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Review:Unwritten Curse says:
Hi there! Here for the Review Exchange (sorry for my tardiness).

Can I tell you how much I laughed at the first line. "and all that good stuff" It set me up for Aphrodite's character without me knowing it--she's very easily distracted and seems to flit about, which is exactly what this line did.

I rather like "Heffy" here. Strangely enough, he may be my favorite character. I love how you've characterized him as this soft, intelligent man who is kind yet cannot seem to be charming (though he tries). I didn't like Ares, forcing poor Aphrodite into antiquated gender roles. Blegh.

I'm a bit curious as to why she has never seen a wizard before. If she's been meddling with peoples' love lives for--well, an eternity at this point--I imagine she'd see a wizard. So that part threw me off a bit, though I do like the scene where she discovers Diagon Alley (and can I admit, rather sheepishly, that I never made the connection between Diagon Alley and diagonally... I just admitted this to my husband and was laughed at). Anyway, I liked the kid-in-a-candy-store feel that I got from her discovering the magical world. I imagine the wizarding world would feel quite the same in discovering the gods of mythology were real as well!

Lastly, I liked the playful air to this first chapter. I will be the first to admit that I've never been a fan of mythology, but I rather like this modern take. And I liked your hint at Aphrodite wanting to change with the times. I think that line is what made it okay for these gods to be acting so modern and playful. These aren't the gods from our storybooks, they are the gods of here and now. And I think that's brilliant.

Anyway, I hope I was helpful. I plan to come back and review the second chapter tomorrow. I'm looking forward to more laughs and more snark.

-- Gina

Author's Response: As someone who has read far too much Percy Jackson, this story is exactly how I've come to picture Aphrodite in my head instead of the goddess that she is described as in the actual Greek myths.

I'm so glad that you like Hephaestus! I have a soft spot for him as well because I picture him as the best friend that the girl never even thinks about in a romantic way and the poor lad accepts it but is there for her even though he knows that he's never going to be seen as anything more than a brother. I'm having a lot of fun with Ares actually, but I think it's mostly because I'm trying to make him not as kind.

Well, the way that I pictured it was that the wizarding world has designed itself to not be seen by those that are not witches, wizards or beasts and the gods and goddesses aren't witches and wizards. Everyone in the Potterverse has a different type of magic than what the gods on Olympus have (in my head at least). And if Aphrodite had seen something weird or unusual, she probably would've dismissed it as something normal because the world has done some pretty weird stuff in this century.

Don't feel bad for not noticing that Diagon Alley went diagonally, it took me a very long time to find that out and when I did I felt really stupid for not noticing it earlier.

I can say that I enjoy mythology but it's mostly Greek, Roman, and a little Egyptian (although Egyptian mythology is a little mind boggling and I still have trouble understanding some of it) but besides those three I don't know much else. I feel so accomplished however to hear that you like this more modern version of it. I've always thought that the gods would change with the times, if you can't change with the times you're going to get left behind and lost and being left behind and forgotten is not something that I imagine any deity would really be okay with.

If you do come back to read the next chapter, I sincerely hope that you enjoy the second chapter as much as the first one. Thank you so much for your brilliant review!


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