I liked this, although I'm not sure where Ginny got the fragment of Diary from. I loved how perseptive she was regarding other people, their natures I mean. And the memory of Ron letting her fight the dragons with him, this doesn't seem to fit with his not wanting her to go to the ministry with them, but perhaps their game wasn't as real to him as it was to her. I think my favourite part though was the idea of Ron beating Voldemort at a game of chess. Reminds me of my idea that there'd be peace in the world if the Prime Ministers, Presidents and Dictators faught among themselves, then none of us would have to go to war. Anyway, interesting concept, well executed.
Wonderful story. The symbolism you used was fantastic and I really liked the "Patronus memory" you created. Great job- you're an awesome writer.
GORGEOUS! love Ginny, you did a great job on further developing her character here and getting inside her head...
~The Tainted One
Somewhere children are laughing and people are happy, but there is no joy in front of this computer, because the mighty salamander is crying.
~Inspired by the last stanza of "Casey At the Bat"
This makes me want to return to my innocence.
It looks like it's about Ginny, but Chasing Dragons is really about climbing over obstacles and finding yourself again.
It does feel good to turn yourself again after a very long period of time. I could never really explain the feeling to myself, which is why I found this story so refreshing.
Absolutely heartwarming and inspirational. Printed it out and keeping it.
This story was excellent. It taught me a life lesson. I nearly cried. *claps* Wonderful!
*claps loudly* Bravo, Seren! This is an excellent character study with some wonderful symbolism. You've captured Ginny in a way I wouldn't have thought of, but that makes perfect sense. Really gave some insight into her motives and regrets. You've given her a voice that fits as well. I could imagine her talking (or thinking, I suppose) like this, something remarkable in FF. There were a few instances where the wording felt awkward, however. "The thought satisfies me greatly." That sentence didn't feel like Ginny to me. Sorry. A brilliant title, not too melodramatic, but still impressive. That's hard to come by.
On the whole, a lovely job.
Let me congratulate you on a job well done. Ginny is by far the most confusing and unimaginative characters in the whole of the HP series. Giving her such a detailed, well-though out history and giving her mathods behind her madness really showed the true potential that Ginny can have, and that is excellant. Her mood in the story also seemed fitting, and by no doubt reasonable. I would think of thousands of other, unimaginitve ways to give her feeling of regret and a tinge of sadness. I think you pulled it off spectacularly. So, what took me all of this time to explain is, fabulous.
The symbolism in this was wonderful, Seren. I had never thought about Ginny keeping part of the diary, and I think it was interesting that she had it still. I liked how Sirius's death triggered that in her mind (though I think anyone's death that she knew would have done it). Burning the page and writing 'goodbye' on it was very symbolic. I really liked that fact that she burned the ink, despite how much trouble she'd get in and how poor she was. It was well in character for Ginny. She's quite independent. I loved the title; quite clever. The theme around Ginny's innocence was brilliant. Great one-shot.
I am pausing to gather the various thoughts drifting vaguely through my head. I feel many intangibly, or ineloquent things regarding this story. I shall try.
There is a peace in this fiction, despite the timing being so soon after a tragic event. I am a big fan of symbolism, and this story has a lot of it.The old and the new Ginny, merging together in the fire (the Department of Mysteries events). The dipping into the ink pot (delving into her feminine strength, embracing her girlish youth). The sharp pain of the worn quill, scratching out a goodbye to the one that wore her down into not believing in herself. It was beautiful.
On Ginny herself, I appreciate a fiction that believes in the true nature of bravery. It is easy to be brave when one is unafraid. That contradicts the meaning of the word. One is only truly brave, when they face what they fear. In Ginny's case, it was the fear that she could never be a fully realized self. There's something immensely delicate in the young girl that resides in the females of the species. It is something that can so easily be torn away. I believe no woman feels complete without some young version of themselves speaking from within. The voice that wants to play. The voice that beckons to chase the butterflies. Ginny needed to be in touch with that aspect, as well as the warrior within. She can feel at peace when the two reach an agreement.
You know I have great love for Ron's character. He has always let Ginny stand on her own, only putting up the weakest protection of her. He's always understood her inner strength, even when she didn't. I love how you've portrayed their relationship in such a balance.
Now that I've gone on and on, I'll leave you with much praise. Wonderful one shot.
VERY SMART AND IMAGINATIVE!
YOU ARE A GENIUS!
Great! I liked it a lot and I think that you wrote Ginny very well. The humor that you injected into the story really livened it up. The idea of the story was clever as well. I would've never thought of Ginny 'losing her innocence' and then getting it back like that. I also liked how you tied Sirius into the story and into the way that Ginny was thinking. Oh yeah...contructive critisism...uh...I think you forgot a period after Mr. at the end of the story. :P Yeah, I don't have any. Great job, Seren.
Once again, you are a great author. You brought out a Ginny beyond my dreams.
I love the sense of purpose that emerges in Ginny throughout the story and the confidence she shows. I can imagine that showing up in Ginny at other times during the war, and I like the message that being a little silly and innocent sometimes doesn’t make us weak. Another good story from Seren--another smile for me, and some inspiration.
Awesome! I love your other stories they're hilarious! If you want to read my story it's called Wings of Defeat in gen. fic.