This review is for review tag, and I do try to be prompt in giving those, but...but I've just sat here for half an hour and stared at this little gray review box trying to figure out exactly how I'm supposed to put into words my feelings for what I just read. I'm honestly not sure I can do it, but I'll try.
This - this is what words are for. In one short piece of fanfiction, you have reminded me of the infinite beauty, power, delicacy, strength of the written word. I seriously don't know how to tell you the way this moved me. I could rave on and on about your characters, your technique, your simply AMAZING knowledge of classic literature and ideas, but in the end it was so much more than that. Anyone who's ever said in a scathing tone "Oh, you read/write fanfic..." has never read this. This was just pure poetic beauty on paper. This validates everything we do.
I got lost in it. The emotions you created swept me up to the point, even though I knew it was coming, I had real tears coming out as that little book was swallowed by the water.
You are amazing. I could put twenty exclamation points behind that, but that would somehow underscore my meaning. Hard, hard work...natural talent...combination of both - whatever it is, you have a gift and I'm so grateful I got to read this beautiful piece of art.
After I scrap myself up off the floor and collect my shattered feelings and corner the rabid green monster that is trying to break out, I WILL be back for more.
(And with 56 stories posted, I apparently have a lot of reading to do...)
Author's Response: Thank you very much for this review! There's actually no way I can thank you enough for it, nor properly express how much it means to have received these words.
This is a story I've loved at times and hated at others, thought it overdone, alluding to too many things and evoking too many emotions. You've reminded me of what this story was meant to do, and it's fantastic to hear that you got lost in it, that it made you cry, that loved the technique and characters and allusions. I love being able to have that kind of effect on a reader. It means that there is something in the story - its words have a power to them. It's what many of the works I alluded to in this story have done for me, and it's something I've always wanted to do in my own stories.
Your comment on what people think of fanfiction is very true. People conceive of it as something very limited, associating it immediately with low quality and low brow stories, but it doesn't need to be that, and it's thanks to HPFF that I learned this. Thank you for these compliments, for all that you've said here. I've never received a review quite like this one, and I mean to treasure it for a long, long time.