Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose Worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom:
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
--Sonnet 116, William Shakespeare
This story is truly extraordinary. As I'm sure you know, there is a very fine line between discussing this sensitive topic with the care and attention it deserves and either condemning or glorifying its sufferers. You have consistently stayed on the right side of the line, something that can be difficult to do--congratulations! The description of Ginny's thoughts about her disorder is almost uncannily realistic--and very, very touching; it makes the reader want to reach into the story and just give Ginny the help that she needs. Keep up the wonderful work!
Author's Response: Thank you so much. One of my biggest concerns when writing this is how readers will percieve how I am illustrating eating disorders, so it\'s really great to hear that I am showing it as neither a good thing nor something to be ashamed of.
Thanks for reading and reviewing. emma x x x
Wonderful chapter. Poor Ginny . . . I'm quite frightened for her. The scary thing is that it's easy to see that so many of us in the real world are close to slipping down into darkness like she has, and society's fixation on weight and body image certainly doesn't help. . . . Thank you for writing this.
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing. It is a worrying how easy it is in this day and age to end up in the same position as Ginny. Hopefully one day it will be considered beautiful to just be yourself.
Oh my goodness! That was absolutely wonderful; I nearly cried. You have such a lovely way with words--that was almost like poetry.
That was so gorgeous. You really are a talented writer--you expressed Harry's emotions perfectly. Going to my favorites!
Author's Response: Thank you for the wonderful compliment! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for reading this story, and for the great review. I truly appreciate your kind words! ~Gina :)
Wonderful, wonderful start. I can't wait to read more!
Author's Response: Yeah, I seriously need to edit the second chapter, because everyone seems to really like it, and I am so glad!
Really well done! Sometimes I have trouble "getting into" Second Generation stories, if just for the reason that we know so little about the kids, but this gripped me from the beginning. :)
Oh, how sweet! *wipes eyes* Remus and Tonks's deaths hit me hardest in DH (I luuuurve Remus especially!), and it's so nice to read a good poem about them. This is an interesting take on their relationship, one I haven't seen before, and you balanced the conflict of Remus's wanting to be with Tonks and yet also wanting her to be safe perfectly. Great characterization. :)
Author's Response: Aw, thanks! I\'m sort of surprised that I managed to keep the characterization in my pre-test jitters, actually. Anyway, thanks for reviewing!
Very nice! Sweet without being trite. I usually don't like fanfiction in the form of poetry, but you just may have converted me. :D
Author's Response: Glad to know that I may have converted you! I just write what I feel/know/or can imagine!
That was very evocative and extremely well-written. Your command of language is admirable--I usually don't have a clear picture in my mind as I read, but your descriptions and adjectives allowed me to "see" the story being played out in my head. Lovely, too, was your light touch with the free verse medium--often poems written in the style can seem clunky or awkward, but yours was seldom or never so. And also, who could not like this story? It's such a beautiful idea. My nit-pick is that Godric, as head of Gryffindor, seems like he would have been more loyal to Gemma, more brave about his relationship with her, but I'm sure that you could argue that he was being loyal to Helga, his *true* love, his first love. I normally dislike poetry fics because they can easily become trite or overwrought, but yours was delicately executed and near-perfect. Good job!
Author's Response: Thank you very much for your compliments. I don\'t mean for Godric to be unloyal to Gemma. He would have stuck with her (and languished a little bit over Helga privately), but he never would have left her. She actually left him. She knew that he was in love with Helga, and she did not want to keep him with her at the sake of his happiness. So she left. Only Salazar knew she was going. I\'d even imagine Godric tried to search for her for a couple of days before Salazar took him home. So I hope that makes a bit more sense- maybe I should have explained it better. Thanks again for all the kind words!