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Review:ladybella says:
Hi! It's Ladybella here to review your entry for "The many faces of love challenge."

First and foremost, I really enjoyed this! I must admit im not much of a Malfoy fan and when I seen this was a story about them I was rather apprehensive! However im pleased to say you converted me to being more open to the idea of reading Malfoy fics because this was very enjoyable!

I loved how you made the cold and untouchable Narcissa very vulnerable and as a reader you could really empathise with her, to the point of feeling quite bad that Bellatrix was dead, (and being a major Sirius Black fan, making me feel sorry Bellatrix dies is quite an achievement!)

I thought the characterisation was spot on, especially with Draco. And you used your quote for inspiration very well! The imagery was great! And I could almost taste the fruit with the way you wrote!

What I loved most was that you really did show "many faces of love" You showed a womans love for life, a mothers love for her son, a wife's love for her husband and grief!

Wonderful entry! Only downside was that I could have happily read on!

Thank you and look out for the results of the challenge on my blog in due course! :)

Ladybella

Author's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful review!

I think fans are quite divided on their opinions of the Malfoy family, in that they sort of tend to adopt a 'love 'em or hate 'em' mentality. That said, I'm very pleased that you enjoyed the fic despite having reservations about the characters chosen. I have read some great Malfoy-centric fics on here and I do hope you give a few others a try! You never know :)

I've always personally felt that Narcissa was the most vulnerable of her sisters, being the youngest and also because I feel that it must have been difficult for her to lose Andromeda and sort of live in Bellatrix's shadow in order to remain in good graces with the rest of her family. Then she was dragged into this Death Eater mess by her husband and came very close to losing her son because of it. I really wanted to convey a sort of redemption for her in this fic; ironically, she has really lost the least out of the three Black sisters after this war. She and her family have a chance to live better lives, or at least keep living, whichever they choose, and she definitely feels relieved because of that.

I'm also a huge Sirius fan, though I do love the way HBC portrays Bella in the films :)

I've been trying very hard to work on my imagery, since it's one of my favorite parts of the fics I read, so I'm pleased that I pulled it off well for you. I'm also glad that my attempt to show many different types of love came through all right in the end.

Thanks again for reading and reviewing, and I anxiously await the results of the challenge!

academica


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