Books: the infernal devices
Authors: Garth Nix, Tamora Pierce, Laurie Halse Anderson
HP characters: Draco, Luna
Random Info: not a twilight fan.
Summary: There are situations in which being a Weasley is a bad thing. These situations include, but are not limited to, getting caught in the middle of an open hallway straddling one Draco Malfoy with one’s lips planted firmly on his.
I love this story! It's very tense and fast paced through out Its smooth writing that flows easily from chapter to chapter. I really like how awkward Draco is when he tells Ginny he likes her.
One piece of advice: the dream is very well written, but it seems to almost make too much sense. Most dreams I've had make no sense at all, so maybe if the dream was a bit weirder, it would be more realistic. It was really good, though.
Author's Response: Thank you. I'm so glad you liked it. :) Generally I prefer to write my dreams as abstract but in this particular piece I wanted to make it as realistic as possible, like a daydream. :)
Summary: Colin Creevey sees acceptance as an art form. It disguises his loneliness, his insecurities and his conviction that he does not fit in.
Luna Lovegood has never been accepted, but remains perhaps the most content person Colin has ever met. As his feelings for her develop throughout their years at Hogwarts, Colin must prepare to renounce the acceptance of his friends; instead learning to accept her and, ultimately, himself.
Oh, this is so sad! I thought Colin might have been strong and stood up to his friends. But this really does show what our lives are like. People stand with their old friends and try to blend in. I really like how you built up this tentative friendship, and then had Colin destroy it in a second.
Summary: Albus remembered her, through everything that happened. And he just wanted to go back to where it all began, where everything was fine.
I didn't realize at first, I thought it was flashbacks, but I love this sort of layout, going backwards. Great job!!
Summary: Maybe he didn’t just love history, maybe he loved being a history teacher.
I love this story! It was great how you centered the story around the one class. I really felt like I was getting to know the characters, by what they said and did. Teddy is such a solid character, and it's very easy to imagine him getting the students excited- about anything really. It's very sweet. :)
Summary: Darkness was never as alluring as in the form of Bellatrix Lestrange.
This poem sums up Bellatrix perfectly. I really love the conflicting decisions she makes in her feelings- 'everything feels fake, feels wrong, feels right'. And 'hypocrite all out of lies'- that was fantastic. It's like Bellatrix knows she's lying about everything, but just doesn't care. Who's she talking to, I wonder. Is it Rodolphus, or maybe Voldemort? Great job, anyway.
Author's Response: I always thought Bellatrix would be a terrifying and convincing recruiter for the Dark side. Thank you for the review! You get a squishy hug :P
Summary: They have existed for centuries, seeing generations of students. What have they learned that we need to know?
This poem won Second Place in the 2013 Aisling Challenge.
This poem was nominated for the 2014 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Poetry.
This is great! I love how the hourglasses see themselves as helping people to grow and prove their House the best. I especially like how there's no gloating after the students' House wins and they have to go back and keep working for the honor. (Maybe that's the Slytherins problem, they gloat too much instead of working.) I really liked this.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for writing a review. I think there are enough ideas in this poem that everyone can pick his favorite. I particularly like the part that reminds us there's a certain amount of luck in how things turn out, and that after bad times, things can get better.
Summary: A prose poem about what happened to the Dursleys.
I love this topic! I've always wondered what would happen to the Dursleys after the war was over. I also like the flow of this- especially the last paragraph. There is one thing I found strange, though. You started the first two paragraphs with the character's name- Dudley and then Vernon. However, you didn't do the same with Petunia's paragraph. It seems a bit off balance, but maybe I'm just imagining it. Great job!
Summary: Harry's destiny is inevitable- or so the prophecy says.
Written for the Tamerlane Challenge in PA.
I love that you used the metaphor of clay and molder. Stubborn clay seems to fit Harry's personality well. The personification makes the clay more relatable to Harry as well. Rebellious, courageous- those are words that really describe Harry. Great job. I also really like the flow of the poem, the shift between the two characters. It's like a battle. I really like it.
Author's Response: Thank you!!!! :) I thought stubborn clay fir him rather well, also. ~Nagini
Author's Response: Thank you!!!! :) I thought stubborn clay fit him rather well, also. ~Nagini