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Review #1, by bookdark_weasley I Am Special

22nd June 2013:
Wow, creepy! You are talented.

Author's Response: Thank you so much! (:

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Review #2, by LilyLunaPotter17 I Am Special

21st June 2013:
*shudder* Wow. That was ... wow.

Your writing style is just so ... there aren't even words for it. It's chilling and disturbing (in a good way) and it made me slightly afraid, but I couldn't stop reading!

I always think the topic of Tom Riddle is one where you can really let your imagination run wild, and you did that very well.

Gah, that last paragraph! It was only a few sentences, but they were so powerful, they really sort of, I don't know really how to phrase it, they really get into his mind. It totally sounds like something Voldemort would say. Ugh, you're such a good writer I can't even put it into words.

I love the way William haunts this story. Haunts? I don't really know how to phrase it. But he keeps cropping up and it kind of sets the story.

The way Death tells Tom to do things, and the way he says no, I'm special, it shows him as a stubborn person, and the line "It terrorized me to no end, but I fought." dkszhfishflwfihsf it's just so ... gah!

I don't know how to put my feels into words, but seriously I'm a mess here. You're such a great writer, fedvhila;oaeihv.

Summer x

Author's Response: Woah, thank you so much! This just made my day!

Tom Riddle is, and always will be, one of my favorite characters to write about. I am forever cursed to be drawn to tragedies, and he seems to be the very definition of one. A person so brilliant and yet so twisted has to have something that made them that way, which is why I chose to focus on Tom's childhood experience. William is his demon.

Tom's conversations with Death were one of the parts I struggled with the most, but I am glad to see that it came across the way it was intended. They might be in Tom's head, but there is absolutely no way to know if they are real.

In the end, Tom Riddle might be twisted and dark, but he is a tragic tale to be pitied, and even admired for his resilience. On the other hand, Voldemort might be pitied, but he is more easily hated. I was hoping to draw the distinction between the two.

Again, thank you so much for your kind review, and for making up the challenge! It has been great fun!

- Cossettely


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Review #3, by UnluckyStar57 I Am Special

20th June 2013:
Holy cow!!

I know that I said I would review your other story, but I felt like I should review this one first. Because IT'S SO FANTASTIC!!!

You use such chilling language and such a dark style that it's hard to imagine that Tom Riddle DIDN'T actually think this. From the funeral to the "rebirth" at the end, you kept up such an air of evil and gloom that was just perfect for the subject that you were writing about.

And as for the subject, Tom Riddle himself, well, he sounds like he does in the books, almost to the letter. My favorite part was at the end when he disclosed that he killed William because Death wanted him (Tom) instead. It's almost like there was some of the first brother from The Deathly Hallows speaking through him--he wanted to elude Death for the sake of power, and anyone who gets in his way will be sacrificed. It is the antithesis of love, the opposite of feeling--it is Lord Voldemort, master of hatred and fear, coming out in a small (yet evil!) boy. I saw all of that brilliantly portrayed in your well-chosen words.

Really, I wish that I had HALF the diction brilliance that you did!

The only thing that I don't understand is why William is rotting in the coffin of an old man. Is that because someone else should've died (but didn't) and instead William took his place? Or is it symbolic in some way?

I kind of saw it as the two ends of the spectrum of life coming together in death--the young and the old, similar in mentality and in habit, rest together forever. The living person who caused that phenomenon has buried those two ends of the spectrum in order to be "reborn" a perpetual adult, never aging, never dying.

I don't know, that's just what I thought. :)

Fantastic, brilliant, marvelously creepy story!! I shall review If I Only Had a Heart very soon.

~UnluckyStar57

Author's Response: Wow! Thank you so much for your kind review! It is encouraging and I appreciate it.

I am glad to see that you liked the diction choice- I debated on what exactly would be "too much" as far as the doom and gloom, but I figured that directness was most appropriate for the young Lord Voldemort. I could not see him attempting to lie to himself or to sugar coat much of anything.

The coffin of an old man refers to two things: one, the fact that most people feel that people should die when they are old, not young, and thus, there was only a coffin for an old man to house the dead child. Two, it has a sort of foreshadowing, symbolic meaning: Voldemort died when he was seventy or seventy one (most, I think, believe seventy one), so that is why I chose that specific age. The coffin is one of those things that I leave up to your perception: it can either actually be the size for an old man, or appears to Tom Riddle to be the size of an old man. Really, I think that Tom looks upon the coffin as his worst nightmare. It houses death, and the coffin for an old man reveals that no matter Tom's accomplishments, it appears (at first) that there is no way to halt death's last agent (age). This is terrifying to someone who is afraid to die.

Your assertion that he is reborn as a perpetual adult is interesting, and I believe that I agree. I first envisioned him to be reborn basically dead to all human emotions and impulses, but being reborn as an adult is more accurate, since he is still able to feel fear and anger.

Again, thank you so much!

- Cossettely


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