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Review:PenguinsWillReignSupreme says:
Awkward? Gosh no! I read this last week and because I'm dreadful at the minute, I didn't review. The very idea of you writing Molly made me interested at once (even though I have read shockingly little of your writing - I have a horribly long to-read list) and it was not in the slightest bit disappointing.

Compared to what I have read by you before, this was such a change and I love how you integrated something so old in the ballad into the modern day. It still retained a mystical, old quality to it in its style and it was such a pleasure to read it. It flowed magnificently.

Molly is a gem of a character. This is probably one of my favourite takes on her, actually. She came off the page so strongly and so beautifully. I think you captured her in a way that was so unique and so individual. She really sticks out to me.

I usually am not a fan of OCs in one-shots, since often people don't develop the character enough for it to really have an effect. Jimmy managed to put himself on the opposite end of that scale. He was vivid and bright and he really shone beside Molly, and after her death he was strong and really quite adorable!

The style was flawless. It was romance in the purest, simplest, most believable way. I like how it didn't dwell on their relationship. It just was and that was all that mattered. The way the camera ran throughout was a wonderful ... motif (? I don't think that's the word I'm looking for but my brain is stalling) and the swans really added a peacefulness and a beauty to it too.

I thought this was an absolutely beautiful take on both the character, the genre and I'm sure the song itself (though I'd never heard it before.)

Just stunning, really.

Author's Response: Hi Rachelle!
Oh thank you so much for the lovely review! Your feedback was so insightful. It was really wonderful hearing from you. I was actually quite hesitant to write a Molly II-centric fic. Me + Next Gen = clueless, haha.

I'm glad you liked the inclusion of the Irish ballad. As I've mentioned to other reviewers, I wasn't sure how an old song would pair up with a modern story, but since Jimmy is a folk singer, I thought I'd give it a go. ;)

And I'm really thrilled to hear that you liked both Molly and Jimmy. I don't know, I seem to have a habit of pairing canon characters with OCs. Jimmy actually went through a bit of transformation while I was writing this story. He was originally much more esoteric and less of an unwashed hippie, hehe.

Also, I'm relieved to hear that you thought the romance worked well. I never, ever write outright romance. In fact, I think I have a tendency to make my characters rather aloof when it comes to love. I'm glad, however, that you thought their relationship in this fic didn't come off as too mushy or too stilted.

Again, thanks so much for everything, Rachelle! I truly appreciate your kind comments. ^_^ Take care and be well!

Best,
Lee Anne


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