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Review:Lady of Tears says:
You were definitely right: this story is just the kind I LOVE to read. Needless to say I'm excited and hooked because of the theme and time alone. :)

Right off the bat, I think this chapter worked for me because it was very well balanced. The darkness was deliciously present, but it wasn't overwhelming or over the top. Ginny's normal, day to day life was not only the focus, but it was thorough.

The whole time I was reading this I kept thinking, "Yes, that makes perfect sense." Ginny's different careers. Harry not liking to apparate. The whole idea that Ginny has been affected by her experiences with Voldemort. I think it would cause the mental and emotional strain you're portraying, and it's refreshing to see it. So I applaud your characterization of Ginny. I always thought of her as one with a quiet, but intense sort of fire and I got glimpses of that. She's a mom, who does what she needs to do.

The only thing that threw me off was the use of so many muggle objects. It's not unrealistic at all, but I felt as I was reading that I wanted more of an explanation. Even something as simple as, "Harry and Ginny decided to expose their children to the muggle world." Anything, really. I just wanted a stronger connection with the decision to be so integrated into the muggle world and the reason why.

Overall, I loved this! And I'm excited to read more.

Author's Response: Hey, thanks for coming by!

I'm happy to hear that this felt realistic to you and you liked seeing the dark moments juxtaposed against a relatively normal existence. That's the way the story begins in many of the horror films I love, and so you'll see the scary parts start to bleed into Ginny's everyday life as the story progresses. Hopefully the flow and balance remain effective :)

I'm also pleased that Ginny's characterization was compatible with your head canon for her and that the choices I made regarding her mental instability felt appropriate considering her past trauma.

I can see what you mean about the use of Muggle objects. I tried to emphasize that Ginny was becoming more comfortable with them as a result of her father's interest in Muggle life and Harry being raised by Muggles, but perhaps I should have made her comfort with Muggle objects more clear or been more creative in replacing Muggle objects with magical ones. I guess I don't have a very interesting or special explanation for why she uses them. Anyway, I'll go back and take a look. Let me know if there was any specific object that stuck out to you as being exceptionally unusual :)

Thanks so much for your lovely review! I'm going to see if I can grab a re-request.

-Amanda


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