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5 Reviews Found

Review #1, by putitonpaper 

15th September 2016:
I may be mistaken but I don't think I've read a fanfic that addresses race so bluntly. I think it's extremely brave and thoughtful of you to attempt to attack so many serious issues in one fanfic. I really like your fanfic because not only is the story good (I'm such a fan of Nova and Al) but also because you're tackling real-life, serious issues. It's likely rare that one friend group is addressing so many at once but speaking for myself I can definitely say that I've been faced with or a friend has been faced with many of these issues at different points in my life. Well done. I'm looking forward to the rest of the story!

Author's Response: Hey,

Yeah, come to think of it, I don't think I've read a fic that deals with it as bluntly as this. But really, I needed to do this or else I would've spontaneously combusted and if I've reached out to even one person out there (albeit with all the sensitivity of a blunt axe), I'll be glad. Issues like this are important, you know? And it's such a sad fact that so many have or know people who have faced them.

I am really glad people have managed to become fans of Novus!!! Especially because the focus is on the girls so I was like "is the romance coming through, am i making this realistic but romantic, am i doing anything right".

(Also, there's plenty of romance between Novus in the next chapter :P )

Thank you for reviewing!

Plums xo


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Review #2, by pinkpanther16 

15th August 2016:
Ok, first of all, your writing is always amazing! I love it to death. But this chapter? Probably one of the best on this site. I love how you incorporated real problems like racism and eating disorders and self esteem into the story. Its so dumb that people can't even talk about that kind of thing in real life without being attacked or silenced. And the maturity that you used in your writing and how you had the characters deal with it was spot on. (Well, maybe not the kidnapping, but it was still pretty funny.) Just, everything about this was pure gold. I'm sad that there's only two more chapters, but all good things must come to an end, right? I can't wait for them though! I'm excited to see how it all resolves. :)

Author's Response: Hey!

Okay, so I'm grinning really widely at the moment because it feels so good to hear that you like my writing! Seriously, you are so sweet and that comment has made my day. Or night. (It's currently half one in the morning over here.) BUT OMG "ONE OF THE BEST ON THIS SITE"??? YOU DESERVE ALL OF THE LOVE IN THE WORLD, MY LOVE, YOU GENUINELY DO. ALL OF IT.

Anyways... Yeah, it's really frustrating how the attitude towards such issues is unnecessarily toxic. These are serious things to consider and people can be really hostile which makes the situation even worse. The fact that some people ignore it too is also incredibly frustrating which is partly why I started this fic in the first place - after a long conversation with my friends, I realised that we have gone through so much unnecessary problems and that our society seems to just brush over it. I wanted to speak out and did it in the form of this fic by incoorperating it into something with a load of laughs to show how it's not always clear. You could be as happy as anything and still have a whole host of problems. The girls display the typical behaviour of initially not wanting to approach the subject in the open because it meant admitting that something was wrong, but then they realised it needed to be helped properly.

I'm really glad you enjoyed this chapter and hope the others don't disappoint. They're mostly to round things off and there is a small chance I might return to these characters because I love them to death. CH9 will be up v. soon.

Thanks for the absolutely lovely review!
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Review #3, by Moony, Padfoot and Prongs. Brothers forever. 

15th August 2016:
Hey, I obsessively checked this fic for the eighth chapter and I'm so glad that it's finally here.

I can relate to Dahlia about the love thing. I do think romance is a bit overrated. And I love how Dahlia is so.straight forward.

And the words that Xanthe said to Nala. Sheesh. That was so racist of him. One of my friends is black, and the way people treat her, I feel like punching them. She has very little self-esteem and self-confidence because of that. So I got very angry when I read what Xanthe had said to Nala.

Poor Cassidy. I hope it gets better for her. Nova would be a good counsellor for her.

I have no problems with this chapter. Thanks for the chapter. And I really like it that the chapter was long.

P.S. I love Al's password for the handcuffs.("James Sirius' man bun looks like a bloody bin bag"). I literally snorted at that.

