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Wheels of Fire (The Official Autobiography of Harry Potter) - Team EWE

Title: Wheels Of Fire (The Official Autobiography of Harry Potter)
Team: Team EWE
Author: captain_tulip
Prompt: The Chariot
Wordcount: 9,468
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Alternating point of view, offensive language.
Summary: Harry's been wanting to publish an autobiography for years; only problem is, he can't write for peanuts. Enter Draco Malfoy: broke, surly and the best ghost writer in the business.
Author's Note: Big thanks to my wonderful team, our lovely team captain and my two marvellous betas; ewe guys rock! A big apology to Harry — I hope he'll forgive me. :-)



Wheels Of Fire (The Official Autobiography of Harry Potter)


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Very funny and meta-ish, I liked the HP chapter titles.
Draco's inner monologue, especially Draco-as-Al-Capone, cracked me up. Also tense changes for "dramatic effect", oh Harry - I might have used the excuse too once *hides in shame*
Am oddly touched by the book's nonsense title.
Yeah, the chapter titles were sort of a last minute addition but I like how they fit in with the rest of the story. Fobbing off shocking errors in writing is definitely something I identify with, so it was nice fobbing them off to someone else! Poor Harry.

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading. :-)
Ahhh. I'm glad I took time out to read this fic. I love the concept and the execution, and particularly, the paragraph by Harry. That was just...waa-ay too amusing. Bravo!
I'm glad, too! And I'm pleased you liked Harry's paragraph - I was certainly a little worried about it, considering I was presenting it as "bad". What if it couldn't be distinguished from the rest of the writing? :P Thanks for reading!
I really loved the concept of this and their characterizations. And the image of Draco sitting with a painted on scar and glasses, trying to channel Harry, is hilarious!
I'm glad to hear the characterizations worked for you. I definitely had a lot of fun being mean to them. *g* Thanks for reading!
I loved this! It was brilliant! Funny and hot and also rather touching.
Funny and hot and also rather touching.

Totally what I was trying to achieve so I'm grinning from ear to ear. Thanks so much!
This is such a fantastic story - I love the way you've written Harry - his awkwardness and knobby knees and his terrible writing, his earnestness and his utter inability to dissemble, and the sequence of his feelings when Draco doesn't show up! The sheep programme, and then feeling like dying, I think I felt a little like dying myself. And Draco, so down and out and desperate, his anxiety and nerves and the way he comes to know Harry, finally. It's all beautifully done, simple and earnest and real, and I loved it.
It's all beautifully done, simple and earnest and real, and I loved it.

Gah, this means so much to me coming from you. I admire you and your writing hugely, and your contribution to this fest is one of the best H/Ds I have read in a long, long time. I'm really glad that you enjoyed my fic - hopefully just a smidgen of the amount that I enjoyed yours. :-)
GUH. :O Everything works! Absolutely everything. It's like you throw words at random and they form catchy sentences one after another and end up being this story... so effortlessly funny and charming. Every single word and the dots and the commas. I don't know what I like best from it - the imaginary conversations Draco has with Harry in his head, or the quotes from Draco's parents, the opening paragraph, the "do not"/"do too" exchange, the kiss, the waiting until Harry feels like dying inside, the sheep mating habit, the "by Draco Malfoy" part, or everything - but I just do. Just. GUH.

Edited at 2008-05-06 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you liked it so much. And also that it appeared effortless is both lovely and deeply ironic - I couldn't even begin to describe the blood, sweat and tears that went into this fic. Thanks so much for reading and giving such wonderful feedback; it really means a lot. :-)

Your icon is made of win, BTW. XD
haha! Draco as a ghostwriter is great! I really liked this and, possibly, the most entertaining parts were Draco's trains of thought like when he was thinking about Al Capone or when he explained that he had painted on a scar and worn glasses. He was really adorable :). Harry, with his bad writing was really cute too and they felt IC.
Thank you! I actually had a lot of fun writing those parts so it's great to hear that you enjoyed them. Thanks for reading. :-)
What a wonderful and heartwarming story! It's easy to imagine Harry essentially wandering aimlessly in his life after he kills Voldemort. And I have to admit that I love desperate!Draco (as long as he doesn't end up that way). I think the desperateness brings out both his snark and his humanity. I love how you slowly built up their relationship, and their exchange when Draco finally shows up the day after the First Kiss is priceless.
It's easy to imagine Harry essentially wandering aimlessly in his life after he kills Voldemort.

