Another outstanding chapter. :) I never imagined Hermione hating work, not doing anything, not even knowing where she is, but you make her seem so in-character.
I love this story. :)Author's Response: Thanks p_r, for the review, and I'm sorry for this punishably dilatory response.
I'm glad you thought Hermione wasn't OOC. I had o flog myself into the ground, getting her voice right, but I think I got there in the end. And being told it was in-character is very, very reassuring.
Thanks again for the lovely review. Report Review
I was browsing through your stories, and this just looked too interesting to pass up! I love reading about pairings that seem so out there just to see how it works out!
So far you've done a great job setting up Teddy's background story, the idea that he's just done everything because it would please everyone else and just because to the point that now he's disenchanted with everything. His resolution to simply "do nothing" promises some interesting times in the future, especially since that's kind of childish and he's (according to the summary) going to be in a relationships with a woman old enough to be his mother.
This is really cool so far!Author's Response: It's unusual, isn't it? Personally, I think this is the most challenging bit of writing I'll ever be doing, simply because just getting into the minds of these people - especially Hermione - and transcribing their not so pleasant, very morally contentious thoughts is going be challenging. It's scary sometimes, and also emotionally exhausting to write - because I've never experienced anything like this, I don't have these thoughts in my mind, so it's like I'm going to have to rummage through the deepest and darkest part of my mind and my feelings and my emotions, and exaggerate it greatly to create the atmosphere and the intrigue and the darkness.
With Teddy what's tricky is that in a way it's his upbringing and his sense of indebtedness to Harry and the Weasley family that forms the mainspring of his life and his decisions. He didn't realise this when he was MAKING these decisions, but looking back in retrospect I think he sees it very clearly, how 'doing the right thing' at every stage of his life deprived him of so much. I think it's a horrible position and state of mind to be in, especially if it gives him reason to get into a relationship which is just wrong and destructive.
With Hermione... the main concern here is not to make her OOC, whic is what happens in most stories (read Dramiones) where Hermione invariably ends up cheating on Ron with Draco. Whilst I do not believe Hermione is morally irreproachable or even above being adulterous, I just don't see her with Draco. She's a multi-faceted character, and one facet of her character which I haven't seen explored much is her power. She is a powerful witch, an extraordinarily intelligent and successful woman who can be every bit as domineering as she's vulnerable. I find her a lot more interesting than Ron or Harry, and this story is as much about her as much it's about the relationship.
So I wrote an essay in response, but I was so totally chuffed to see this review, by one of my favourite authors on this site no less. Thanks so much. Report Review
I can't believe this story hasn't got any reviews. Let me change this fact. :)
I was browsing your profile, when I saw this story and I HAD to read it. And this is better than I expected.
I love the unusual pairing and I love the fact that you're exploring a different side of next generation. Next Gen fics are usually full of wonderful-looking people who get what they want and have their happy endings, while your fic explores the idea of the 'failure' of two characters of the good side, and that's what I call originality.
Teddy's point of view felt very real to me and I can't wait to read Hermione's side of the story.Author's Response: God, I know. Almost all nextgen fics - including some of mine - are so, for the lack of better word, cosmetic, aren't they? Even the angst as often as not seems phoney and superficial to me. And the fact that I thought it'd be interesting to explore the "Post"-nextgen era, where everyone's out of school and are adults in the real world. Also, this is my first stab at writing something that, well's, slightly literary, and I didn't think I could write about teenagers and their grossly overrated angst. Idk, maybe it's because I'm out of my own teenage years, lol.
Thanks so much for reviewing. It was an pleasant surprise to see this review, and from a fellow validator, no less. Report Review
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