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Reviews for Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart

talesofsnape 2012.03.29 - 06:38PM 21: In the Gloaming Signed
Aw, honey! You rip our hearts out, (in the best possible way). Beautifully written.

astopperindeath 2011.07.28 - 12:06PM 21: In the Gloaming Signed
this was beautifully written. ss/mm is such a believable pairing to me, and i love what you did with it.

Author's Response: Thank you. I love this pairing, too. It was my first attempt at it, and it sort of mushroomed into this multi-chaptered thing.

NJ Dryad 2011.07.12 - 04:22AM 21: In the Gloaming Signed
What an interesting, original story. The characters were intelligent, reasonable, responsible, and decent. The sex scenes were very good. I loved the way Skeeter tried to "tabloidize" a story that was quite salacious and scandalous enough already.

Author's Response: Thank you for reading and commenting. Dear Rita--I just had to make sure she lost her job.

NJ Dryad 2011.07.12 - 03:55AM 19: Roads High and Low Signed
Excellent chapter. This is a much more admirable Minerva than the clueless woman in canon. She's strong, brave, smart, loving, honest, and independent. Well done!

Author's Response: Thank you. I happen to think Minerva is all that a and a side of chips!

NJ Dryad 2011.07.12 - 03:36AM 17: To Rend and Sew Signed
I loved the part where Snape complained about being used by Dumbledore, and McGonagall had the empathy to realize it was true. Both of those paragraphs were very well-written.

Author's Response: Thanks. I think they both realize that Dumbledore could be quite manipulative, even with those he cared about.

NJ Dryad 2011.07.11 - 03:45AM 14: Christmases Past and Present Signed
I second Moira's emotion. No matter how much things suck for Snape, Dumbledore always finds a way to make things worse.

Author's Response: Yes, I thought it really appalling the way Dumbledore used Snape in canon; even if it was for "the Greater Good." How long was the boy expected to atone for his relatively brief time with the Death Eaters?

NJ Dryad 2011.07.11 - 03:14AM 11: And Shall I Couple Hell Signed
I hope Voldemort has never read a bodice ripper romance because this rape scene sounds just like one, and he might get suspicious. I feel sorry for both of them.

Author's Response: Yes, I don't think Severus and Minerva are apt to be especially creative here.

NJ Dryad 2011.07.11 - 03:07AM 10: The Rules of Engagement Signed
I love Squirmy! Snape, blushing and saying dumb things in his embarrassment. He really makes a lousy depraved fiend, doesn't he? I particularly liked his thought about being Imbecile of the Year. I'm surprised he wasn't listening to Fidelio. I should think the story of a tormented and imprisoned man being rescued by his loving, loyal wife would appeal to him.

Author's Response: Oh, Fidelio would have worked well, too! I thought the dichotomous good/evil world in which the hero of Tannhauser finds himself apt here. Plus, I love the music... Snape is really an overgrown, intellectual adolescent, I think. He never had a chance to fully mature as a man.

NJ Dryad 2011.07.10 - 03:28AM 9: Preparations Signed
The characters act more realistically in this story than they do in canon. In this chapter, I really liked the way McGonagall resented her late husband's careless manipulativeness towards others and his refusal to consider their feelings. It also makes sense Minerva and Severus would carry out their fake affair in the same room where he has to be a fake bad guy, rather than infecting another room with those feelings.

Author's Response: Thanks. I see Minerva and Snape as being completely aware that they have been used, but such is Dumbledore's personal power that he makes them tolerate it. That's what interests me most about this triad: the power dynamic between them.

NJ Dryad 2011.07.10 - 03:14AM 7: Accept and Serve Signed
Wow, this IS AU. A straight Dumbledore married to McGonagall. I love the way Snape calls DD "an arrangement of pigment" and Voldemort "a sick fuck." It's great to see him showing some backbone. Canon or not, it's silly to suppose a man with the emotional strength to be a double agent would also be a doormat, for Lily, DD, or VM. As Judge Judy says, "It doesn't make sense. And if it doesn't make sense, it's probably not true."

Author's Response: Indeed. I feel fine about playing free and easy with Dumbledore's sexuality 'cause--if it ain't in the books, it ain't canon. I'm not a die-hard MM/AD shipper, and I'm fine with the idea of him as gay, but in this "universe," I see him as being somewhat fluid with regard to sexuality. (I guess I see most of the wizarding world that way--it makes for more fic options!), and it's perfectly possible for him to have loved Grindelwald as well. I have another WIP on Lumos set in the same universe that includes the AD/MM backstory, and talks a bit about the AD/GG relationship.

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