|Reviews for Bitter Freedoms|
| Guest chapter 50 . 5/3
So I decided to go back and read all the chapters . The story is just so rich and amazing . From the dialect , to the locales ,to
the characters , some of them totally original .
John ?What a great character ! I'd read a story about him alone .
The story can be both harsh and tender and not a word is wasted in the writing . It's not just one of the best fan fiction stories , it's way beyond most stories I've seen here .
I get such a sense that this story is very personal to the writer . After every chapter there has been an expression of gratitude for the reviews and a request for more.
Well here goes ...well done you !
Thank you for this gift .
Maybe some day give us chapter 51
It will easily have been worth the wait I'm sure .
| The Silly Storyteller chapter 50 . 2/17
This is one of the longest stories I've read on this site, and I'm glad to say I enjoyed every bit of it. The characters were likable (except for Turpin, I'm glad he's dead), the dialogue was spot-on, and you managed to take Johanna - a minor character in Burton's film - and flesh her out into a character with feelings and her own thoughts. I'll be re-reading this story in the future. It's brilliant.
| Awdorkable Turtle Epidemic chapter 50 . 12/29/2017
this is, by far, one of the best stories I've read in my life. your writing is exquisite, and your characterization and narration is sheer brilliance. you took a story I loved and made it into something lovelier, and your attention to detail and the emotions of the characters is immensely well done. I loved the focus to Johanna and Todd's development, through their pain and healing, and I can't thank you enough for giving these two characters justice. I also adored Ms. Lovetts and Anthony's scenes, you did such a remarkable and wonderful job with them. even the judge and Beadle's moments of guilt were so humane, and I was very impressed with how you handled them. the dark elements of the story were very well captured, and you really brought out the grittiness and harshness of human cruelty. I have so many scenes that I want to call out the brilliance on (not in order), particularly every scene with father daughter love, the Judges moments of guilt, Ben's transition into Todd, Johanna handling prison life, the escape, glimpsing Johanna again, Anthony's building fascination with Todd, Ms. Lovett handling Todd, the reunion between Todd and Johanna, the Beadle and Judge's deaths-I feel like I'll never have enough to say about how amazing this story is, and I'm so grateful that you took so much time and energy to make it the masterpiece that it is. thank you for this gift
| Guest chapter 50 . 7/9/2017
Still one of the most impactful things I've read on this site. Whoever wrote this has a Dickensian knack for storytelling and I can only imagine that they're published now.
| TheDarkMan19 chapter 31 . 9/30/2016
you have a very bad habit of using the word male instead of man. It makes a lot of sentences sound awkward. the story itself is good. but grammar and sentence structure need work. There's a lot of superfluous descriptors and a few words that just don't fit the way you use them.
| Guest chapter 1 . 9/27/2016
This story is honestly amazing; I first read it back in 2013, but it's had such an effect on me that I still remember it now, after three years (which is more than I can say for plenty of published books I have read.)
There's something immediately captivating about how the author can stay true to the characters we know and love whilst still making them her own, like Sweeney, who we are used to seeing as a cannibalistic murderer, being a convincingly doting father with wants, needs and demons of his own.
The OCs in this were amazing-John, Peter-it's seldom that I find OCs very interesting in fanfictions but they are so perfectly tied to the narrative that it's difficult not to love them just as much, if not more than the mains.
The fic was wonderfully well-written, it's story and detail so strong that it makes me wonder if the writer was just using the world of Sweeney Todd as a template for a universe of her own; it wouldn't surprise me if she did, it's so well done, but even then it never feels out of place or forced. Whoever wrote this has a real drive an passion for storytelling and takes her writing seriously... It's honest to god the best thing I've read on this site, so full of emotion, excitement and cruelty, all set on a rich historical backdrop (which was wonderfully researched, may I add,) and weaving such dark elements effortlessly into the storyline; if a character dies, they stay dead; if a character is moved, that stay moved; its a beautiful cycle of cause and effect- nothing is looked over, nothing is forgotten, the events of this story take their gruelling toll on every single one of these characters and it's brilliant. I could go on about how wonderful this story makes me feel all day, but I'd better stop now. Take my word for it. It's brilliant.
| Guest chapter 50 . 4/8/2016
I am astounded, truly I am. Although I am horrified by the extent of human suffering in this, I recognize that to candycoat what you have written would be unrealistic, and so I thank you for maintaining reality. The one complaint is have is your spelling: what you spell as "fowl" should be "foul" (unless of course you frequently refer to birds as adjectives), and you tend to mix up "your" and "you're". Fortunately, these mistakes do not render your work incomprehensible by any stretch of the imagination. Again, excellent work.
