Author has written 5 stories for Pride and Prejudice, Twilight, and Harry Potter.
Dear Love and Disappointments Readers and Reviewers,
I was 16 years old when I started writing Love and Disappointments. I was tired of combing through P&P modernizations and crappy writing for P&P fanfics that I enjoyed reading, so I decided to write one of my own. 8 years and an English BA later, I will be the first to admit that as much research as I put into the writing of the story, it's not the most historically accurate piece of work. There are parts that I re-read and cringe over, but I leave it up on fanfiction because there are a lot of people who have really enjoyed it and connected to the story, and for me, that's one of the most important parts of the reading experience. Their wonderful words of encouragement carried me through my dad's deployment to Iraq, a traumatic death in the family, and my parents' crumbling marriage, and in my loneliest moments, this story, its world, and this world of fanfiction were my retreat.
If you have something negative to say, I've probably beat you to the punch. I've read enough Frances Burney, Jane Austen, Maria Edgeworth, and literary criticism to know where my faults lie. When I look back and cringe, I also look back and see the reflections, hopes, and ideals of a 16 year-old who decided to challenge herself to write a novel to the best of her ability while juggling a full course load, sports, other extracurricular activities, and at times, deep depression. Through this story, I connected with someone in India who was managing a loss of his/her own, and we became internet pen pals to work through our losses together.
The story is "complete" for a reason--it means no more editing, no more updates. So no need to leave non-constructive criticism, or really any criticism at all, if you aren't enjoying it. If you don't like it, move on, don't read it. Better yet, stop scrolling through other people's stories to criticize and start writing some of your own.
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