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Review:toomanycurls says:
Are those literally demon children? I was taking it figuratively last chapter but not it seems literal and I'm a bit freaked out.

I do love that there are demon children though. Just because it fits perfectly with this afterlife Bathilda has. I like to imagine that if there's an afterlife it would be as similar to real life as possible with a familiar setting and home comforts.

!!! I love your nod to your story about the Fat Lady!!! I do that in some of my stories and it's always so fun to fit in.

Everything in this chapter feels completely accurate for the period and like they could be talking about real history and art. I'm so jealous of you right now (and happy to be reading this superb chapter).

I'm really excite that you're facing gender issues head on! This had to be a frustrating time to live in for a woman like Bathilda. I think her critism of the gender construct in society fits quite well with her personality. I especially loved her thoughts on the symbolism of a white wedding dress. I could imagine how the story of a woman disguising herself as a man for credibility would stand out.

The Mood Maiden story feels like it could be a parallel for Muriel/Bathilda - which is rather deep and I like that you did that. But I'm blown away that Bathilda sees it being similar to Gellert/Albus. This is like literary Inception (minus the weird horn sound thing).

It's sad that Muriel is stuck between losing her inheritence or not having love. Chosing the life of povery isn't as simple as it seems and I can't really be too harsh with Muriel for not wanting to foresake her livelihood. I am glad that Bathilda said she didn't want to live with secrecy. I wish their circustmance weren't made so difficult by society and those ridiculous expectations!

I admire that you went all realistic with Muriel not showing up. I hate that it happened and that Bathilda's heart is broken. I'm trying hard not to go all caps lock and just yell.

This is just so beautiful and tragic! I'm seriously in awe of you right now.

-Rose

Author's Response: Hello! :)

Hmm... well, they're not exactly real demon children.. but definitely not symbolic... hehe. :P They sort of get explained in the next chapter, well sort of.

I'm glad you like her afterlife! It's a lot of fun to imagine though rather creepy.

Ahh I love how you noticed the Fat Lady reference! :D It felt right since they were in the same time period and probably would have known one another. Hehe, you're so awesome for picking up on that, I love doing it sneakily as well.

Aw thank you! I'm glad it feels accurate and realistic. Writing historical periods is so fun.

This story turned out a lot more feminist-oriented than originally planned, but I'm so glad you liked it. Yes, it would be very difficult, and Bathilda is lucky to be as educated and aware of these issues as she is which makes her a really fun character. I'm glad you found that interesting as well - I was excited to have a story to include the wedding dress thing in as I've been carrying that knowledge around for a while. :P

Hahah inception! I love it. The story does fit very well with both situations, and Bathilda's awareness of Gellert and Albus would give her this heavy and serious perspective on the moon maiden story and her own story. I'm so glad you liked it! :)

I agree - it seems like an easy choice, but as Muriel as been very privileged it's quite difficult for her. Not everything always works out the way people want them to, however, which is sad. I agree, it's so unfair, but this would sadly have been very normal for the times.

Oh no, I'm sorry for it too. :( But of course things had to happen with canon and Muriel would have had a hard time either way. But it did break my heart a little.

Thank you so much! This review was just amazing, I loved it. I can't wait to see what you think of the last chapter once I get it up! :D ♥


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