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Reading Reviews for The Siren's Song
  
7 Reviews Found

Review #1, by Musing Silver and Emerald

6th March 2016:
Hi Stefanie!! I'm finally here to review your story for the HPFF Review-A-Thon!!

WOW! This was an INCREDIBLE story! My review would probably not do justice to it. I can only try! This is how I want to remember the Little Mermaid now- The Little Mermaid with Slytherin's Locket ;)

I hadn't read the summary when I clicked on this story and after reading a paragraph or two, I was enraptured by the fairy tale style of narration. I LOVED the overall premise. It started with a magically-gifted band of robbers, took a plunge in Greek Mythology, brought in the HP magic and finally turned to the Little Mermaid's tale.

When the thief's ship sailed to the siren's island, I thought that he was going to somehow fight his inevitable death by using his magic. What followed truly surprised me! When he got hold of Slytherin's locket, I thought that it would have an adverse effect on him, but I forgot that the object turned into one infested by dark magic only after it became Voldemort's horcrux. Silly me! Haha! But by the time the siren wore it, I knew that she would turn into a human.

The end was so SWEET and just like what a fairy tale's end is like! I ADORED this tale! I'm going to read Rowena Ravenclaw's soon! Hope you get the other too up soon!

Love,
Emm

Author's Response: Hi Emm!

Thank you so much for this lovely review! I'm so glad you like this little fairy tale.

I really wanted a way to work Slytherin's locket into this story as Rowena gets her diadem in my other story. I had to keep going with this theme see.

The sirens actually come from Fantastic Beasts. I think it mentions in one part that the merpeople of warmer areas are more beautiful in the human sense and that merpeople are descendant from sirens of antiquity. Then of course, the sirens in the Odyssey and this just worked itself out.

I'm so glad you liked this so much! Thank you again for such a wonderful review!

Stefanie


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Review #2, by MuggleMaybe Silver and Emerald

5th March 2016:
Hi Stefanie!
I'm here for the HPFF Review-A-Thon.

When you won Archive MOTM (CONGRATULATIONS) I was dismayed to realize I've read very little of your writing - I'm now even more dismayed because I ADORE fairy tale adaptations. They're seriously my favorite! I can't believe I was missing out on this.

You captured the language of fairy tales very well. I think they often have this particular, timeless voice and it was fun to read an HP story with that voice to it.

Also, the idea of making this an origin story for Slytherin's locket and tying in the lake and Slytherin as representing the water element - it's all brilliant!

Despite The Little Mermaid being a classic story, you managed to keep me guessing. I really didn't know how this was going to end. The ending is bittersweet; she gets to be her real self again, but she's forced to live in a new place and never see her family. (fyi, bittersweet endings are my *favorite*)

It was really cool how you took elements from the Odyssey's sirens and Han Christian Anderson's version and interwove them with HP and your own ideas. The part where the sailors are entranced by the sirens is magnificently written. I got pulled into it, just like the sailors did!

Seriously, this story is beautiful and just plain COOL! You definitely deserved your win!! I'll have to come back and read the Rowena story sometime soon.

xoxo Renee

Author's Response: Hello Renee!

I'm so glad you liked this story! I love fairy tales, so I couldn't resist writing one.

You noticed right? It's the Black Lake. Salazar's at the Black Lake! There's a tie in to Hogwarts in Rowena's story too, but no one noticed that one :P It is pretty subtle...

I'm glad this kept you guessing. That's my fear with basing these stories off fairy tales - everyone already knows the story. But there's a little twist in these and I'm glad you like the bittersweet endings. They're my favourite too.

So happy you liked this!! I hope you read the other one too :)

Stefanie


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Review #3, by UnluckyStar57 Silver and Emerald

26th February 2016:
Hey there! Here for our swap. :)

Oh my gosh, I love stories about the Founders! This is really so cool, because there's so much intertextuality and I LOVE THAT!!!

Okay, intertextuality: I'm sure you know what it is because you did it so skillfully here, but just in case, it's basically the interweaving of texts together to create something new. Here, I can spot Harry Potter (duh!), The Little Mermaid (which you stated, of course), and a little bit of the Odyssey, but with a happier ending.

