I think you completely nailed who pansy might actually really be as a character in the potter series if rowling had given us more back story on her. Well done!
Author's Response: Thank you for such a short and handsome review. And - oh - I love your username. :D ~Natalie
That was fascinating! You know I have no way with minor characters whatsoever, so reading one of your stories that writes them so well is always a treat. Especially when you take a "bad" character like Pansy and give her motivations that are understandable and not all bad. I did feel sort of sorry for her. She brings it on herself, but her feelings about Slytherin and how she wished she didn't have to play those games were particularly sympathy-inducing. I wouldn't want to see her get her hooks into Seamus, but hopefully she'll get something better than Draco. You weren't very nice to him, were you? ;)
Very nice! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Hehehe. I don't imagine Draco as being great in bed during school - he appears too selfish and self-centered. I believe I angered Carole with that part. Khi khi khi. Thanks for reviewing Gina! I always look forward to hearing what you have to say about my fic. :) I'm glad you liked the characterisation. And as for Pansy/Seamus - there is more coming, I'm afraid. D: ~Natalie
OOH, I nearly felt sorry for Pansy, there. And that's not likely to happen. Do you remember that conversation we had about minor canon characters and how when we read a different portrayal from our own that it's jarring. Well ... I didn't have that here - ha ha. In my canon, Theo is gay. He;s also ineffectual, although he is very bright, so your Theo was the extreme opposite, and yet I still really enjoyed it. Oh, and I could picture Blaise sitting there being so bored with her - ha ha ha.
I loved her thoughts on Slytherin, it seemed bang on the money ... just very right.
Draco rubbish in bed? really? that's not what Hermione says ...
Another fabulous story, Natalie. Well Done ~Carole~
Author's Response: This is Draco during his wimpy days - I don't imagine him good in bed at all hahaha! Well, Post-Hog is another matter. Hmm. Glad you liked the Slytherins. It's always exciting writing them. Thanks for the review! ~Natalie
Once again, your work is fantastic. What I like best about this fic is how you make Pansy so much more interesting without making her at all out of character. You wrote her so well, in fact, that by the end I really wanted her to say no to Draco and go get a life for herself... in other words, you made my sort of like her, which is really amazing.
All the Slytherins in this were really three-dimensional, and I loved the interaction between Pansy, Theo and Blaise - you showed the complexity of their relationship well.
I think this is interesting, as at the top you say it's a Pansy/Seamus, but it almost seems more of a Pansy/any boy who actually cares about her. Seamus just happens to be a boy she sees caring about another girl. Well that's how I read it, anyway. (By the way, Seamus and Parvati, interesting...)
Just a few nitpicks:
Madame Puddifoot’s - I think it should be Madam, though I'm not totally sure.
She’d rather dine at the posh restaurants in London where her wealthier friends went to. - it should be either "...in London which her wealther friends went to" or "... in London where here wealthier friends went."
Anyway, I was really impressed with this fic.
Author's Response: Thank you for that nitpick! :D And thanks for the review! Writing Pansy was tricky as I don't like her at all. In fact, I was quite dispassionate about her as a character even while I was typing this out, but I do love writing power games, and I hope that came across in my portrayal of the Slytherins. I also intend to write more of Pansy/Seamus in the near future. Thank you, once again! ~Natalie
Nice. Giving Pansy a point of view. LOL. Pansy is hardly one of my favorite characters but it is always nice to see someone other than Harry, Ron or Hermione fleshed out as a character. Keep it going. Let's see Pansy chase Seamus (or someone just like him). That would be a hoot. Thank you.
Author's Response: Uh...This response is too late, but thanks for reviewing! I am happy you liked my characterisation. I also plan to take their story further. ;) ~Natalie
Oh I absolutely love this! The way you expanded the drabble is wonderful. I was expecting something a bit different but your adaptation is much better than anything I would have done. Your characterisation of Pansy is really well done, you've given her much more than the usual petty and bitchy schoolgirl that I've read time and again, and the whole Slytherin dynamic was also a brilliant portrayal. The conversation between Pansy, Blaise, and Theo was so intense and layered. You packed in everything that is going on around them into such a short dialogue. Gahhh.
And as always it was beautifully written and structured. You always seem to find the perfect ending. The ending for this was just so... right. It really sealed the fantastic characterisation - you kept that dark uncertainty that was present all the way through. It's quite a haunting piece and much more than a Seamus/Pansy or Draco/Pansy. It's a study, really, of Pansy and the world she is living in.
In short, brilliant. I really love this piece and hopefully someone will rec it for the SBBC someday because there is just so much in here to discuss. Sorry for this messy review, it's all over the place!
Author's Response: Hehehe. Actually, I wrote this before the drabble. You liked my portrayal of the Slytherins? WOOT! It's nice to hear that from a real snake. I imagine their house to have a lot of subtle (and not-so-subtle) power games. Thanks for reviewing, Julia! I'm really happy you liked it. I also intend to take this pairing further hehehehe. Natalie