Argh, I'm only on chapter three and I'm already feeling compelled to write an extremely lengthy (well, maybe not!) review [:
So, I really love this story. It's well written and humourous. Your lines are classic: "twice as perky as a pot of fresh coffee," and things like that. I love them [: If I had time, I would find something to critique, but I can't [: Your characters are very original (discluding the James/Tyrone similarity, but you said already that it was unintentional!) and their characterization is great. I love it [:
Author's Response: I like reviews of any kind. ^_^ I\'m so glad you like this story, since this is the first fanfiction I ever wrote and I felt a bit nervous about posting it. Luckily, Tyrone does evolve a bit more, and by book three he\'s very much his own person. Thanks for the lovely review!
Ah, this is adorable [: I always thought that there was an even bigger story behind those three's relationships, and I think you've captured it really well. Your style is great. Besides, it's very hard not to love a Lily and James and Snape story, but this is particularly good [:
Am I catching a Gilmore Girls reference with the whole wheelchair thing, or was that just me?
Author's Response: Thanks very much! Yes, you were catching a Gilmore Girl\'s reference ;) (I also happen to be Logan/Rory fan!)
Oh my god, this is absolute genious [: I love Phantom of the Opera, but these songs... -gigglesnort-
I am sorely tempted to actually record this, honestly... I found myself singing them out loud as I read! They're so witty and they match the real tunes very well! I can play them on my piano, and clarinet, too...
Author's Response: I would really love it if you recorded it! I\'d love to hear it! I\'m glad you liked it!
Heh, once again, absolute genious [:
You should do Wicked, because I have those songs memorized by heart xD I love these musical spoofs!
Author's Response: Oh, thanks! I do want to do Wicked. I\'m just having trouble picking a topic to spoof (like a specific character or book).
This is great, highly entertaining [: You're a good writer. The dialogue is simply genius xD
Author's Response: Thanks very much! I\'m so glad you think so and what a lovely compliment! xx
I don't know how I never spotted this before! As a Self-Professed Les Miserables Addict (the book, too xD), I am ashamed of myself.
First off, I think the subject matter fits really well with this one - doesn't seem so forced as maybe some other of the spoofs.
Besides, life story? It matches up, lol!
I sung these out loud, which was slightly awkward, but it's 12:30 and hopefully no one heard [:
Your "I Dreamed A Dream" is classic. I will never, ever, ever forget that stunning originality, not to mention the rhetoric used. Absolutely beautiful! -wipes tears from eyes-
Voldy singing Gavroche's lines was, I must say, a little disturbing. Especially since the voice I sing those lines in actually works for them both! >.<
Green and Red had me aww-ing out loud for poor Severus ]: Very clever.
Act Two review is currently pending [:
Author's Response: I am glad that you liked this, because I wrote it when I first got introduced to Les Mis. So I only had the OBC on casette tape, and I barely knew anything about the show. I now know the entire musical by heart, so I'm slightly embarrassed by some of the awkwardness in this one. (And yeah, "I Dreamed A Dream" was kinda lame, I'm sorry about that.) The Green and Red one was probably my favourite in this act, though.
You broke acts wrong. It breaks after One Day More [: But pshh, just a technicality.
Please, I beg you, Eponine is not to be sung by anyone but Eponine! She wins too much to be anyone else >.< Especially James and Snape, and I mean, there’s nothing wrong with them, but I cannot sing like James and Snape and Voldemort can, really. Just Eponine xD So good job, there, Shmergo my dear, but ARGH I have to go sing the real songs now!
You did justice to my favourite song, though (On My Own, although it’s extremely closely followed by A Little Fall of Rain, except I have no one to duet with but myself xD and also Empty Chairs at Empty Tables – so as you can see, I can’t pick favourite songs). Voldemort soliloquy is always amazing, and it fit spectacularly well [:
D.A. Six/Neville as Gavroche is so much less disturbing than Volders, here!
I LOVE DUMBLEDORE-MARIUS. That was frankly awesome [:
Here’s to pretty girls I ate in their beds.
-- That might have made my day, there.
And poor Severus, missing Lily like that!
I really loved Empty Chairs. It actually ties in really well with both stories, and I can very much imagine things actually happening that way! So yeah, that was probably my favourite.