Author's Response: Hello :)

It's nearly half one in the morning and I am currently smirking to myself v. smugly at that opening sentence. It genuinely makes me so happy to hear something like that, especially because Dormitory 2.6A is a bit of a personal fic.

Yeah, Dahlia might not be the most eloquent of people, but she does have a point! I am a bit of a romantic myself (cynical romantic, you know?), but I completely share her views on how romance shouldn't be this thing that gives you purpose. It should just be a little extra to go with your purpose.

Ugh. Xanthe. (Pretty sure that's always my response to him haha). Yeah, what he said was completely unacceptable and racist and the thing is that a lot of people don't actually realise that it would be a racist comment which is what I wanted to bring attention to. I am genuinely so sorry that people treat your friend like that! I don't blame you for wanting to punch them, it's such disgusting behaviour and the effect it can have on people is just so damn unnecessary. Ugh.

Nova really would be a great counsellor for Cass.

Phew, it's good to know that this chapter is so well-received! Since it dealt with several sensitive topics, I really wasn't sure.

Haha, I'm glad you liked that it was long because the next one has somehow ended up even longer! Like, it's over 8K. I don't even know how.

Al really doesn't understand why girls die over James' man bun. He is 100% unimpressed ;)

Thanks for the lovely review!
Plums xo


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Review #4, by Hermyninny 

14th August 2016:
Oh lord. This hit me really hard when you talked about the racial crap that Nala went through. As a Korean American, it hurts when all people see you as only smart or only quiet and talented. It really does hurt when people call you Chinese in a disdaining tone, as if a being a certain race defines what kind of character you are as a person. It really does hurt when you are viewed as inadequate when you aren't talented in a specific area, if you fail a test. I can tell you know that there have been so many teachers who have believed that I will be this quiet little thing that will finish her homework and have no friends. But I do have an amazing network of friends, I do argue and shout, I am an outgoing, social person. It hurts when you have a stereotype put over your head everywhere. So absolutely thank you for capturing what it feels like. Thank you for showing that racial stereotypes are still there, even though they aren't as negative as before. Thank you, and thank you for writing this HPFF.

~d

PS- absolutely fantastic writing:)

Author's Response: Hey,

First of all, I am so sorry that you have to go through any of that. No one deserves to suffer through that kind of rubbish. It's beyond me why that kind of stuff still happens, it's so damn ridiculous. It makes me so happy to hear that I've managed to touch at least one person with the issues in this fic, even if the situations aren't the same. I've had friends of mine who are affected by it too, so it really meant a lot to me to include this in.

Thank you for reading and reviewing,
(And for complimenting my writing :P )
Plums xo


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Review #5, by PaulaTheProkaryote 

14th August 2016:
CHAPTER EIGHT! OH PLUMS, AND ITíS SO LONG! IíM SO EXCITED!

That nice warning at the beginning was a very thoughtful gesture. Good on you for being aware of the struggles your readers might be dealing with.

ďSunday was a day for lounging and then doing homework or revision to keep her grades up.Ē Thatís exactly how I spend my Sunday. Itís also for leaving reviews for your favorite people.

YAS QUEEN. TELL TEENAGE GIRLS THAT HAVING A BOYFRIEND WON'T GIVE YOU A PURPOSE. YOU HAVE A PURPOSE AND THE OTHER PERSON IS JUST A BONUS. I love that so much. What an important message to drive home. Also Dahlia is my soul. Have we talked about spinoffs yet? I mean I understand that youíre giving this a semi firm no and youíre torturing your readers by making this story so short but we could make a spinoff happen. I believe in you. No? Fine. Iíll be crying in the corner.

The dialogue here is so amazing. I canít post which lines are my favorite (not only because Iíd just be copying the entire chapter) because thereís a certain rating Iíd have to adhere to. You just are the absolute queen of dialogue. It flows so easily and naturally and I want to live in your dialogue.

