Reviews For The Question
Reviewer: glendora
Date: 02/23/14 12:46
Chapter: The Question

I hadn't read this in a while, and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Especially in light of the recent debate over Romione since JKR's comments about them likely needing counseling, I think this story captures why Romione would work, with or without counseling: Ron's sense of humor.

Ron has an all-too-rare ability to see the humor in life around him, to laugh at himself, and to get Hermione to laugh -- just to laugh period and perhaps even more importantly to laugh at herself occasionally. Harry's comment that being friends with just Hermione involved a lot less laughter than being friends with Ron (GoF, I think) is often read as speaking to what Ron and Hermione each bring to Harry, but it's also a statement of what Harry fails to bring to Hermione and the crux of why I think Hermione fell in love with Ron and not with Harry. You capture that humor in Ron and how he makes Hermione laugh extremely well.

Author's Response:
Thanks for the long and thoughtful review. Having read what I believe to be the entire interview, I think that both JKR and Emma reach the same conclusion:
EW: So maybe life presented this to him enough times until he had to make a choice and become the man that Hermione needs.
JKR: Just like her creator, she has a real weakness for a funny man. These uptight girls, they do like them funny.
EW: They do like them funny, they need them funny.
JKR: It's such a relief from being so intense yourself – you need someone who takes life, or appears to take life, a little more light heartedly.
EW: Definitely so important.

From the male perspective, I believe that Hermione may be the a bigger problem in the relationship than Ron, as she has never shown any sign of dialling down her critical facilities (less politely: she nags her menfolk). I think Ron actually copes better with Hermione's criticism. Yes, he explodes, but Harry (who spent the first eleven years of his life being belittled and ordered bout by the Dursleys) always reacts badly to Hermione's diatribes.

-N-

Reviewer: hanname
Date: 01/18/13 6:29
Chapter: The Question

It's very romantic, which makes it completely true. Any story with a Ron acting like DonJuan ( not the multiple girlfriends, but the always knows the right way to charm a girl) for me just isn't compatible with canon. Anyway this story is in a way much more romantic than other versions of this same scene simply because I can picture my husband acting in the same way. (We were sitting on a sofa right before he proposed, so he didn't fall)

Author's Response: Thanks. Ron is not great at romance, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t be romantic in his own way. On and Hermione (in my opinion) both suffer from low self-esteem and doubts, but both can see the other’s strengths. This catalogue of Ron’s anxieties was remarkably easy to write. -N-

Reviewer: Ruchira_M
Date: 07/02/12 13:28
Chapter: The Question

I love Ron reading Hermione's thoughts.

Author's Response: Thanks, Ron isn't a complete idiot (honest). :-) -N-

Reviewer: hermionepal98
Date: 06/08/12 21:25
Chapter: The Question

Awwwww

Author's Response: :-D

Reviewer: ckwright51
Date: 05/13/12 2:58
Chapter: The Question

Proposal Ron style very good

Author's Response: Thanks -N-

Reviewer: Shreeja
Date: 11/19/11 20:16
Chapter: The Question

I loved it, I did. I was anxious throughout, wondering how he'd manage THE question. I laughed when Ron describes, appropriately, the reactions on Hermione's face. I think it was great. Loved the mush at the end too.

Author's Response: Thanks. Ron's anxious self-doubt made this a lot of fun to write. I'm glad Imade you laugh. -N-

Reviewer: cjbaggins
Date: 11/14/11 5:19
Chapter: The Question

So sweet! I loved Ron's agonizing thoughts as he was on his way. Very realistic.

cj

Author's Response: Thanks cj
Ron’s self-doubt certainly kicked in big-time.
-N-

Reviewer: annegirl_shruti
Date: 10/23/11 13:09
Chapter: The Question

This was soo typically Ron....I love your representation of him....!!!!

After all that panic....the last line was awesome....!!!!

I really can't find anything to costructively critisize.......except that THE FANFIC ROXX(AGAIN)!!!!

