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Review #26, by MajiKat two sisters, dark and light, red and white

22nd June 2011:
my. god
procrastinating with horror? girl, WRITE MORE OF IT!!

in 700 words you made my blood run cold. the imagery was incredible. knowing the folklore makes it even more incredible, and you did such a fabulous job with this.

perfect casting. teddy was absolutely terrifying, but pitying as well. and the sisters. yikes. i loved it. i love it when people twist innocence and play with metaphor the way you have done here.

those last two sentences are so powerful, absolutely amazing, and the complexity in these 700 words is just wow. this has that beautiful folkloric thing about it, an ambiguity that i adore in written works.

just amazing. i don;t know what else to say hun. you need to write in this genre and style more often. i love your humour and your banter but this...Gina, this shows what an incredible writer you are and shows your control over language.

i loved it. in my favs. this will haunt me.

Kate xx

Author's Response: KATEEE. I can only write this stuff when I'm procrastinating, truefax.

I love that you saw that touch of pity in Teddy. I meant for it to be possible to interpret him in multiple ways -- that he might have been seduced by Dominique or that he imagined that Dominique wanted him and he was the one who pressed upon her. In my set of notes for this fic, Teddy justifies his actions to himself by reminding himself that Dom had been promiscuous, a very twisted thought that unfortunately, appears too much in reality.

All of you who write lyrical/terrifying/brilliant fic are always inspiring me to try something different ♥ You included!


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Review #27, by Snapdragons two sisters, dark and light, red and white

21st June 2011:
I wouldn't have guessed it was your first shot at horror from the writing. Seriously though, this was really amazing. It was chilling and terrifying and so, so well done. Gah. Why can't I write like this at 3 am? (scratch that, why can't I write like this when I'm fully awake? The universe must hate me.)

I enjoyed the vagueness and the different way that it was written. I'd try to analyze it, but I'm generally pretty bad at that, and school just finished so my brain's gone for the summer. Sorry! :P

But I enjoyed the comparisons between light and dark, and the idea that you can't escape your past. (wow I'm super deep)

The imagery was breathtaking (that sounds strange when addressing horror stories, but it was!) and your characters were wonderful. I loved having the connection to Little Red.

Your horror is just as wonderful as your humor/adventure/romance etc, and I think you should write more. :D Then I could gush over that, too. You managed to do a wonderful job in less than 1000 words, so congratulations! ;)

Great job overall. :D

Author's Response: Bahaha, l I had to sacrifice any semblance of a normal sleep schedule to write at 3am at all! Be glad you have that!

And I am right there with you in that boat of people who are unsure of what it all means; it's all alright xD I'm a fairly plot-oriented person, and if you can imagine the things happening, you probably got all of what I intended. It's all about the dark sides of characters for me.

These oneshots come and go for me -- whenever I procrastinate, another one might just pop up!



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Review #28, by MarsIsBrightTonight two sisters, dark and light, red and white

21st June 2011:
I cannot actually believe how utterly fantastic this story is. I know this is going to be a general gush and squee review, but really, I can't help myself.

Your use of description throughout is astonishing. You twist words and descriptions until the reader is trapped in this web of OHMYGOD I NEED TO READ IT AGAIN BEFORE I DIE.

And your /characters/, and unfdjghfg, and I can't actually control my fingers right now.

This is not fair. You write like this at three am? -jealous-

Now, just hand over your talent pills and nobody gets hurt.

Naaah, but seriously, this story is magnificent. Braavooo!

Author's Response: Baww thanks ♥ It's been awhile since I wrote anything heavily descriptive or vague or anything like this, really. It was nice to give it a go again and I'm so glad people like it ^___^

Hee, well I am a night owl. That would be me clacking away with my claws at 3am, yes yes. I really was forcing myself to finish it before I sleep xD

...-slips one pill-

♥ heee thanks!


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Review #29, by PenguinsWillReignSupreme two sisters, dark and light, red and white

21st June 2011:
Erm, erm, erm, erm, erm...talent. Share, please? I'm going to throw you what I believe to be the ultimate compliment here (and I hope she won't mind me saying this): this was Gubby-worthy. It was absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous, if that even makes sense for a horror fic...

