Catherine is the epitome of a restless recently-graduated student. The deep desire for adventure when you aren't sure what you're going to do in life is a feeling a lot of us have problem felt at one point or another.
I kind of love that her favorite book is only one-thousand, seven-hundred and forty-two pages long and that she's reread it so many times she's had to rebind it. I think it's hilarious that she transfigured a copy of her textbook so she could keep the book to reread even more. I can't help but giggle at your descriptions of the book. It's so over the top ridiculous that it's fabulous. Poor girl needs to live in a trashy romance novel. That would be exciting. You know, with her fabulous long locks blowing in the wind as she waits for Rudolpha to sweep her off her feet.
Ooh, Hidden Springs. I bet she will find plenty of adventure there! I love how she finds Mrs Allen rather dull but when she invites Catherine away with them, all of a sudden Mrs. Allen is a sweet woman. I like the contrast between the Allens and the Macmillans and you make it a point to emphasize the Macmillans lack of funds that would enable Catherine to be one of those noble women from her books.
Not going to lie, I kind of chuckled when it was revealed Mr Macmillan didn't even think she'd get any N.E.W.T.s. Poor girl has her head living in the clouds, after all.
Oh, good! Ernie even wore pants for his sister's departure. How thoughtful of him. Haha, of course the Allens cottage is some elaborate mansion. Also, when I read she was placing her beloved copy of Rudolpho on the bedside table all I thought about was, "THIS IS MAHOGANY!" ;) Oh, Catherine, I'm not a fan of wine either. But I love that you characterize her at that girl who is desperate to do things she isn't supposed to, to prove that she's capable of being an adult despite not really knowing much about acting like an adult. She's still so young and girlish, naive in her view of the world. I think it helps us relate to her a bit.
I think you do a wonderful job with this parody. Your writing is very elegant and out-dated a bit (NOT in a bad way!), that makes it very reminiscent of a older heroine novel. I wasn't sure what to make of this story when I first read the summary, but I find myself pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this is.
I'm going to hope to finish these chapters up within the next couple of days, but don't fret if it seems to take a while - I promise to get to them eventually if I don't sit down and get them all done soon.
Author's Response: Wow, thanks so much for the long and detailed review! It was definitely a fun challenge to do, and I really lucked out that I got a book to convert that I had not only already read, but also already referenced a lot of trashy, gothic, supernatural stuff so it was ridiculously easy to throw it into the wizarding world.
Catherine's first experience with wine is pretty much based on my own life. I remember for my high school graduation party, my grandfather (who was a wine expert) got a really expensive bottle of champagne for it. I had a taste and thought it was absolutely disgusting. Now that I'm older, I have actually acquired the taste for it, but it definitely took a while (beer took even longer).
Your comments on Catherine are really helpful because that's basically what the "original" Catherine is like in "Northanger Abbey," very naive, girlish, but also desperate to live a cosmopolitan life. Fortunately I've also read a lot of Jane Austen besides NA, so hopefully that did come across with my olden-times writing style :)
Thanks so much for the review! No problem at all if it takes a while. I'm off to pick something out on your author page to read to balance our pairing out a bit. Same with me, sorry if it takes me a while to get some reviews in since I have a crazy, teething, temper tantrum-ing toddler, but they WILL get done! Honoring my commitments is very important to me.