I don't know why I keep doing this. I should have expected by now that you'd pull some twist or trick or something, and it's always just when I think that I've got a handle on the story that you do it. I don't think I need to repeat the oft-heard, phrase, but I will anyway, because... well, because: YOUR PLOTS ARE MAGNIFICENT. THE END. ♥
I seriously cannot believe that this story is over. I do not want it to be over in the slightest. There is a -- well, a magic to this story, but not the normal sort of magic (or lack thereof) that crops up in Harry Potter fan fiction. I've tried and failed to describe this before, but then I've seen it evident in Frollis, and then Run, and then CHaNT, and I know it's not unique to this particular story. It is a magic that your story-writing has in and of itself. I do not know why my reviews to you always sound so cheesy. I read back on them and cringe, but that is what it is. There is something I get out of reading your stories that I don't get out of anyone else's.
I've loved everything about reading this story, all the gorgeous imagery of the interwoven fairy-tales, and mixing in this cast of new characters with old ones who just weren't what they seemed. Malfoy Manor as you revamped it was one of the all-time best settings I can ever think of reading in a story, and there is something so genuinely magic about it (shoot, there's that word again) -- like you invented it from scratch. But you did, and borrowing the canon name doesn't make that any more untrue. Do you realize how original this story is? I cannot understand why it doesn't have five times the reviews and favorites that it does. This is exactly the sort of thing that fan fiction needs. You always do that with your stories; you see a huge gap that everyone else seems to overlook, and fill it so that nobody can walk in your shoes afterward. I'm so envious it hurts.
The way you transformed Lucius into your metaphorical Beast -- the best. I still get shivers thinking about how you described him. I think that is one of my favorite parts of this story, apart from the manor itself, but again I just really, really want to impress upon you what an incredible work of imagination this whole thing was. And you know, it was so, so worth the wait. This was a fantastic ending! Look at you, turning things on their heads for me again. You'd think I'd see it coming.
I am such a rambling mess. This makes less than no sense. I completely adore this story, and I do not know why it has to be over. Because I really, really am going to miss it, and it's only hitting me now just how much. ♥
Thank you for writing this. Thank you for writing everything! You are my favorite author here. Period. And I am always, always excited to know what you're going to be doing next, because without fail -- it is brilliant. Seriously. You are so fantastic.
MORE WORDS OF LOVE THAT I JUST CAN'T THINK OF GO HERE ~ ♥
Author's Response: Cannot exit this page until I've responded to this review. You deserve a response to your absolutely amazing reviews; I'm making an effort to chisel away at them. ♥
Seriously, telling me that my writing has magic is the biggest compliment you could ever pay me. That's exactly what I strive for; that's the reason why I write at all, and the reason why I always, without fail, will choose to write a fantasy story over a realistic one any day of the week. No matter how much I like a plot set in the real world with real, ordinary people, if I have something with even a whiff of fantasy in it waiting in the wings, I will write that first. I love magic. I love the way you can create it just by using words. So thank you, so much, for saying that. (hug)
What you said about seeing a gap in fanfiction and filling it so that no one can walk in my shoes afterward; OH MY GOD, I HAVE BEEN CONSCIOUSLY WORKING FOR THAT. I just sit here behind my computer screen, cackling away, thinking of how I can take something and make it impossible for people to try to emulate my plots without outright plagiarizing. ~slinks to my corner~
Lucius the creep-o with transparent skin and black eyes - sdfjkdj. *shudder* When I was deciding what he would look like, I thought to myself that a beast with horns and fur was sort of laughable. The beast with fur has already been done; if I'd wanted that, I would have just made him Fenrir Greyback. So I tried to make him scary in a different kind of way; your reception of him was really a cherry on top. It told me that I made a shot in the dark and ended up on target.
BUT HOW CAN I BE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE MY FAVORITE AUTHOR. IS THIS THE REAL LIFE OR IS IT JUST FANTASY. All of my review responses come out making me look arrogant. I feel like I'm flouncing whenever I write them. But I have such a massive appreciation for your reviews, which I have reminded you time and time again. I would not be on this site without you. I would still be writing really horrible Twilight-ripoff OF's with horrible fail romance because I wouldn't have any idea what my niche was. Writing here gives me the opportunity to test the waters, and your reviews of this story in particular confirmed what I was good at doing, and that's what I started focusing on henceforward: imagery. Your remarks on my imagery made me eager to try it more, and what led me to try to perfect that. And that is the reason why Wanderlust exists. Your feedback informed me of my strengths, and now I can better play with them because you helped prune the way I look at writing, and the many different ways one can tell a story.
You are, simply put, invaluable. ♥