dude, i love this story! my fav is the in your underwear drawer thingy... i was saying it today and my friends thought i was nuts! i heard Eglantine's name from those books about the owl... the guardians of g'hoole or soemthing like that... and it made me laugh& cry& then some! i wanted to rip out george's intestines and tape them on the wall when he didnt wanna talk to fred anymore! it made me cry silently b/c there were ppl around who would have made fun of me for crying over fiction. great job!
Author's Response: Ohhhh, thank you! There is NOTHING WRONG with crying over fiction. Almost any Disney movie makes me cry, Brother Bear most of all. I got the name Eglantine from "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," a very old moosical movie.
Don't be so hard on George... he felt so awkward because he was self conscious about growing up when Fred wasn't, plus his wife thought he was crazy and he was worried that maybe he was.
Awwwwww...I loved this fic! it made me feel so happy! Great job. I can totally imagine that actually happening.
Author's Response: Oh, thank you so much! I really wanted to write a story that could make people feel better about Fred dying. I BET that happened. An ear was such a random body part for George to lose that it must have meant something!
Schmergo, I can't even begin to tell you how much your writing has matured since I started reading The Dark Lord's Blog way back when. You've still got the same wonderful sense of humor and ability to tie in random pop culture references and whatnot, but your stories have depth to them now. The portrayal of George outgrowing Fred in this story was truly heartwrenching, despite the hilarious asides about the carnivorous plants, hitting on Saints, etc. The ending was perfect as well, with all being forgiven once they're together on the other side once again. Oh, and I loved Molly saying, "In your underwear drawer!"
The jokes aside, the depth you began demonstrating in "Draco's Trick or Treat" and "How Ironic, Mr. Malfoy" has only grown and matured in this story, and I was really able to feel for both Fred and George--I couldn't decide whose side to take, and I think that was the point. Neither one was right or wrong, they were just in very different circumstances. "Love A Duck!" hasn't shown this sort of depth (yet, anyway), but I get the feeling that it's meant to be a bit sillier--which I'm totally cool with. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I thought this story was hilarious and poignant at the same time. In short: Did I love it? In your underwear drawer!
Author's Response: *Jaw drops* Nuw255, wow! Thank you so much! I'm glad you didn't know whether to side with Fred or George, because I didn't want either one to be the 'hero' or the 'villain.'
Yes, "Love a Duck" is sillier than this story... it turns into one of those kooky madcap adventure things. ^_^
I'd also like to thank you for saying that my writing's matured since Dark Lord's Blog. That's what I personally think, but most people think my stories after it can't measure up to the blog. *shrug* I wrote that one as a joke on the mods. I'm a bit prouder of this story.
ps. i feel so much better about fred dying now. thankyouthankyou so much!!
Author's Response: Awww, you're welcome! That was why I wrote it, to try and feel better about Fred.
amazing!! i LOVED it!! best story EVER and i mean that
*sings* i've got a lovely bunch of dungbombs (diddlydeedee)
Author's Response: Oh wow, thanks so much! I have to "drunkenly" sing "I've Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" for the school play, "You Can't Take It With You," in which I play a washed-up drunk actress.
that was so sad . . .
but so funny . . . .
I LOVED IT!
Author's Response: Thank you! I love to combine emotions. Your username is so true... my friend and I were just talking about the awesomeness of turtles in the carpool.
Awww.. I swear I'm crying, even though that was the first happy fred fic I've read since DH. "in your underwear drawer" Shmergo, you never cease to amaze me. Ever. Love the death bed scene too- "eat my shorts" It was so amazing I can't even speak- er, type, but if I ever join Spew you'll be getting a review for this. Keep on going, Shmergo!!
Author's Response: Awww, thank you so much! *Hands you a hankie* I'll definitely keep writing stories, especially after such lovely encouragement.
That. Was. Amazing.
I would have to say that's the best thing you've written, which is saying something, considering I can never look at strawberry pop-tarts the same way again.
The concept in itself would be enough to make a great fic, but it was also well-written and characterized great.
That made me laugh unnaturally hard (I was eating cereal while reading the placenta part, and it took all my strength to keep it in my mouth) and it *almost* made me cry, which is pretty impressive, since I can only remember two times in my entire life that I have ever cried over anything fictional.
Wow. That was a long sentence.
Seriously, though, how do you manage to write so much? I would never have time for that.
I'll be back with another review when I re-read it! I've already called up my friend and practically yelled at her to read this. Did I mention it's amazing?
Author's Response: Oh my gosh. Thank you SO MUCH. You're always a lovely reviewer, and this means a lot to me. You're a lovely writer yourself, so I'm so glad you liked this. I was personally rather proud of this story, though my mother doesn't really like it. (She likes Potter's Pentagon... she doesn't like Dark Lord's Blog.)
I write during class when I should be paying attention. I write in bed when I should be sleeping. And I wrote this whole story in the car over the course of a car trip to my great-aunt and great-uncle's 50th anniversary.
