MARTHA. I TOLD YOU I WAS OBSESSED WITH YOUR WRITING. /rabid fangirl.
This is just beautiful. How on earth did you write something so beautiful and so touching with a splitting headache. I'm jealous of your skills! Seriously. *glares at computer screen*. Hehe, kidding. :)
This was interesting, really. We never think about how Helena came to be because JKR never really mentioned anything about if Rowena was married or not -- it was just such a strange combination of mother and daughter, eh? I loved this take on what had happened.
In the beginning, it reminded me a lot of Pride and Prejudice (not influenced by your banner at ALL, hehe.), especially with how he's drawn to her intellect and lack of conformity along the social lines. On the other hand, I also thought it was a Helena/OC story, not a Rowena. It wasn't until the very end that I was like, OKAY. TANYA. YOU'RE AN IDIOT. IT'S ROWENA, DUH. I'm really kind to myself, :P.
It's like poetry when you write. I can just hear the words playing in my head and they sound so sweet, like a song. My favorite line in the entire one-shot is: Despite what writers claim, they couldn't survive on love alone. It's so true. There's so much more to surviving than surviving on love alone. It just plays on their characters -- both striving to break conformity, yet, at the end, they can't. They danced upon the line crossing over from acceptance to the not-accepted beliefs and actions.
It's so bittersweet -- their love was not meant to last, even though they tried. Brings tears to my eyes!
Well done, my dearest Martha. Well done!
♥Author's Response: TANYA! I SUCK! I feel horrible for taking so long to respond to your awesome reviews! Things have been insane, what with graduation and the Lakers and the World Cup (my two teams - England and Mexico) were eliminated on the same day! and I haven't had time for HPFF - blasphemy, I know. So...sorry. But, hey! At least the Lakers won! Three-peat next year, baby!!
Anywho...back to your reviews...
Thank you so much!! I wrote this on a whim (twas inspired by a banner I saw at TDA) and I really didn't expect anyone to read it, let alone enjoy it. DUDE!! I'm jealous of YOUR skills!! If VioletGryffindor and timeturner are like Kobe and LeBron, you're like Derek Fisher - absolutely incredible with a huge heart! Plus, he pulls off the most ah-mazing shots. No, seriously, he's like one of my favorite players...so that makes you one of my favorite authors!
Damn, I got side-tracked again...
As I was writing this, it occured to me that I didn't know who Helena's father was. A quick google search later and I was stumped. Writing OC's for one-shots is difficult and kind of scary but, you know me...nut-job I tell ya.
Awww, Tanya, you're not an idiot. If you were confused, it's 'cause of my writing, not you, silly!
My favorite line in the entire one-shot is: Despite what writers claim, they couldn't survive on love alone. It's so true. There's so much more to surviving than surviving on love alone. The cynic in me insisted on adding that. :D
Awww, seriously, you do wonders for my ego!!! Thank you so much, Tanya!!! Words cannot express how much your reviews mean to me!! *hugs* Report Review
Hello! Just thought I'd have a little nosy round my fellow Slytherins for this review fest, and I was very pleasantly surprised by what I found here! Your banner drew me in and the story captured my attention completely.
This flowed beautifully, very lyrical and dream-like, and I also felt that it suited your time period well. The language was obviously a little archaic when compared to modern colloquialisms etc, but not in a way that was remotely negative. I was almost convinced that I was reading Austen XD. Brilliant.
I thought this romance with a muggle was a very interesting aspect to explore, especially in this era, and you did it very well in such a short piece. You managed to tell a story in such a short (but well chosen) set of words.
I really enjoyed this!Author's Response: *headdesk* Bah, I keep forgetting about the Review Fest. I'm such a horrible Slytherin. Must...review...
I love the banner! It's so beautiful. I was poking around the UFG section and saw this banner and an idea for a story popped into my head.
Wow! That's...really high praise. I'm...speechless, which is a bit odd since I'm a talker. Wow! Thank you so, so much! *blushes*
Since it was never revealed who Helena's father was, I decided to take some liberties and make him a muggle. There's so much to explore with this subject, but it would be far too much for a one-shot.
Thank you so much for reviewing (and reminding me about the review fest)!!! Your review made my day! :) Report Review
Woa. That. Was. Amazing. You've captured so much in so few words. Brilliant.
-silver inkAuthor's Response: *blushes* Thank you so much!! :) Report Review
This was beautiful!
It really was. People never seem to want to write about the Founders era, though, I'm not entirely sure. I think there are many of interesting things to explore.
I absolutely love the poem at the top. I have always liked Byron, and that poem is one of my favorites.
I love that the man remained an enigma in this. Of course, there's a part of me that would like to know whom he was, but the other part of me decides that it wasn't all too central to the story.
I would have liked this a bit more if it were a bit longer and there was more characterization.
I liked the word choices and flow of this piece. It all flowed together naturally, nothing seemed forced or jarring. Not to mention I didn't stumble upon any grammatical or spelling errors. So that's always nice, too.
This piece was full of mystery. Everyone remains somewhat of an enigma. I think that it's part of it's charm.
LindersAuthor's Response: Awww, Linders...you're my new favorite person. I honestly can't stop blushing after reading your review!
I'm both extremely pleased and surprised that you enjoyed this. To be honest, I think it needs a lot of work.
I L-O-V-E Byron! The entire story was inspired by the poem.
The man - the nameless man who doesn't even have a name in my head. I don't really know who he is, though I did create a quick background of him in my mind as I was writing this. I considered mentioning his name (after choosing a name for him, of course) but I liked the mystery aspect of it.
I don't think I've ever written anything this short. I'm usually fairly wordy and I had to stop myself from going on and on with this. I'm pretty sure when I go back and edit this (whenever that may be), I'll make it longer. I can't help myself. :)
Wow! That's weird. I usually have a ton of typos and grammatical issues, even after a edit. I only re-read this once and submitted it. Weird...
I can't express how happy I am that you liked this. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for taking the time to review!!! *hugs* I offer lots and lots of imaginary flowers in gratitude. :) Report Review
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