It's great how you can tell right where it transitions from a column on the piece to a report on the attack. The quotes really add a lot of depth, especially the description of Dumbledore! Realistic and very funny. The rest was - of course - less funny, but I liked how you can see her "society reporter" writing style shining through, even though the report wasn't really frivolous at all. Great one-shot, and such an interesting historical event!
Author's Response: Thank you! It's nice to have someone spot this. I had such fun writing dear Imelda as she tried to produce a perfectly normal society piece and was inconvenienced by life! Now she won't speak to me again, though. Too bad, really. I'd like to see more of her. (Oooh. Hey. Idea. Thanks again!)
I am... so impressed! This is possible one of the best pieces I've read in a long time! I love the merging of wizarding and muggle society - and an almost flawless knowledge of London itself! The little comments by Mr. Malfoy and Dumbledore were a stroke of brilliance - you managed to represent Dumbledore in that one line down to a toe!
Author's Response: Thanks! I love getting reviews on the little aside stories like this one -- especially such a nice review! And I must confess that I've never been anywhere near London; everything came from the lovely links Jan posted with the challenge. Research is a fine and wonderful thing...
Author's Response: In fact, Jan's links bunnied the story in the first place.
Excellent! Historically accurate and well written. Many predecessors of current characters of the current series.
Author's Response: Thanks! The original challenge was for a news report of a society event, and in doing the research for that I came across all these lovely historical tidbits. They were dying for a story, and suddenly Imelda Skeeter popped into my head in a dither, with a completely ruined concert review and more column-inches to write, immediately. I love one-shots.
Dear Vindictus, It was wonderful (not slow at all--perfectly typical of the period.) However, please count how many times the word "particularly" was used...was that intentional? Oh, and do you have any follow ups, more of Skeeter's earlier writings? I'd love to read them! Sincerely, Briar Rose
Author's Response: Well, hello Briar_Rose! I didn't count 'particularly's but will suggest that perhaps dear Imelda was dithering a bit to fill up her word count...?? She may yet find other things to write about, some of which might even turn out to be interesting. Thanks for reviewing (and jumping out of the Romance category!)
Interesting piece! Very convincing journalistic style for the period and I especially liked little details such as Dumbledore's suit. I've often wondered about the Grindelwald war and how far it was connected with WW2. Enjoyed, but a bit slow at the start before it got to the interesting bits.
Author's Response: Thanks! First review! Poor lady, here she'd written a perfectly acceptable slow-starting society concert review of 400 words, then what goes and happens to the hall? "Skeeter! 800 words on Queen's Hall, five minutes ago!" I had such fun with this. And I've always wondered about Grindelwald too. The incendiary bomb wedging between the roof and beams of the concert hall, in the official account, just sounded so Ministry-coverup I had to use it.