We all know from my moaning of late that I'm going through a reading/reviewing/writing block so this is probably going to be pretty short and sweet.

It was chilling - shiverworthy chilling. I couldn't take my eyes off the page. It was paced brilliantly, pulling and slowing and quickening just at the right moment. The flow was gorgeous; in a way, it matched the plot of the story so the parallels between that and the physical writing were really strong and vivid.

Vivid. Very good word, actually. There was certainly a fairytale-esque side to it, the prose and the setting and the description all came alive in my head. I could see each character before me, in spite of how little it seemed you actually described them. I adore it when that happens.

As we just established, I'm with you in being awful at analysing vague fics so I'll leave that to the experts rather than rambling on even more. I absolutely adored this. I knew you could do it (and anything you turned your hand to) and I feel I ought to be a shade of envy green at the minute but I think I loved it too much to even be selfishly jealous of you.

It was wonderful.


xx

Author's Response: RACHEL! that really is the ultimate compliment (I am sure she doesn't mind being used as a standard. The Gubby-Standard, heee) And please, don't even kid yourself; this review is hardly short (but plenty sweet ♥)

And eee! You like it! I had no idea whether it was good or bad until suddenly all these people popped out of nowhere to read my first horror. I was thinking to myself, 'Oh these fragments sound pretty good, but does it even make sense when it's all put together?!' and I was constantly teetering between 'Is this -good- repetition or just plain repetitive?'

I had my handy book of fairy-tales beside me to inspire the language 8D The language is actually quite concise, which makes me happy.

And baww ♥ I'll force myself to do anything once I set myself on it, really. It had been a lot of anguish (as witnessed by Jack and Annie) just to get through so few words, but I had figured I should at least see my first horror attempt through. And I don't regret it in the least :D Huzzah!

(and there is nothing to be jealous of you part-of-my-inspiration-pool youuu)



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Review #30, by Marzipan two sisters, dark and light, red and white

21st June 2011:
Gina, this isn't even fair. You skip along all day, "lalala, i'm so awesome at graphics, and action/comdey, and LIFE" and I curl up in my little corner and console myself with the knowledge that there must be something in the world that you aren't good at. AND THEN YOU WRITE THIS AND I DIE. Because you are now offically good at everything.

Because this is awesome. I don't even have words (not that I ever do) so I will just flail around madly and hopefully hit some keys that form some words that make some sort of sense. This is creepy beyond belief. I'm not a super genius, so meaning-wise I'm just sitting here going >.< but by stalking your review responses I see you are in the same boat so I don't feel that bad about it.

I guess that is one thing you AREN'T good at - understanding your own fics. This makes me feel a bit better. FRIENDS AGAIN, EVEN THOUGH WE ALWAYS WERE ANYWAY.

Author's Response: I'M ERMM, well I'm very bad at consoling people or calming them down, if that makes you feel any better. Like, I literally freeze up and have nothing to say -- and thus, I have nothing to console you with as I skip along merrily. I'm a bad friend.



It's odd because I don't think I really made an effort to be creepy! I mean, I wanted horror, but when I was actually writing it, I was more concerned with the characters themselves and what they would do... and it just sort of turned out that way on its own. Does that mean people are scary?

...clearly, I am showing how little I understand my own fic yet again.

FRIENDS FOREVER ♥


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Review #31, by Violet Gryfindor two sisters, dark and light, red and white

21st June 2011:
Whoa. You should write at 3am more often, if this is the result. I'm trying to think of something to say that isn't a mass of incomprehensible squees - it's hard to resist screaming the awesomness of this story to the stars and back, but really, it's so amazing. The whole thing. The idea of it. The writing style. The characters. The symbolism. Oh my gosh, it's brilliant.

It's terrifying too, but that's the whole point, and probably why I love it. It's horror at its best. The way that all the puzzle pieces of this story fit together is also perfect (okay, so everything about this story is perfect, but I can't think of another way of saying it at this time of night :P). Aligning Teddy with the werewolf and Victoire with the virginal maiden, then Dominique undergoing that transformation - how her youth was red and her change makes her very saintly, like a Magdalene. But even with the cure, he can't be tamed - that's the terrifying bit, that the instinct is always there.

