lol, poor Luna. She must be overwhelmed by the amount of people she has seen kissing her in only a few minutes.
Author's Response: As overwhelmed as Luna can be, I suppose - she's pretty difficult to shake, I think.
Wow. What a fascinating idea. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the concept (I, like Tonks, wouldn't mind a pair of those goggles). I didn't catch on to what the goggles did until you stated so in the story, and I hit a stop, and thought, "Whoa." Because it was so simple, but so interesting. Where did you get the idea from?
It is so like Luna to care absolutely nothing for how odd she might look in these goggles (in my mind they look somewhat like the goggles in Doctor Horrible's Sing Along Blog, if you're aquainted with that), nor what kind of magic they are. She just tries it. That Ravenclaw thirst for knowledge, no?
I noticed, at least in the first vision, that it felt like the sentences ran on. I've always found that longer sentences speed things up, and shorter sentences slow down, and I think this is a good example. I was just flying through when I was reading, so that I had to go back a few times to really see what was happening. The opposite happened with the visions regarding Luna. Before each of the 'and's, I paused a little and considered each of them and the possibilities, then went onto the next set of ideas. I thought it was a cool use of sentence structure, to say the least!
I think the original idea that sparked off the whole story was idly thinking about how a character would react if they could see all the "other universes" that come from fanfiction. I might have considered something like a cracked Pensieve to begin with, but I settled on the goggles because they're a sort-of parallel to rose-coloured glasses - purple-coloured goggles, like - and because I liked the mental image of Luna with a pair of chunky Dr Horrible-style goggles perched on her forehead.
To me, Luna is like the perfect Ravenclaw, because not only is she curious about the goings-on of the world, she approaches it with an open mind. I like her intelligence because it's so different to, say, Hermione's - while Hermione is focused on not being wrong about things, Luna seems to just want to learn for the joy of learning. Granted, she draws a lot of wrong conclusions about the world, but occasionally she hits on a perfect insight - like her views on death, or thinking Harry should be hanging out with someone "cooler" than her and Neville - that someone like Hermione wouldn't be able to match without hours of consideration.
Anyone that rails against run-on sentences hasn't ever read a good dream sequence. I like writing those long flowy sequences where narrative and dialogue and character perception all bleed together, so I engineered a story where I could do it as much as I wanted to. Actually, I like writing that goes against established conventions of form in general, so I enjoyed making the "snapshots" at the end as disruptive as possible to what a normal paragraph should look like. Sometimes, I wish there was as much focus on the technical experimentation aspect of fanfiction as there is on the "what-if" aspect to do with plotlines and such.
Thanks for reading, and even more thanks for reviewing.
A really good story, i will admit though, that at first i didn't like it, but know i understand so i like it. lol :)
Author's Response: Glad you liked this story (eventually!). Thanks for leaving a review.
this was really really cool..........i loved the remus/tonks part.....great!!!!!
Author's Response: Remus and Tonks were robbed, in canon. Although, I guess if they had had a happy ending in canon, perhaps they wouldn't show up in fanfiction so much. Glad you liked this story, thanks for the review.
This was a really good story! I think what the glasses showed was what might have happened if things didnt go the way they did...am I right?
Author's Response: In a sense, that is what they do. There's a symbolic component to the goggles, though - how they offer impossible visions in an unchangeable world, and how those visions are ultimately meaningless but can be fun - so perhaps they do a little more, too.