So, I'm pretty sure I'm your only reader who has read this alongside watching Pingu. And believe me, it adds a whole other dimension.
From the above statement you can see how much of an intellectual I am and how I definately got all the references -shifty- But, I am young and foolish, one must remember (as if you'd forget), there may be hope for me yet.
But, despite not having read A Hero of Our Time, I hope my humble opinion that this is lovely still counts ♥ I really loved how you've characterized Ruth - I hate the way we often a relationship, and the other is left woefully uncharacterized, but Ruth isn't just the crazy ex, she actually cares... has real, justifiable motives for being against Waverly/James.
So your characterizations are brilliant as always, so in depth, I feel like you really know the characters in a way that is more like original fic than fanfic, I feel like they really are your own, in a good way ♥
Author's Response: I can't even begin to fathom the insights you've gained by reading this along with watching Pingu. It seems like such an enlightening experience, I should try some time.
Baww, I've told you before, the references are only a teeny fraction of the fic! And you know where to find me if you ever have questions. Also, Wikipedia. And there's always hope, loff, the doors of lit snobbery are open to all!
Any opinion that compliments me is welcome, all else can check out at the door. (LOLJK I HEARTS YOU ALL). I also dislike the trope of the significant other who we're supposed to hate solely because s/he (usually she in fanfic) is with the love interest, even though it's such a tempting one to use. Ruth happily has a bit of a backstory to her, and I'm glad that she works as a character ^_^
Gah, in-depth? Fluff? I still can't believe that's what this fic has managed to do in such little space. And I feel like I write to give people the /impression/ that I know my characters well -- you should know by now how little planning I actually do. I was lucky on that count that there were just a few characters in this one, and once I figured them out, it was really quick and relatively painless to get down. But thank you for everything, as always ♥ (I KNOW HOW TO DO THAT NAO)