:D 



Author's Response: Thanks. I think I must be closer to Ron than Harry, this was so much easier to write. The last line was (I hope) typical Ron - It won't work - it won't work - it woked, I always knew it would. -N-

Reviewer: BookWorm530
Date: 09/29/11 19:30
Chapter: The Question

Read this again after reading The Question (Again) and it is even better than I remember. So sweet!

Author's Response: Thanks -N-

Reviewer: Kaitlyn Snape
Date: 09/23/11 14:52
Chapter: The Question

I love it!!!!

Author's Response: Thanks -N-

Reviewer: Amelia_Bones
Date: 09/03/11 17:23
Chapter: The Question

That was perfect. It captured Ron's personality to a tee. Loved the line about the moisture leaving his mouth and coming out of his palms. Very well done (as usual).

Author's Response: Thanks. I sympathise with Ron, and I find his anxieties easy to relate to. Harry's question is now being beta read. -N-

Reviewer: Claraowl
Date: 08/28/11 12:42
Chapter: The Question

I like it! t-shirt, t-hee.

Author's Response: Thanks for the review. -N-

Reviewer: scruffieslytherin
Date: 08/01/11 10:22
Chapter: The Question

really funny and very heartwarming i laughed aloud at the end

Author's Response: Thanks, once again Ron manages to extemporise to good effect. -N-

Reviewer: natiselene
Date: 07/30/11 1:05
Chapter: The Question

Neil,
Characters were spot on. Great work. I enjoyed it. I liked the idea that Ron and Harry would ask the question at the same time.
Thanks,
nat

Author's Response: Thanks
I enjoyed this short trip inside Ron's head. I will write the Harry proposal one day.
-N-

Reviewer: yogababe
Date: 04/27/11 10:12
Chapter: The Question

Completely charming.

Author's Response: Thank you :-D -N-

Reviewer: One Lily
Date: 04/02/11 22:33
Chapter: The Question

aaawwww! i loved it! so sweet!

Author's Response: Thank you -N-

Reviewer: BookWorm530
Date: 03/15/11 10:56
Chapter: The Question

Absolutely adorable! I love how Ron allows the situation to inspire him in the spir of the moment, how romantic! R/H cuest couple ever! Thanks for sharing!

Author's Response: Thanks for the review. I was aiming for something romantic, in a very Ron way. :-D -N-

Reviewer: hpgploversforever
Date: 03/13/11 16:20
Chapter: The Question

Awww that was so sweet. Ron can be romantic.

Author's Response: He can, and clumsy and quick thinking too. -N-

Reviewer: mugglenetaddict813
Date: 03/13/11 13:11
Chapter: The Question

Wow, it's been a while since I've reviewed! I guess life just got in the way. Anyway, I love this story! I think it was a great idea to put it in Ron's point-of-view because I really get a feel of how nervous he is. I love all the imagery of him walking to Hermione's house and even thinking about how he's walking. It was just perfect for the tone of the story! The ending was absolutely precious too, and so true to Ron's character! Of course he would get tongue-tied and stumble on the steps! :) Another wonderful story, Neil! :)

Author's Response: Thanks for the review. Ive been experimenting with first person point-of-view again (as should be obvious from Strangers at Drakeshaugh too). I was trying to show, rather than tell, Rons nerves. I hope that Ive succeeded. -N-

Reviewer: Kaiserin
Date: 03/13/11 11:31
Chapter: The Question

That was rock and roll all over, right from the start. The very idea that Harry and Ron propose en sync. It's a highly provable idea! And Ron's uneasiness was quite adorable, very in character too. I was particularly fond of his lengs-brain relationship. "Legs, keep walking, ignore that stupid brain."
Impeccably written and in a very suitable way for Ron to propose; coming fully determined, nearly blowing it but making a sound, sensible safe in the last minute. Liked it very, very, very much!!!

Author's Response:
Thanks for the review.

As Ive said in other review repliess, the idea for this, and the fact that it had to be Rons inner monologue arrived pretty much fully formed. Rons panic was (I hope) only natural. He really should have fastened that shoelace!
-N-

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