Honestly? That pretty much sums up my EWE view of Harry. Completely. Thank you.

And thank you for reading! I'm really pleased you enjoyed it. :-)
What a treat this was! The idea behind this is a very nifty unexpected one and you executed it with ease and a lot of humor and subtlety and skill. You have this lovely writing style where you manage to say loads with not too many words and all that without anything resembling a cliche in sight.
Loved all the witty references to writing, Harry's vs. Draco's opening, Harry's pre-date fever and the perfect ending... everything really :)
Thank you for a great read! Très original!
You have this lovely writing style where you manage to say loads with not too many words and all that without anything resembling a cliche in sight.

This is pretty much what I aim for in my writing so I'm really, really thrilled to bits to hear you think so. Thanks so much for your lovely feedback, and I'm glad you enjoyed. :-)
That was awesome. There were so many moments that had me laughing out loud (who the hell comes half an hour early?; His hand makes an abortive movement towards his mouth, as if he's just burped. Or vomited; This thought appears to amuse Malfoy, and with a sudden start he throws his head back and lets out a raucous laugh; Autobiography By...and I can't omit Potter's awful opening paragraph.)

Harry and Draco are both utterly inept, but heart-winning along with it--because of it. The scene with Harry earnestness and effort, the waiting, and then disappointment was so touching. I'm delighted that Draco turned up, the git!

The whole thing was so heart-warming. I loved it :)
Yay! Laughing out loud is definitely good. And yay for the heart-warming - it's not really my usual style so I'm glad to hear I managed it. Thanks so much for reading. :-)
touching and funny.
Thanks!
Such a fun fic. I have no idea who you are, but I love your writing style.
Thank you! And I'm glad to hear you like my style - although I have to admit, I went pretty out of the way from my usual "style". Maybe I should try it more often. :D
This was really sweet, fun and romantic. You made me laugh out loud a bunch of times. :)
Aw, that's so good to hear. Thanks for reading. :-)
This was a very sweet and heart warming story. And there are lines in there that I just love. I especially liked the end where Harry's Autobiography is written by Draco, very awesome.

Only thing that bothered me was that there were quite a few errors in the writing. It made it seem as if part of the story hadn't been revised.

But other than that everything worked out wonderfully for me. :)
Yeah, I think the main problems were having "reigns" instead of "reins" which was a stupid last minute typo and the use of "gotten". I'm from New Zealand so I pretty much screw up both American and British grammar. Gah.

There are probably a couple of continuity errors, too - I did some major revision about half-an-hour before it was finally due in and didn't get a chance to go over it. I'd be grateful if you could point anything out that was particularly bad.

Aside from that, I'm glad you still managed to enjoy it! :-)
Reading this was a treat.This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the entire World Cup. Harry, the terrible (terribly earnest) writer is brilliant. As is Draco the desperate ghost-writer (who just doesn't want to eat beans anymore).

I loved how their 'consultations' grew more frequent and how subtley the tone changed from co-workers, to friends, to more.

The ending was brilliant and I absolutely love the title of 'The Book.'

BTW - the image of Draco sitting at home with glasses and a painted on scar repeating "I am Harry Potter" is one that will stay with me forever. I laughed until I snorted.
This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the entire World Cup.

*squee* That's so great to hear! Everything that you pointed out that you loved were things I really worked hard to achieve so I'm pretty much grinning now. I'm really glad you enjoyed it so much and thanks for leaving such wonderful feedback. &hearts
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