The way you tied in Peeves’s song at the end was remarkably clever – good job! – although I can’t seem to make it fit in with the original song, heh.
P.S. – The Tenth Anniversary Concert is my absolute favourite of most of them, too! I own a two-disk set of the Original London Cast, but I still get on Youtube to watch the concert versions [:
Author's Response: I know the Act break is wrong, but I wrote this when I barely knew anything about Les Mis and only had the tape-- and so I did this like Side One and Side Two of the tape. *Shrug*
That's funny, Eponine has never been a character I've been fond of. I guess it's just because I'm really different from her, and I've never really been all that fond of her songs. I've always liked Javert's songs the best. I guess that shows how different Les Mis fans can be. Glad you liked "Drink With Me"-- I had fun with it.
I like a lot of the performers on the OBC, too, but I LOOOOVE Michael Ball on the TAC soooooo much! And David Bryant on the OBC is icky! And I love getting to see everyone in their costumes. I also have the CSR, which is good because it has every little bit of the show, even if not all of the cast is perfect, and some parts of the Original London.
Heh, I've always loved your style. This is a great exposition for what I'm sure is going to be an amazing story! The characters all have their own unique voices; I particularly love Al's "That's foreshadowing for you!" line [:
Author's Response: I\'m feeling slightly dizzy with gladness, due to the fact that you said that you\'ve always loved my style. I mean, wow! I feel so flattered! Thank you so much! :D
This is an absolutely wonderful story [: Very poetic, and told from a great point of view. I'm having a rather hard time finding something to critique! Your word choices are excellent and flow together perfectly; this is probably my most favorite story on MNFF as of my reading it just now [:
Mmkay, this is going to be, like, my catchphrase or something xD
Also, Team Sparkle is brilliant [:
I love this chapter. I'm waiting for it to be nothing going on, though, because I always am xD And then everybody gets in trouble.
Author's Response: VLAAAAAADISLAAAAAAV is a better catchphrase than, say, \"What the Niflheim.\" Or \"THIS. IS. SPARTAAAAA!\" or \"I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE! I DRINK IT UP!\" Or one of those puppies. I think you should go around calling people Vladislav for no apparent reason. ^_^ I just discovered that Vladislav is the full first name of MY NAMESAKE, Vlad the Impaler, so I\'m quite thrilled about that.
\r\nWhat, get in trouble? Gryffindors NEVER get in trouble!
Shmergo, you're evil.
Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Anyway, though, I'm still completely in love with your little universe [: Also, it's making me crack up about every other line.
-worships at feet-
I would write more, but I am completely brain-dead right now, and I haven't found anything major that I'm burning to commentate on [:
Anyway, awesome, awesome chapter!
Author's Response: Why, yes! Yes I am evil! And as you\'re worshiping at my feet, that makes you my minion! ^_^ So first I want a moccachino, and fast...
No, seriously, thanks very, very much. I\'m kind of in love with my little universe, too, sad as that is. Sometimes, I forget my characters aren\'t real people.
This is exceptional [: The emotion is great and very real, your writing +is superb. I love how the little details are what make it so good - it's excellent on its own, but with all the little subplot-type things, it's just taken to another level [: Amazing story, in general, you've done a great job with it.
Author's Response: Oh, thanks so much, Amanda. I\'m glad I managed to make the emotion real (it was a goal of mine, and if feels very good to know I managed to achieve it). Thanks so much for taking the time to read it. I love reviews, but reviews from my fellow \'Claws are extra special.
This is an amazing, touching story [: It's very well written and I think it eloquently expresses both the frustration of being without love and happiness, and the joy once one can find it. Good Job! -hands cookie-
Author's Response: Thanks for the cookie and the review. The story of the bells seems ideally suited to Harry Potter, and the gift of love that would make bells ring for him would, of course, be a family of his own. Have a wonderful holiday!
Ah, I loved this story! (And I'm reviewing it, which is not something I do often, so that's good!) I love how it's narrated from Rolf's point of view, which is unconventional, but I think you pulled it off well [: Especially since he's not quite, well, canon, per se.
I'm a little iffy on the Luna characterization, she seemed kind of... too carefree, not enough pensiveness, but that could just be my inner Luna scholar shining through xD And she may have changed, too, I guess. In any case, it's still an excellent fic!