| Guest chapter 23 . 3/15/2016
I think this story is wonderful. Horrific, as befits a Sweeney spin-off, but fantastic. I am completely addicted.
| victorious1314 chapter 1 . 8/29/2015
I know it's been years since you've updated, I know you'll probably never read this, but I need you to know that this is the best fan fiction I have ever read. I write and read often and never have I ever read something this amazing on this website. It took me days to finish this story and am incredibly impressed with your writing skills. This story made me laugh, made me cry, and cause a hurricane of emotions within me. I'm not going to plead with you to update because others have tried in vain before this review, I just need you to know that you have my outmost respect. From a fellow writer to another, thank you for writing this amazing story.
| villettegoddess chapter 23 . 6/4/2015
This is very compelling so far. Much of my time has been spent angsting over the misfortunes the Barkers experience in canon, so of course this is the fic for me. The amount of detail is impressive. I am RELIEVED that Anthony (the bae) finally showed up!
| kaaterina petrova chapter 50 . 6/14/2014
It took me a couple of hours-hours that I could've spent revising for my oh-so-serious exam on Monday-to read this but I REGRET NOTHING!
Okay, on a more serious note.
This story was beautiful. You managed to capture all of the characters extremely well-Sweeney's character, especially; I simply adore how you had the whole "be a father" thing pushing at him-and also, instead of revenge, you had survival? That was a stroke of pure genius, in my opinion. I love how all the characters weren't one-sided; you made sure every character had some good and bad in them. For example, the Beadle was feeling guilt over everything that had happened, almost enough to push him to the brink of madness and the Judge recoiling after Johanna mistook him for her father was absolutely amazing.
The only thing I'd have to say to improve would be to use less flowery, technical language, you know? Go simple otherwise people lose interest. In my case, I sorta skimmed through the bigger paragraphs and got to the bits with less in them so I'd still have some idea of what was going on. Also, the same could be said for the speech-while it takes a little getting used to, you should also try making it simpler. Usually, people don't say, "gain closure," or "intend on inviting him to dinner"-while amusing, they normally go for easier things to say like "close the door on that one, would yeh?" or "No, mate, I want to take him to a dinner party-of course, I want to drop the rotter in the Thames!" My examples aren't that good...
I also love the father-daughter interaction between the two-I'm a sucker for family-love things, you see. The chapters you had them apart tore at my soul-so did the movie, come to think of it. Yes, the bit where Sweeney sang, "And I'll never see Johanna-no, I'll never hug my girl to me!" always has me tearing up but I'm glad you let them be happy together in the end.
Anyway, I also want to add how I've been chuckling through this last chapter. John has always been a very dear character; I'm glad you kept him alive and as they casually roll the dead Judge through the dirty streets of Victorian London, making sure to bump and crash him into any obstacles-the Constable bit was especially amusing-, before deciding to just throw him into the River Thames-, you made me laugh.
This is a very long review-probably to make up for the lack of reviews for your chapters. Your story is charming and now I am off to eat (you made me discard food) and revise (you made me discard my exams).
Also-quick question: from one writer to another (well, technically, I'm a wannabe writer because I'm not that good), how do you plan out your stories? I've been asking around and checking on the Internet, but I just need to see a way people usually push out their stories.
Right. And that's the end of the review. I hope the length of this didn't put you off...
| Anon chapter 50 . 7/4/2013
Please, I beg of you, finish this story. One final chapter to give us closure! You probably won't even see this, but if you are reading this I want you to know that this is an amazing fic. It's truly a joy to find a Sweeney Todd fic this fantastic. There were many parts that I just cried at. Even though it's been ages since you updated, I still have faith you will return with the final chapter someday.
| Redejeka chapter 50 . 3/8/2013
Woah! Woah! Woah! You have to put the last chapter up. Plsss... Haha...
This story's amazing! Brilliant! :))
| julia.rosey8839 chapter 50 . 11/10/2012
Oh my god! this story is fantastic! and it has a happy ending. i swear i nearly cried when he became sweeney todd and the storyline started repeating itself, but then all through it there was a tiny bit of hope that things would turn out right as they knew each other... and it did! thank you so much!
| JiffyFrose chapter 50 . 9/1/2012
I 3 your story! 3 3 3! I hope you will write more Johanna and Sweeney father/daughter fics. You're really good at it :)