HP: Dystopia In Action

Title: Dystopia In Action
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Draco knew that he was going to have to do something that wasn't going to be greatly appreciated.
Space: Dystopia

  • the idea of a society, generally of a speculative future, characterized by negative, anti-utopian elements, varying from environmental to political and social issues (Wikipedia)
  • The hero comes to believe that escape or even overturning the social order is possible and decides to act at the risk of their own life; this may appear as irrational even to him/her, but they still act.”


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02/100: "Kids, Don't Try This At Home" Warnings Should Always Be Taken Seriously

I was one of those kids that you saw attempting to climb the largest tree in the park when they were five, or begging their parents to drive the car when they were twelve (not that they ever let me).

However, I was that kid who saw the "DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME" signs and took them seriously.

My best friend didn't.

It was a cold and rainy warm and sunny day during the summer months when my best friend (we'll use the letter S for a name) decided that she was going to go down the slide.


Now, I would like to say that before this whole incident happened, I had told her not to even attempt to do this. And when she insisted, I told her to put on a helmet. I stand by my theory to this day that it was what had saved her.

I couldn't even watch her stupidity, so I had turned around. I remember what I heard, though: vibrating metal, two thumps, a crack, and S's screams.

She had to go to the hospital for two breaks in her right arm and a cracked collarbone. Lucky, the arm had clean breaks, but her collarbone had taken about two months to heal properly.

But the first thing I said to her once she woke from the anesthesia was, "This is where a 'Do Not Try This At Home' sign would appear."

She looked at me and said, "I know."

To this day, she hasn't done anything as utterly stupid.

So, today's lesson is this: If an action is to come with a "Kids, Don't Try This At Home" sign, it's best left undone. And if you absolutely have to do it, at least where a helmet, please?

01/100: Harry Potter Series

Anyone who knows me has to realize that this would be my all-time favorite books series ever. Harry (despite not being sorted into Slytherin, my homeland) was the perfect intrepid Hero that all the girls could (and would) swoon after.

But he's not the only reason that I like this series.

J.K. Rowling created not only a world, but a movement.

-She gave us the story of Harry Potter, abused wizard child of the Dursleys' and all around awkward kid, and she gave us Harry Potter, Boy-Who-Lived.
-She gave us Draco Malfoy, scared and alone teen that was trying to protect his family, and Draco Malfoy, Death-Eater-in-training.
-She gave us Hermione Granger, teased "smarty-pants" and shockingly brave, and she gave us Hermione Granger, Gryffindor's Resident Bookworm.

Rowling created parallels unlike any other in her seven-series book. From dragons and flying brooms and wands to death and betrayal and finding yourself, she weaved a tale that many relate to.

And I'm not going to lie: I hate that she just paired Harry off with Ginny. No offense to her, but I felt as if she just ended up in the sixth book, realized Harry never showed hormones, and pulled Ginny in as a sort-of mirror image to James and Lily. There was no character development of Ginny, other than her crush on Harry and her feelings of loneliness that came from being the youngest. She was a strong character, but I could say that about any of her brothers as well. We don't know Ginny Weasely. I actually see authors and authoresses in the Fandom mixing up her eye-color or her name's spelling in their native language.

But I'm not here to rant on that. I'm here to tell you to read the books. And please, if you haven't, do so.

01/100: Never Go Anywhere Without Clean Underwear

My mother told me that I should always be sure I had clean underwear on. When I was younger, I didn't fully understand what she meant as I always took a shower and had to put clean ones on, as was normal. But as I grew older, I started to understand the meaning that she meant behind it: never go anywhere unprepared.

That's why I have this lesson as my first.

Who here has ever lost something important and spent precious time trying to find it, only to remember that you forgot it on the counter or table at home? I know I have. That feeling of complete helplessness because you don't have your house keys and you have to call someone or climb through the window, or you forgot your homework/documents and you absolutely need them right that minute? It's the worst.

The one time that I remember vividly this happening was Science Fair in the fifth grade.

I had made it to finals with my two friends (as we had the only working volcano), and was supposed to compete with the other two groups that had made it as well. Judges were supposed to come around and look at our projects, giving us points on creativity, originality, use of science, and the fact that we had a project.

To this day, my friends will not let me live it down that I forgot our volcano at home.

I honestly don't know how I did that one. The thing was huge, taking up most of my dining room table. I had to pass it everyday for the week before finals, and everyday I told myself, We're almost there. All we have to do is show them the volcano.

I don't understand why my brain chose that day to fail on me, but it did, and we were disqualified from the competition since we weren't able to produce anything tangible that we worked on.

My friends can laugh about it now, but every time it's brought up, I feel a little guilty that we didn't win because I was unprepared.

So, in order to prevent (as much as possible) the forgetting of anything important, I want you all to ask yourselves before you leave the house: Did I put clean underwear on?

100 Things (Times Two)

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

So, I'll admit; I saw this on a few other Livejournals and found it interesting. I swear, I've read Fic Recs of Epic Proportions, Objects of Fancy Tickling, and Food of YUM! (capitalization and italics needed, of course). So, I thought to myself, "Why not?"

And so, my 100 Things is born.

Now, to warn you, I will say this: I'm planning on two lists. I have one that will be my more personal one that allows me to talk and give "advice". But I will also be doing one that's more reading related (meaning Fanfics and real books galore).

For my first one, I've decided to go with a theme that will last me to the end of this and give me, and hopefully whoever's reading, a few laughs. Therefore, my first list is entitled:

100 Life Lessons (As Learned By Me From Everyday Instances)

For my second, I'm going to rec my all time favorite reading material, broken down into two categories: books and fanfiction. That means my second list is entitled:

100 Stories (Because the World Needs More Reading)

Hope you enjoy them!