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2 Reviews Found

Review #1, by nott theodore 

20th June 2016:
Hi Laura!

I don't know how you're doing this, but this chapter actually made me want to give Gellert a hug. A HUG. He's Gellert Grindelwald, I shouldn't be feeling sorry for someone who did so many bad things! This is your fault :P

The opening was kind of sad, though - I think this chapter did a really good job to emphasise how lonely Gellert was, and his own knowledge that he was lonely, which of course only made him wish for Albus more. It's kind of like he's been permanently lonely, with his childhood (although there were people there for him) and then choosing to rise to power. The fact that he hears his father's voice sometimes is sad - it really shows how much he's missing the life he once had.

I think that Gellert's right - there is a difference between winning and losing. I'm not sure that Albus won, though, or that it was just Gellert who lost. If Albus had won that day, he'd never have had to fight Gellert in the first place.

I may be a little confused trying to work out if there's an answer to Gellert's philosophical questions about asking questions, but I really loved that. It was kind of poetic in the way that he pondered the subject and shows the sort of person he is really well.

The conversation with the king of Prussia was really interesting! I actually love the idea that a lot of the European rulers could have been witches and wizards or had magical blood in their families, because it would have been quite easy for them to gain power when the magic and Muggle communities lived together, and then use it to keep power secretly later on. Hmm, new head canon possibly...?

The warning that the king gave Gellert was very true, though - I know that Gellert doesn't want to listen to it, and he thinks he's already lonely, but I think it was good advice. The people that he wants to rule for are going to get hurt - he can't possibly protect everyone. I'm really intrigued to see whether he still cares about them the way that he seemed to in earlier chapters, or if he'll learn to accept their suffering as a necessary for him to rule.

The idea of creating yourself a country and a homeland is actually quite powerful; I can't help but be a little impressed with the notion. Gellert is definitely someone who will take what he wants, and if he can't find it, will make it.

Sian :)
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Review #2, by Cecilia 

27th January 2016:
Dear Aphoride,

It's been way too long since I first thought about leaving a message on this story and it's really about time I did it! I've been eagerly following and reading L'optimisme for almost a year now and I wish I could write for ages about everything that it means to me, but I don't think there'd be enough time (and space) - not to mention my imprecise English.

I love everything about Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald's relationship: all those dark and radiant shades it is made of, their brilliance and ruthlessness in tenderness, the considerations about life, love and power that it all brings to the mind - I could go on forever. I have come across lots of fanfictions and opinions about them, but this magnificent novel of yours is by far the best thing I've ever read on the Internet.

Your talent in mastering the words - those very words who shape our reality and trace Albus and Gellert's lives - is astonishing. I wish I could describe properly the deep, pure inspiration your writing gives to my soul every single time I go through a new chapter and, as I picture in the back of my mind all those rich, intense descriptions and flows of thoughts, meet again Albus or Gellert, moving on with their lives, following such different yet always intertwined routes.
This is how I always imagined their incredible story would be, and you're narrating it in an unique, thrilling way. Thank you.

I can't wait to read more :)
Have a nice day! xx

Author's Response: Hi Cecilia! :) Thank you so so much for stopping by - and I'm so sorry for the late response! Honestly, I just didn't know what to say - your review was so wonderful and so sweet, and literally made me blush, and it felt like it would be inadequate to repeat 'thank you thank you thank you' over and over again :P

I love writing this story - it's a pairing I wanted to write for a while before I got the courage to start this, and then I scrapped two different versions before starting this version, which eventually got published. I really, really wanted to tell it, and I love writing it, so it always means so much to hear people say that they like it too, because it's been part of my life for so long and so much of it is me finally getting to write it after so long. So thank you, thank you, thank you - it honestly means more than I can really properly say to hear that there are other people who like this pairing and other people who like how I write it, too :) :) :)

Ahhh I love writing that about them :) This whole story to me is primarily a romance - a very tragic romance, but nonetheless a romance - which just never quite ends; and also an argument, which equally never ends :P I really wanted to show that neither of them are good or bad or right or wrong - everything with them exists in shades of grey and somewhere between tangible and intangible. And love... omigosh, I love writing them in love, haha. I always wanted to write them in love from the beginning, because it makes everything that much more important and it give this kinda beautiful underlay to everything in HP :)

I have a real love for description. Dialogue and pacing and action can be difficult, but description has always come easily to me, for some reason. I don't know why, but it does, and I love writing it. It's so fun for me to do, though at times I have to cut down on it, haha, otherwise the entire chapter would just be description and nothing would ever happen :P Which is not, you know, the point of a story... but yeah, it's a style which isn't for everyone, though, and I know that - and I'm always so happy to hear that other people like it, because I know it's a very unusual style, perhaps, because it's so heavy.

This review was amazing - I'm only sorry I couldn't give a better response, and that it's so late. Thank you, thank you, thank you - this review made my week when I got it, honestly, and it makes me smile every time I read it :)

Aph xx


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