Misanthropy, Lycanthropy, And The Pursuit of Knowledge

Misanthropy, Lycanthropy, And The Pursuit of Knowledge by Halrloprillalar

Summary: Snape is making progress with the Wolfsbane potion, but to continue working on it he must have 24/7 access to Lupin to observe and record subtle changes. Slash, 6,437 Words.

Why You Should Care: It’s all in the dialogue, this rec. There are precious few authors who can slip so easily into Snape’s voice, then slip just as easily out of it to find Remus’. The verbal exchanges between these two characters have just the right quality. Also?  Props for a fantastic title.  This is a Remus/Snape with some undertones of Remus/Sirius.

Why You Might Not Care: I should not like this piece. Did you see that pairing up there– Remus/Snape? Everything in me rails at it: the slash tones that are unashamedly uncanon and completely, impossibly fantasy, the motivations of the characters, the strained, often awkward narration all make this fic slightly frustrating. If I were to be completely honest, this fic needs a good twice over from a couple of critical Betas. But, in the end, the dialogue is just that good and I can’t help myself from liking it anyway, despite all of the things that don’t work for me. I seriously debated whether or not to add it here, but the truth is other fic writers could learn something from this about how to write fantastic dialogue — which tends to be the area most people have trouble with — and so I’ve included it primarily for that reason. Sometimes I surprise myself.