After reading the first chapter of this, I've been meaning to come back and review for ages, but I never seem to get around to reviewing stories when I say I will >.< It's gone on my favorite stories now, though, so I can't ignore it any longer. It's such a lovely story, as is all your work, and it was a delight to read this chapter.
The language you use in this is so perfect. It really does sound like an Austen novel. You've managed to take me back in time when reading this, and the language is done so perfectly that it doesn't feel overdone, if that makes any sense :P I suppose I mean that this could have started to feel like a parody, but the way you use the language is just spot on.
I love the Pride and Prejudice references in here as well. That's sadly the only Austen novel I've read from beginning to end, but you've used the plot, even just in the first chapter, so perfectly. Being an avid Rose/Scorpius shipper, I can completely see how that ship could relate to the novel: A new take on the love/hate relationship.
I can't wait to read the rest of this, but schoolwork is calling (as much as I'd rather be reading this) so I'll be back soon! There aren't a lot of writers who can do what you do: you're so versatile, yet you manage to do everything perfectly. It's such a treat to read your work.
Author's Response: Don't worry about it, Naida - I have the same problem! There are so many stories to keep up with, and it's impossible to ever get to them all, no matter how interesting they may sound. But it means a lot that you have remembered mine and, even better, enjoyed reading it! ^_^
I'm really happy to hear that it sounds appropriately Austen-esque in language - it's a strange style to work with because it's wordy and formal, but I've read so much 19th century literature that it comes (too) easily sometimes. It's kind of scary when I get on a roll with it. :D But I definitely don't want to go overboard - this isn't quite a parody, more like a hypothesis regarding Scorose that I'm hoping to prove. :P
It is the most widely read Austen novel, so it's definitely a safe one to use, though I can't help include references to some of the others because I always see them as one whole world - Austen as a whole rather than Austen in parts, I suppose. Anyway, yes! It's also the novel that best fits Scorose - this story is one of the few times that I've really wanted them to get together and stay that way. They are a little different than Lizzie and Darcy in this, I like to think, but no matter what, the love/hate relationship is key to this kind of story.
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this chapter, and for getting so much enjoyment from the story! It means a lot to hear these compliments from you! ^_^