Hello, here with your review. Okay, first off when I saw your pairing, I was intrigued because I've never thought of Colin as anything other than the goofy camera kid.
Okay, I just love it. Truth be told, I didn't expect to love it. I'm not fond of Hogwarts Era stuff, but this piece was great. It was real and I love real. There was no fairy tale ending and riding off into the sunset. You didn't romanticize Draco being a former Death Eater and make everything drawn out and lovey. It was harsh and cold and I loved every word of it. The beginning was a wonderful lead in. It set up the characters enough to get you invested. Of course, I knew that Colin would die, but you wrote it in a way that I was still hit hard by the event. The gradual distancing of the friendship was written realistically and the flow was very nice, I believe.
ONLY thing that bothered me, and I do mean ONLY thing was that you used 'words' to set speech instead of "words".
You said that it didn't get much attention or reviews and I think the reason is simply the pairing/character choice. A lot of people search the pairing they want to read and breeze past stuff that they think looks odd and this is just one of those that probably gets scrolled over without a thought. Stinks, but it happens. I would just suggest putting it out there more. Linking it in your signature, things of that sort. If it were a full chaptered fic, I think you'd get more attention because it would show up at the top of the recently added every time you put a chapter.
Thank you so much for coming by and feel free to drop back in. :D --Jenna
Author's Response: Ahha! Me too, so it was a bit of fun to stretch my legs and write him as something a little more.
I hate fairytale endings. I'm one of those horrible people who likes to rain all over the parade. I'd tried writing happy endings in the past, but it just feels so false or something, so I just kind of stick with my angst and drama. Suits me better (:
I'm glad you like it (: as for the use of 'speech' instead of "speech" - I dunno, I've kind of got used to doing that, but I'm glad that you're actually looking deep enough to find something like that to comment on (:
I know, I know. I think that's probably why. Maybe I should just label it as a Dramione, and then people will flock to it? No, I'm not that mean. It wasn't a case of being angered by the lack of reviews, but more of a need to get some opinions of it that I was lacking because there wasn't so much in the way of reviewing. I felt kind of bad for taking this banner off TDA as well, because it's been one that's been squee'd in the squee thread about five hundred times and I took it for something hardly anybody is going to read! Ah well.
I do agree that making it chaptered would put it out there a bit more, ahha! Only thing is that I can't see how this might ever work in chapters. I mean, their friendship kind of dies once they turn about eleven or twelve, plus Colin dies so young that there couldn't be any sort of post-Hogwarts thing either and it's inevitable that Astoria will marry Draco, so, hmm. But I'll take your advice and throw myself all over the forums with this and try and boost the readership (:
Thank you very much for such a lovely & helpful review and for such a speedy response! (: