So here we are. At the inevitable end.
The story of James and Lily strikes me more than any other in the entire Harry Potter world. It has such depth, and I can hardly believe it. Or maybe we've created the depth, expanded it so far that JK Rowling could never reclaim it. Either way, it is their story that haunts me.
I'm picky about James and Lily stories. They're typically over-cliched, ridiculous, and lacking stylistically.
I finished yours, which is an incredible sign. If I don't like it, I stop reading. I think I only had a few negative comments, and I can't recall anything I truly disliked.
Your voice is powerful. Okay, yes, there were some little errors, but there always will be. Sometimes, I could feel the teenage view of life dripping through, but our experiences shape our writing.
It was an incredible story. You have a disclaimer on the summary. You said this story is not a representation of your present work. With how touching this was, I cannot wait to read more.
You truly have a gift, and I hope you know that. I hope you use it every day, to astound people, to show people what life is really like. Because your words are entrancing, and it would be a waste if you stopped writing. You would leave the world missing something.
Bravo to you, a hundred times again.
Author's Response: Thank you very much for all these wonderful reviews. It's interesting because while I was reading them I actually went back to read a few of the chapters because I couldn't remember what I had done. Man - in case you don't know - going back to read old work is almost as odd as it gets because you're getting a glimpse into how your mind worked back then. Haha, surreal. As far as the disclaimer in the summary - I'm glad you liked Once Again, but looking back, I have mixed feelings about it. If I were to do it over I think I would have taken out a bunch of that filler garbage and developed the characters a little more realistically. I don't think I incorporated the idea of grief very well. There were a lot of deaths and many were just skimmed over for time and space purposes. But that's all in the past. =] I'm learning.
Your reviews have been nice. Brief and to the point - I appreciate that. As for you saying I have a gift - man, that always makes me smile. Personally, I think I still need a lot of practice, but I really, really, thank you for letting me know that you think I have some potential. Honestly, that means a lot.
I read in your previous review that you are also writing a novel. Well, from one sometimes-writer to another, I wish you the best of luck with your endeavors and I hope it all turns out well for you.
Thanks again for reading and responding to this story. =]