Philippa
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Joined 01-27-03, id: 333836, Profile Updated: 02-18-10
Author has written 20 stories for Lord of the Rings, Fairy Tales, Batman Begins/Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Outsiders, Twilight, StarTrek: The Original Series, Queen's Thief series, and Magnificent Seven.

For a lighthearted, fantasy adventure story, check out my original (co-authored) novel, The Magi Letters, currently being serialized on my blog (click the homepage link!).

Why Review?

Let’s face it – writing a review is not the most fun thing in the world to do. It can be hard to come up with a comment that’s not the same thing you’ve already said a million times. But those little comments, even the repetitive ones, are incredibly important to fan fiction writers, no matter whether they write quickly or slowly, whether they have lots of experience or are just beginning, and even whether they already have lots of reviews or none at all.

Those of us who write fan fiction aren’t going to be rewarded for it. We can’t make money off of it, we aren’t going to get a Pulitzer for the best story of the year, and we don’t even have the thrill of knowing that this thing we’re writing is our own – it’s based on somebody else’s original work. So why do we do it? Why do we spend hours and days writing these ridiculous stories? It’s because we have become entranced by a good story, and we don’t want it to end. We are desperate to let the fun continue.

Fan fiction writers do not have to publish their stories. I have known talented and prolific people who keep their writing private. But those of us who do publish do it because we don’t want the story to end for other people, either – we want them to share in this vision we have. It’s a risk to publish – we risk being ignored, being criticized, and being flamed. In return for taking these risks, we need some confirmation that our vision is being shared, that other people love this story too. Sure, we enjoy getting advice on how to improve our writing, and we like to be told that we’re good writers, but at bottom, what we want more than either of those two things is to know that there are people reading who understand why we’ve gotten so caught up in this story and these characters. This is what gives us the reason and the courage to keep writing.

Review When?

I’m sure that most of you reading this do leave at least some reviews, and if you’re anything like me, after you read the above paragraphs you felt guilty about not having reviewed that last chapter you read. The truth is, no matter how much we promise ourselves we’re going to review, we’re just not going to make the effort for every single chapter of every single story we look at. I know that I don’t, and I just preached a sermon on the importance of reviewing! But there are three times you should always review.

1) When the story you just read has absolutely NO reviews. Usually (but not always) these kinds of stories aren’t very good. Don’t lie to the author and say the writing is good when it’s not, but politely give your honest opinion and try to suggest some way the story can improve. Even if your opinion isn’t completely positive, your review will mean A LOT to that writer – the knowledge that someone has noticed your writing is a gift you can’t put a price tag on.

2) When you’re following a story over a period of time. Even if you don’t review every update, you should write one at least every two or three chapters, to let the author know s/he is not writing into a vacuum – that there are people who are enjoying and thinking about the story and want to know what happens next. The more people an author knows are reading, the more s/he will feel an obligation – like they’ve signed a contract with the readers to get to the end.

3) When you really like a story. How many of you choose what stories to read based on the total number of reviews and the number of reviews compared to the number of chapters? (We all do it. I know I'm not the only one who wishes this site had a “sort by number of reviews” function.) Leaving a review is like casting a vote for a story. Pushing up the review count is a form of advertising to other readers on the site, like saying, “This is a good story, you should try it.”

I’m not just saying this for myself (although I love to watch that review count go up), but for all my fellow fan fiction writers and readers. Writing a review is ultimately doing yourself a favor – good reviewers make motivated authors who write better stories which make readers happier. It's easier to be a lurker than a good reviewer, but if you make the effort, it will come back to you in the end.

If you have any questions or comments about this article, please PM me.