The opening of this story really set the tone for the rest, as it became a very folklorish tale. Founders legends are difficult to pin down because you can either go really literal or really legendary, and this has a tendency toward legend that's very refreshing! The tribe of wizards and witches with their powers of pagan gods is a cool way to think about early magic--I meant, they weren't all about Hogwarts and Diagon Alley and the settled life in the earliest times of Britain!

Love the description of Salazar as a thief! And especially because the thievery of his tribe was very Robin Hood in nature--they were stealing for a good cause, which is morally dubious, but they've gotta survive! That ties in well with the very dubious morality of Salazar in canon!

Whoa, locket origin story! You know, it never really made sense why Salazar Slytherin had a famous locket, but now it does! It was his wife's, the Siren. Ssss galore!

I do question one element of the plot, and that is the nature of Salazar's research about the locket. Books weren't too common and available in rural inns, especially nonreligious texts. I know it's a magic thing, but I think that it would be cool if Salazar learned the secret of the locket through like an Oracle of Delphi kind of situation, where he meets some old sea lady and she tells him all about it. However! I did enjoy learning about his drive to research the locket for his beloved siren, and this is just a suggestion for another possible thing!

Aaahh! The Black Lake! Mermaids! I love it! I also really love the selflessness on Salazar's part, as he sets his mermaid queen free from dry land. It adds a new perspective on his character, since he's portrayed in canon as a cruel elitist with a giant snake. Here, he's a very sympathetic character--it's so cool when authors can make me sympathize with characters that JK Rowling portrayed as baddies. :D

Really brilliant work on this! I would love to come back and read Rowena's story, and I will definitely be on the lookout for Helga and Godric! This is such a super interesting take on the Founders, and the combination of those stories with fairy tales is positively A+!

♥Mallory

Author's Response: Hi Mallory!

Thanks so much for this review. I'm so glad that you liked this story.

I like writing Founders stories more as legends. They're these larger than life figure I think, so they get these larger than life stories. Whether this is the reality of their lives or just wizarding myths and legends, who knows.

I think you're right about the books. There definitely wouldn't have been many books around for random thieves in inns to read about mysterious lockets on strange islands. Maybe I'll change it into the oracle. That's a great idea! Thank you for pointing this out.

I hope you enjoy my Rowena story as well and I'll definitely be trying soon to get Godric and Helga out. I've plotted their stories, now I just need to write.

Thank you again for stopping by!

Stefanie


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Review #4, by princesslily_36 Silver and Emerald

25th February 2016:
I remember reading Kingdom on the Scottish Loch a while back and loved it, so excited to read it's companion piece!

Your words, your language - how do you so effortlessly write the fairytale founders era language? I'm just in love with your words and sentences! When I read it, the whole story just came alive in my minds eye! It was like I was watching the tale with your narrative as the voice over.. You just transported me into it! The story flows so seamlessly, and the fact that there are no dialogues makes no difference to the plot. Narrative on it's own is usually boring, but definitely NOT when you write it. I was in raptures till the end!

The way your words flowed, almost like a prose-poetry mix up, there was just something of the out-of-this-world quality in your writing. You managed to convey so many events and emotions and interactions in just one chapter. Brilliant!

As with Kingdom.. This story has woven elements of fairy tale and HP verse so beautifully that I didn't know where one ended and the other picked off. The sirens initially reminded me of the Veelas!

Salazar being a thief is just written so perfectly, I think your stories are going to become my Founders headcanon. Are you planning to write one where the four meet? Ravenclaw found we diadem and Slytherin his locket. Looking forward to the other two. Be sure to link me up when you post.

I've added you to my favorite authors list right now so I won't miss any of your work! Swapping with you has been such a pleasure Stef!

Love
Ysh

Author's Response: Hi Ysh!

Thank so much for this review! I'm so happy that you liked this story.

I adore fairy tales, and I had a great time writing this, so I'm really really pleased that you liked it and thought it sounded like a real fairy tale! I worry about the fact that these stories don't have dialogue. I do that for a couple reasons. First because traditional fairy tales don't have dialogue. And secondly because I don't want to get the language and speech patterns of medieval people wrong. I don't want these to be too anachronistic, so I avoid time-specific things.

The sirens I imagine a distant relation to veelas. In Fantastic Beasts it says that warm water merpeople are more conventionally attractive and that merpeople are descendant from sirens, who were, like in the Odyssey, beautiful.

