Reviews for Hero
Akua chapter 1 . 7/7/2011
I really loved the gradual progression of Rude. From child to wanna be hero to Turk to the bad guy. He is the bad guy that they shot down in those little shows of his.

The pacing was really nice, with just enough words written in each segment to impart some significance to them. From the pamphlet to the glasses to throwing away said pamphlet (that was probably the most emotional scene, really). It all left traces of character, development and the feeling of loss.

This was a really nice read, I really enjoyed it.

AquariumJello chapter 1 . 7/1/2010
A very interesting and wonderfully written memoir of a Turk, if I dare call it that. I really enjoyed all your explanations for why Rude is what he is and looks how he does and acts like he does. Great job. (:
Tobirion chapter 1 . 12/3/2009
Oh, wow. That was beautiful, really.

That's the first Rude fic I've ever read. And it was really, really good! Sad, though. T_T

Awesome job. It's interesting, seeing how Rude wanted to be a hero, just like Zack, and yet they ended up taking such different paths. Being a Turk is tough stuff, yo. Rude'll be okay. I hope.

:) amazing work. It definitely deserves the nomination!

xEpIcxXxfAiLx chapter 1 . 8/15/2009
... A very interesting take on Rude. I like it very much, though it did sober me up from reading A Need For Dates. I can imagine Rude as the little boy wanting to be a hero, and also being made fun of as a child. Though I did see one thing that didn't make sense to me, Rude is supposed to be naturally bald. ; sorry if I burst your bubble, I've always been very particular on details so I suppose you should take no notice in that comment. Rude is an awesome character, with very little spot-light.
jaded materia hunter chapter 1 . 5/31/2009
This was an amazing story. The angst is perfect and you chose to focus on an often overlooked character.
Sienna03 chapter 1 . 5/20/2009
Found this through the genesis awards; I won in the same category this was placed in last year, so I thought I'd check it out. This piece has my vote of the three: the ending line was an ace and the repetition was very artful. Wonderful, tragic, and wonderful. Fantastic job and I really hope you win!
The Genesis Awards chapter 1 . 2/14/2009
I am extraordinarily pleased to inform you that your story, Hero, has been nominated for The Genesis Awards Best Angst Category. The Genesis Awards exists to reward the authors of FFVII fanfiction that show a certain standard of grammar and formatting, relevance to canon and characterization. Your story was nominated by Pen Against Sword and passed to the judging rounds because of the quality your story possesses. On April 15th, the Shortlisting for the Genesis Awards will take place, and on June 15th the final results will be tallied and posted.

If you have any questions or comments, please visit our Fan Fiction Net Profile or The Genesis Awards forum.

Congratulations, and good luck.

Best Regards,

Sai, Co-Admin of The Genesis Awards
GoldenShinyWireOfHope chapter 1 . 1/6/2009
Oh I really like this. I was a little sceptical at first because usually I find that when an author covers such a great span of time in so few words it feels really rushed, and there's not enough depth to the story to really give it any substance. However, the way that you've chosen a theme and given us snapshots the character at different points in time means that you've totally avoided those negative effects.

I LOVE the fact that you've totally turned Rude's aspirations on their head. I think people forget sometimes that they're real people and their aspirations and intentions were swallowed up in ShinRa just like those of so many others. I also think its great that you've chosen Rude as your central character, because he's way too overlooked and needs some lovin'!

The end made me feel genuinely emotional. The fact that things turned out so differently than he'd intended was striking, but I think what moved me more was the fact that it happened so gradually - everything turned around and he barely noticed until it had already happened. In short - this is great. Thank you so much for an awesome read!
LobstarMonstar chapter 1 . 1/5/2009
This is angst.

This is good.

And now I remember that holy cow angst is good.

And thus I feel angsty and happy all at the same time. Somehow.
MikariStar chapter 1 . 1/5/2009
I liked this story, it's very fitting for Rude's past. Everything seems to fall into place in its own way.
VeelaChic chapter 1 . 1/3/2009
Excellent job! Well desrved nomination! What interested me the most was the writing style, very concise like Rude's thoughts would be. You're very talented, good job :)
JingYee chapter 1 . 12/31/2008
That's really sad. ;_; Good job.
Star Anise chapter 1 . 12/30/2008
Very nicely paced - writing it with this 'distanced' technique really brings out how Rude's personality, feelings and ambition all gradually grow apart as he progresses - the tally is a brilliant idea and you've kept a very enigmatic atmosphere.
Moiranne Rose chapter 1 . 12/30/2008
Seeing as Pen nominated this before I did...I shall just give you my congratulations and a very big thank you for this story.

Rude starts out just like any kid, he know Heroes should always win, and they do. Nice cutesy start, compared to who he is later.

As it progresses, you just tell it as it is, in its simple yet beautiful way. How a boy can grow up, rethink his definitions of heroes, throw away old dreams now not applicable and start thinking about new ones. The perfect blend of canon and ingenuity make me smile. Few stories get a review from me, and few get my smile of approval.

I second Pen's nomination of this story and I will favourite this for its blinding awesomeness.

Pen Against Sword chapter 1 . 12/29/2008
Oh, wow, YAC. I really liked this one.

Considering I've been writing that Yuffie/Rude for a while, I saw this and immediately clicked and gave it a read, and I'm glad that I did.

This has some very good insight into Rude's character, and I love the complete turnaround from the beginning to the end. Very well composed. I also like the sudden breaks - it almost lends itself an air of vagueness, static in a way, because Rude's life has become a montage of fighting and then the important bits inbetween.

One of the things I liked most was the explanation for Rude shaving his head. It just seemed so plausible - we've all been there before (or, well, most of us); some kid catches lice at school and gives it to the rest of us and we spend the next few weeks getting our hair inspected every day.

Overall, great job. I'm adding this to my favorites. I so rarely find good Rude pieces.