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Review:marauderfan says:
Hi! I read this when I saw it was nominated for Hufflepuff Featured Story and I didn't have time to review then, but I do now. Maybe a good thing I waited, because now I can congratulate you on winning your prompt in the Writers Duel!! :D

This was such an original piece. You have a talent for that - I remember reading one of your stories ages ago that rhymed.

I really liked the way you approached the characters here. You did well at portraying how difficult it is to live with those conditions without sensationalizing them. Particularly Rose, what with her repetitions and her anxiety about the order begin messed up. Her narration is so wonderful because it allows me as the reader to get inside her head, which is such an interesting place, a different view of the world through her eyes and routines. The repeats of threes also makes the writing so rhythmic and flows beautifully... like a waltz! There's something to be said about finding beauty in strangeness.

I loved your attention to Rose's daydreams in how she can be different in her dreams, and how there's no germs haha! And I can see the influence of Hermione's personality too, how Rose is so particular about her packing!

Your interpretation of Scorpius is wonderful as well. He was doing really great awith the stutter until that glittery mistletoe made him nervous - but Rose doesn't seem to show any annoyance about him taking forever to spit out his words, which I like. Much like the end when he speaks in threes for her, Rose is very patient for him :)

She likes Scorpius because he makes her feel almost normal - aww! Seriously, I love these two. They are perfect for each other in all their imperfectness - they both have issues, but they both understand each other. And it doesn't hurt that Scorpius is three inches taller than Rose :P The brushing teeth comment made me giggle too.

I adored the part under the mistletoe with GLITTER. Oh, that would have been horrible for Rose particularly - but really anyone! Glitter is the worst.

This was a really fun story, so sweet and I loved your portrayals of Rose and Scorpius. So glad I read this and you totally deserve the award! :D

Author's Response: Ahh, thank you so much!!! I'm still a bit in shock about the whole thing! *hugs*

Aw! That's so lovely to hear; I'm so flattered that you feel that way, about both this story and Mouse! :-D

It's such a relief that you believe I pulled the characters and their conditions off! I certainly tried to be very careful with their approach and it's just thrilling that you felt both were handled well! And same with the repetitions of three throughout the story - specifically in the narration as opposed to the dialogue, as I wasn't sure whether or not that actually worked before posting! Phew! Thank you so much! And beauty in strangeness: I couldn't agree with you more. :)

Yay! I love when people have picked up on Rose's Hermione-like tendencies that are simply amplified by her OCD! And the daydream I found to be a sweet thought, too - sort of a break from her reality! I'm glad you enjoyed that!

Eee, Scorp! I fell for him a bit here, I must say; he's pretty cute. :-p I'm so glad you found them a good fit for one another and that you understood how significant their patience for one another's conditions is! And double yay for seeing the perfect in their imperfections! I'm so happy you found them to balance each other out so well, as it's really exactly what I was hoping for!

Glitter is the devil for those of us without OCD; poor Rose would have been a mess (in more than one way)! I'm glad the glitter-bombing mistletoe worked for you! hehehe

Ah, this is such a wonderful review! I'm so happy you enjoyed both the stories and the characters! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed response! *squee* :-D


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