Author's Response: Yeah, Luna\'s characterisation annoyed me here too, but she refused to be written any other way. So I let her be. She\'s not consoling anyone this time round, anyway. x)
Ah, defenestration.... never gets old, does it? xD Even started a war, once.
I love this story, though. Answers a question I'm sure we'd all love answered! Love the unique perspective, too.
A continuation would be great. These different perspective stories are some of my favourites.
You have no idea how long I have been waiting for this.... SO. LONG.
And it's so great [:
I tried to actually listen to the soundtrack as I read, but that backfired, because I read about ten times faster than they sing [: So I just sung myself [:
I love 'Apply Depravity!' So clever :D
Author's Response: Awwww! Thank you! I\'ve been waiting to post this for so long! I wrote it in October, and then lost my notebook. And I\'m verrry glad that it lived up to your expectations. Glad you liked \"Apply Depravity\"-- that one was the hardest for me to write. The others all came very naturally.
Gee, I've never really been the type to like D/G, but this was amazing [: The fact that you made it fully compliant, too, was a veritable feat!
The ending, with Astoria, and just after, is, I think, very powerful. Because Astoria knows that his heart doesn't really belong to her, despite the fact that he does love her - just in a different way. That's a powerful concept, and the fact that Astoria is okay with it is also very powerful [:
I need to find a new adjective xD
Good story, and good luck!
Question - if this is for the colour of love, is the colour orange? Or red, or whatever it is that Draco thinks Ginny's hair looks like.
Author's Response: Thanks so much, Amanda! *hugs* Yeah, I really loved writing Astoria in this, because I think any wife who was as noticeable as she was would be able to figure out Draco\'s daily walks were a bit more than they seemed. I\'ve had a Draco/Astoria plot bunny running around in my head for a while that I hope to write once school gets less hectic… and in that plot Draco would really love her, not just wish she were Ginny, hehe. Oh, and the colour is red-orange — the colour of fire, those tulips, and Ginny\'s hair.
What is a story without a scandal?
Underneath every burn hole on the tapestry of the Black family tree, there is a story, and underneath every story, there is a scandal.
In 1924, the Blacks were the most powerful family of the Wizarding World. They were greedy, back-stabbing, malicious, and power-hungry. And Cedrella was no exception. She was her father's favourite daughter; the pride of the Blacks, and it has earned her a conceited nature like no other.
But during her seventh year at Hogwarts, her life begins to become a little more clear, her family a little more conniving. She is arranged to wed the infamous Abraxus Malfoy and has people watching her every move to make sure she follows through. It makes it even more difficult when Septimus Weasley, a blood traitor and fellow classmate, starts to convince her, that for once in her life, she could have what she wanted.
A scandal forms between the two; a forbidden love between Black and Weasley behind the walls of Hogwarts. If they are found out, their lives will be ruined. But even under the opposition, what a Black wants...
a Black gets.
Okay, so, I personally think it looks a bazillion times nicer reading it on the website than over Yahoo [: xD
Yay! It's finally up! I'm so excited [: I can't wait for the rest. And I've probably told you all this before, but to reiterate:
Cedrella is the perfect Black, as has been said. She's characterised just the way she needs to be - and one of those people you just love to hate [:
I do hope she grows and changes over the story - well, she'd need to, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless!
"And I came at eight with an expensive gift. Isn't that how this family works?"
Ah, I can't get over this line! I've read it probably 117 times - no kidding, I've opened the email up just to read this line - and it never loses it's appeal [: Pollux is a great character [:
I know how much trouble you had getting this validated, and let me just say, I'm glad you finally did [: It's going to popular, I can tell [: -gives cake and candles- Congrats, Violet! May this be the first of many new-chaper-parties to come [:
So that’s why you mentioned bungee beans in chapter 2!
Tyrone’s t-shirt pwns all. As does the Princess Bride reference.
Author's Response: Meeehawhaaw! I am evil. And... I love making up t-shirts for Tyrone. I have a whole list stockpiled....
So all I could really think of while reading this -
-to tune of song from AVPM-
Winnipeg - THAT'S IN CANADA!
Author's Response: YAAAAAAAAAAY! YOU GOT THE REFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!