Edward Cullen, what? *shakes fist with rage*
And then we have bonus picspam of the Draco from A Very Potter Musical who pisses me off like hell - his portrayal there drives me into "GRR, ARGH" mode. Out of all the ways they could have parodied him, they did that? Crawling over the floor and exclamations about pigfarts OMGSTFUDNW!!!
The two bits that finally made me step away from the laptop were these:
"people love fanon!draco. and fanon draco is nothing like canon draco. he wears leather pants and is sexy, good-looking, and amazing. canon draco is a coward always." - sourceand this explanation of the bad!boy syndrome Draco!fans supposedly have:
"Everyone hated Harry for acting like a little shit by CAPSRAGING in OotP, because they expected Harry to be a better person for being a good guy. Draco, on the other hand, can have his faults ignored because he's a bad guy, of course he's gonna be a little shit" - sourceReally people, really?
ARGH, not reading the comments ever again. I might read Mark's reaction to Draco's monologuing at the end in the Tower!scene but will sit on my hands and not click the comments button. EVER. AGAIN.