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
Summary: All her life Ginny has tried to live up to the expectations set by those around her, and more importantly herself. When Harry breaks up with her Ginny thinks she realises what she must do to acheive this perfection but this soon turns into an obsession she can't escape.
Warning: The main focus of this Story is on the effects of an eating disorder, if you get easily upset by such issues I suggest you dont read.
Disclaimer: All characters and plots ect recognised as belonging to JK Rowling do belong to her and I give her full credit.
*Chapters 1 and 2 have been edited*
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.
Summary: Molly Weasley lost two boys in the first war. She doesn't think she can bear to lose another.
Oh my goodness! That was absolutely wonderful; I nearly cried. You have such a lovely way with words--that was almost like poetry.
Summary: Harry Potter spent seven years hating Severus Snape. The enigmatic Potions master made life at Hogwarts miserable at times, yet was always acting in accordance with a much higher purpose than Harry could have possibly imagined. This is the story of how Harry came to understand, forgive, and honor the man who died to protect him.
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 :)
Summary: Ok, so I really really want to apologize to everyone that has read this and wanted more. I just... I got to a point of writer's block, big time... and I got lazy. I'm really really sorry about that. And, I wish I could add to this, but I just... I don't really have other ideas. I'm terrible at writing chapter work. I can never seem to finish it. So, I know it left off awkwardly, but odds are, it's gonna stay that way, at least for a very long while. I'm very sorry. And, heads up, I completely beyond appreciate everyone that has read and reviewed this. I saw the read count being over 22,000 today, and I was just like WOW. I never ever imagined that would happen!!! Anyways, this is pretty much the end of the story indefinitely, at least for now.
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!
Summary: Sometimes what you want is in front of your eyes before you realize it. Sometimes you realize it before you're ready for it, and just because you realize it, doesn't mean that everyone around you will realize it, too. Victoire Weasley and Teddy Lupin have their insecurities, but they also have the potential to be something great.
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. :)
Summary: Remus to Tonks after he dies, but before she does.
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!
Summary: Love sees Remus and Tonks into a new year.
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!
Summary: Gemma Hilyard's world has been grey, filled with dissapointments and lost dreams. She craves the hope, the color, that she once had, but only the arrival of a stranger helps her to find the strength to reclaim her lost dreams.
Winner of the one shot challenge: the color of loss!
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!