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Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.

at 21:21 on 15-10-2011, Sister Magpie
So, yeah, unless this link is wrong (which it could be), it's not something somebody interprets randomly out of the blue. Like most everything else in HP that tries to be deep, it makes no sense once you think about it for more than five minutes.


It's not that I think it's wrong, necessarily--it's pretty vague about what exactly she said. I just have a feeling that if she says it's a metaphor she's talking about how Lupin is avoided even when he's not a threat rather than saying that the werewolf condition maps onto HIV in any real way. Because she's always talked about the real-life illness connection, meaning it that way.
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at 21:18 on 15-10-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
And suddenly this, is an article with practical applications. Good to now that there's some solid empiria coming our way too.

Dat zeems unwhise. If yu whent bak in tyme and shot'da dienosor, eet culd have unvorzeene consecwensez.

Stil, ehts nize to zee'da awthor did hiz reserch. Aym shur evrything wil werk aut awlrite.
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at 20:40 on 15-10-2011, Janne Kirjasniemi
And suddenly this, is an article with practical applications. Good to now that there's some solid empiria coming our way too.

Coming up next: Harry Potter the Annotated Edition, complete with explanations for everything compiled from interviews and Rowling's writing notes, right in the margin of the pages.

I'll have to wait and see what the Sorting Hat is a metaphor for. Or perhaps an analogue? For late nineteenth-century social-darwinism?
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at 20:30 on 15-10-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
So guys, remember back in April 1916 when the German lines at La Bassée were infested with those Braquean dromaeosaurs?

I do.
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at 20:30 on 15-10-2011, valse de la lune
Oh now you've gone and jinxed it. Coming up next: Harry Potter the Annotated Edition, complete with explanations for everything compiled from interviews and Rowling's writing notes, right in the margin of the pages. In large font. Larger than the text itself in fact, since its importance supersedes prose and dialogue alike.

...it would sell really well too.
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at 20:20 on 15-10-2011, Janne Kirjasniemi
Perhaps Rowling does have something with this explain what everything is a metaphor for or some other thing not readily apparent. It would be helpful wiif other authors would do it and people wouldn't have to think about stuff anymore. Perhaps footnotes to reveal intertextuality and everything more challenging.
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at 19:11 on 15-10-2011, Sunnyskywalker
Or what valse de la lune said. It just doesn't map well directly to any real condition.
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at 19:09 on 15-10-2011, Sunnyskywalker
I always thought the mental illness metaphor worked better. He's fine, except occasionally when he turns into a violent psychotic totally unlike his regular personality, but he's safe enough if he takes his medicine.

Which still doesn't work with the bite-transmission vector, but at least it doesn't paint HIV or sexual orientation as something which will make you violent. (Not that mental illness usually does either, but at least it affects your normal mental functioning instead of your immune system or your choice of dates, neither of which usually make kids look like a good snack all of a sudden.)
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at 18:32 on 15-10-2011, valse de la lune
As part of her testimony in the Lexicon Book court case on 14th April, Jo revealed a few snippets of new information;

The werewolf affliction of Remus Lupin is a metaphor for HIV. (p 72-3)


So, yeah, unless this link is wrong (which it could be), it's not something somebody interprets randomly out of the blue. Like most everything else in HP that tries to be deep, it makes no sense once you think about it for more than five minutes.
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at 18:18 on 15-10-2011, Melissa G.
I did personally always read the HIV/gay teacher thing into Lupin, but it's obviously not meant to be there. The films had originally decided to go with that interpretation and then of course couldn't stick with it. I saw Lupin being like how a gay teacher (with or without HIV) would be treated. My children are in danger, he'll infect them, etc. Even though he doesn't pose a danger to anyone unless he's not being careful. And I don't think that's too offensive an implication. In this interpretation, Fenrir would represent someone who continued to have unsafe sex while knowing his HIV positive status and either wanted to or didn't care if he infected others with it. I think the metaphor holds up, but it doesn't really matter because it's obvious that it's not what she ended up going for.
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at 15:53 on 15-10-2011, Sister Magpie
I don't think she said it was a metaphor for HIV. More like it's sort of based on how people treat people with any illness. I think it's drawn more on people reacting to her mother who had MS. I've heard people argue it's a metaphor for HIV or mental illness but that doesn't work, obviously, because being a werewolf makes you dangerous and want to bite people etc., which would be offensive.
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at 14:18 on 15-10-2011, valse de la lune
I just discovered that Rowling stated that Lupin's lycanthropy is a metaphor for HIV.

Seeing that:

1) Lupin got infected because Fenrir Greyback, an implied pedophile, bit him (there's so much unfortunate implication here)
2) Lupin's kid and wife, Tonks, have no fear of catching his lycanthropy

????