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Spirit and Liberty by Gotham Knights reviews
What happens to the passengers of the two ferries after they narrowly escape death and return to Gotham City? An improvised tag-team challenge from the imaginations of Blodeuedd, Philippa, G.A. Clive, Texas Chigger, and Sparta's Ghost!
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 14 - Words: 15,104 - Reviews: 47 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 12/15/2008 - Published: 9/26/2008
Box Social for the Arts by bahjcb reviews
Their school is selling off the girls for money for the arts programs, sort of, and Derek can't think of anything better. Well, that is until Casey's on the block. Dasey
Life With Derek - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 6 - Words: 12,724 - Reviews: 136 - Favs: 201 - Follows: 70 - Updated: 5/27/2008 - Published: 5/12/2008 - Derek V., Casey M. - Complete
Storyteller by Jalen Strix reviews
Based strongly around the 2003 film version, this story centers on a particular storyteller and one of her more provocative creations, the former Captain Hook. Revised version now complete.
Peter Pan - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 48,328 - Reviews: 277 - Favs: 323 - Follows: 80 - Updated: 9/24/2007 - Published: 6/6/2004 - Wendy D., J. Hook - Complete
Fall to Grace by E Kelly reviews
A young Batman faces a powerful corrupt Senator, a deadly assassin and a mysterious woman with a past as painful as his own. Slight AU from BBegins but very similar style. A Gotham Noir story.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 24 - Words: 49,567 - Reviews: 99 - Favs: 125 - Follows: 25 - Updated: 6/16/2007 - Published: 5/8/2002 - Complete
The Justice Dichotomy by kreleia reviews
CHALLENGE: My entry for Sakura123's latest Batman Begins challenge. What does Superman think of Batman's crimefighting methods? Based on Batman Begins and Superman Returns. Please see AN.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 6,796 - Reviews: 42 - Favs: 47 - Follows: 72 - Published: 4/21/2007
The Only Thing by Texas Chigger reviews
CHALLENGE: Missing Scenes: the events surrounding the attack on the Narrows as seen from four different perspectives. [Chapters 4 of 4]
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 4 - Words: 11,052 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 12/2/2006 - Published: 11/22/2006 - Complete
Sleeping Beauty by sillybella reviews
Post New Moon Edward angst. Charlie arrives while Edward and Bella are watching a movie. Bella has fallen asleep in Edward's lap.
Twilight - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,709 - Reviews: 364 - Favs: 893 - Follows: 151 - Published: 11/14/2006 - Complete
Jacob Black Buys a New Pair of Socks by Rhiann reviews
Just a regular day in Forks. No, really.
Twilight - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,129 - Reviews: 494 - Favs: 644 - Follows: 65 - Published: 9/4/2006 - Complete
Behind the Scenes by MBP reviews
So many moments are alluded to in this novel. So what happened after Pony ran out? According to Dally, Darry was taking Pony's disappearance awfully hard. And what happened in the nights Pony couldn't remember after he passed out? As the title implies...
Outsiders - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 16 - Words: 14,961 - Reviews: 79 - Favs: 57 - Follows: 25 - Updated: 8/17/2006 - Published: 8/7/2006 - Complete
There and Back Again by Calcifersgrl reviews
Author's Note! Sophie finds that living Happily Ever After with Howl doesn't come so easily, esp. after being catapulted into the fairytale plans of the Witch, who will do whatever it takes to live Happily Ever After herself.
Diana Wynne Jones - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 21 - Words: 92,164 - Reviews: 488 - Favs: 175 - Follows: 98 - Updated: 5/30/2006 - Published: 10/6/2002
Glass Slipper by slam a revolving door reviews
[Oneshot]'The sound of her sisters screeching down the hall was all Bianca heard when she awoke the next day.' When the prince comes around with the glass slipper, the last thing he is expecting is a disgruntled first time fairy godmother.
Fairy Tales - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,622 - Reviews: 38 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 3 - Published: 2/13/2006 - Complete
The Lady and the Lion by Marauders Chick reviews
Because of a panicked bargain by her father, 15 year old Belle is forced to leave her home and her family to live forever in a strange castle. She quickly finds herself amongst a court of lions...at least, that's what they are by day...Chapter 15 up!
Fairy Tales - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 16 - Words: 38,242 - Reviews: 98 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 10/15/2005 - Published: 12/22/2004
