Reviews for Influence
sharnii chapter 26 . 6/2
I didn't like the ending or the arc about Brittany recovering at her Dad's. It was emotionally unsatisfying (for me) and felt like she turned into this whole other person (which essentially, I guess is your point ... she was a whole 'nother person, unknown, underneath the drugs). A person who doesn't ring true to Brittany's character to me, both the tv version and the under-the-influence version that you created on top of the tv version. A whole other person with a whole other life ... which I wasn't invested in and didn't care about.

I loved the rest of the story, up til then.

I'm not saying I didn't want a happy ending. Or for Brittany/Santana to end up together (I totally did). Just that the last however many chapters no longer felt 'real'. It was somehow different in flavour to the rest of the story, and I don't mean the mood. It's totally hard to explain. I don't fully understand myself!

Yet this is my honest experience.

Thank you for this story. I can tell you poured a lot of yourself into it (or it sure seems that way). That you felt a lot while writing it. And that you got a lot out of the readers reading it and responding, at least the ones who read it concurrently with your writing.

Overall, a big kudos (and the story's now on my favourite list).
sharnii chapter 21 . 6/1
Such intense ANGST.
sharnii chapter 20 . 6/1
This was so sad.
sharnii chapter 19 . 6/1
The shower sex was so hot!
sharnii chapter 18 . 6/1
This chapter perfectly captures the intensity of falling apeshit in love. For the very first time. Or rather, daring to confess to the same.

sharnii chapter 17 . 6/1
Very touching.
sharnii chapter 15 . 6/1
A lot to like in this chapter. Some juicy explorations.
sharnii chapter 14 . 6/1
They're totally entangled. In multiple senses.

sharnii chapter 12 . 5/31
Very sweet. :-)
sharnii chapter 11 . 5/31
Strangely sweet.
sharnii chapter 9 . 5/31
So fucking angsty.
sharnii chapter 8 . 5/31
Love the darkness of Brittany celebrating Sabina's (subtle) jealous response.

How dark was the sex with Karofsky? But you did it well - he wasn't made out to be a villain so much as a desperate and confused teenage boy (what he is). Yet the sex was plainly awful for Brittany (as it was).
sharnii chapter 7 . 5/31
Totally heavy. And 100% on the angst metre. Conveyed beautifully.

Hmm, I get why Brittany is confused ... she just wants to date Santana and be done with it (so simple, from her POV).

Santana is done perfectly too: her POV makes sense as well. She doesn't want to suffer social suicide (and she cares about it, and is super aware of it, unlike Brittany).

One of them sacrifices herself to keep her friend.
One of them sacrifices her relationship evolution to keep her/their social status.

At the end of the day they are both motivated by 'belonging'. Just a different kind of belonging.

So nobody is the good-or-bad guy.
sharnii chapter 6 . 5/31
Loved this depiction of first time sex (first of all time for Britt and first time with a woman for San). It felt real.
fr-fan-brittana chapter 1 . 5/27/2022
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