|Review:||nott theodore says:|
Hi Jenna! I couldn't resist coming back and reviewing some more of your work for the Blackout Bingo, so don't be too surprised if you feel like I'm review bombing you a bit!
Ah, this was such a great chapter! I always get so absorbed in your writing that I forget that I'm trying to review quickly, and your work is always so rich in detail that I feel bad if I don't at least try to make my reviews reflect that!
It was great to find out more about Thackeray's family - I didn't think at the beginning that we'd have met them by the end of this chapter, but it was great to see the set up that Thackeray had come from and what made him who he was. It was nice to see that Roxanne was thinking that, too - like the part about where he got his tenacity from!
I felt a bit sorry for Roxanne as she thought about her own family, but you definitely made it feel realistic to me. It would be frustrating to have people interested in you for who you're related to and it was also nice to see that only a few of them seemed to be mildly famous compared to the whole family being the best known in the wizarding world. I'm glad that she gets on with Lucy too, and has at least one person she's close to in her family.
The part when they told each other that they were pretty was so cute! I love the way that this is progressing, that both Roxanne and Thackeray have acknowledged the fact that they like each other and they're slowly moving towards a relationship, without there being any real obstacles (except Artie, which was resolved later).
You know, in all the next generation stories I've read, I don't think I've ever read about James being gay. Albus yes, but never James. I think it's great that you include so many of these themes and issues in your stories and that in the end, James and Jameson were happy and trying to be together in spite of all the trouble they'd received for it.
The descriptions of Ireland were so beautiful, and rich in detail. I love how much you use your experiences travelling in your stories! And then even little facts like what came later, about the drink-driving problems - it's something I've heard about a lot from my family there, and it's really accurate. The incorporation of the legends was amazing!
Ah, and I love Thackeray's family! They're so liberal and laid-back, but not in a strange way (if that makes sense :P). They're probably doing the best they can to let teenagers make their own mistakes. And I knew that Thackeray's name came from the author! All the time I've been reading this, the only Thackeray I could think of was him, so I'm proud of myself for getting the reference now :P
The moment they shared over the Thestrals was really sweet and touching. It's sad that they can both see them, especially with Thackeray's experience, but it felt natural for them to share that.
I know that Thackeray doesn't have a gender (as far as you've described!) but it's extremely infuriating if you're as indecisive as me. All last chapter I was convinced Thackeray was a guy, and this chapter made me think that they were a girl instead. I'm not as creative as you with not using gender pronouns!
Blackout Bingo review 3/20
Author's Response: Hi Sian! :)
I love you for review bombing me! :) It was such a lovely surprise, and I really appreciate you coming back to read the rest of this story. I value your opinion a lot on my work. ♥
I'm pleased you liked this! :D And thank you for taking the time to leave such a long and thoughtful review, I know it's tricky with the battle and everything. :P
I'm pleased you liked learning about Thackeray's family! I felt they were a very important part of Thackeray, and I really enjoyed the backstory. Thackeray has really been shaped by life experiences and influences, and I wanted to hint at that a little.
Haha yes, I felt like there was no way every single Weasley would be famous! :P It's something I've been pondering over quite a bit when reading Next Gen stories, in fact. I'm pleased you like her friendship with Lucy, and the sometimes difficult dynamics in the family.
Aw, I'm pleased you liked that moment! :) I wasn't sure how to make that transfer from friends to lovers, but I felt that with these two it would have to be a little nervous and a little shy. Haha, poor Artie. :P
I have no idea why I wanted James to be gay, but it's starting to become my head canon! :) I had fun with his character here and was thinking of doing a spin-off story with James and Jameson, if only because their names are so funny together!
Aw, I'm really glad you liked the descriptions of Ireland. The place they went - which Thackeray calls the enchanted ground - was just one of those really special moments for me while traveling and I wanted to do it justice. And yes, I'm glad you found the drinking and driving stories accurate - it was mostly inspired by my Canadian/American friends and their stories of living in small towns, but fit well with rural UK/Ireland as well. And the legends! :D I was basically fairy-hunting for most of my time in Ireland so it felt only right to include them.
Yes! They're such typical liberal professors in my opinion. :P Hehe, I'm glad you liked the name origin as well - I have no clue why that felt like a good first name for a character, but once the idea occurred to me I couldn't get it out of my head.
Aw, I know! :( I felt that this would be something they would connect over, and feel closer through.
Hahaha, I'm sorry! :P Thackeray's birth gender will forever remain a secret, but I'm pleased you're conflicted *evil author moment*.
Thanks for the amazing review, darling! :D ♥