|Reviews for He Meant To Kill Her|
| OpheliaBlack chapter 1 . 8/12/2011
I really liked this. I liked the repetition, and how confused Harry was, and how Bellatrix wasn't afraid of him and just kept laughing. I'm glad he didn't kill her, I would rather kiss her too ;)
| Cobrastryke chapter 1 . 5/12/2011
Um yeah, I don't think anyone can top rye-bread's review of this. Can I just say that I agree wholeheartedly and that everyone should read He Meant To Kill Her and it's subsequent sequels? God, I am SUCH a fan of yours - how did I miss this one?
| Rye-bread chapter 1 . 4/16/2011
Wonder of wonders. How could have I overlooked this series of stories of yours? My credentials as your devoted reader are now subject to serious scrutiny.
Judging by your reviews, there’s no doubt you tapped a vein on this one. Permit moi to unsheathe (gad; I deserve a reprimand for that awful double entendre) his usual moralizing outlook.
First; again, you affirm that less is more. A lean, spare narrative is better than a florid gothic prose.
Second, I quote C.S. Lewis, from The Screwtape Letters. (And here comes my weary pedantic moralizing.)
“You will find, if you look carefully into any human's heart, that he is haunted by at least two imaginary women—a terrestrial and an infernal Venus, and that his desire differs qualitatively according to its object. There is one type for which his desire is such as to be naturally amenable to the Enemy—readily mixed with charity, readily obedient to marriage, coloured all through with that golden light of reverence and naturalness which we detest; there is another type which he desires brutally, and desires to desire brutally, a type best used to draw him away from marriage altogether but which, even within marriage, he would tend to treat as a slave, an idol, or an accomplice. His love for the first might involve what the Enemy calls evil, but only accidentally; the man would wish that she was not someone else's wife and be sorry that he could not love her lawfully. But in the second type, the felt evil is what he wants; it is that "tang" in the flavour which he is after. In the face, it is the visible animality, or sulkiness, or craft, or cruelty which he likes, and in the body, something quite different from what he ordinarily calls Beauty, something he may even, in a sane hour, describe as ugliness, but which, by our art, can be made to play on the raw nerve of his private obsession.
“The real use of the infernal Venus is, no doubt, as prostitute or mistress. But if your man is a Christian, and if he has been well trained in nonsense about irresistible and all-excusing ‘Love‘, he can often be induced to marry her. And that is very well worth bringing about. You will have failed as regards fornication and solitary vice; but there are other, and more indirect, methods of using a man's sexuality to his undoing. And, by the way, they are not only efficient, but delightful; the unhappiness produced is of a very lasting and exquisite kind.”
I guess I sound rather tedious and straitlaced in my desire to define the nature of Bella’s appeal to Harry. Most people, especially in this era will look at it, wickedly leer, and knowingly wink. “Ah…one of THOSE stories.”
I, on the other hand, need to analyze it and fit it in my moral framework. Bella and Harry are not, for example, Beatrice and Dante…which I happen to think is the archetype for the lofty redemptive kind of love. It is the template. From it come Roxanne and Cyrano, Dulcinea and Don Quixote, etc. And, if I may reference one of our mutual fandoms, Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable.
Bella and Harry aren’t quite like Cleopatra and Anthony, or Guinevere and Lancelot. Kingdoms won’t topple over this fling. It might be more akin to Abigail Williams and John Proctor in The Crucible.
There are a couple of points I feel like I need to articulate. First, if I were Harry, and faced with Bella, Hermione, Ginny, Tonks, Cho, et al, Fleur, or even Luna, whose quirky charm I utterly fell in love with, the LAST person I would even glance at would be Bellatrix. Heck, I confess I find Moaning Myrtle attractive, in some regard.
Second; of paramount importance; the honest man will acknowledge that if a woman led him astray, it was the evil within him. To say it was her fault is the excuse of the physically abusive and the fantatical. It is a wicked utterance to even suggest otherwise.
There’s probably some kind of personality scale, based on the kind of Rowling character one is attracted to.
I’ve jawed on enough for one story. I will continue my thread at the other stories in this series; much to your chagrin, no doubt.
| La Pythie chapter 1 . 1/12/2011
Wow... the best Bellatrix x Harry I've ever read!
| Eryk Lestrange chapter 1 . 12/9/2010
| addicted reader chapter 1 . 10/25/2010
would make a good song. it's pretty good.
| Inkfire chapter 1 . 7/26/2010
Harry/Bella usually disgusts me, but this is good...
| Jemennuie chapter 1 . 3/20/2010
Great writing style; I love the flow of the words, especially the repeating of words, like "stop laughing, laughing, LAUGHING!"
I also wanted to say thanks for favoriting my story :)
| TiffanyRance chapter 1 . 8/25/2009
i love it even it's kinda a rape on her part
| GothicAnn87 chapter 1 . 8/4/2009
I loved reading this. :D
| Frankie and Avery.dont ask chapter 1 . 7/28/2009
very interesting. i liked it. Very fluid
| ilike2eatbabies chapter 1 . 7/25/2009
Ok, first off let me say that I really liked this. I wasn't sure if I would because it's been hard to find anyone who writes Bellatrix the way I do. I loved the way you made Bella and Sirius alike and I hope that you will continue writing Bella fics.
| Anon chapter 1 . 7/19/2009
That was hot
| Arseni chapter 1 . 6/3/2009
Personally, I found it to be too short. You need to work on separating character's thoughts and dialogue into separate sentences.
| mrsProbie chapter 1 . 4/24/2009
Very nicely written... one question: why the hell does he want to kill Bella in the first place?
I like the ending sentences a lot, that was a beautiful finish.