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Review:SilentConfession says:
GAH! I don't even know where to start, but this is so lovely. Creepily lovely albeit, but lovely all the same. I may scare you when i say this but i love these psycho descent into madness type stories. There is something very haunting and raw about it that explores what it means to me human in this really bare bones kind of way. Like i felt like all the niceties were just stripped away and you showed this part of humanity and part of Harry that people don't tend to explore. I usually avoid reading post-Hogwarts Harry because he's usually written as if everything is just hunky dory and life goes on pleasantly for him as if those 17 years didn't exist. But they did. I think one of my favourite parts was where he was flailing in the mirror and seeing 'Voldemort' or himself as it were.

Something that I kept coming back to in my mind was maybe there was a part of Harry that was just bored with life after the war. So bored with not being the saviour or simply knowing that each day might be your last. That would be a hard pill to swallow as he lived so differently and desperately for so long it would be so hard to jump into normalcy.

I adored your writing here Jane, really, i did. It was so fabulous! I could point out some lines that i really loved but there were so many well written thoughts and observations in this piece that i wouldn't know where to start. But you've written this so poignant and i feel so close to Harry right here. So with him. I hope that makes sense.

I loved that you chose to wrote about Harry during this time and wrote him so darn well too. There was such beautiful imagery and there were many parts that it took me a bit to actually understand but i don't think that was a bad thing at all, it just made me pay attention to the details. I really liked the out of order sort of weird structure you have here because makes it seem jarring and really reflects Harry's mind frame. I think its so commendable when the author can not only write a piece well but that the very bones of the story all reflect the point behind the story. In this case, i felt like everything was reflecting Harry's loss of reality. I hope that makes sense, but i feel like i'm flailing with words right now to describe this. Annywaaay! Such a great job. Anyway, honestly, lovely job and i'm so glad we were able to exchange, even if it took me ages to get around to reviewing! :P

Author's Response: Oh, I know totally what you mean -- descent into madness stories are some of my favorites! ♥ I love the adjectives you used, too. 'Haunting' and 'raw' describe the mood perfectly. I've got the same issue you do. Harry was basically one messed-up kid for 17 years, and he's not reverting back to normal overnight! I can't imagine him doing that with any amount of ease.

I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I was a bit nervous, of course -- I always am when requesting reviews on this story. I never know how people are going to react. :D But you really seemed to get this, and I so appreciate that!

The entire style was written intentionally -- the syntax, the diction, the way the paragraphs were structured. My ultimate goal was to make the reader feel, not just read, and you GOT that. One of the best responses to it yet! This is one of my favorite one-shots of mine, and I'm just beyond pleased you understood it so well. :3

Thanks so much for leaving such an awesome review on this, Zayne, and again -- really, really happy you liked it! I'd exchange with you any time! ♥



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