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Review:Your Secret Santa. O_O says:
Ah hello again Gina, from your overawed Secret Santa. This was beautiful. (Yep, let's cut straight to the chase here. :P) I have to say I donít really read love triangles, but this piece was just beautiful and the love triangle was toned down a lot, without the making out with a whole lot of different people but just more sedate.

I love your writing here. I'm not sure whether it was stylised like this on purpose or not, but the whole atmosphere kind of suggested a really quiet cowboy movie. like you said in your author's note, like the American Midwest. I don't know how you did it, I really don't, but everything here was just simple and descriptive at the same time, and it was really just perfect.

As always your characters are just wonderful. It isnít easy to sacrifice your life for someone else, but thatís really what Victoire is doing, and I respect her so much for that, especially when thereís temptation to be found in the form of Scorpius Malfoy. How sheís caring for Teddy is lovely, but I do hope that she rediscovers her love for him, because itís really quite sad if sheís going through all that without loving him even a little bit. I love how Scorpius really does care for Victoire and her wellbeing, even though he is being selfish by trying to seduce her, so to speak.

The Scorpius/Victoire pairing you used here was very unique and youíre right, I donít see much of it on the archives. The pairing hadnít really crossed my mind before, but now that youíve raised it, Iím finding it pretty interesting. I mean, I guess once theyíd left Hogwarts the age gap wouldnít be so noticeable. Anyway, the love triangle was very interesting, especially because one of the members was so much younger than the other two.

Your descriptions of everything here were just amazing Ė your writing was really sparse here, but somehow it was so descriptive, and I could visualise everything perfectly as it progressed and the story unraveled.

I loved your ending as well, it had the same bittersweet touch as Unraveling, and it was just perfect and realistic and beautiful. I enjoyed reading this so much, Gina, Iím so happy that Iím your Secret Santa. :P

Author's Response: Bahaha, the style was semi-intentional. Back then, I didn't really bother with style; my writing was still very much developing, so I went with what my mind spat out.

It's odd because I never think of this story as a love triangle story. It is, obviously, but in my mind, Victoire already made a choice, and her choice speaks more about her than her relationships. The kind of details in this fic, too, make us invested in her--not Scorpius or Teddy in particular.

But I still love whenever I'm able to make readers feel for everyone. No one's entirely at fault here--Victoire needs to live her own life, Scorpius just wants her to be happy, and Teddy can't control his condition. And even with how this one-shot ends, everyone is trying for a happy ending still, as best as they can. That's the kind of feeling I leave with a lot my stories, like Unraveling too--not getting entirely what one wants but hopeful nonetheless.

♥! I'm very glad you're my Secret Santa ^__^ Your reviews have given me a lot of nostalgia over old writing.


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