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First off, sorry I've been on a mini hiatus of late. Final university projects just about floored me. XD But today is Re-Fredding day!!
EEEEE RE-FREDDING DAY!A History of Re-Fredding
Well, if you're in this club, chances are you know what re-Fredding is. In case you don't, re-Fredding is a mini fandom movement started by ~The-Starhorse
and myself after we could take the de-Fredding angst no more
. Neither Starhorse nor myself were chuffed with Fred's fate in Deathly Hallows, so poor old dA became subject to our long rants on his untimely de-Fredding. After publishing a short comic in which George rescues Fred via the use of a time turner (
later turned the comic's premise into a beautiful fic, Fox Ears
. Fox Ears garnered a lot of well-deserved attention and coined the term "re-Fredding". I later demanded we make May 9th re-Fredding Day, started up a few websites and clubs, and so here we are - celebrating re-Fredding day once again! And man, I freaking LOVE that it’s now a well known thing across the fandom. Can't we just let sleeping Freds lie?
I've actually had this question a number of times and it drives me up the wall, because it's a particular mentality some fans have in which they feel they can police fandom - that there is a right
way to be a fan, which is in my humble opinion a load of bollocks. I can only speak for myself here, but for me fandom is a place where fans can explore all kinds of ideas and avenues, whether that means AU fanfiction, different genres or non-canon shipping. There should be something for everyone. We should be allowed to be as creative and ridiculous as we like - that's the wonderful thing about fandom and imagination - there are no boundaries. But after DH was released, I started to find the Weasley twins section of the fandom had become a bit stilted and mired in angst, and while I love a bit of angst now and again, I wanted to see more positive Weasley twin-centric works too. After all, this is Fred and George we're on about. Surely if you were to imagine any two characters in the HP series cheating death in flamboyant style, it would be them. So re-Fredding is really about reminding fans of the freedom we have in fandom to change things, to explore our imaginations, exercise our creative instincts and write whatever the hell we want. ^_^
So Happy re-Fredding day, folks! I'll leave you with this last quote."The thing about growing up
with Fred and George is that
you sort of start thinking
anything's possible if you've
got enough nerve."