Reviews for Storytelling
dancesontrains chapter 3 . 6/28/2014
Roswell University! I love that little touch.
Behindthebook08 chapter 9 . 3/23/2014
I'm usually one for a happy ending-or rather, an ending which is ridiculously obvious, cliched, and romantic. That being said... this was perfect. Absolutely perfect. The emotions, and the characterizations, are perfectly accurate. Nothing felt imaginary or out of place. And I found your writing style to be compelling and addictive. The overall comparison of their love, and Hermione's life as a whole, to a book was absolutely beautiful and flawless. Thank you for writing this, and I hope that you continue to write.
Polgaria chapter 10 . 1/24/2014
Holy shit. And yikes. Amazing. Crushing. Beautiful.
minervamcgonagall89 chapter 1 . 11/28/2012
Simply love it! There's so much depth in your story, you write so well and I like the fact that there's so much from the HP books in your story, it's not a separate story like a lot of fanfictions. I wish I could write like this, but I don't think I can, not in English anyway. I might be able to do so in Dutch but then nobody over here would be able to read it...
Artemidora chapter 10 . 11/3/2012
I'm not quite sure how to tell you how beautiful this story is. Sensitively told, and so true to the characters. You're right that a true romance would have been out of place here in this story - though I can't help feeling sad for Hermione, especially since I identify so strongly with her narrative as you've told it. This is a much more realistic rendering of the MM/HG pairing than we're used to seeing, for better or for worse.

Regardless, this story is lush and evocative; in short, a pleasure to read.
anonymouth chapter 10 . 10/26/2012
I've read this many times, and each time sworn that the next time will be the time that I review, mainly because I can't find the right words and think that next time, I'll be more eloquent. But apparently, it's not going to happen; I think in part, due to the fact that this could so be my life.
I don't want to make a comment on it because it hurts to admit that this is a situation I can relate to and I have a real life Minerva-situation, but at the same time I want to for the very same reasons.
You've written it so wonderfully that it does make my heart ache and my emotions twist in all directions, and not just because I can relate but because you are a truly exceptional writer. This is one of my all time favourite stories, including one of my very favourite lines...about the not unhappy versus happy. I just... I love it. I can't get any more eloquent, Im sorry!
TheQuillowTree chapter 10 . 10/20/2012
I cannot tell you how amazing this story is! I absolutely love your style! This is amazing...truly amazing. I was on an emotional roller-coaster from ch1 especially when we all thought it was Minerva who died at first. Wow. Keep writing!
masho chapter 10 . 4/6/2012
Thank you. That was so good, I kept waiting for the 'get together' even through the epilogue, and thanks heaps for not putting it in. This story feels so true, and unique, I'm really glad I read it:) Puts MM/HG fiction in perspective, its a really realistic McGonagall, how she is towards Hermione. xxxxxx

please don't stop doing MM/HG xD
Oh-Johanna chapter 9 . 10/3/2011
I can't tell you how much I love reading this story. The sheer honesty of every moment described and how effortlessly you bring the character's soul to life with just a few simple gestures or words is simply awe inspiring. This particular line of Minerva's being my favorite of them all:

"Would the age difference have mattered, if you'd loved him?" Hermione asked...

"Of cour - " Minerva began sharply but then broke off and gazed into the fire before beginning again, more gently. "Yes, it would. It would matter a great deal."

I hate to gush and I know this story is old and you've moved on but its been a long while since I read it and even now my eyes are welling with tears. I loved that woman. In the books and on screen. You make me fall in love with Minerva all over again. Every strong, delicate, deliberate part of her. And I just wanted to thank you for that.
Zenheim Panda chapter 9 . 7/30/2011
You are indeed right that I was disappointed at the lack of a traditional romance. However, the story was exquisitely written and wonderfully showcases your talent as a story teller. In addition, the realism was shocking, and I think everyone can relate to at least parts of this, even if it's just a little. Thank you for writing. :) It was sad, but so wonderful.
Sela McGrane chapter 9 . 4/8/2011
*sigh* I've read this once before. Just as good the second time. Soooo bittersweet, and true to life.
saphique chapter 1 . 3/6/2011
beautiful! so well written :)
antioxidants help your heart chapter 9 . 10/29/2010
Thank you, thank you. If I ramble on and get off topic, just keep in mind, this is all I really want to say.

I am very pleased that you addressed head on the moral tar pit that is the Marauder's Map. I was unpleasantly reminded of it recently while watching a documentary on California prisons in the nineties. The locations of the prisoners, monitored by ankle bracelet, showed up on control screens as little moving dots with names attached. Harry and Co. seem to use it so gamely, initial qualms that it might be a dark object aside, and the ramifications of owning such an object are never really considered.

Plotwise, I was thrilled that this was not a romance. Teacher-student romances, both real and imagined, make me cringe. The teacher-student bond IS formative, and there is something sacrosanct, at least to me, about a relationship based on the sharing of knowledge. Right on, McGonagall!

Finally, I loved your language. I respect a person who can so comfortably play in and around a language. Some favorites:

“When Professor Trelawney appeared unexpectedly, trailing scarves and scattiness..." - such a well-packed description, and I'm a sucker for alliteration.

"He behaved like what her great-grandmother would have called "a perfect gentleman," and even if this term wasn't one that Grandmother Marks always meant as a compliment, it exactly described Hermione's experience of Viktor Krum." - I like Grandmother Marks a great deal, here, and when she shows up again.

"She felt like the word itself - "be-witch-ment," the "witch" tucked inside, encased and enclosed by another's being and essence." - This was just lovely.

"She wasn't a beautiful woman as the world defined such things, but Hermione rarely remembered that." - A very wise man once told me that the ones we love are beautiful to us, and that no true beauty exists in the world without a little bit of love in it.

"The experience had driven Harry to flights of metaphor." - An experience, indeed!

"I wasn't in love with Albus, but I did love him. It's important to understand that the absence of one kind of love doesn't preclude another. " - Yes.

Thank you, thank you.

-Anti
Swallow B chapter 10 . 7/31/2010
For an awful moment, I was afraid you were going to turn this into a happily ever after romance, but I trusted you and kept on reading and I am glad you didn't. It would have been a real let-down. As it is, it pictures powerfully and realistically the complexities of our feelings and relationships and it is beautifully written.

After reading your stories, I went back to the books to read about Grubbly-Plank. She is an interesting sketch of a character and she deserves to be developed and redeemed.
Dicere chapter 10 . 7/5/2010
Totally satisfying, absolutely and completely brilliant in characterisation, writing style, and plot. Loved it to pieces and have ignored my husband for the entire evening because I got so lost in it. Just perfect.
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