Hello... I really loved the idea of this one-shot. Who has ever thought of Victoire not being one of those beautiful ones? Itís a bit sad on how she was pushed to dance. Dance was not her dream, but her little hidden pleasure, just only when the curtains were down and spectators were all gone. A really enjoyable piece!Author's Response: Thank you so much! I just felt like Victoire is always portrayed as this perfect angel, and I wanted to change that. I'm really, really pleased that you liked my portrayal of her.
Thanks again for the review! I wholeheartedly appreciate it. Report Review
This is gorgeous, and I'm not just saying that. It really is a beautiful piece. The ballet scenes are written with such careful detail, the language itself is slow and structured much like the dance it is descibing. The flashbacks are well integrated and seep into Victoire's conciousness in a very believable fashion. While reading, I could feel the meandering critical sort of thinking that Victoire's mind was doing. I also love that Victoire has red hair in this fic. FABULOUS work.
Author's Response: OH MY GOODNESS. I cannot even tell you how much this lovely review means to me, because... well, I can't possibly be eloquent at all after reading that.
Melissa, I don't even know where to begin to thank you. Especially coming from an accomplished author like you, your praise means so much to me. I am deeply honored and, quite frankly, immensely flattered. Thank you, again, because you've completely made my month. Report Review
How do you write like this, my dear? You're just so naturally talented! I mean - I think I told you how sorry I felt for Victoire, but it must be said again. She was perfectly characterised, and against how she normally is too! Normally she's the blonde, perfect one, yet here she's a misfit within her family, school and her ballet class. I just wanted to squish her all the way through.
One thing I really did adore is the way you intercut scenes from the ballet class and Victoire's flashbacs. I couldn't possibly explain why they work so well, but they just DO.
I love Teddy too, and his romance with Victoire. They seemed to have the same fears, the same arguments and the same lovely-dovey (can't think of a better word!) moments as most other couples, which makes them uber realistic.
And I actually loved the way you characterised her family - not because I liked them, because they are so in cannon, yet not, and it so works.
I adore the writing style too, as always. IDK how you do it, but I certainly will never stop reading your work.
ILY, and I LOVE THIS.
In that order, but only just :P.Author's Response: THANK YOU SO MUCH, BECCA. I want to squish YOU. Which isn't creepy, I promise. :D
Ah, Victoire. She just sort of... wrote herself! In any case, I'm really glad you liked her. I know she's a bit different than how other people normally write her, so I was a little concerned that she wouldn't be well-received. STILL. Thank you!
Ballet! I actually know nothing about ballet, I swear. I was looking all the terms up online. :P I'm glad you liked them!
If it wasn't for Teddy, I'd feel so bad for Victoire I wouldn't have been able to write her. :D So I'm super glad that you like him too.
I LOVE YOU TOO. A LOT. And that's not creepy either, I swear.
- Rin Report Review
This was nicely written, well done. I love your characterisation of Victoire here, for once she wasn't the perfect, statuesque blonde that most people portray her as. As the eldest child, she wasn't the mummy's favourite either, nor was she her gran's. She wasn't born with a skill but had to be forced into it. I love that at the end, she releases all her inhibitions and does what she wants to do.
I also like that she sort of respected her grandmother's honour and continued dancing. Was that for some sort of acceptance? Or am I misinterpreting your meaning?
What I love most of all is that you made Victoire real.
Lia.Author's Response: Oh, Lia! Thank you so much! That means a lot to me.
It had just occurred to me when I started writing that I hadn't written any stories where Victoire is... human. She's always so... I dunno, perfect, like you said. So I wanted to change that. I'm really glad you liked it, because I'd never done it before and it was a little iffy when I was writing it. Thank you!
Yes, I'd say acceptance. :) Kind of a... "Well, I really don't have a choice now, do I?"
Thank you so much! You've made my week. Report Review
I must tell you this was absolutely beautiful! Everything from the narration and descriptions too your characterisation of Victoire and her relationship with Teddy, were wonderful. It was all done so delicately and with a smooth gliding pace. This was fitting as the story had the centre around ballet. I must admit, I shall always have a soft spot for ballet fics, they have such a lightness and delicacy to them which is so lovely. Plus, they bring back memories that, more often then not, make me smile.
This truly was lovely, dear!
ColletteAuthor's Response: Oh, Collette! Thank you so much! I mean... wow! Thank you!
I'd never actually read or written a ballet fic before, let alone actually DONE any ballet, so I'm so overjoyed that you liked it. I mean, all the ballet terms came from some kind of ballet wiki I found off Google. Really. So by saying that you enjoyed it! It means a lot.
Thank you so much! I'm absolutely flattered. Report Review
I found this rather moving, actually (yes, I'm a total sap, I know!). I loved your portrayal of Victoire as someone fine in every way but just not quite the amazing person she should be - it's refreshing to see an average, underachieving Victoire as opposed to the confident, stunning one we often see. At times it seemed utterly desolate and bleak and I felt really sorry for her, but then there were those lovely lighter moments to raise the mood - I especially liked that it ended on a high note with that nice Teddoire moment :) The alternating ballet/life narratives worked really well, too. *favourites*Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'd never done anything like this before, so your praise is definitely appreciated and easing to the mind.
I was really hesitant to include the ballet, but then I saw this Up For Grabs banner with a ballerina and from that point on had to include the dance. I'm really pleased that you liked it!
Again, thank you! It really means a lot to me. Report Review
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