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Araytigre posted a comment on Monday 22nd October 2012 3:19am

Excellent! Both Fun and Exciting. Without Hope, most people would just give up, and be resigned to whatever fate awaits them. That "meddling old fool" strikes again, if Gabby hadn't had her "deja vu" moment, he would have gotten away with it, and all because he wanted to control Harry, never mind the consequences, and all for the "Greater Good". Sadly some of what he has done could be attributed to the dementia, and the rest of it lays in Snapes greasy hands. This also gives us a little more insight of Albus' actions, you've got to concider that his dementia started kicking in officially around Harry's First Year at Hogwarts, which makes you wonder when it really started, as it starts very gradualy and it can be several years before any noticable symptoms occur. Poor Harry. Thank You. TTFN

gara5289 posted a comment on Monday 20th August 2012 5:40am

i honestly think this is the first story that would be as good with lemons as without.

Aiwendil posted a comment on Thursday 2nd August 2012 3:26pm

Hello,

I've read this years ago (about 8 if I remember correctly) and I remember that I loved it, as I loved every single story that you wrote. It's somehow entrancing that, especially Hope, doesn't even have a major villain, but still manages to catch me so throughly that, instead of writing my thesis as I am supposed to do, I spent the last two days reading this. Your stories were amongst my first favourites in HP fanfiction and are the only ones that have remained favourites even now. I love the way you write and your characters. Yes, it does come close to being a fairytale, but maybe this wonderful light feeling is exactly what makes me feel good after I read one of your stories. I certainly don't dislike the fairytale qualities.

I have to admit that I'm quite happy that you decided to remove the epilogue. As much as I like the light nd romantic feeling your stories have, I remember that I found the epilogue to be a bit too much so. This seems a perfect ending without overdoing it. (Although I'm pretty sure that I do have the original version somewhere on my computer and will read it through just to figure out if I didn't prefer the epilogue after all...)

This story somehow makes me want to read more Harry/Veela stories, be it Fleur or Gabrielle. Sadly, most creature fics apart from this one use the creatures' abilites as shortcuts to get two characters together or whatever else and I just don't like that. I adore the way you used the Veela bond as an inital hindrance for their relationship, at least from Harry's point of view since he was trying to figure out which parts of his feelings were his and which were induced by the bond. By the way, a huge compliment on the idea to let them see each other without the bond's interference and its execution.

Since I enjoyed this so much, I'll probably have to reread This means war, too... We'll see if I need more distractions from writing my thesis...

Thank you so much for writing.

ai

E. C. Scrubb posted a comment on Wednesday 1st August 2012 4:52am

There is one major problem with this story - well, the ending.

You tell us that there was an epilogue - and then erased it! That's just far beyond cruel. A story this good, with that many little stories that could be discussed in the epilogue... and you tease?

Cruel, cruel, cruel.

Other than that, a wonderful story. It's the second time I've read it.

Amamama posted a comment on Wednesday 25th July 2012 5:30am

The calendar tells me it's summer, but the weather is not cooperating. What better way to lift my spirits than rereading one of my favourite AU adult Harry fics? I know I've said it before, but I do love your stories. And I hope we'll get to read more after you've settled in Scotland. May it be a smooth move!

sisyphus1967 posted a comment on Monday 23rd July 2012 12:01pm

Excellent story. As time goes on I find myself more and more liking Gabrielle. Thank you.

Katsuhito posted a comment on Sunday 13th May 2012 5:43am

I just finished reading this for the 5th (or is it 6th?) time. I thought you'd appreciate knowing that.

However, I'm a little disapointed to see the epilogue is gone. I saw your a/n, and while I obviously don't know what your goals or thoughts were for that ending, I thought it was a neat way to close the story while retaining the same emotional content(?) that preceeded it. Oh well.

Rexnos posted a comment on Thursday 3rd May 2012 7:29am

It's funny you know. I've been reading fan fiction since I was 13 or 14. I'm 24 now. My tastes have matured signifcantly and the stories I've loved have changed just as dramatically. Quite a few of the stories I once thought were better than canon have since dimmed significantly in my changing view points.

I wish I could remember the first time that I read Hope, but I can't say that I do. I do remember that I liked it a great deal, just as I've liked this site a great deal over the years.

Since the first time I finished your story, I've graduated from college with a degree in creative writing. This helped me notice the many flaws present in a number of the stories I once thought were impressive. This includes Hope of course (as everyone knows Jeconais does DO realistic, threatening villains).

But over the years, I've found myself returning here time and time again. I've read hope beginning to end more than any real book or any other piece of fan fiction ever. Regardless of its flaws, Hope might be my personal favorite piece of literature.

I even have a rant on it in my fanfiction dot net profile. I simply can't understand how a story with so little real conflict or tension can be so enjoyable to read. Every time I come back here I fall in love with Gabrielle all over again and feel Harry's disconnect with the rest of the world. Even though I know how it ends, I'm entranced as Gabrielle drags Harry back from the brink and makes him a happier, more complete person.

I've reviewed this story several times I'm sure, but I just felt like something else needed to be said. Thank you for writing this story. I've drawn more enjoyment from this story over the years than from anything else I've ever read.

Thanks,

Rex

(P.S. I'm glad you scrapped the epilogue. I remember reading it one of the times I read the story, but I deliberately skipped it every other time. I've always prefered ...and they lived happily ever after... to ...and the died after a long happy life. Shakespeare had it right. End it with a wedding if it's happy and a funeral if it's sad.)

