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Review:marauderfan says:
Review tag! After you left me some lovely reviews on my story, I figured it was time to return the favour! :) I've been seeing this story crop up a lot and it was really about time I read it.

This is such an entertaining first chapter, I enjoyed it immensely. I think what I like most about it is that it's a rather silly idea combined with excellent writing - it's just so fun! Your writing flows a lot like Austen's, it's a very beautiful writing style. I feel like I could be reading some lost manuscript of Austen's, except that it's about Weasleys, haha.

I absolutely love the historical setting. This is by far one of the most clever ways I've seen to write next-generation fic. I love that you've managed to incorporate Muggle history in there as well as the wizarding wars, as this is just after the French Revolution - I like the way you integrated the two.

You've done a great job with the characterisation of Rose and Lily, keeping them interesting and original while at the same time confining them to the customs of the era. And of course, as the parallel to Lizzie in Pride and Prejudice, Rose is on the low end of the social spectrum here because of her blood status - it's neat how you wove the wizarding world into the sort of class distinction Austen mentions, it works very nicely. And I love how you've kept the canon-ness of the familiar canon characters as well, what with Hermione ensconced behind a stack of papers about house elf rights! Seems only fitting no matter what decade she lives in.

This is a really excellent start. I only can't believe it took me so long to begin reading this story! I've favourited it and will absolutely be returning to read more later! :)

Author's Response: Thank you very much! You didn't have to, but it's lovely that you did! It means a lot to hear that you thought the writing excellent. ^_^ Oh it would be wonderful if this was Austen's lost manuscript - perhaps she was a witch after all, or she knew about the magical world through a relative. It helps a lot that JKR herself is a fan of Austen, and I've found that many aspects of her worldbuilding and characterization are founded on Austen's approach. The Weasley family easily lent itself to Austen's descriptions of the Dashwoods or Bennets, and the story keeps falling together from there.

This story is a fantastic opportunity to explore my love of that period from the French Revolution into the late-Regency, and I'm very glad to hear that you like how Muggle history and this alternative magic-verse have been integrated. :D It's the perfect period to work with - everything matches up nicely, right down to Hermione advocating for house elf rights when, in Muggle history, intellectuals were advocating for the abolition of slavery and expanded rights for women. Hermione's work is on a much, much smaller scale, but she still works from similar ideals - the desire for equality and justice that drove the radicals of the time.

Thank you again for this fabulous review! :D


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