This was so...abstract. I loved it!
Especially the parts about the Departments of Existence. For some reason I found that horribly funny, but not in the laugh-out-loud way. I really enjoyed reading this.
It was odd reading Life as a name, but this story goes so deep, it's really quite incredible! You take an enormous theme here and fit it into departments of the ministry, and I think that shows a little bit about humanity there. The way we have a tendency to always categorize things and make things nice and organized so we can understand them. I loved the contrast between the abstract idea of Life as a thing and what Life could possible BE, against the ordered rulered world of the Ministry. Fantastic. Wow. This was a breath of fresh (and perplexing) air in my readings on MNFF, that goes above even fanfiction. Great piece.
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it! Your review made me think of things I didn't think about while writing the story, which is a spin-off of a novel-length I'll likely never write about the witch that Bodes speaks with. I think you're absolutely right that we try to categorize everything we can, whenever we can, and some things, such as Life, aren't so easily categorized.
This was an extremely interesting fic - original and intriguing. My first thought on reading the first sentence was that Life was a dog or one of Hagrid’s creatures or something! But it’s extremely creative to have the Department of Mysteries housing Life itself - and what was ever more creative and enjoyable was how you portrayed Life.
I liked the dryness of the humour here - the banter between Bode and Life was extremely enjoyable. One of my favourites parts was the quip about the chair, about how the Ministry replied with a, “rather nasty letter about how Bode shouldn’t be sitting down on the job”! I also liked Life’s retort of how human’s are the only species to use sarcasm, of how the others are always much more to the point - but then, we are probably the species with the most laughs! I know that I contributed to that figure (of how much humans laugh) when reading this, and with the banter about Life not thinking but knowing - and how that wasn’t necessarily true! All the little jokes about that made me giggle.
I enjoyed your narrative paragraphs, with a nice mix of the characters opinions and descriptions. I also liked the total change of mood when Bode had to deal with the emergency - which I would disagree with Bode and classify as an emergency. That must be such a terrible position to be in - to be able to stop it, but not be able to at the same time. I’m not sure if I’d be able to do that.
That drew onto the conversation between Bode and Life - which although may have seemed light hearted, really made me think. The end was particularly deep, and a complete turnaround from the beginning. What I particularly loved about this whole fic was the diversity in it, and it was a wonderful read, well done!
Author's Response: Thanks very much for reading and reviewing the fic!
Wow, this was weird, but I'm glad I took the time to read it. It's really good. Actually I just read it because I saw it and I'm still waiting for you to finish your other story. So, great job! I'll quit babbling now :)
Author's Response: I'm still working on the other story, not to worry. :-) Glad you decided to read this, though, and thanks very much for reviewing it!
Ok, I want to add more to my review. Upon re-reading the fic, I saw a deep, subconscious message in it that impressed me a LOT. Ironic, that Life itself is not alive.
I had a look at your bio, and I found out that you like rarepairs. You might want to read my fic Amor Non Mutuus (if you're comfortable with the rating and warnings). It's a Tom Riddle Sr./Merope Gaunt fic. You've mentioned that you want to read Tom Marvolo Riddle/OC fics, so why not give a shot at a fic involving his father? ;)
Author's Response: I'm also glad you saw the deep side of the fic. If the fic made you think and laugh a bit, then it served its purpose. :-) And I will have to take at look at your Thomas/Merope fic sometime soon. I think the only way I'm going to find the kind of Tom/OC fic that I want would be to write it myself...which is so much work. ;-)
Ooh, strange and interesting story.
In some lines, I could see the humour: (Bode) even missed writing the overly-polite letters to the leaders of alien worlds, begging them to prevent their scientists from abducting the defenseless Muggles on Earth.
I laughed out loud at this. Integrating magic with sci-fi! *rotfl*
I felt sad for the new Unspeakable and the predicament of the Unspeakables themselves!
Overall, great story! *thumbs up*
P.S.: Thanks for the banner! I've got a question: are we allowed to submit the Harry Hospital Wing Challenge fics now?
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing. And I'm glad you saw the humor, since that is definitely supposed to be a part of the fic. And you're very welcome for the banner. As for your question, I'm afraid I have no idea. You'd have to ask one of the moderators running that challenge.
A story about the Department of Mysteries! Well written! If it were anyone but you, I'd think my eyes were going wierd on me. But it is you! So yay! I love the idea of Life and that it's everything living... as The Savant said, Deep. Yeah.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! Hardly anyone's looked at this story for quite a while. I started another story about an Unspeakable after OotP came out, but I stopped working on it when other stories caught my attention more. I still think the Department of Mysteries is the most interesting part of the Potterverse. Maybe I'll turn my attention back to it some time.
Deep, man. Deep. I feel like a hippy after reading your story. And that, my friend, is no mean feat. I award creativity and ingenuity above all else. Lately when I scroll down the aisle of fics you see: The Power of Love by OMGRupertRadcliffe!----- It's Harry's seventh year at Hogwarts, and he finds love in the most unexpected places! Sorry, bad at summaries. Reviews:543 The Heir of Gryffindor's Fate by SeamusDumbledore---- Lily and James have travelled through time to Harry's trials to become an Auror, only to discover his terrible, dark secret and be forever changed. AU. Reviews: 65 You see what I mean? Thank you for keeping up the creative writing, and may karma and kudos be yours.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. And thanks for the karma and kudos. And yes, it was kind of deep. It didn't start that way. It was just supposed to be a humorous story about what would happen if a man could actually TALK to life. But I guess, if you're going to talk to LIFE, you might as well talk about something important. And I definately know what you mean. It is rather irritating that many times, the number of reviews and reads do not seem to reflect the quality of the story. I've read some good stuff on here that's received very little attention.
I enjoy stories about minor characters and/or rare ships. You get to create your own background for that character. 9/10.
Author's Response: Thank you for reading this! It hasn't been looked at in quite a while. You knocked the views up to over one hundred, too. Glad you liked it.
i think you chose a very unusually character to base a story around
Author's Response: I agree with you. It was easier to take a character I knew nothing about and write about them than to try to stay true to a character JKR has described more. I hope you liked the story anyway. Thank you for reading and reviewing.