Name: DGgirl reviewed All Imperfect Things on Jun 04, 2010 10:14 am
*sighs* Ginny is an idiotic fool. I'm sort of glad AND angry Draco chose his family over her... this is a "real life" story, so good job on making it seem believable.

Author's Response: Ginny really is an idiotic fool in this. I love my happy DG endings as much as the next person, but it really didn't fit for this. Draco, for all that he loves Ginny, still loves Astoria and Scorpius. I don't think he would have left them just for her. In any case, I'm glad this came across as believable. Realism was what I was going for.
Name: Jack Tamara reviewed All Imperfect Things on Jun 02, 2010 11:04 pm
Ahhh, Boogum has done it again! Where in the world do you get your writing talent from? I have to say, I'm glad that Ginny didn't end up with Draco. He isn't a toy that she can just play with when she wants to. She chose Harry and should stick with it. Besides, I liked Harry in this one. :) So, yay for the ending.

And as for your drabble, I've been a bit obsessed with it. I am so, SO glad that Draco wasn't cheating on Ginny though. That explanation really helped calm me down, so I'm going to stick with the Draco-was-in-a-relationship-before-he-met-Ginny thing. That's so sad about Ginny, though. Will be ever be able to talk? Or will it just be eye-communication for DG from now on? And will she regain use of her body? How bad is her face? Like, Darth-Vader/Anakin Skywalker bad? Hopefully a little better than that. And what exactly is Draco's ugliness that's on the inside? That he's a liar?

Sorry about all these questions, but your drabble has been on my mind for a good part of the last few days. :)

Great Job on this one, though! I really hope you post your other one, Kismet, too, because I really want to know what happens, but I can only read the first chapter on your account. :(


Author's Response: Aw, thanks, JT. I completely agree that Ginny didn't deserve Draco. He's much better off without her. And I'm glad you like Harry. I wanted to try and keep him as close to how I view his canon personality as possible.

When I imagine the future for that drabble, I do see Ginny getting better. It's the magical world, after all, I'm sure they can heal her at least to a certain degree. But I do see her always being scarred from it, if not physically than at least emotionally. I suppose she would get her voice back again as well.

As for Draco's ugliness, well, you could say that is a lot of things. He is a liar, a deceiver, and he has already broken hearts before for his selfishness. Will he always be faithful to his wife? I don't know. I don't think he knows that either. But, really, what it all comes down to is that he betrayed his wife. He never told her the truth and she was hurt from it.
Name: openskys reviewed All Imperfect Things on Jun 02, 2010 09:12 pm
I always love your stories and you never ever disappoint me! Bravo great job!

Author's Response: Thank you. ^_^
Name: jessica k malfoy reviewed All Imperfect Things on Jun 02, 2010 05:56 pm
i am such a sucker for stories that twist up that epilogue! ginny unhappily married to harry draws me in every time! great job.

Author's Response: Well, aren't you the little masochist. ^_~

Thanks for the review!
Name: Incognito reviewed All Imperfect Things on Jun 02, 2010 09:11 am
I loved this one-shot. It was so real--Ginny dispassionate with her role as the domestic and Harry not understanding her anger and frustration. Although he tries.

There's a reason why you won best characterisation of Ginny: she's so real here. Like anyone else, she has regrets. She thinks she can change her mind and regain her past, but she can't. Rarely do people write a Ginny that you both love and hate--and you do that here.

Draco, on the other hand, is the responsible one. And while he still loves Ginny, he knows that what she wants is wrong. They cannot rekindle a romance of the past.

Two of the major themes here, which go hand-in-hand, are disappointment and frustration. Ginny has these both in spades, but it is all her own fault.

In the end, we (the DG fans) don't get exactly what we want, but we do see the possibility of a future (for good or bad) being dashed by Ginny's inability to either see beyond that day or too focused on the fantasy world of the future. Maybe it's a bit of both. We're left to guess. While we may turn a cold shoulder to Ginny, we forget that we are like her--and maybe that's why we dislike her so in this piece. We see so much of ourselves, of our past mistakes, of our inability to see. And this is why we come to especially sympathise with Harry and Lily and Draco in this fic. We feel sorry for those we have hurt, whether our intentions were deliberate or not.

All-in-all, this is an excellent fic that could be used as a warning to those who always make rash decisions when it comes to love.

Well done, Kim. ^_^


Author's Response: Well, you know I wasn't expecting to have to write this. I think it would have been much better as a chaptered fic, but I'm actually pleasantly surprised with how this turned out, especially since I only had about a day or so to write it. I knew right from the beginning that I was not going to have any fluff and that it would end with the flashback of her telling him to leave (that was actually the first scene I wrote of the story, so I did this backwards, lol). I also knew that Ginny was not going to be perfect -- far from it. In fact, everyone in this story has their faults (hence the title) so I'm glad you felt the realism of it. I really wanted the characters to feel real. People didn't have to like the characters, they just had to accept that this is the way things are.

Oddly enough, I saw Ginny rather like Cathy from Wuthering Heights in this. She loves Harry, but she loves Draco so much more -- yet she chose Harry for security. Draco, on the other hand, was no Heathcliff. As you said, he's the more responsible one and knows that what Ginny wants from him is wrong. He knows that it is too late to salvage things between them, no matter how much they both want it. I actually liked getting the chance to write a much more mature Draco. Like Ginny, he's not perfect, but he really does redeem himself in the end, I think. Harry and Lily, of course, are the ones I just feel really sorry for. Especially Lily. I think it's those scenes that you begin to really dislike Ginny, yet I wanted people to understand that Ginny is just one of those over-passionate people who can't help herself. She knows she's hurting her family, and it definitely makes her feel guilty, but she's still so caught up in her emotions to really see what she's doing -- just as you said.

Disappointment and frustration are definitely the major themes in this. It's all about regret and hopes that are eventually dashed. Really, this isn't a happy story at all, but I don't think it would have worked had I ended it with DG going together. It would have been a cheap option out. Sometimes the hardest option is the best, and I guess I really wanted to push the idea that some things cannot be saved, some mistakes cannot be remedied, and sometimes we don't always get what we want.
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