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Review #1, by dirtydeedsdonedirtcheap Glenda. Her name was Glenda.

1st March 2016:
First, however, he’d need to remember her name. Genevieve? Gwendolyn? Why did witches always have to have such complicated names?

Seriously? You know what’s really funny? I went on a job interview today and for the life of me I could not remember the guys name. I spoke to him for almost an hour, great conversation, but didn’t know his name for the entire time. Why do people have to have such hard names? Or mumble when they say it? Haha.

Still doesn’t fly with me that Sirius doesn’t know her name though. I hate that about guys. A guy hits on you, can spend twenty minutes talking to you and then breezily go, what’s your name again?

Walk away dude. Walk away.

After he calmed down, Sirius had to admit that they looked better tight.

Sirius almost makes me hate him. He really does. I have a love-hate relationship with him because he really is such a dog.

I should probably blame the hormones, shouldn’t I?

Some poncey ballad about being the champions of the world or something like that.

Hey now, Sirius! I’ve had many fun times listening to this song in seedy bars and cheering with a drink in my hand.

“Well you could have warned me that you have a cold,” Regulus responded weakly, looking equal parts embarrassed and dejected.

HAHA! These two. Dumb and dumber.

Dan, Dan, Dan, you’ve done it again. I was thoroughly amused from the beginning to end. Sirius in his younger years is always fun to read about. As much as I enjoyed Regulus and Travers I liked the ending too with James and Sirius. Friendship is funny, isn’t it? You can root for your friend but give them a little hell along the way for your amusement. Lord knows I’ve done that every now and then.

Author's Response: Deeds! This was a truly awesome surprise!

First off, I feel your pain. I am genuinely terrible with names. I don't think Sirius is the "walk away" type. He's too stubborn, too self-confident and walking away just isn't cool enough for a guy like that.

Yep, Sirius is kind of a dog. In a lovable way, at least most of the time.

Ha! I figured I would raise a few eyebrows with that line about We are the Champions. It's one of my favorite Queen songs, but here's my thing: I don't really like hearing anyone other than Freddie sing it. Nobody else can do it justice.

I loved every bit of writing Regulus and Travers. Naturally I had to dumb them down a lot to make the story work, but I thought the end result was worth it.

My goal is always your amusement, even if I have to make you get angry or very rarely cry in order to amuse you. ;)

Always a pleasure! Thanks for stopping by!


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Review #2, by Gabriella Hunter Glenda. Her name was Glenda.

18th October 2015:
Hello!

This is Gabbie from the forums here with your review for our swap. It's always so lovely coming back to your work and we seriously (Haha, see what I did there?) need to swap more often. Most of my stories are so angsty though so I'm not sure if you'd like them and they deal with a lot of sobbing girls. Hm.

So, this!

I have read a ton of stories about Sirius. I have never written him myself, I tend to steer clear of that entire era for some reason but I really like what you did here. I thought that this would be another Sirius in Azkaban type deal but I'm happy that you chose to show him in his younger years, in the prime of his life. It's always so depressing reading about him during the War and it was nice getting into this story without reaching for the tissues. Now, I am not sure how you managed to do this but Sirius felt very alive. I like that his thoughts and emotions are so complex, you can't just write him off as being a one-sided caricature. I think a lot of people tend to focus on him being a womanizing trickster a bit too much and they never give him much depth. Sirius in this story feels like his own person and while he reminds me a lot of James Dean for some reason, I have to say that he just oozes cool. I would probably go out of my way to make googly eyes at him and speaking of, what a naughty kid he is! Now, I do hope he learns that Hufflepuff girl's name eventually but I do like the running gag that you played throughout the entire story about what it was. Gertrude? Gabriella? Geraldine? (That last one is actually what my name was going to be before my mom decided against it, thank God.)

