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Review:KF says:
Oh I've been working for hours and have had this chapter open because I've been dying to read this beautiful little thing! First of all I really respect your choice in making Draco a gentleman opposed to a "bad boy" cliche. Getting so sick of those. In the midst of reading my Dramiones I got to thinking, "He was raised to be a part of the elite. He strikes me as being very cerebral and prideful," opposed to some untamed sex fiend that so many prefer to see him as. I really like how you're tracing his narrative of not feeling properly loved into how he treats his women. Oh I've caught you there. Very clever ;)

This is actually the opposite of a "Nice Guy." For women, a variation of this is being seen as a permanent screw toy opposed to a person so I'm enjoying your choice in making him take on that role - for people to see him for just his looks or status and objectifying him. I'm really enjoying that you're outlining that objectification, whether it be towards men or women, is a bad thing because it dehumanizes the person in the process. There's a lot of female narrative on that point of view but it's rare to see that from a male's point of view. I appreciate that.

This was quite the juicy read too! He's so damaged but I like that he's not just using women for validation or to fill some hole from his past. Instead you've written him to completely compartmentalize it out of respect and a sense of dignity. You're fleshing him out so well.

Can't wait to see what happens in chapter 8. Here I go! *Dives*

Author's Response: KF,

I think this might be my favorite review of yours. Haha! :D I truly have tried to be very different from cliche.

I want to keep his character perfectly in tact, but wanted him to feel used, therefore despising users. I think this perspective is actually quite realistic given his status. I can see him being used for his looks, money, status... girls pining over him and in Pansy's case, forcing herself onto him.

Again, you are spot on with the "dehumanizing" factor that emulates. He becomes quite ashamed of these relationships because he is being used as opposed to being the user. He only accepts Pansy because it behooves him to do so.

And you are right, this doesn't exactly make him a nice guy. I merely paint him with a conscience who, through these experiences, longs for the real thing.

He is not having sex to take as many Hogwarts virgins as possible or to validate or fill some void. To him, perhaps because he is supposed to be of the elite gentlemen, he sees sexual relations as part of growing up and being a man... respect and dignity. It all "means" something. He doesn't want to be the absentminded bloke having intercourse with whoever will let him. He is selective and above all, wants to be in control so that he doesn't experience anything like Seborah Wolfe ever again. With his degrading experiences, I wanted him to learn to value the sacred, keep dignity, withhold shame at all costs, and yearn for true love. Meaningless sex is precisely that.

Let these bad experiences mold him into the gentleman he aspires to be. With this chapter, Draco has been educated.

Thanks so much for your in-depth reviews!
Ah, a Draco that Hermione could love eventually... :)

Dark Whisper


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