Marauder Neyo posted a comment on Monday 2nd April 2012 4:28am

'Ich Bin Ein Berlinner'? What does that mean exactly? I am cluless. Tsk tsk...

BTW, great chapter! ESPECIALLY THE QUIDDITCH! :D

And putting the GRYFFINDOR QUIDDITCH TEAM back together was a complete bonus! I really cried during that part... :')

I LOVE IT JECONAIS! HOPE YOU MAKE MORE STORIES LIKE THIS!!!... :D

Marauder Neyo posted a comment on Sunday 1st April 2012 11:23am

Ahh... Putting Lee Jordan back... Old times... old times... I feel like I could cry at the moment if not for my grandmother in the back watching me... *gulp*

BTW, great chatpter! I simply loved it - like every other chapter! :D

And really Malfoy!?! Tsk tsk... Such a shame...

Oh and, I loved the Quidditch match by the way! Always have and always will! ;) And Gabrielle (I wouldn't want to call her Gabby knowing the sufferings I would get *gulp*) really did the Potter Turn! 'THE BLOODY POTTER TURN'! Simply amazing! :)

Marauder Neyo posted a comment on Sunday 1st April 2012 9:21am

~"‘I am not another one,’ she said, in a cold voice. ‘I am the last one.’" Who knew? That was just what it takes for Jean's mother to approve... Hehe... ;)

~"I make him sick?" Hahaha!!! XD Loved that part...

~But really, I knew Katie felt something when Harry told them about the bond... But I didn't know then that Katie was the fourth girl Harry slept with... Really, I wasn't expecting that.

~Oh and BTW, great chapter! I enjoyed reading every word! :D

Marauder Neyo posted a comment on Sunday 1st April 2012 5:54am

Ahh... Bayard. I like that name. ;)

'Harry responded with a single gesture that perhaps wasn’t the politest reply one could make, but which got his point across perfectly.' How? By raising his middle finger? Hehe... XD

Oh and by the way, loved how you added the twins here! I sooooo love those two! Hahaha!!! XD A fanfiction with them around is always a fun read! :)

Oh and, that part about Merlin? I loved that as well! :D

Keep up the good work!

Marauder Neyo posted a comment on Sunday 1st April 2012 5:03am

Aww... This was a sweet one.... And I simply love it! :D

quaziemoto posted a comment on Thursday 22nd March 2012 11:56pm

I have always enjoyed this story over the years, being an old fart I forget bit and pieces of it so every 6 months or so I re-read it with as much joy as before. One thing that I do miss about this story is the removal of the epilogue, but other than that this is truly one of the greats

kyoshi posted a comment on Tuesday 20th March 2012 3:14pm

A truly wonderful story. You are among the greats as an author. I bow to your genius!

The Seeker posted a comment on Tuesday 13th March 2012 8:15pm

Before I comment on your story, thanks for explaining where the epilogue went and why. Despite your lack of comfort with it, Gabrielle's journey down the path to 'Merlin's Cave' is one of the strongest memories I have from the many fan fic stories I have read. Now on to this story.

I've read Hope so many times that I'm not sure if I've left an overall, end of the story review or not. In case I have, I'll keep this one short.

Hope is by far the best HP fic I've ever read, and I've read more stories than I'd ever admit to. Thanks for elevating HP fan fiction through your storytelling brilliance and your ability to create memorable, sometimes iconic, characters, as you did in this story with Gabrielle. Bon chance for whatever you do in the future, hoping (pun intended) that it includes some HP fan fiction.

The Seeker

(Please allow me to make one editing/beta related comment: In Hope , and if memory serves in your two current HP fics, I noticed you use what I call 'dangling adverbs.' Let me give you an obvious example - 'The boy went over the hill and through the dale to his grandmother's house quickly.' The reader has an easier time following what's happening when the adverb is close to the verb it's modifying, so we get, "The boy quickly went over the hill . . .' These 'dangling adverbs' are something I fight with in my own writing, so please excuse me for bringing it up here. Anyhow, blame should go to Kokopelli for letting these through. :-))

The Seeker posted a comment on Tuesday 6th March 2012 11:42pm

After reading this story and specifically this chapter more times than I can remember, it's about time I commented. In my opinion, this chapter is arguably one of, if not the best, ever written in HP fan fiction. Especially outstanding was the progression of the Harry/Gabby relationship, from the classic, 'orange is not a good color for fish,' to the relaxed fun at crazy golf and your educational interpretation of the Arthurian legends, accompanied by a visit to Merlin's final resting place. Most importantly to both the chapter and to Harry were the explosive scenes along the beach, ending with Harry apparating them to the bed in his cottage, where he finally realized he was no longer alone, despite his best efforts to remain so. Thanks!

Marauder Neyo posted a comment on Monday 20th February 2012 1:13pm

Loved the plot! Nice start Jeconais! :D

Kendra A. Brown posted a comment on Monday 7th November 2011 1:33am

I relly enjoyed this story. I laughed at several situations so much that i got some very wierd looks from my family. A very good jod indeed!

Mamodo posted a comment on Sunday 16th October 2011 10:52am

Hi Jeconais!

I have to say I simply love your stories.
Now i wanted to ask you, f you would allow me to translate this one into German. I am sure there would be quite a lot people who would love to read it but are not very good with English.

Please sent me an answer. Me e-Mail is:

DanielaSteinberger@web.de

sincerely,

Mamodo