|Reviews for The Golden Mean|
| Raissa 2/12/13 . chapter 20
Loved it, as always. Continue.
| Raissa 2/10/13 . chapter 19
| Raissa 2/9/13 . chapter 18
Congratulations! Another great one!
| Smoltenica 2/8/13 . chapter 18
Oh, the tension! I am so sorry that my reviews are not nearly as intelligent or structured as these wonderful chapters you are giving us. I adore seeing the rebellion from Haymitch's eyes, seeing how it *worked*- because the thing about 'Hunger Games' is that they are told from Katniss' limited perspective.
The thing that kills me about so much HG fanfiction is that people take that limited perspective and run with it, when really, there is so much that would have been happening- in the rebellion, in the Capitol- and you show those nuances beautifully. I especially adore the way in which you show the humanity of the citizens of the Capitol... it is rare, in this fandom, though when I read your fics I think, "Well, why on earth is this nuance missing in so many other fics?" and it leaves me utterly baffled.
Even though I knew what would happen to Cinna, the ending of this chapter is still shocking and gutting. I cannot wait to read how you will continue this!
| perdita4321 2/8/13 . chapter 17
This is awesome!
| Raissa 2/7/13 . chapter 17
I loved it! As usual.
| SongOfRoland 2/4/13 . chapter 16
This is such a great story. I LOVE your take on Caesar in this chapter.
| Raissa 2/4/13 . chapter 16
Oh, I loved it. Haymitch is one of my favourite characters. I'm so glad you're doing this.
| Raissa 2/3/13 . chapter 15
| Raissa 2/1/13 . chapter 14
This is getting more exciting than usual. Can't wait to see Haymitch's reaction to a few things.
| wdc 1/31/13 . chapter 13
I love this story so much. Really, the way you write is amazing. The bit about Haymitch calling out for Katniss in front of the peacekeepers is just pure gold, just like the rest of the narration and his voice, in general. Also, I like the way you're fleshing out the Mellarks. Kudos to you!
| Raissa 1/30/13 . chapter 13
I loved it. Continue!
| Smoltenica 1/30/13 . chapter 13
Perfect. This is perfect. I love Haymitch's voice, and oh, that foreshadowing about the bombing of District 12 is chilling and so unobtrusive, and this fic is officially headcanon. Fern, how do you do it? Everything you write is amazing; so in character and fitting so seamlessly (in every way) into the original world. I am in awe.
| Guest 1/28/13 . chapter 12
I really liked this chapter, its a good portrayal of haymitch, how's his building connections to other people, how he's see's Effie for the good and the bad, and understands some of the capital citizens. I always figured even if he didn't hate gale, he was Team peeta and could objectively see which was better for katniss (not that he's not bias as well ) Either way, this is one of the more complete portraits of haymitch ive read and looking forward to his reactions to the kids coming over soon
| Smoltenica 1/28/13 . chapter 12
This is so very chilling. Your story explores the implications of Panem so effectively- your depiction of the attitudes of various people in the Capitol is so wonderfully nuanced, and your depiction of the attitudes of people from the Seam is powerful. I must say, your Hazelle Hawthorne is very believable- especially the mask she quickly adopts and the (blind) resentment she has towards all things Capitol- and your portrayal of her is so unique in this fandom that it both discomforts me and encourages me to read the books differently. (It's a testament to your writing, but I'm getting SO frustrated with her for her attitude of "Katniss loves Gale, OBVS". And I can see why she would resent Peeta but asdfjkl; it's frustrating!)
But really, what is most fascinating here is reading a very plausible and frightenng depiction of Snow's powerful overreach. I know this sounds stupid, but I'd never thought too greatly about how Snow, in all likelihood, used the Games as part of a vicious powerplay, not only to quell the people in general, but in order to attack specific parties for various reasons. Such as physically killing all the main conspirators and disguising it as a Quell. It's just chilling, and your writing is so brilliant, and Haymitch is just perfectly executed here.