Hi! I am here to review for the April 2019 Capture the Flag team Gold.
It’s a nice touch to start by talking about Quidditch being a family business for the Woods. Obviously Oliver Wood is very into it in the HP books, but the thought that it might extend backwards through his forbearers and then forwards to his own children is interesting. Although it seems that Darcy is not at all interested in it.
You’ve told us a lot about the relationship that Darcy has with her father in this opening bit. They have a strained relationship and I found it interesting that she associates Quidditch so much with her father that she can’t even like the sport any more—in spite of some fond early memories she has of it.
But she does want to write. What kind of stories does she write? I want to know more about her style and what she likes to read as well. What inspires her? It makes sense that, since she as a passion for writing, she would want to have a job that revolves around writing. But journalism is not the same thing as story-writing and it seems she is learning that the hard way. It’s amusing, and a bit sad, that while she has published some stories in a periodical, the column about the life and times of a twenty-something garners more readership.
I am also interested as to what she finds so romantic about the building that Witch Weekly is located in. Is it that she does make money writing—even if she doesn’t love the duties of what she has to write about so much? Or is it simply the beauty of the building?
I liked that Witch Weekly is trying to pull itself up by its bootstraps by glomming on to Quidditch reporting—and I liked the detail that more and more females are playing Quidditch professionally. Also the idea of a new American Quidditch league.
Of course, Darcy would wind up having to cover her father’s team for work. I wonder how that will go.
Darcy's writing will be a huge part of her storyline! She is definitely having a career mid-life crisis where she has a difficult time going all in (which is why she's not a writer full time) but wanting to pursue it so badly. It's a huge difference to James who had the dream of playing Quidditch and is now doing it. And I'm SO glad you mentioned the Witch Weekly building! We will 100% get to explore the world of Witch Weekly more and how it inspired Darcy on her current path.
You wouldn't believe how long it took me to think about the Quidditch plot line! There is so much good information that we already have, but to incorporate it so heavily in a story without making it like every other "girl falls in love with quidditch player" story is actually a lot more difficult than I imagined! I also got a type of vicious enjoyment out of making Darcy cover her father's team. Like, OF COURSE that would happen! haha
Thanks so much for reading and reviewing!! XOXO
I'm here for Gryffindor ctf!
I love next-gen so I couldn't resist coming to check this one out! the themes of coming of age do really excite me.
Darcy is such an interesting OC. I think you've set up a really interesting background for her especially with her father that she doesn't get along with. It kinda makes me sad because I can't help think Oliver would be good dad (in my head canon!) but it's a great family dynamic to explore. I'm already rooting for that to sort it out.
I think it's good that you're making Darcy quite layered as she obviously already does have some flaws which are showing. She is obviously a dreamer (not really bad) but I think she probably does want to escape into fantasy especially the way you use 'perfect' over and over. I think that's great though, it's awesome to get a character which growth needed and exploring flaws in characters is amazing as it makes them so much more realistic and rich so I'm currently really looking forward to seeing more of Darcy.
I love that you've build up a world for Witch Weekly like you've got so many little details which is so cool. I love how you've described the different departments and status of the departments even the management styles. It really makes me wanna get lost in this world because how much you obviously care about this story which makes it really exciting. I can't wait to see James! I love the writing an article about him and I can't wait to see where you go with it. Great job!
Hi Abbi! Thanks for reading and reviewing! I wanted to set up Darcy very different than my other characters, so I'm SUPER glad that you like her background! I definitely wanted to give her a dimension of being able to see her flaws, recognize them, and work past them. A huge part of this novel will be about the characters navigating their own flaws and learning to grow with each other as they do
Oliver as a dad always interested me ever since I first read the books - his attitude towards Quidditch always makes me wonder how he'd get along with other people who didn't care for Quidditch, and over time, this idea was born! I also felt like we get too many of the happy-go-lucky families with the Weasleys that it's SUPER fun to flesh this idea out.
Witch Weekly was another element that really interested me - we know that Rita Skeeter is still around, but I can't imagine that after the war and everything, someone won't step in and take Rita and her gossip columns down a notch. I want to really get into detail what the journalism community is like, especially now that Ginny Potter is a reporter!
I love this story !!! Darcy is so interesting and James is so nicely written and NOT a jerk for no reason that it’s so refreshing ! Every character is wonderful especially Darcy’s grandmother.
I'm so glad you love it! One of my biggest pet peeves is when James is written to be a jerk. I just find that whole plot so overdone, and I just don't believe that Molly and Ginny won't smack James over the head if he was really that much of a jerk haha Darcy's grandmother is by far my favorite character that I've ever written!