Susan *tackles* You have converted me to reading Harry and Ginny!!!
Your writing is spectacular - I don't review that often, on anyones stories really, however that doesnt mean I don't read. i have practically read every one of your stories on your author page. I've read your next gens, your 'other', and god forbid I'v even read you Maurders story - Venom: a tradgey.
You are such a unique writer, no matter what you write, what spin you put on a tale, what PoV it comes from, you can write. And I for one love this story.
However, i'm not going to lie - it was another review you recieved on this story that led me here, but I have to disagree with that review.
Every story is different, becuase No minds are the same, which means no imagination is either. We all see characters in a different way, with different feelings, emotions, characiristics (sp?) etc.etc. When writers write, fanfncition or in real life, a character is what we make it, it's what we see. If Ginny fell in love with Tom first - good on her! Good on you for tackling that side of her! Its your descion, as the author, to write the character how you feel comfortable with writing her.
And I really enjoyed reading this, becuase this is how I always invisioned Harry/Ginny. He left her to go galavanting around the country side, she was always going to be heart broken, there would always be a part of Ginny that ached for the year or so that he left her, but she will always love him. I thought it was really well written.
I coudl really get into how Ginny was feeling, I could feel her heart breaking but at the same time I felt she was still being strong. She was practically dying and yet she was pulling courage from somewhere - it was incredible, I still have a little tear in my eye.
The ending was lovely as well, I really thought the way that it was centered around Dumbledore, but also Ginny and Harry was just lovely. And the words from Dumbledore, are really true!!!
Just becuase one story - might not be someone elses cup of tea, it;s sure is mine !! ^^ And I loved it. Kudo's miss Susan *tackles*
Author's Response: Thank you, Karni! You're much too kind, though. This story doesn't at all deserve the accolades you've given it, not only because it's totally out of my realm (which was the point of the challenge it was written for), but it's very old and definitely not my best work. It's lovely to hear that I was able to get into Ginny's head in an interesting way and bring out her emotions, but I don't know, I never really liked it from the beginning - I was never very invested in it.
The one thing I did like about it was the whole Ginny/Tom aspect, the potential that she was always affected by the events of CoS, even if she was only eleven at the time. Tom and Harry are very much alike in appearance - the main difference between them is Tom's overwhelming egotism as opposed to Harry's overwhelming humility and self-sacrificing nature. Tom can't care for others, while it's all that Harry can do. But being so young, Ginny probably didn't see that until it was too late, and I think it made her love Harry more. Even so, the very act of pouring out your heart to someone forges a connection between you, and that can't be forgotten. I'd love to read a story that explored more of Ginny's understanding of what happened with the diary, but I've never found one that really captures the trauma to its full potential.
Thank you again for reading and reviewing this story! It was lovely of you to take the time out to do so. :)