Also, I have friends who constantly pressure me to write and bring in stories. Some are extremely tall and intimidating and good at using pointy objects. That has made me amazingly prolific.
Wow. This story was AMAZING! It made me feel so much better about the whole Fred-and-George thing! Thanks!
Do I want you to continue writing? In your underwear drawer!
Author's Response: Hahahaha, way to use a line from my story! ^_^ If it turns into actual slang, I will giggle like mad. I had to write this story because I felt so sad about Fred dying, and I thought this might make me feel better.
Aww! That made me laugh and cry at the same time, just like Dumbledore's funeral. I love it. It's just absolutely splendiferously spifftastic. Good job.
Author's Response: Thank you! I always enjoy your reviews and your interesting words like 'spifftastic.' (Dude, I think I say that sometimes!) I laughed at Dumbledore's funeral, too, because remember how there was all that buzz about toast with Dumbledore's face on it? And there was the fire on Dumbledore's tomb, and I just went, "DUMBLEDORE TOAST!"
Oh my Godric! I LOVE this story! I love the "in your underwear drawer" line. That makes me giggle stupidly. I just lurve your stories. Also, this is completetly off topic but have you ever read the Twilight series. It is really good! My 2cd favorite series now.
Author's Response: Thank you! If the 'in your underwear drawer' line mysteriously becomes popular, then I will be the one to blame, I guess.
I haven't read Twilight... I tried, but for some reason, I just don't like them. It makes me feel like a horrible person, but I just can't bring myself to like them. Maybe it's a little bit too much romance, or maybe it's the fact that I've never liked vampires. *Shrug* I'm sorry if I've just made you decide you don't like my stories after all...
OMG, this has got to be my favorite story!
Author's Response: WOW, thanks! That really made my night!
i love it!!! i cried just a teensy bit but it was just wonderful all the way through
Author's Response: Oh wow. *Hands you a hankie* I'm so glad you liked it.
hahahaahahahahaha a mixture of touching and funny......nice
Author's Response: Oooh, thanks! And thanks for all of your other lovely reviews!
WOO! SQUEE! *tackle huggles Schmergo to the ground* omg thanks so much for writing this story! it is so awesome! I'm gonna tell my friend (Ginny Swan, the one who always seems to be on the phone with me...) about it! Perfect ending, beginning... BAH! EVERYTHINGS PERFECT! And you say that the judges are crazy for choosing you! You rock my dobby socks Schmergo!
~*~ (a very jealous that her stories aren't as amazing as yours) Christine
Author's Response: Ohhh, your reviews are spoiling me! I'm really glad you liked it! (And I wish I had Dobby socks.) But your stories have to be at least as good as mine. Your writing style is different, but it's good.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaw, that was funny but sad but sweet! And I have to add - you are so amazing! How do you write so well? All your stories are so creative and ..urgh!...you're just too good! I loved your portrayal of heaven , and the ear idea was pure genius! You are such an amazing author!
Author's Response: Oh, wow! I'm blushing! A lot of my ideas come from dreams I've had, and since my dreams are weird, my stories usually are, too. I really try hard to combine emotions in my stories, because I don't usually like stories that only make you laugh or only make you cry. (Major exception being Dark Lord's Blog, which is pure silliness!)
Why must you make me cry and laugh loudly therefore waking everyone up at 6:30 in the morning? Honestly, that was sooo good!
"In your underwear drawer"
Is this submitted to a contest? Because if it is I think you will win. Cos this is made of win.
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I'm really glad you liked it. It's for the "Next Great Adventure" challenge, but I doubt I'll win. Everything else is so... serious and profound and out of my very, very shallow depth!
Well, I typed up a fairly long review for this lovely little tale before Mugglenet decided that five minutes was FAR too long for me to exist without doing anything and logged me off without even so much as a "Morkhan, may I?"
So, in summary.
Story = funny. In the 'Sweet Mother of Magpie, I need oxygen to live! Stop making me laugh!" sort of way.
Characterization = Perfection. Like Scarlett Johanson, only I don't want to do unspeakable things to this story in my bedchamber.
YES, I DO!!!
My fic aspirations = ruined. You absolute son of a Nargle whore. I'm never going to be able to write my George-fic now. There's no way I'll be able to measure up to this.
In even shorter summary: gg
Author's Response: Ewww, I hate it when MNFF does that. Thank you, though! Hahahahaha, this review made me giggle like WHOA. Unspeakable things. I definitely say go ahead with the George story if you're that insanely hilarious... PLEASE!
And how did you know my dad was a Nargle? 0_0
Yeah!!! I give this story 20 of of 10 possible points because you nailed the characterizations, told a great story, and made me both laugh and get misty-eyed!
Author's Response: Oh boy, thanks! The story's been in my head since I first read DH and tried to graps the fact that Freddie died.
awesome story, really really cool! Eglantine, huh, I havent heard that name since the Disney film "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" starring Angela Lansbury. Cool. Good stuff.
Author's Response: Thank you! I used to love that movie! ("Bobbing along, bobbing along on the bottom of the beautiful briny sea!")