The fact that Sirius has gotten tired of James trying to impress Lily was an interesting take too. A lot of people never really focus much on what Sirius may have been thinking and kind of run on this idea that he went along with it without much complain but I like this idea much more. Sirius didn't even seem to like Lily much and I get the feeling that he was maybe a little jealous of her coming between them, that can say a whole lot about his maturity here but what really stood out to me was the fact that James was so willing to change who he was for Lily. I know that a lot of girls find that romantic but I honestly don't think it is. I've never liked James that much so him trying so desperately to change all of a sudden for her just makes me think of him putting on an act. I don't know, maybe that's just me but Sirius had certainly had enough of it and although I do not approve of him getting Joy drunk, it was pretty hilarious. I'm not sure if Lily would have been more partial towards James afterward or not but Sirius's carefree attitude turned out to be one of his biggest shields. It bothered him not to have James's friendship and he did care but during the first half of the story, you get the feeling that he was willing to be angry for quite a while until James came to his senses.

Now, I didn't expect the second half of this to happen and I have to say that it was hilarious. You had some great moments of detail here and I loved the thoughts Sirius had about his brother. The disappointment, anger and confusion were all very realistic. Regulus may not have been a major character in this story but he had a lot of personality to him. I think he comes across as lonely, snooty and awkward, which is completely different from Sirius (Well, the awkwardness and loneliness anyway). It was an interesting contrast to the two of them and the foreshadowing that you gave about Travers and the others just sent little chills down my spine. We all know what happens to them so having Sirius notice the dark path they're on just makes it all the more poignant.

The prank that he pulled on them was hilarious though, I didn't think that they would fall for it but they must have been so desperate. Hahahha. I can't believe that they actually thought it was working but great way to bring up the Chamber here, I love it when stories give a nod off to the original HP. Travers was a God awful prat in this though and I can't say I felt sorry for him OR Regulus by the time Filch came. What I didn't think was going to happen DID of course--the dungeon nearly being flooded with Lake water was just perfectly timed. I burst out laughing and although Sirius doesn't hear anything about it later, sadly, I do wonder how they managed to fix that.

The end of this was good too, James and Sirius are the sort of friends that can't stay angry with each other about anything. They honestly felt like two little kids mumbling their apologies to one another and I thought it was fitting. James's fears about Lily not liking him were more genuine to me here and Sirius (I feel his horror here) has a great poker face when it comes to googly eyes and professions of love. I wonder how long it'll take for Lily to get over the panties in that book though?

Also, what in the world was that Hufflepuff girl's name?

Thought it was excellent and thanks for the read!

Much love,

Gabbie

Author's Response: Hi, Gabbie!

Glenda. Her name was Glenda. Like the Good Witch of the North, but with an "e". Sirius would probably say that she was the Good Witch of the South, and then he'd waggle his eyebrows suggestively. He's immature like that.

I'm glad Sirius felt lively and happy. I'm also not a big fan of reading stories where he's depressed and angry after the war. I mean, there are situations where that works, but you can't live on a diet of nothing but that type of Sirius. So it was fun to write his younger, more carefree self. Back when an argument with James was literally his biggest care in the world.

James certainly had the capacity to be superficial and obsessive. I've always thought that was an interesting aspect of the HP books, the fact that every other character's perspective on James and Lily gets filtered through Harry's point of view. It isn't until Snape's memories crash over him like cold water that Harry finally starts to realize that his dad was sort of a jerk in his younger years. Even then, Harry is not what you'd call a reliable first person narrator. Sirius is also obviously not without fault here. He is somewhat possessive of James and jealous of Lily's affect on his best mate. It's that timeless story of "bromance vs. romance".

To give you the full background, this story started with the idea for the prank and the whole Sirius-James-Lily subplot grew up as a way to explain why Sirius was running around the castle by himself. As I started writing, it dawned on me that I could bring Filch and the Slytherin victims of Sirius's prank together for the climax of the story. It was a lot of fun to write and some of the visuals still give me the giggles. Especially the part where the Slytherins are singing the school song while hammering away on the wall. I'm in love with that scene.

