You know I have been anxioiusly awaiting this ever since we first assigned you space opera a challenge theme and you announced you were writing one. YOU HAVE NOT DISAPPOINTED!
This is aboslutely amazing! The level of detail you managed to put into this (even knowing how much more you still have) is incredible. There are so many little things that we can already tell about the aliens- Sirius' tail, Alice's aqua scales and eyeball licking! I loved how you had this sort of from Lily's perspective. It gave some interesting thoughts to the narrative from a human's POV.
Fun crew here, I love that they're traversing space together in a ship the boys built! Lily is right, they def should have known something was up with all those secret compartments! It's awesome that they have this idea to secretly smuggle things past the blockade for the humans and I kept waiting through the whole thing for the bartender to be revealed as Aberforth! I thinks it's absolutely amazing how you've created this space Order of the Phoenix-esque group. It'll be exciting to keep reading the others in the series and see more of this group (do we get to see them go on a mission, please tell me we do).
Anyway, SUCH AN AMAZING JOB EMMA! WILLL DEFINITELY BE BACK TO READ MORE SOON! <3
Emma, hi! <3 I am here to (finally) get into the reviewing side of Magical Menagerie (Team Wyvern) and also because Marauders Space Opera + Pigfarts = EVERYTHING.
oh gosh I really need to try hard to write something sensible here because I just want to quote every single line and cackle LOL. I love how you've opened this story with ".... walk into a pub." Classic. Right from the first line I knew this was going to be filled with golden moments and I had a huge smile before I even started reading. :P I am so glad I was alone when I got through this though because I was giggling so much and tears were running down my face and everything. Aberforth being called a "bipedal goatman" omg Lily is the best. And she is also the only human! Ooh.
Alice licking her eyeballs! Hahaha priceless. I absolutely do not have a strange image in my mind that won't leave. Nope.
I LOVE when Sirius opens his mouth to say something about blowing stuff up but decides against it and shuts his mouth. The characterisations in this are perfect omg.
You are honestly such an incredible writer. I am amazed by how you've brought in a solid plot and so many parallels to canon. It also gets a lot heavier when Aberforth comes into the conversation and talks to them about smuggling, and how it's not a life for young people, but still maintaining a lightness to the narrative with all the fun elements involved.
Sirius' tail thumping against the floor was GOLD haha. xD
I also love that you've brought in Lily's inner thoughts, conveying all these little details which build up the world even more, with the bits about humanity keeping to itself and discouraging off-world travel and education. Like, you've taken canon and blown it up to a whole other level, creating an amazing universe with so many different species, it's truly fantastic.
Granff!!! What a word!
Emma, honestly, this is a work of art. Thank you for writing it and making so many people laugh! I hope you continue this and turn it into a longer story because I NEED MORE. <3
Hi Emma! I've admittedly never read anything under the space opera theme before, and I was absolutely dying at your descriptions of these characters on the forums, so I have naturally made my way over to reading and reviewing the actual stories on the archives.
I absolutely LOVE the tiny nods to canon, but in totally different ways, like the Shrieking Shack being their ship and being named such for the noise it makes, gorglebeer as the space opera equivalent of butterbeer, and the Death Eater blockade being their version of the wizarding war. It’s so creative and out there but still connected to the canon characters as well.
And of course, the whole Pigfarts thing, which is definitely my favourite reference in this whole thing, since it’s, ya know, already in space. (I’m now reciting the whole “I can’t GO to pigfarts, it’s on MARS, you NEED a ROCKETSHIP” scene in my head on repeat, oh no)
Also, I just love the random character descriptions that serve as highly effective reminders that these are NOT normal humans, like Alice just casually licking her eyeball mid-conversation, or Peter’s massive ears drooping. You’ve managed to work in so many of those little details in here, and I know you’ll manage to hit even more in the other pieces of this space opera AU thingy, which I will be off to read + review next.
Anyways, this has been really fun to read and I’m off to the next one.
Written for the Magical Menagerie event and January RvG
Emma! It's me again. Here for Gryffindor's RvG and for the Magical Menagerie. :D
Okay, this fic grabbed my attention right away. Not only was it an answer to the challenge of "space opera," you have some of my favorite characters included...and Pigfarts! Already, I know that this fic is going to be awesome.
Your opening line had me in giggles. Omg, classic joke, what's the punch line? And you do NOT disappoint in the slightest. Aberforth's no-nonsense answer is exactl what he would have said in canon as well as fitting the character arch of grumpy bartender. With those few words, while comical but brief, you set the stage: we have our characters (our favorite Marauder-era people/aliens) and our settling (kind of a sketchy pub).
So what about plot? Your dialogue is so well done because you selectively put in certain points which at the same time clarify what's going on while building the mystery as to what they want to do. That takes enormous effort (foresight, thought, planning, trial and error, I'm sure). You also use Lily's inner dialogue as a way to explain the bigger picture: the blockade, the hate against humans (and werewolves). It's just... perfect!
Your characterization of Aberforth is spot on. He wants to stay out of things, but he just cannot. He has the connections and the knowledge, and the kids have their spirit. I would LOVE to see a sequel one day! Or just... an entire series of these kids being space pirates. I loved this fic!
EMMA <3 Here for Magical Menagere (#WyvernFTW) and also becaus I MISSED YOU <3
Dude this is the space opera nonsense that I LIVE FOR. I absolutely love the ridiculousness of this one-shot, I could tell you must’ve had a ton of fun writing it because I had a blast reading it. I loved all the little jokes, like the gorglebeer and Alice licking her eyeballs (attractive, Alice, really) and Sirius’s desire to blow stuff up. I was giggling the whole time.
Surprisingly, there’s still quite a bit of depth here under the silliness? I loved that you picked Aberforth to sorta spotlight because he definitely works well as a kind of comedic but still serious but all the more comedic in his seriousness character. (I’m envisioning him à la Raymond Holt in Brooklyn-Nine-Nine). I think you really nailed his characterization.
And Lily was also great too! I loved that she was the only human and how she felt (forgive the pun) alienated as a consequence from her friends. That’s a nice parallel to her being a Muggleborn. I like that the ridiculousness in general doesn’t take away from the characters’ canonical struggles and traits and in fact just enhances them.
All that aside I love these granffs (WHAT A GREAT WORD. You gotta patent or copyright it or something) and their Shrieking Shack (I literally snorted haha). And this was a super fun read <3