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Review:Cirque Du Freak says:
Hi Susan!

So I saw this was on 98 reviews and it's been there for like a whole day and I can't resist bringing it to its full 100 like it deserves. It also gives me the excuse to properly review this as I read the whole thing in one sitting again and I am as much in love with it now just as I was when the first chapter was published. :D

So I really, really love the fact that you're going with my least favourite ship in this particular era - upon reading this everything fit so well and so amazingly that it when it comes to future chapters and reading the interactions and then personality clashes it makes so much more sense and has so much more depth to it than it does when anyone else writes it.

I loved the description in the beginning as it was much needed and you've created your own back story for the Potter and Weasley family to fit into the time period they're in which I think was fabulously done as well.

I adore the language you've used and it really does remind of Pride and Prejudice - the way everything flows together in a matter-of-fact way. You have your tone down to pat and it's so amazingly easy to read and understand.

I really like the interactions between Rose and her parents and Lily - you've fit them in with the time period, but you have their characterization also believable and there's the taste of themselves from the books, which I think would be very hard to do considering its a different era with different values and expectations, but you've pulled it off really well and it's another reason why I love this so much!

Lily's character is one that's...blatantly annoying. Moreso because I think this is what we get from being tainted by Rose's opinions and the fact that she's very much like the younger girls in the Bennett family. However, upon reading further along the story you see her reasoning and it's actually very sound, but it's the mere fact that she doesn't challenge life and questions why it is the way it is whereas Rose does.

Rose is much more modern and therefore likable to society nowadays, but I think Lily's character is still as interesting as she accepts that life is the way it is and not only does she accept it she strives in it and makes the best out of her situation because it is the way it is. She's almost of a Charlotte Lucas kind of character, but in a more hidden way and not so much outwardly joining Rose in her thoughts.

I think I've rambled enough here so onwards!

Author's Response: Eee, thank you so much! It was a great surprise to see your reviews for this story - I love getting long ones. ^_^ It's very kind of you to say that this story deserves more AND that you've enjoyed it so much - this last is the best compliment of all!

Scorose is probably my least favourite next-gen ship too, though for some reason, it works very well in this particular situation. The Darcy/Elizabeth dynamic nicely parallels Scorose and actually enhances it - the one major change I've added is that the tension between the characters is less based on class and moreso on the history of their families. This dynamic places both characters on equal ground - they're intellectual and witty, with a good dose of social awkwardness thrown in. It's wonderful to hear that you like how the ship is playing out, and I hope that it continues to work out this well all the way through the story.

There is a certain Austen-like quality to JKR's style that makes it less challenging to shift the Potterverse into the Regency period. The pureblood families have a very old fashioned quality about them, in their mannerisms and structure, and then there's also the multitude of characters JKR includes in her story, many of which are drawn from similar caricatures as one sees in Austen or Dickens. I keep being surprised by how well all the pieces fit together - it makes my job a lot easier so that I can focus more on the plot development. :D

Yes! You've interpreted Lily very well - we are seeing her through Rose's eyes in this first chapter, and there's a fair bit of disdain in her portrayal as a result. I've been working on toning down Lily's girly-girl behaviour, but she is drafted from Lydia and Kitty - an over-enthusiastic young woman who loves pretty things and wants to be admired. I'm glad to hear that, later on, her characterization improves - she has her reasons for being this way. Her mistake is assuming that there's only one appropriate path for a witch of good family, and to take the other is to sell ones self short. I like the idea of her being more like Charlotte Lucas - it's a far better parallel. Charlotte plans further ahead and also seeks security above all things, and Lily is doing much the same. Thank you for pointing that out - it should actually make Lily easier to write in future chapters. :D

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