Sirius surprises himself at the end of the story, although he can't quite keep himself from stirring up a little more trouble. I think he felt like there was an inexorable pull between James and Lily, something that he knew he couldn't fight off forever. So he's content to slow the process down a bit and have another laugh at James's expense.

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the swap!


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Review #3, by ABlack Glenda. Her name was Glenda.

17th September 2015:
I have to say this was an awesome one-shot. I really like how you captured the dynamics between Sirius and James. Would have loved to see a bit of Remus thrown in there, but that bar scene with Joy singing We Are the Champions more than made up for it. You had me giggling out loud.

If JKR ever decided to write a series about the Marauders years at Hogwarts, I hope it would reflect the mischievous Sirius you presented here.

Author's Response: Hi!

I'm really pleased that you enjoyed it. Giggling out loud is a very nice sound, at least from my standpoint. I love a happy, mischievous Sirius.

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing!


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Review #4, by Marshal Glenda. Her name was Glenda.

17th September 2015:
It has been a while since I have taken to reading fanfiction and this was quite brilliant. I found myself cackling with laughter. You had a solid hold of Sirius and his ways and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Also thank you for giving the date on We are the Champions! I'm the nerd that would have had to fact check the time period. I hate when people have the marauders listening to current music - it breaks the reality.

Thanks anyway for the great laugh!

Author's Response: Hi!

I really appreciate all of the kind words. I tried really hard to keep the story true to the characters and to the time period. I'm glad you noticed the small details, like the songs that were actually on the British charts during the Marauders' sixth year of school.

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing and welcome to HPFF!


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Review #5, by alicia and anne Glenda. Her name was Glenda.

17th September 2015:
DAN!!! DAN!! DAN! I've missed reading your stories so much! And it's a Sirius story! Which makes me so happy because I love him! :D

And he's wearing a leather jacket! be still my beating heart! *swoons* And I love the changes he made to the hop flask :P

Oh Sirius! You need to start remembering names you cheeky boy! And he's annoyed James :P That's brilliant! Hahaha It's his own fault. And I love that Sirius feels like he doesn't know James anymore because he's being nice and mature now.

He was spiking Joy's drink and now she's singing! Haha he only has himself to blame!

I'm really hoping that he does remember this poor girls name haha.

This isn't going to end well if the Slytherins are after the chamber of secrets. I hope Sirius makes their life hell.

Hahaha this is brilliant! I love that Sirius done this and that he managed to get them in trouble with Filch! :D

Oh no! Sirius what are you doing? Hahaha He's going to get James into trouble and James isn't going to talk to him again.

This was awesome Dan! I loved reading it a lot! You've done a brilliant job at writing Sirius, you're amazing at it and I now require you to be my personal Sirius story writer :D

Author's Response: Hi, Tammi! Thanks so much for taking the time to give me some feedback on this. I don't think we say it often enough: the things you do for your fellow authors are really, really amazing!

Ha! I think Sirius belongs in a leather jacket, at least at this age. It's that whole "rebel without a cause" look. Very James Dean.

James has decided that he needs to grow up in order to win Lily's heart. Sirius isn't ready to grow up yet. It's a timeless story of friendship and conflict.

I'm sure he remembered Glenda's name eventually. I doubt this was the last time Sirius found himself sneaking out of the Hufflepuff common room after curfew. ;)

I was pretty pleased with the way that Filch's story line ends up coming together with Sirius's prank on Travers and Regulus. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to pull it off in a way that felt natural.

Like I said, Sirius isn't ready to grow up. So while he isn't willing to crush James's dreams of being with Lily, he isn't necessarily going to make things easy for his best mate.

Your personal Sirius story writer? I like the sound of that. Let me know if you ever have a Sirius plot bunny that's keeping you up at night. I'm sure I can be persuaded to adopt if you're too busy to bring it to life. Thanks so much!


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