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The Draco Trilogy is a Draco-centric epic written and posted in instalments by Cassandra Clare over a period of six years, consisting three novel-length stories: . Book One in the Draco Trilogy, written by Cassandra Clare. “When an accident in Potions class turns Harry into Draco and Draco into Harry, each is trapped. Book One in the Draco Trilogy, written by Cassandra Clare. “When an accident in Potions class turns Harry into Draco and Draco into Harry, each is trapped play.

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Request threads are for recommendations. Fic Searches are for finding a specific fic. Make a discussion thread if you want to express your opinions about the thing being requested. Ddaco Book Club Recommendation. General Recs Frequent Recs. The works have been deleted by the author, but if you look for them it’s easy to find PDF versions.

If you look more deeply, you can also find well-formatted epubs to use with e-readers. It’s impossible to talk about these books without addressing the controversy surrounding them, but I’ll do so at the end of my review. Let’s talk about the story first. As I remembered it, Draco Dormiens is cassancra excellent fanfiction novel. It’s not a long novel, at around It ddaco follows canon up to Goblet of Fire, since it was written before Order of the Phoenix.

The premise is this: During a Potions class, there’s a weird accident with Polyjuice Potion and Harry and Draco become indefinitely bodyswapped.


The need to keep this a secret, the even greater need to find an antidote and avoid a conspiration against Harry’s life, and a love triangle where both Draco and Harry are interested in Hermione, power the plot of the novel. The relatively short length suits Draco Dormiens. It’s a YA romantic comedy and it’s also an adventure novel, and the two things coexist together quite well.

The plotting is tight and fast-paced and it never feels like fluff. I think this is an advantage, because even if you are not a great fan of YA romantic comedy you can enjoy this story. At the time I originally read this, it made me look at the character of Draco Malfoy in a different way.

Not that I thought a redemption arc for him was likely to happen in canon, but it made me think that it would be cool if it did.

I just reread Draco Dormiens, by Cassandra Claire : HPfanfiction

What’s the fascination with Draco? Well, as depicted here he’s sophisticated, snarky, fashion-conscious, strong, bright and sharp. A bad boy on the surface, with some seriously evil relatives, but not evil himself. Of course, canon did not go that way. Draco turned out to be pathetic rather than dashing.

He fought on evil’s side but turned out not to cassanddra the stomach for it, and ended up demoralized and happy just to survive. A more realistic Draco, I think, but probably not as attractive or interesting as the one in this fanfic. As an adventure story it’s good, and as romantic comedy it works too.


It’s a pleasant read, but I wouldn’t have wanted canon to go that way. The price of having this fine romantic comedy is placing Draco, Harry and Hermione in the spotlight and leaving little room for other characters.

A clear victim of this is Ron, but at least I liked that there was no Ron bashing. Ron may be under the spotlight less often than in canon, but when he is, he is quite cool too. The characters were all a bit OOC, but not enough rrilogy make them feel like different people. Hermione tended to flirt more than in canon, but she was still Hermione.

Draco was the most OOC, of course. It’s an idealized Draco rather than the pathetic Draco in canon. Harry was also Harry and his always snarky relationship and gradual bonding with this version of Draco rang true.

Among the secondary characters, I was surprised by how wise Sirius was. Not the grudge-holding, act-before-you-think Sirius from canon. It’s difficult to explain casssandra those who were not there how huge the Draco trilogy was in the early rraco. This and a very limited amount of other fandom works at that time opened people’s eyes to the possibility that fanfiction could actually be very good, that in some senses it could be as good as canon. I was disconnected from fandom for years, reading mainstream drxco, but when I came back I learned of the vicious controversy that these books had ended up originating within fandom.

Probably you are aware of it, but if not here’s an overview:. Make of that what you may. Reading the evidence, and as much as I admire her and am grateful to her for entertaining me for so many hours, there’s no question that Cassandra Claire acted wrongly. I’m not sure whether it was a cunning plan to gain prestige and get a professional contract or whether it was just the naivety of early pioneers of fanfiction figuring out what was allowable and what wasn’t I mean, if fanfiction is not for profit and it is all about taking drsco else’s characters and world and using them to tell stories, is it so wrong to use snarky one-liners from other works and put them in sraco characters’ mouths?

But if you do that, is it so much wronger to use triilogy few descriptive passages from other works? If you go that way, where does it end? Still, even though she did wrong, I’m not quite ready to lynch her.

caire Perhaps she was dishonest, but perhaps she was just a young but talented fan writer making mistakes while trying to get out the best fanfiction she could, or perhaps it was a combination of the two. In any case, I still have to respect the talent and the extenuating work of writing such fanfiction novels. I mean, I could steal quotes from Blackadder and Buffy and other places, and still I would not be able to put together a coherent and well-written novel.

Writing is a lot of work, and writing well takes work and talent. If someone argues that this novel would be nothing without those quotes, I have to respectfully disagree. There’s solid writing here, beyond the borrowed elements.

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On the other hand, those quotes made the characters funnier, so part of the admiration she was getting for her fanfiction should have gone to the real authors of those quotes. So that’s enough about the writer. I’m reading her fanfiction, after all, not marrying her. I understand if some people are dracco off by this controversy, but I have always found it easy to separate the author’s behavior from the quality of the story.


It’s not slash fanfiction. Sorry if I gave that impression. I’ve never read Draco Dormiens, but I heard that beyond using quotes and passages from other texts, her characters in Draco Dormiens were basically copied and pasted into her Mortal Instruments series and that the plotline was kind of similar too.

Just wondering if you had any thoughts on that? However, after reading Draco Dormiens I think that it would ddaco easy to use a similar dynamic between the main three characters in an original YA fantasy fiction.

After all, this triangle was not part of the Harry Potter canon, and then you can have these archetypes:. Both boys then fall for the girl, and she’s attracted to both of cassanrra and agonizing over which one is right for her. The three are forced by circumstances to join forces against a common foe, and that makes the two boys start developing a grudging respect for each acssandra, and ultimately forming a brotherly bond. I mean, this is YA If you get that in the hands of a competent writer it’s difficult not to appeal to the target audience.

In that sense, claiee the trilogg could be seen as training for writing the original series. It does not seem wrong to me. I mean, triangles like that are commonplace in YA literature, what makes the difference is how well they are written.

Of course, with the original series the author cannot plagiarize any lines or passages from other authors Matched by Ally Condie and draoc course the Hunger Games are two examples I can think of off the top of my head. There’s one scene that was lifted word-for-word out of DD and put into CoB, but I recall Claire herself saying she did that because she like the scene so much she wanted to trilkgy it in her “real” book.

Some people were pissy about that for some reason, but she wrote it, she can daco it wherever she wants IMO. She definitely has the right to put it wherever she wants, objectively speaking. But that doesn’t mean that I think she should have. It feels a bit And if Draco and Jace are basically the same that would set off warning bells for me.

The issue is that she used actual lines and scenes from Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and other sources of media, in her fic, and them copied them into her published book because she liked it. Its OK to borrow like that with fanfiction because that’s how fanfics work. But you can’t do that with published books because that makes it stealing.

I don’t know if she just forgot where she copied and pasted certain lines and scenes or if she did it on purpose, but either way, that’s why its not a good idea to publish fanfiction unless you’ve been very careful when writing the fic not to include anything that might not actually be yours.

Do you have a reference for that? My understanding was that she used those lines in her fanfic but was very careful not to do anything of that kind in her published fiction.