I am barely familiar with Jane Austen's work and have only read a few pages of her works, but I always found the her novel's 'era' (I don't know what to call it) interesting.
Completely in awe. I can't even begin to explain how amazing this is. I never thought anyone could pull-off a Harry Potter-Jane Austen fanfiction, yet here it is and I am in love with it.
I love how there's so much contrast between the two cousins! Lily is so feminine and mostly cared for finding the perfect husband, so much of what I would expect from a lady in this period of time. While Rose, on the other hand, doesn't really see the point of marriage and wants nothing, but freedom.
I did have some trouble with the language, but that's probably because I'm still not used to the style of it. But, the way everything came together so smoothly helped a lot! So in the end I found myself enjoying and loving the story! :D
I'll be back for chapter two,
Has anyone ever told you how awesome you are? Because you are, like super awesome. :)
Author's Response: Wow, thank you for reading and reviewing this story, Izzy! I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the first chapter. ^_^ And thank you for those wonderful compliments. *blushes* They've made this week feel a lot better!
It's the era that I love most about this story - I'm actually kind of obsessed with it, so if the narrator begins rambling on about the French Revolution and such, that's me being a history nerd again. :P
It's fantastic to hear that you like how the Potter-Austen combination is working so far, even more so because you're not an Austen fan. I've found it a challenge to maintain a balance between writing in an Austen-esque style while making the story still like fanfiction, and still accessible to readers. I've heard a lot of times from students (and peers) that the 19th century novels are tougher to read, and now that I'm writing in the style of one, I can see the differences. There's a strange sentence structure and word choice involved that take getting used to for many readers. It's something I'll definitely take care to watch for as I write future chapters.
Yay! I'm glad you liked the contrast between Lily and Rose. It's fun to write them that way, especially since, like you said, Lily is the traditionally "normal" one, but her family doesn't see it that way, and it frustrates her continuously, poor girl. Lily wants freedom as well, though in her own way - she wants the freedom that she believes marriage to the "right" man will give her, mostly wealth, position, and stability, a world where she can rule the household rather than be the youngest daughter of the youngest daughter (I think I've made her the youngest cousin, too, which only makes things worse). Sometimes I think she'll turn out to be one of the deeper characters of this story, which is a nice surprise because she didn't start that way in the planning process. ;)
Before I ramble on forever, I'll thank you again for taking the time to read and review this story. I really appreciate it! :D