How does this work.
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at 13:03 on 15-10-2011, valse de la lune
I would subscribe to that.
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at 07:49 on 14-10-2011, Shimmin
There should only be one tyranid player, and their UI should resemble a galactic-scale RTS as opposed to an MMO.

That is an awesome idea. Screw the MMO bit. Each playable race gets not just a different set of powers but a totally different game and see the game differently.
* Marines get the traditional FPS/FPH game.
* Orcs would be a bit more like Diablo, or maybe Streets of Rage.
* Guard players get a squad-based tactical command game, with extras like calling in for air support or artillery.
* Eldar players get a full-blown RPG along Morrowind lines with a million skills, starting out as guardians and either spiralling off into one of the many linear paths or progressing tactically. A good 30% of players will end up trapped on the path of the zen florist.
* Tyranids get your galactic-scale RTS as you control an entire hive fleet (perhaps with an occasional Dungeon Keeper-style dip into a critter's viewpoint), along Starcraftian lines
* Necrons get a similar RTS, only this one is purely text-based. In Courier. On a monochrome screen.
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at 07:35 on 14-10-2011, Shimmin
Interesting paper on (presumably?) Oxford uni and gender (Morrison one, no. 14) pointed out by a friend
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at 23:40 on 13-10-2011, Arthur B
Something tells me they won't bother with tyranids as player race at all. It doesn't... make sense. They could try, I guess, but in that case tyranid players shouldn't get any chatting privileges.

There should only be one tyranid player, and their UI should resemble a galactic-scale RTS as opposed to an MMO.
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at 23:14 on 13-10-2011, valse de la lune
Something tells me they won't bother with tyranids as player race at all. It doesn't... make sense. They could try, I guess, but in that case tyranid players shouldn't get any chatting privileges.

Someone suggested the squad idea too, actually (HELLO INQUISITOR RETINUE okay I'll shut up now). That could be really neat, but I doubt they would go for something so radically different from the WoW-clone mold.
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at 19:53 on 13-10-2011, Shimmin
I appreciate this would be mad, but I quite like the idea of Guard players getting a whole squad instead of one character. Seems like it would give you some really interesting gameplay. Or you could just give them really really fast respawning...

There's always daft balancing in 40K and Warhams, anyway. As an Eldar player, I was always outraged that millenia-old Phoenix Lords with the combined skill and experience of hundreds of warriors and ancient artefact weapons were just about on a par with a comparatively teenaged Space Marine captain... The narrative and gameplay never do mesh too well.

To be honest, humans, marines and orcs (maybe Tau too) seem relatively straightforward compared to some of the possible problems. All of those can be pretty generalist and improve in various broad ways. How would you handle eldar (who are either useless conscripts or incredibly specialised), tyranids (have a completely fixed niche), or necrons (ditto) without ignoring canon?
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at 19:10 on 13-10-2011, Dan H
I almost busted a gut at the thought of class balance in 40k. As someone said over at Rock Paper Shotgun: "Waahhhh, my Imperial Guard footsoldier isn't as good as the elite genetically enhanced superhuman fanatical warrior monk, nerf primarchs!"


I'm probably way overthinking this, but a sensible solution would probably to make guardsmen ranged specialists and marines close combat. While a space marine is a superhuman fanatical warrior monk, a lascannon is still a lascannon.
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at 17:38 on 13-10-2011, Arthur B
Suggests that we'll be seeing space marines grouping with eldar warlocks.

Not really as canon-wrecking as the article suggests though; it's always been hinted that Imperial forces will throw in with the Eldar from time to time if there's a more dangerous common threat they have to face, particularly in frontier regions where Holy Terra isn't exactly going to be sending any reinforcements any time soon (ie exactly the sort of place where the MMO is likely to be set).

I might well check the MMO out if only to see how long I can play an Ork who talks in lolspeak. "I can haz dakka?"
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at 17:27 on 13-10-2011, valse de la lune
Looks like the 40k MMO is going to become an actual thing, sometime in 2013. Suggests that we'll be seeing space marines grouping with eldar warlocks. I almost busted a gut at the thought of class balance in 40k. As someone said over at Rock Paper Shotgun: "Waahhhh, my Imperial Guard footsoldier isn't as good as the elite genetically enhanced superhuman fanatical warrior monk, nerf primarchs!"
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at 19:41 on 12-10-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Good news, everyone!

The beta for the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is now online and fully searchable.
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at 22:00 on 08-10-2011, Robinson L
Thanks, Arthur.
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at 21:11 on 08-10-2011, Arthur B
There has been issues which according to Rami were fixed. Try deleting the iTunes feed and then resubscribing.

Failing that, toss in a bug report under "Ideas and Issues" with more details of what exactly is going wrong.
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