A Nine Lived Enchanter in Queen Attolia's Court by Roseveare reviews
Crossover: Diana Wynne Jones' Chrestomanci and Megan Whalen Turner's 'Queen of Attolia'. 'I begin to tire of foreign sorcerers seeking to reclaim their lost treasures from my mountains.'
Crossover - Diana Wynne Jones & Queen's Thief series - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,642 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 3 - Published: 10/8/2005 - Complete
Paralysis by noiseforyoureyes reviews
Covers the two days Bruce was out from Crane's fear toxin.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,212 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 71 - Follows: 12 - Published: 7/25/2005
Hate Everything About You by taniita reviews
James Potter just seems to get worse and worse until Lily Evans is completely convinced that he's bad down to the core. But a challenging time comes around and Lily starts to see that maybe there IS more to the infamous, bigheaded James Potter.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 13 - Words: 48,548 - Reviews: 133 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 3/29/2005 - Published: 1/3/2004 - Lily Evans P., James P.
A Visit to Imladris by Dragon Confused reviews
Galadriel and Celebrian visit Imladris sometime in the second age. Elrond and Celebrian meet for the first time.Main Characters: Galadriel, Celebrian, Celeborn, Elrond, Glorfindel, Gil-Galad, Haldir, little Erestor NEW: Three's a crowd?
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 33 - Words: 58,670 - Reviews: 752 - Favs: 166 - Follows: 48 - Updated: 12/30/2004 - Published: 10/20/2002 - Elrond, Glorfindel
Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire by bryn bnw reviews
Prior to their journey, the Fellowship remained in Rivendell for two months. Let them not be accused of "lounging around." Botched scouting missions, misunderstandings, and enemies home and abroad. Proof that when in doubt, things can ALWAYS get worse.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 40 - Words: 141,110 - Reviews: 925 - Favs: 365 - Follows: 39 - Updated: 8/3/2003 - Published: 4/16/2002
Trapped As A Mary Sue by o0-Key-0o reviews
Flashing hair and a captivating stare...What are Mary Sues made of? If you're a dedicated canon-lover, the answer may not be pretty... (Complete. Sequel: Trapped As A Mary Sue II)
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 20 - Words: 58,621 - Reviews: 505 - Favs: 123 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 6/4/2003 - Published: 7/13/2002 - Complete
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Larabee's 7 reviews
Post Obsession: Chris delays his revenge to recover the Clarion's stolen deed. Will the seven be able to put aside their rough shootin' ways to pull off a smooth heist? Or will Chris's uncontrolled anger split up the team permanently?
Magnificent Seven - Rated: T - English - Western/Adventure - Chapters: 4 - Words: 10,788 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 5/18/2011 - Published: 5/11/2011 - Chris L.
Night Falling reviews
Richard goes undercover at an exclusive private school to track down a vicious killer, while Bruce finds himself increasingly entangled with the alluring Selina Kyle.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Mystery - Chapters: 26 - Words: 128,111 - Reviews: 649 - Favs: 201 - Follows: 250 - Updated: 8/8/2010 - Published: 6/13/2007
Batman Extras reviews
Bonus scenes from my Batman stories.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 3 - Words: 2,934 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 4 - Published: 3/10/2010
The Truth about Beauty reviews
When the wizard Max's plan to milk rich aristocrats goes awry, he finds himself enchanted, along with his princely host. Max must help the prince find true love to break the curse, but the prince isn't cooperating.
Fairy Tales - Rated: K - English - Humor/Fantasy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,928 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 2/23/2010 - Published: 2/18/2010
The King's Wedding Night & Other Minor Disasters reviews
A collection of missing scenes for the Queen's Thief series.
Queen's Thief series - Rated: T - English - Angst/Humor - Chapters: 2 - Words: 7,214 - Reviews: 138 - Favs: 151 - Follows: 54 - Updated: 7/8/2009 - Published: 6/27/2009
Games reviews
Taken hostage by the Joker, Richard Grayson tries to understand the puzzling relationship that exists between Batman and the clown prince of crime.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,707 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 64 - Follows: 8 - Published: 2/25/2009 - Joker - Complete
