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Review:800 words of heaven says:

I must admit to not reading Sylvia Plath simply because she freaks me out a little. Her literary genius is beyond compare and I can totally see the influence of her work in this piece.

I am a little confused (but in a good way I think). Is Narcissa actually dying? Or is it like metaphorical death? Or perhaps it's a mix of both? Whatever it is, nine times is a lot of times to die, but also... not at the same time. The confusion adds to the character and overall appeal to the story in my opinion. A lot of the appeal in literature for me is that it has so many levels and can be interpreted any which way the reader pleases. Your piece achieves that, and that's just so fantastic!

In terms of characterisation, it was great to see that there was some level of forgiveness between the two sisters in the end. And it's nice that she dies with Andromeda next to her. I also liked the allusion to the Fates. I'm a huge fan of the Fates - totally hardcore trio of ladies.

I don't really have much else to say other than what I usually do, which is this was totally awesome, how do you do it, tell me your secrets, blah blah blah. On that note, if/when you edit this, might you be able to PM me (obv if you remember)? I'd love to see what you do with it!

Author's Response: Hello! :)

Ahh, I know what you mean. I would never read about her if it was dark and I was home alone. :P Oh dear, this story probably made no sense if you haven't read the poem! It draws a lot on the plot of 'Lady Lazarus' and turned out quite weird and symbolic. Really I have no idea what this story is about. :P

It's sort of a mix of both, like you said! In the poem the lady dies over and over again and is made a spectacle of by men/those in power, so I was trying to draw on those ideas. I'm so glad you liked it and how it could be interpreted in different ways - that's just how I feel too! :)

I'm glad you liked the forgiveness - I felt that for Bella it was out of the question but that Andromeda and Narcissa would live long lives and have the chance at redemption. Haha I'm glad you liked the mention of the Fates - indeed they are pretty intense. :D

Haha aw, you're so nice! :) Thank you! For editing, I was just thinking of adding some more details and scenes to the more sparse sections, just to make it a little less sparse. I can for sure let you know, I'm glad you're interested to see how it would change!

Thanks so much for the amazing review! :D

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