|Review:||800 words of heaven says:|
REVIEW TAG, YO!
Hello! For some strange reason, I've never actually read any of your many works, which is quite weird - but I'm glad that I finally have!
I adore Jane Austen (and clearly, you do to), so I was pretty excited about this! This is the first AU story I've ever read, and I must say, that I'm enjoying it immensely!
Your writing style is obviously unique, but you still manage to capture the essence of Austen, I think, with that sense of humour and wit, but there's still that underlying presence of something much deeper and darker. Already, Rose's character has raised some interesting points about gender equality in the wizarding world, especially considering what we know about their world and how men and women tend to be equal, because magical ability isn't considered to be gender-dependent.
Anyways, I adore Rose - I think she's a fantastic character, with a lot of potential for development and growth. I like how she seems to be a good balance of both Hermione and Ron, yet still her unique self, which is sometimes lacking in other depictions of her.
Lily seems like an interesting character - she reminded me a bit of Austen's Emma, actually.
So excited to see what happens next!
PS: Sorry about appearing as a guest reader. I'm not logged into my account, because my internet is acting weird!
Author's Response: Thank you for choosing this story for the swap! It's a lot of fun to write, even if it takes a while to get the right voice in my head for it - Austen's style is very complicated, peppered with satire and wryness. It doesn't always come through as well as I'd like, but I'm really glad to hear that the essence of her style is there. :D
Yay! Someone has noticed the commentary on gender roles! I thought it would make an interesting addition to this story, especially because the wizarding world seems to, historically, include more women in powerful positions. The Minister of Magic before the Revolution was a woman, so I can safely place witches like Ginny and Roxanne in roles that wouldn't at all be allowed for Muggle women. But there's still a tension present that I want to explore, especially with Lily, who almost seems rebellious in her desire to be nothing more than an ornamental wife. Rose navigates the space in between, which gives her the opportunity to observe and comment upon on what it means to be a witch at that time and place. It's something I hope to expand upon as the story continues. :)
It's wonderful that you've enjoyed this story so far, and I hope that you enjoy reading the rest too! ^_^