I definitely will be writing Helga and Godric's stories too. But I'm not sure if I'll write about how they meet. I do know in my head how that happens and how Hogwarts happens, but it would be longer than a one-shot and writing a whole founders era novel seems really daunting. And I really wouldn't be able to get away with the whole no dialogue thing if it were a whole novel and they were building a school.

Thank you so much for adding me to your favourite author's list! It's such an honour!!

Stefanie


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Review #5, by Lee Jackson Silver and Emerald

23rd February 2016:
Wow. This is an absolutely beautiful fic. I can definitely see the hints of "The Little Mermaid" in here (but it's not a carbon copy of it, which is brilliant), and it reads just like a fairy story.

Your idea about the origin of Slytherin is very interesting - the idea that he's not descended from a noble family is a new one for me. I always imagined him as some sort of nobility.

I'd say this is one of my favourite fics on the site, and I can't wait to read more of your work!

Author's Response: Hi Lee!

Thank you for chosing this story! I'm so happy that you liked this. I thought Slytherin may be descendant from nobility too, but this came to me and I just couldn't let it go. Besides, my Rowena story features her as a princess so I thought I'd switch it up.

Its so kind of you to say that this is one of your favourites! There's so much amazing talent here, so that's just so wonderful to hear!

Thank you again!

Stefanie


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Review #6, by RavenclawFTW Silver and Emerald

23rd February 2016:
Heya Stef! I'm here for the swap! I was so excited to see that you'd posted this story– I loved the one about Ravenclaw, although I am a bit biased. :P But this certainly did not disappoint!

I'm really interested in what spoke to you about connecting Slytherin to The Little Mermaid! It worked really beautifully, and your writing in this story was perfectly suited to the story, but it's a really interesting decision! Very different from what I would normally expect in a story about Slytherin, so that's pretty cool.

Like I said, your writing in this story is truly phenomenal. The descriptions you've used work so well with the ethereal, otherworldly quality of the siren, and I loved the alliteration you employed in places. You've really established this as a fairytale and your writing reflects that wonderfully! It captured a bittersweet tone perfectly and conveyed the depth of feelings wonderfully.

I really love this story and how you've developed the relationship between the siren and Slytherin. I'm really interested by Slytherin's character here, and I'm intrigued to see how he'd fit in with the other Founders given this background. It's such a different take on him!

I also like how you've combined the Little Mermaid, Greek mythology, and Harry Potter so seamlessly into this story! It's such a fun mashup that just works really nicely.

Great job! And thanks for the swap! :)

--J

Author's Response: Hi J!

Thanks for the lovely review!

I knew I wanted to continue the Ravenclaw story with the other founders. I was actually working on Hufflepuff, but then Slytherin just came to me.

I knew I wanted to connect him to a fairy tale, since Ravenclaw was Snow White. And I wanted to work in the locket. I also didn't want to make Slytherin a member of the nobility, as Ravenclaw was a princess. So I decided to make him something of a Robin Hood character. I thought it would be a fun sort of mythology to write about this traveling band of wizard thieves.

I wanted to make him a pirate at first, because I love pirate movies, but that didn't quite work with the timeline. So he's a thief instead. And of course pirates lead me to mermaids. I did a little research on them and found that in Fantastic Beasts, Newt Scamander writes that mermaids from warmer waters are prettier and in ancient times, there were sirens in Greece! So then it just all came together. The Little Mermaid was just a natural choice.

Swashbuckling, king of thieves, wannabe pirate Slytherin it is!

I'm so happy you liked this! I'm very excited to finish the other two founders' stories and share them too! I just came up with an idea for Gryffindor!

Stefanie


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Review #7, by LittleMissAutumn Silver and Emerald

22nd February 2016:
After just finishing my fairytale class and studying "The Little Mermaid", I'm so happy I found your story! It was a beautiful telling of a silent romance that needed no words. I like even though they loved each other, they were still forced to stay within their own two worlds. Wonderfully written. :)

Author's Response: A fairy tale class sounds so fun! 'The Little Mermaid' is one of my favourite fairy tales. The original is just incredible.

I'm so happy you liked this even though it didn't quite have a 'happily ever after' ending!

Stefanie


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