Check out RobSt’s fanfiction.net profile: https://www.fanfiction.net/u/1451358/RobSt
A Short Preamble:
RobSt is one of the most successful fanfiction writers in the Harry Potter fandom. He’s written sixteen complete stories, ranging from short stories to full on epics (with a seventeenth in progress), and his story Harry Crow is the second most popular Harry Potter story on fanfic.net, with over 28,000 favorites and climbing. He’s also, generally speaking, fucking despised by an enormous portion of the fandom. He pretty much writes exclusively Harmony, and he has a reputation for writing poorly conceived, often inappropriately young romance, bashing every bearded or red-haired character into the dirt, and making both Harry and Hermione — as well as any other protagonists he chooses to work with — the absolute definitions of special-est special-person protagonists. Or, to put it another way, some people really don’t like the work he writes in his spare time and posts to the internet for free.
Now, I completely understand the gripes people have with RobSt, particularly with the young kids getting romantically involved thing. However, at the same time, I feel like most people’s disdain for him is mostly based on Harry Crow and hearing about how shit he is from others, and not actual experience with the majority of his body of work.
This is where I come in. I have set myself the ambitious task of examining every one of RobSt’s stories, and looking at them with a pair of fresh eyes, because I feel like people hate on him a bit too much, and I want to bring some balance to the conversation. Don’t get me wrong, I will absolutely criticize him if I think he does dumb shit, but at the same time, I will also do my best to look for things to praise and be balanced in my assessments of his work.
Now let’s make one thing clear here right away: I am not going to read every one of RobSt’s stories all the way through, I do not hate myself. Many of his fics are hundreds of thousands of words long, and I happen to know that many of them are quite bad. So to do this, I’m going to make this like something of a gameshow. For the first article I write in this series, I’m going to read the first chapter of every fic he’s ever written, give my thoughts on them all, and pick my least favorite one to drop. Then, in the second article, I’ll read all of the second chapters of the remaining fics, and repeat the process.
This will go on until there’s only one fic remaining, and at that point I’ll read it the rest of the way through and give it a full-length review.
Now, one last thing to keep in mind is that this will take a very, very long time to complete. Do not expect regular updates for this project, but do know that I will endeavor to make the updates that do occur entertaining for you to read, and (hopefully) worth the wait. So with all that out of the way, I will link to each round below as they are released, and I hope you enjoy.
Part One: The First Chapters