6 Reviews Found

Review #1, by TidalDragon Falling Leaves

3rd May 2014:
Howdy! Dropping by as part of my Golden Paw quest before voting closes in a couple of days!

Normally I give very long-winded reviews, but this story was truly exceptional. Your development of the tree as a character was brilliant, giving it joys and sufferings that it grew up and endured and depicting how its growth and environment reflected its mood.

Its observations of the couple were also powerful, the tree's wonder helping elevate the emotions they were expressing to something more. Their arc was both beautiful and tragic, sliding from unbridled happiness into the emptiness of a dying, then dead love.

Incredibly unique and incredibly well-written. Favorited this.

Author's Response: Hello! Thank you so much for your review!!

This was one of my favorite stories to write, so I'm super happy that you enjoyed it! Thank you for your lovely comments. It made my day to read this :)

Sam


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Review #2, by Chazzie Falling Leaves

3rd March 2014:
Hey there!
This is a really beautiful piece of writing. It is really sad but lovely all the same. The fact that no specific people are mentioned is something I really like. And it is from the point of view of a tree! How you managed that I have no idea. It's very sweet how the tree is strong, physically and emotionally, and that it cares for the people who care for it. And that is something I never thought I'd say about a tree!
Chazzie (Review 7/10 for the Slytherin/Gryffindor Blackout)

Author's Response: Hi! Thanks so much!

It's meant to to be very ambiguous, so I'm glad you enjoyed that bit! Surprisingly, once I got into the right mindset, writing from a tree's POV wasn't so challenging.

Thanks again!

Sam


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Review #3, by adluvshp Falling Leaves

3rd March 2014:
Blackout Battle!

Wow, this was amazing! When I clicked on it, I didn't expect this to be from the point of view of a tree, and I am surprised that you pulled this off so well. *hats off*

The descriptions were so perfect, they pulled me right into the story from the very beginning. The concept of the nine seasons was brilliant. I loved how the tree saw the couple go through their relationship, and how it ended with the hope that new love will form once again and bring the tree back to life. It was so unique and really very sweet.

This flowed smoothly and made for a very nice and refreshing read. I can't believe this was done in such a short time since it was for the Speed Dating thing. Once again, *hats off* LOVED IT!

Great job,
Cheers,
AD
(AditiDraco95)

Author's Response: Hey!

Thanks so much! :)

I was definitely aiming for originality here, so I'm glad you thought it was unique! I'm so grateful for all your kind words! It means a lot to hear what you think :)

Sam


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Review #4, by Maelody Falling Leaves

2nd March 2014:
Wow! You Gryffies really know where it's at! Every story I've read so far has been so uniquely wonderful, and nothing I've ever read before! All of you have given me goose bumps! I'm not lying here! You guys are truly amazing! YOU are truly amazing!

Did this not get entered in time? Was there a partner dialema? Why did I not get to read such an amazing, heart-wrenching story with all the others! Wow! I can only imagine the other half would be the man and woman, how they fell in love, and then out of love. I would love to see that! :)

You make me feel bad for everything I've ever done to trees. Which, honestly, isn't a lot. But I've pulled bark off of them before! Now I feel awful! The way this tree talked to the sun, asked for the wind to blow, and listened to the stars... That's what I imagine true beauty and peace to be. It has no understandings of the cruel intentions of humans, and makes friends with the animals, but it knows no hate to humans that are different from others. Really, this piece is absolutely powerful!

At first, I thought the old man might be Dumbledore, and that the tree would be the Whomping Willow, and that the house they were building would be Hagrid's Hut, but then the man and woman were introduced. So I thought, maybe it is the Founders? Helga and maybe Godric? It still could be, but I doubt it.

I am going to put it in my head canon for this story that the old man planted the tree as a beginning of the young man and woman's relationship and wanted them to build a house next to it, and that the Man is the son of the bark man. I think that's why he visited, and that's why he attempted to bring them under the tree. To remind them of how their relationship grows, and how the seasons may come and go, but one thing of their love still stands strong. It's sad to see the characters didn't get that :(.

Seriously, I'm rethinking all of nature now. This was just so sweet, and so heart-warming. I'm insanely jealous right now of just how amazing this story is! Extremely upset it wasn't in the challenge, and extremely proud of you for making such a wonderful story! Really! :)

Keep on being this awesome. I'll definitely come around for more stories from you! :)

4/10 reviews to Gryffindor stories for Slytherin vs. Gryffindor bingo blackout

Author's Response: I was literally smiling through reading this entire review. You are so kind! I love events like this that introduce you to new writing that you might not have looked at otherwise!

Sadly, my partner didn't get hers done in time--I'm not sure if she ever finished writing it or not actually. It was disappointing because I would have loved to have this considered in the challenge, but honestly I'm just so grateful for the challenge for inspiring me to write this! I don't think it ever would have occurred to me without the challenge and the brainstorming between my partner and I!

In a weird way, it was really freeing to write from the perspective of a tree. When I'm writing a person, I always feel like there's certain things that have to be included, but with a tree I kind of just went with whatever came to mind. Once I got into the right mindset, the words just kind of ran off my fingers! I'm glad it resonated with you :)

It's meant to be very ambiguous so whatever you choose to think about it could very well be true!

Seriously, I can't thank you enough for everything you said here! It means the world to me to see that you enjoyed this and it made you think! THANK YOU!

Sam


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Review #5, by Rumpelstiltskin Falling Leaves

1st March 2014:
I'm here for Blackout Bingo!

This is from the perspective of a tree...this is brilliant! I really love the angst and sadness that this begins with. The tree has to witness its friends being killed, in a sense, screaming to no avail. The poor tree cannot do anything about it, as it is a tree, and is rooted to the earth...literally.

Then its hope is renewed, as a couple full of happiness and warmth move in to the house nearby. I really love the series of nine seasons, where the tree is at its best for the couple. It was really a fantastic touch.

Then, back to the sad. The relationship has fallen apart, the love is gone, and the tree can no longer be brilliant. It is hopeful that there will be new love someday to bring it back to life...

This story is ridiculously fantastic! I'm a little in awe, and a little jealous! ♥

-Rumpel

Author's Response: Wow. So this just made my day times a million.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I've never written (or really read much) anything like this, so I'm glad to learn that you liked it. It was a lot of fun (and a bit challenging) to write. And by the end, I got way too attached to my tree character ^_^

Thanks again!

Sam


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Review #6, by HeyMrsPotter Falling Leaves

19th February 2014:
Hello! I'm here to review your speed dating entry! It's a shame you and your partner couldn't get them posted in the thread in time. I've never in my life read a story from the point of view of a tree but I have to say I really enjoyed it! It's such an original idea, which I love.

I absolutely loved and adored all of the imagery you used in this, and how it all linked back to nature and the elements, it was just so clever. These were some of my favourites:
a laugh. It rang out into my branches almost as lovely as a star song
Ever obliging, the sun loosed its brightest gold and deepest purple onto the house and the humans and me.
it was one of those last idyllic days of summer when time seems to have frozen and my leaves were just beginning to turn red and gold


Just seriously beautiful, I'm not sure how you came up with the idea for this story but I'm so please I had the chance to read it. It was completely and utterly unique and not like anything I've ever read before.

Dee :)

Author's Response: Thank you! While it was disappointing not to finish, I'm just grateful for the challenge for inspiring my partner and me to come up with this! I have never written anything remotely like this, so it was both really fun and challenging. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Originality was definitely something we were aiming for, so I'm glad you think I pulled it off here.

Thank you so much for your lovely review!

Sam



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