How can such a short story contain so much? No idea, but now I really need to read something else of yours (why haven't I yet?) - I've wanted to read your stories for a while, but after seeing Gubby's review for this one, I had to read it right away, and I'm really glad that I did. It's definitely an immediate favourite. ^_^

Author's Response: (I might have been hyperventilating ever so slightly when I saw this review. This might also be an understatement.)

I had the idea for a Little Red-inspired horror for awhile, and I totally did not expect this response o__o! I first didn't know how to approach horror -- there's death, but what makes it chilling? I always thought that the most dangerous driving force for a person is an obsession, to lose control of oneself to a single vice. And so it went from there.

When you analyzed the characters like that I have to admit, my first thought was, That is a far better analysis than what I saw in it! (It's actually what I was aiming for, but I tend not to realize these things until someone else says it for me. My mind tends to just process, "something about growth and carnal instincts and your past coming to eat you up"). I always say that I'm a terrible terrible reader because when I read vague fic, I can never figure out what they mean. Which apparently applies to my own fic as well.

And oh dear, -runs around like a headless chicken- PLEASE DON'T READ ANYTHING AWFUL. My WIPs tend to be very happy + gratuitously cast with hot brooding men -- not like this in the slightest. My metaphor usage tends to be locked up in what few dramatic one-shots I have. But erm yes, don't read awful things: that is the best suggestion I can provide :D

Thank youuu for the review! ♥


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Review #32, by GubraithianFire two sisters, dark and light, red and white

20th June 2011:
So I told you I have been waiting for this for the past several hours (why would you put me through such a harrowing interim period) and it's expressly because I wanted to review this because I have a lot to say. Or at least, I had a lot to say several hours ago and now I can't remember. This is why you don't leave people hanging when omg, Gina writes horror.

And she does it so non-12+ brilliantly. I am so jealous. I wanted to open up a new word doc and start working on something vaguely horrific/of substance, but obviously I didn't because I was waiting eagerly in wait to review this instead and now I am merely rambling because I didn't say exactly what I thought when I thought it and I will continue blaming you in this ridiculous run-on because this is my revenge for you holding out on me.

Anyway. Actual review, before I am accused of being delusional and possibly in need of medication. As I mentioned somewhere in that haze of awful syntax, I was really super jealous of everything you did with this fic. Especially diction. Homg, your diction was rather impeccable (and I'm finding it difficult to use modifiers that are 12+ jsyk; this is probably unhealthy). That opening sentence about candy grabbed my attention because, you know, the comparison to candy is so incongruous with the whole horror thing, but it works on a level that most people can only grasp at achieving. But of course, you did, so there's that. Ahem. DICTION. TO DIE FOR. I'm not even joking, I was in a trance because of this and I just wanted to let the words wash over me. I didn't really comprehend anything other than teehee Vic/Ted/Dom because I was too busy dying about this diction. I swear to God, Gina, this made me want to die and crawl up in a hole of unworthiness and stupid fluff because aaah this is so good :')

Yeah. I really don't have much to say beyond the diction thing, because anything else I'd say (plot makes me dizzy and characterization makes me happy) would make me look like an idiot.

And I would never want to look like an idiot in a review.

Ever.

I love this so much♥

Author's Response: -hiding and ♥ing- I still can't believe I wrote horror. But then it makes more sense when I don't even know what my own oneshot might mean (I wish I were kidding). I am SUPER SAD that you don't remember everything, but my 3am anguish is now worth it, even if you are the only reviewer ever ♥.

Firstly, in the actual response to your actual review, we all obviously know that it's -Sarah- that needs medication.

Secondly, more ♥ Seriously, by the end of writing it, I was like, "I'm not sure if this sounds good or if I'm just smashing words together for the heck of it". Because again: 3 am. But that's what waking up in the morning and editing is for, I suppose. I was thinking the same thing about the candy too actually, but I liked it and left it in there and tried to make it work (I think it was a total Hard Candy-inspired moment). And YAY it worked! (you've seen my review responses; they're as eloquent as a giraffe in a swimsuit.)

Of course, you must know that it's all of you masters of dark one-shots that inspire this~ I wanted to frolic in body counts too!

I love you moreee ♥

...aaand one more for the road ♥


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