I understand what Nala is trying to say in all of this and I don't mean to invalidate her concerns but it concerns me that she is so desperate to have anyone at all love her that she doesn't much care who it is. It also kills me how much she's comparing herself to Cassidy because you just can't do that sort of thing. It's so incredibly unhealthy. That being said, I did the same thing for years with my once best friend Gina and I think I would have really done better with myself if I had read this then. I hope that some girl reading this story gets that takeaway that I needed.

Pretty for a black girl? I WILL MURDER HIM MYSELF, THAT LITTLE...well, again with the ratings. KILL HIM CASS, KILL HIM.

Oh Nala, the girls of Dormitory 2.6A are back in business, baby! Letís plot, letís get there, letís avenge Nala!

Thereís just so many good things about this chapter. Youíre amazing. The girls are amazing. I love them all so, so much.

Author's Response: Hey!

You're right, this chapter IS long - and it's only one scene. I don't know how I actually managed to pull that off??

Yeah, I'm glad you approve of the warning. I figured that, though I do try to make Dormitory 2.6A funny (do I accomplish this? eh, who knows?), it's still rooted in serious issues. Those serious issues are unfortunately way too common and could trigger people which is obviously not my intention :)

(Am I one of your favourite people? *smirks*)

I think I've said it before, but imma say it again: DAHLIA DARZI IS THE EMBODIMENT OF EVERYONE'S SPIRIT ANIMAL. Seriously, people should just send me all of their grievances with the world and I will have Dahlia voice them all.

But yeah, I think that the message you mention in particular genuinely is really important. So many people are hung up on finding the perfect boy/girlfriend, especially during teenagehood (is that even a word?) and I've seen too many people change themselves to impress their S/O or be consumed by their love for that S/O. Which really isn't healthy and shouldn't be encouraged, you know? No one's purpose should be to exist for someone else.

Aanhvfhdj, spinoffs! YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND MY STRUGGLES. I don't want to *commit* to the idea of a spinoff, especially because this was only supposed to be a snapshot into these girls' lives (it quickly became my favourite fic to write, whoops) - but. I have considered two possible things that have not been solidified in my mind at all: a fic focusing on Novus (but that would be from the perspective of Al which is somewhat terrifying because I am not a teenage boy) and another that would just be a plot-less multi-chaptered fic about the entire year on mandatory summer camp.

And I'll be the first to admit that it's because I really want to write about Dahlia canooing or something like that.

So I've considered them both, but haven't committed to them. So there's that. :)

THANK YOU ABOUT THE REASSURING COMMENT OF THE DIALOGUE. Because seriously, dialogue can be so hard. It's like you forget what normal people talk about, wut r wurdz.

Yeah, Nala's ideas of romance and love really aren't healthy. Remember when I mentioned that a lot of the issues in the fic (read: all of them) have been experienced in my friendship group? Yeah, well, I have a friend who used to share all of Nala's views on it and it just wasn't healthy. It's not really something I've seen actually come up in fics/books, so I wanted to shed some light on it and why it's not right.

I am so sorry you had to go through what you did. It's never good for your health to constantly compare yourself to someone else because honestly, you and everyone else out there is perfect the way they are. And I really do hope that someone can take something away from this fic too xx

THIS IS WHY XANTHE IS A YOU-KNOW-WHAT.

It's not even that he's probably seeing other girls because they don't technically have proof of that (he so is, being the lil - ugghhh). He's just toxic, especially for someone like Nala.

I am so so happy that you enjoyed the chapter, especially because this was the Big One (both literally and otherwise). Honestly, all of your reviews make this worth writing and I'm just happy I get the chance to share these characters with you (more kisses xxx).

Thank you so much for reviewing - and for calling me queen. I am Emilia Clarke, after all ;)

[aka Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the first of her name, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lady (?) of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea.]

[no, i did not look that up, how dare you accuse me of such a thing!]

Plums xo


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