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Review:WitnesstoitAll says:
Hello!!

I'm so sorry that I'm only now getting to my half of the review exchange. This past week was ridiculously busy, and I didn't want to rush through this. I chose this story because the banner is GORGEOUS. I am very happy to say that the story was equally gorgeous.

This is a story that has been told innumerable times, and yet, never quite like this. Helena's character was so real and tangible and ulikable. It is this last trait that makes her stand out from the other Helena's that have been written. Your Helena isn't someone to feel sympathy for. She is haughty and slight abhorable. Yet, she is so right. And I do pity her. I pity her for her skewed vision of the world and her own self worth.

The style of writing that you use here is very suitable for this time period. It is a delicate and winding description, very little narrative, and so suits the situation and the characters beautifully.

All in all, FABULOUS job. I don't often enjoy founders fics, but this was beyond lovely. It was a beautiful story.

xx
Melissa

Author's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review!

This one-shot isn't like anything I've written on HPFF before, being Founder's Era. Founder's Era isn't usually something I read, much less write. But with the Writer's Duel, as soon as I read the categories and narrowed it down to 'A Legend is Born', I couldn't get Deathly Hallows and Harry's encounter with the Grey Lady out of my head. There was something distinctly unpleasant about her. I didn't like her. So naturally, I felt compelled to enter a contest with a story about an unlikeable character. I doubt Helena will do very well against heroes such as Dumbledore or Harry, but I had so much fun writing this that I really don't care that I pretty much blasted my chances by writing about someone so...ugly. I wanted to write a story where everyone would sympathize more with the killer than with the victim, just to shine a light on how easy it can be. The Baron is no knight in shining armor and Helena is no damsel in distress, but it's a twisted kind of love story (albeit a one-sided love story) that I just HAD to write.

:)


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