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Review:ShadowRose says:
Hi Kiana! So I listened to the podcast version of this a while ago, and figured I'd pay the archive version a visit too!

I really love your character of Tom Riddle in this piece. There's definitely a touch of childish vulnerability in him, but you've also emphasized his defining traits - the ones that become even more pronounced later on in his life - like his cunning, his desire for revenge, and his sense of superiority. It creates a really great character and it's really great because you can see how his character in childhood grows to create his character in adulthood - the transition is definitely very believable.

I really like how you've portrayed this story - you've provided an explanation for someone whose actions usually can't be explained. Granted, it doesn't excuse any of his actions, but nothing really can. It's nice to see this little insight into why he's the way he is.

"When people repeatedly call you by the same name you tend to morph into it." I think this is such a powerful line, and it's applicable to many situations, not just the one illustrated here, and that's, I think, what gives it such a chilling aspect. It kind of reminds me of the kid who's always thought of as weird in school and then ends up being a serial killer. And I guess that's what happened with Voldemort, really.

So overall, this was so great to read, and I'm so impressed that you managed to fit all of this into 500 words! That's quite a feat!

-ShadowRose (Taylor)

Author's Response: Hi Taylor, thanks for this really surprising but great review! It's great to see you back around here too!

I'm so glad that you liked his character because looking back on it more than a year after writing it, I'm still fairly proud of it given how it compares to my level of writing at that time :P He was really fun to write because that transition as you pointed out was hard to work around, but in a fun way too because it's not often you write from the perspective of the most evil guy around.

I know, nothing can ever excuse his actions, but I think my reasoning for writing this was proving some cause for them. His relationship with love has always been a strange one so I I just wanted to see where it stemmed from really.

Aw, thank you! Even though there's that rhyme about words never hurting you, I think they're the thing which hurts you most as it did with Voldemort. I really love the analogy with serial killers because I find them really fascinating as to why they kill and when you read some of their stories they really are similar to Voldemort's!

Thanks for such an amazing review, Taylor, it means so much to me that you liked it!

-Kiana


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