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Review:ScarletEye158 says:
Hey Sian! I'm here to review your Writing Challenge piece :)

This was such an interesting story! I've never really thought deeply about Pansy and her past -other than her being such a jerk to everyone- but I really liked this because she must have had a reason of how she got to be how she was and it was really cool getting to see your view on what happened in her childhood!

The story definitely broke my heart for her- it must have been so traumatic losing her dad like that and not knowing what happened to him, especially because it seemed like they were really close! Then losing her mother to depression and then eventually death along with her siblings must have been so awful! No wonder she had started acting different!

I really loved how you incorporated the meaning of her name throughout this story, too. It really fit her because she wasn't able to forget any of the horrible things that happened to her, even though she really did want to forget everything in the end!

Wow, I can't believe her dad came back after all those years! I wonder what made him suddenly decide to show up again? I felt really bad for her and her "new parents" because they were put into a really hard situation - her dad is her original family, yet her new family were the ones who were there for her when nobody else was. It makes sense that she would still visit and stay with her dad sometimes, but her new parents must have felt very awkward about it. Not to mention it must have just confused Pansy even more about everything in her life!

I really like how you were able to tie in certain things that we know are true from the books into this story as well. It was nice and refreshing getting to see it from a different POV! I also liked that you incorporated a little of your own back story behind some of these events really because made them feel more realistic :)

You did a really great job with this and congrats on being able to use 7 of the prompts!


Author's Response: Hi Amanda! Thank you for stopping by to review!

I really love writing stories about minor characters and developing a past for them that helps to explain why they behaved the way that they did in the books. I always imagined Pansy having a tragic childhood and when I started writing this it just kept getting unintentionally worse and worse (oops!)

The meaning of her name and the flower were the ideas that sparked the concept for this whole story and I'm really pleased you liked the way that it worked out, that she just wanted to forget everything but she couldn't.

I think that Pansy would have been extremely confused by the way that her family was set-up and a lot of things that she did (as I imagine) stem from that, and the insecurities that her father's abandonment gave her, as well as her desire for a normal life and family.

Thank you so much for this great review!

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