on Aug 16, 2015 06:14 pm
What a fun start!
People are always going to disagree about Luna's proper characterization, but, you know what? We didn't read the Harry Potter series from Luna's point of view, so no one except JKR knows what Luna is truly like! I am all for your Luna using her quirkiness to keep her distance from people. I mean, I don't think that's too far-fetched at all. She grew up in a quirky family. If people teased her, maybe she learned to embrace that quirkiness even more and used it so people would underestimate her? Maybe the Xenophilius started acting the way he did after his wife died, so of course Luna is going to take up his mantle of quirkiness, too. But maybe she knows deep down inside that her father used it to hide his pain, so she uses it to hide hers, too? Who honestly knows, right?
But the other thing that bugs me about people trying to tell other people that they've written Luna wrong is that they usually say that about Lunas that are logical and coherent and capable of holding a conversation with someone without mentioning a single made-up creature. But there is more to Luna than the Quibbler and her creatures. Just because that's a big part of her character doesn't mean it's the ONLY part of her character.
My whole point being, of course, that I love your Luna. There is no reason she can't be a formidable AND quirky witch. None at all. I love her friendship with Ginny, too (in general and specifically in this fic). Loved this line here:
//Waterworks were supposed to wait until at least an hour in, right about the time that Ginny broke open a hand-packed quart of Florean Fortescue’s Triple Chocolate Mayhem, complete with Chocolate Frog garnish (childishly, they always named the frog Blaise and proceeded to chase it down with spoons before putting the enchanted chocolate out of its misery).//
Loved Ginny's support of Luna, and I love that Ginny is a Blaise/Luna shipper at heart!
It sounds like Blaise has been listening to Draco too much (much like Mr. Bingley taking Darcy's advice and giving up on an indifferent Jane Bennett, eh?). So I can't wait to see how Ginny and Luna's plan to punish them unfolds!
Author's Response: Very good points about Luna--I also think that, as an intellectual person, she leads a rich inner life and some of the quirkiness is due to making mental leaps that other people just don't follow, but it all makes sense in her head. Luna is just plain fun to write and explore for me. There's a possibility for a lot of different layers to her character.
That's probably my favorite line of the chapter too--nothing like a bit of petty revenge on inanimate objects when your heart has been bruised! (Goodness knows I've been there enough times personally)
Also, I swear you're living in my head. First you totally peg one of my favorite authors, then the Austen inspiration here (And at this rate, you've probably already guessed that I'm working on a Pride and Prejudice crossover too)!
Thanks for reviewing!
on Aug 10, 2015 12:19 am
Brilliant start! Can't wait for more.
Author's Response: Thank you!
on Aug 09, 2015 07:55 pm
(sticking head in)
I will leave a real review for this amazing fic very soon. For now... AMAZING!@
Author's Response: Looking forward to it!