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Review:SiriuslyPeeved says:
I loved this story, so sorry I am tardy with our review exchange :) I put on "Princess of China" as I read it!

Thoughtful stories with same-sex romantic pairings make me so happy. The interaction between Pansy and Daphne is so lovely and delicately done. This story has such a believable emotional core and reminds me of a few of my friends in real life. :)

I love how you used the dress as a metaphor for Pansy trying to shoehorn herself into a relationship, into a whole life, that really didn't fit her. She wanted to make herself into this perfect pink sparkly person, but realized it clashed with her true self. Bravo.

I always wanted Pansy to have a happy ending with somebody, after Draco treated her like dirt in canon. (hey, maybe they're going to be in-laws now... depending on whether you think Daphne and Astoria are sisters... That could be interesting to write about!)

Loved this passage:

"We'll go to Honeydukes and buy Acid Pops."

"They turn your teeth green."

"It doesn't matter if you don't smile."

Beautiful, funny, and poignant all at once. Loved this, favoriting :)

Author's Response: Hello Mary! Thank you very much for exchanging with me, and I'm sorry this response took a little while. Here I am now, though :)

I also listened to the song pretty much the whole time I was writing this. I love Coldplay.

It's so great that this was believable, considering that it's my first time (but certainly not the last) writing slash and I don't have a lot of experience with same-sex relationships, even in real life. The ones I am familiar with are very tender and sweet, and just as normal as any heterosexual relationship, and I tried to convey that a little bit here.

It seems like a common theme in those types of relationships is the idea that you have to deal with normative stereotypes in order to find your own identity and the person with whom you mesh best, and the dress was part of that for me. Pansy had to shed who she thought she needed to become in order to really fit happily into her own skin, and the real Pansy is all Daphne ever wanted.

Draco definitely wasn't nice to Pansy in canon, and though she attracts a lot of ire from readers in many stories, I wanted to give her a little bit of reprieve from her pain here. It would definitely be interesting if they wound up in-laws, though. Whole different relationship!

It's so lovely that the childlike moments and the more serious revelations worked well together for you, and I'm glad that you enjoyed the story. I appreciate your thoughtful and kind review :)

-Amanda


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