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You know, my grandparents are Dutch. During the war, my grandfather (Opa) was forced to work at a bomb factory. For years my Oma saved his letters, whatever terrible/sad/racy/desperate things were written in them. There was a time, after they moved to Canada, when my Oma just burned all of them. She didn't want any of her 5 children accidentally coming across them and reading them. My mom didn't understand at first, but does now as a grown woman with her own saved diaries from her youth. I kind of wonder when I'll feel that way, but then again, I don't save written accounts of my life, I'm sort of glad to let the past go.
I can sort of understand burning the letters for that reason. Private letters are just that. On the other hand, I suspect that most people, if they read their parents' old love letters would understand more than not. Anyway, it's each person's own decision, I suppose. Thanks for the comments!
I used to burn old love letters.
Author's Response: It's very cathartic. Thanks for the comment!
Nice transformation piece - I especially loved the last bit, with Draco's eyes... very artistic.
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
great job. i loved it.
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That was so beautiful. It's just... I can't even put into words how beautiful that was. Great job.
its really good but im a little confused.... what happened to harry? why did he think ginny would still be pining for him? if he did think so why didn't he come for her? if he didnt think so why would he have not sent the letters?
This fanfic is a lesson for me, really. I should imitate ginny here.
Author's Response: Perhaps you should! Thanks for the comment.
i love it. really do think it is great, although it made me wanna cry. :) *** out of *****
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked it!
"awkwardly drinking tea with my mother"-great line, wonderful visual. the whole thing was colorful and full of imagery. loved it! wish i was marrying draco, ;)
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This was lovely. First person worked very well here, it brought us right into the forefront of Ginny's mind; it made it more personal. I also really liked the idea of Ginny sorting through old memories and ridding herself of the ones she no longer needs to hold on to, because of Draco. I really enjoyed it and good luck with your other piece!
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the nice comments. I actually wrote this more than a year ago, and the other piece is also finished, so I don't need to worry about it anymore. Thank you again for the review!
This is a lovely fic. I liked it...
Author's Response: Thank you!
There are some fics that are really wonderful, even without any dialogue, and this is one of them.
You write from Ginny's perspective so naturally that I can almost imagine this being part of an epilogue or something in canon. Really nice job.
Author's Response: I always get nervous about writing in the first-person, so it is nice to hear that it worked out okay. Thank you very much for the lovely review!
Very nice way of showing how we grow and move on. You have inspired me to do the same with all my old letters, notes, diaries, etc.
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked it, though I'm not sure it is always a good idea to follow in Ginny's footsteps. But if you do, I hope that it helps you move forward with your life, to much more positive things! Thank you for reading and for the review.
Lovely. Simply lovely.
Author's Response: Thank you very much!
What an absolutely lovely fic. You write the first person REALLY well, much better than one usually sees in fanfic. Contrary to popular belief, it's actually harder to write in the first person and do it well, especially for amateur writers.
I liked the tone of the fic, and the way Ginny described all the Weasleys as packrats. You really get a sense of family here, and that is so important for someone like Ginny.
My only qualm is with the end--did she really need to burn the letters? I understand that that was almost expected from the beginning, that she'd have to rid herself of these meaningless--and painful--memories. I was sorry to see her do it, though, because I grew so attached to those letters, to all of Ginny's things, so quickly. It seemed almost wasteful and pointless to burn them.
Otherwise, I loved it. I also liked how none of the Weasleys could bear telling Harry about Ginny's marriage to Draco--I thought that was very realistic.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the long and thoughtful review! I'm glad that you think I write well in the first person--it certainly is a challenge, and the few times I have tried it, I have worried terribly about getting the character's voice right. It is nice to know that you think it worked, at least in this case.
I think I understand your qualms about burning the letters. I guess that in some ways, it didn't need to be a physical burning, but there did need to be a metaphorical burning at least, so that Ginny could truly move on--her new life growing out of the ashes of the old one, so to speak.
Anyway, thank you again for the lovely review!
~WOW...very poetic. I really like it.~
I don't believe that I've not read this before - silly me! It's such a beautiful piece of work. Well done.
Amazing writing.... hope to read a lot more from u.
Bittersweet and poignant with a dash of light thrown in at the end. Writing in the first person is the most difficult of all the writing tasks, I think. You have done a magnificent job. Take a bow.
That was so sad, yet interesting. I really did like it. Keep up the great work.
I enjoyed reading this. It has a very calm and lovely narrative flow about it and I liked the bits about the Weasley boys' packratting. You write just fine in first person; the only thing is that the occasional tense shift can be slightly jarring. I hope you're getting unstuck with your other story. Keep up the great work!
That was lovely and bittersweet. Very well written!