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Review:forsakenphoenix says:
I remember reading this a while back and not having the time or coherency to write a review. This is one of my favorite pieces you've written, I think.

The sentences at the end of each section were perfect and really resonated within me. Fantastic, really.

I feel like each story of yours is like a character study, and you did a fantastic job with Barty in this. I love how even as a child, there's not always innocence in his actions, and it's interesting that he cannot lie when he's young, but then in the next section with Margaret, he's become adept at lying - he has to considering his father's position.

It's really interesting to get into Barty's mind. The lust he feels for women like Margaret and Bellatrix, and the desire for power he feels from the Dark Mark. It's interesting that he chooses to separate himself from those that share the same mark as him, to see himself as better than all of them and finding no allies among them.

I don't think you could write anything I wouldn't like, but I feel like every time I read something by you, I find something new to appreciate about your writing.

I had one more review to go until 500 and considering what a landmark that is, I wanted one of your stories to have the honor of being my 500th review. :)

Author's Response: This is still one of my favorite pieces that I've written. Barty was such a challenge, and he was so interesting. He still is interesting to me.

A character study - that's a good way to put it! It's good that that comes across, because that's exactly how I approach characterization. It, combined with imagery, make up the majority of the work I put into my stories. I'm pleased to see that you liked the bits of darkness I put into him and enjoyed watching him progress further and further into the blackness as he aged and matured.

Barty's fascinating. I'll be honest, I think what I really enjoyed was this was the chance to get my hands dirty in a sort of reckless way. I really tried to dig in there and make him as filthy and dark as possible, to let him be the perverse, unlikeable individual that he comes across as in canon. He's not afraid to reach for anything, be it women or power, and he still enjoys the chase even if he never gets there. He's beautifully, utterly mad, and the fact that he relishes his isolation makes him even crazier. It was a fun ride from start to finish, that's for sure.

You're sweet, as always, and I'm happy to hear that this piece did not disappoint :)

Thanks again!

Amanda


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