The Enterprise Learns about Sexual Harassment reviews
When an anonymous tip alerts Starfleet to possible sexual harassment on board the Enterprise, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy must endure a Fleet regulation lecture.
StarTrek: The Original Series - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,062 - Reviews: 73 - Favs: 184 - Follows: 17 - Published: 10/31/2008 - Complete
Die, Black, Die Slowly reviews
A collection of canon companion scenes written in EPOV.
Twilight - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 4 - Words: 11,742 - Reviews: 203 - Favs: 163 - Follows: 64 - Updated: 9/27/2008 - Published: 4/3/2008 - Edward - Complete
Beyond Sunsets reviews
ON INDEFINITE HIATUS With a new English teacher, a stolen car, and the old feud with the Socs, Ponyboy’s got more than he can handle. But his year takes a terrifying turn for the worse when the town is darkened by the shadow of a burning cross.
Outsiders - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 12 - Words: 49,576 - Reviews: 121 - Favs: 37 - Follows: 46 - Updated: 2/13/2008 - Published: 4/19/2007
The Other Side reviews
BOOK 7 SPOILERS! When Snape wakes beyond death, he finds more than one person waiting to greet him.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,556 - Reviews: 55 - Favs: 57 - Follows: 4 - Published: 7/24/2007 - Severus S., Albus D. - Complete
Monkey See, Monkey Do reviews
Richard Grayson: Boy Wonder, Super Sidekick. Or he would be, if Bruce Wayne would stop telling him to do his homework and let him start saving the world.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 13 - Words: 51,725 - Reviews: 281 - Favs: 104 - Follows: 37 - Updated: 5/22/2007 - Published: 12/17/2006 - Complete
Cat's Bells reviews
SCREAMINGwhispers' challenge: A perilous villainess is making tracks across Gotham's rooftops.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,817 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 8 - Published: 2/19/2007 - Complete
Rooftops reviews
CHALLENGE Why was Bruce Wayne asked not to return to Princeton?
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,579 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 6 - Published: 11/22/2006 - Complete
Toward a Dark Horizon reviews
When Bruce's custody of Richard Grayson is challenged, he finds himself in a deadly race to discover the truth about his young ward.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 47 - Words: 130,540 - Reviews: 857 - Favs: 243 - Follows: 79 - Updated: 11/19/2006 - Published: 8/1/2005 - Complete
Blithering Bats, It's Halloween, Batman! reviews
Pure fluff: Alfred volunteers Bruce to be a chaperone at a neighborhood trickortreat outing for Dick’s first Halloween at Wayne Manor.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 3 - Words: 4,338 - Reviews: 96 - Favs: 69 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 10/31/2006 - Published: 10/1/2006
Paddy Whack, Laddy Black! reviews
A little known anecdote from the boyhood of Sirius Black.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 627 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 5 - Published: 9/18/2006 - Complete
The Nestling reviews
Post Batman Begins: Bruce’s life grows even more complicated when Wayne Manor receives a new inhabitant…Dick Grayson. The boy hides behind a wall of silence, scarred by his tragic past. But Batman is going to teach this crippled bird how to fly. Moved fro
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 6 - Words: 14,854 - Reviews: 228 - Favs: 239 - Follows: 49 - Updated: 7/16/2005 - Published: 7/1/2005 - Complete
A Dozen Means Twelve, Lobelia reviews
ON PERMANENT HIATUS After The Hobbit, Bilbo returns to find his home up for sale! Mayhem abounds as Bilbo attempts to regain his property and outwit his disagreeable relative, Lobelia SackvilleBaggins! In canon.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 5 - Words: 5,526 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 6/25/2005 - Published: 6/8/2005 - Bilbo B.
A Spinner's Tale reviews
Modern Myth. Reluctant Romance. Preposterous Plot. Happy ending included.COMPLETE
Fairy Tales - Rated: K - English - Humor/Mystery - Chapters: 7 - Words: 10,939 - Reviews: 54 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 8/27/2004 - Published: 7/4/2004 - Complete
Operation Leggo Lego reviews
ON PERMANENT HIATUS When three fangirls are kidnapped one stormy night, they have no idea of the ordeal ahead of them. Is their obsession strong enough to survive the attack of the Middle Earth Deprogramming Agency?
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 5 - Words: 7,157 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 7/12/2004 - Published: 2/18/2003