Date: 02/04/2008 12:25 PM Title: Vermilion Hunger, Cerulean Thirst
I've never read this ship before, and I don't think I ever will again because this story ruined me for any other that could come after it. It was so well written and detailed and absolutely wonderful. Well done!
Author's Response: Thank you so very much for your kind words! I fell in love with these two when I wrote them, and then went hunting for more... and found nothing! :( So while Im' gratified that I've spoiled you, unless things have changed dramatically, chances are that you won't be able to find much more!! So pleased that you enjoyed this and let me know your thoughts.
Date: 04/26/2007 04:10 PM Title: Vermilion Hunger, Cerulean Thirst
Well, I had looked forward to this for so long, and then I realized why - because it was a monster fic. Took me 2 days to read (what with real life and all) and another 2 days to figure out what to say about it. You always make me think real hard about the beauty of the words you use and subtlety of the words you don't use.
You know I'm avid H/R shipper and I'm quite sensitive about character death, but you used it here so 'respectfully' without dwelling on the heartbreak of it (cause I might not have been able to cope otherwise) but you still portrayed the impact it had on Ron. He was always honest but never 'betrayed' his love for Harry.
I liked the journey you took Dean on, starting with him still crushing on Seamus a bit. (another ship I really enjoy) You have the amazing ability to infuse detail in the tiny things, describing clothing, food, furniture, without losing the tone or flow of the story. It's not boring, in other words.
I was intrigued by Dean's alcoholism and for the first time, I encountered 'pause' at his use of recreational substances (we all have negative experiences with something, right?) and I quibbled with my protagonist doing something that pains me to see. I don't mention this to critisize, but to let you know that you took me beyond my comfort level and made me still want to read. I generally like it when the protagonists do something I don't like, it makes them more real. But that was an issue for me that you carried me past.
The image of those two tall, striking men on the dance floor is a lovely one, to be sure.
I liked how you wrote his fantasy and how Ron intruded on it. The night they finally hooked up really had an aire of excitement and tension and vulnerability for both of them, and so very sexy. Ron sort of flubbed it afterward, in typical, unintentional Ron fashion.
It was fitting that Dean finally got to hook up with the fantasy bloke, and even though it was sexy and a relatively good experience for him, it served the purpose of making Dean realize that even the perfect fantasy isn't all that fulfilling and Ron, in spite of his flaws, was capable of giving him that.
I really enjoyed their meeting of the minds at the end (and I really want to read that missing scene! :P )
Author's Response: Oh Maple, thank you so very much for your detailed, thoughtful and enthusiastic review. I'm thrilled!! You bring up so many things, I'll contact you off-list to address them, but suffice it to say, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this. The image of those two tall, distinctive, handsome men is one that certainly worked for me while writing this! ::loves::
Date: 04/25/2007 01:05 PM Title: Vermilion Hunger, Cerulean Thirst
Absolutely brilliant. This was a more real and in-depth character sketch of Dean than I have EVER read before. I am always amazed at how much you put into what you write. And this was no different. It is perfect and wonderful and many other superlatives than I can think to throw at you.
::embraces the pelting superlatives::
Thanks so much for reading this; I really, really fell for Dean as a person in this, in ways that only rival my affection for Ron, so I was especially thrilled for them eventually to be able to give themselves to each other. I'm so very glad that you felt Dean was well fleshed-out; he's a compelling young man!
Date: 04/24/2007 11:56 AM Title: Vermilion Hunger, Cerulean Thirst
Oh that was lovely!
Your Ron and Dean are very sexy and I love how they sometimes feel insecure and a bit needy. In this story, they suit each other very well.
I'm mostly a R/ HR shipper with H/R being my second favorite, but this was a very lovely change.
Many thanks! I'm a huge Ron fan, and part of his appeal to me is that he is often insecure and needy. Both he and Dean are rather wounded in many ways, so I was glad to let them eventually get started down a pretty secure path.
I appreciate your taking the time to read and share your thoughts with me.