You mentioned Green Day! :D I always get a little bit excited when people mention era-related bands and things in fics because it's so easy for people to just ignore it or use modern music because it's all they know and it just doesn't work as well. Actually, just quickly, all your references were so wonderful. They really helped to set the scene, fitting in so well and rounding out Audrey's character, giving a lot more depth than she would otherwise have had, I think.
Anyway, I really, really enjoyed this. I don't think I'd hate Audrey, tbh, simply because she's so comfortable as herself yet not at the same time. She doesn't want to be different, she's not jealous of Fleur and Ginny for being prettier than her, but at the same time she can't quite reconcile that with herself, I think. It's a lovely hypocrisy - one of those things which so many people forget to include in their writing.
Audrey is just such a real character, you know? She feels like she lives and breathes and exists - which is so fantastic. I adore stories when people manage to do that - create people rather than characters in or for a story. But then again, I tend to write more character-based stuff, so I'm biased :P
The introduction of Rita Skeeter was brilliantly done as well. She barely took up much space in the one-shot, and it was just enough of a mention that she was involved and we got a glimpse of her character, as well as how Audrey views her (which is not exactly in a flattering light and I doubt anyone could blame her for that, lol).
Gah, description was lovely and minimal - just enough. Too much would make it too heavy and dull, I think. Pace was perfect. How do you write such wonderful, short little one-shots which contain so much to think about? Seriously, how?
Author's Response: I always, always love when fic writers put in pop culture references - I feel so proud of myself when I get them! - so I decided to have a go too. And 2005 is a year I can actually remember, so that helps too. I was also kind of trying to use them to not make her seem like this completely self-absorbed, wishy-washy character... I don't know how well I succeeded on that, but I'm glad you appreciate it.
Audrey does have a bit of a complicated relationship with how she looks, doesn't she? I didn't realise while I was writing it. I can't quite figure out what her problem is, whether it's caligynephobia or misogyny or just plain old self-esteem issues that she's valiantly trying to overcome - but I suppose it is difficult to really hate her when you look at her from that perspective. I don't know, I just write this stuff, I don't pretend to understand what the hell I'm on about and I have no idea how you do. xD
I was worried that Rita Skeeter was a bit random, actually. Like, you've got all this reflection about cafes and rain and weddings and beauty and death or whatever, but then a wild Rita Skeeter appears. So I'm glad you think it was alright.
I don't write wonderful, thought-provoking one-shots; I write something boring, throw in some fancy adjectives and maybe a simile, and get people far smarter than I am to find meaning in it. Works like a charm. :P
Thank you so much for your wonderful, wonderful review! x