Reviews For Differences Aside
Reviewer: Miss Melanie
Date: 01/17/10 20:50
Chapter: Differences Aside

This was a most unusual pairing and I never would have expected it, though I love that you kept both Dean and Luna in character down to the nines. It was wonderfully written in such an honest and humane way. It is definitely an instant favorite and I am looking forward to reading more of your stories, already. :) Brilliant work!

Reviewer: coolh5000
Date: 11/30/09 20:28
Chapter: Differences Aside

Cassie! I am so sorry that I failed to be a good buddy to you last month, but I hope I can make up for it this month.

This one-shot was so terribly heart-breaking! Your writing was really excellent and by the end of it I felt so close to Dean and his emotions that I really understood his pain at Luna’s rejection. The last line: ‘It will be okay,’ is the one thing he can never, ever believe. was such a perfect way to end and really summed up the emotion and feelings of someone who has just been broken up with, when it really does feel impossible that life could be ‘okay’ again.

The opening was just as effective as the ending and the lines, Though her milky white fingers are in complete contrast with the dark ones that lace between them, they somehow seem to fit perfectly, created a really beautiful and powerful image of the couple and really helped to show the strength of Dean’s feelings that in spite of the differences, they belong together.

The use of the present tense in this story was very appropriate and used flawlessly. The writing flowed very well and the whole story fitted together wonderfully. I particularly liked how you mirrored the way Dean was so engrossed in hearing Luna speak at the beginning, but then suddenly realised at the end that, for the first time he does not want to hear what she has to say. You showed how strongly connected he felt to her that he is able to anticipate what she is about to say and be desperate not to say it.

Dean’s PoV and his characterisation were definite strengths of this one-shot. My favourite section was when you showed Dean and Seamus playing football, as it effectively showed Dean’s character, both as a typical boy – in love with football and messing around with his mates, and also as someone just starting to fall in love, and prepared to admit it to his friend for the first time. The dialogue between the two friends felt easy and natural, as it would do for a pair as close as they are.

You also handled Luna’s character very well – though there was little direct insight in to her thoughts, her speech and actions all felt extremely in character and I really felt as if a lot of thought had gone in to perfecting her character.

The whole story was incredibly emotional and you mastered the art of sharing this emotion with the reader. It was a great read, so well done!

Hannah

Reviewer: Hermoine Jean Granger
Date: 07/31/09 15:28
Chapter: Differences Aside

Cassie! =D

Dean/Luna. Oh yes. That's a pairing I've rarely seen, and certainly, this was one of the most tender stories that I've read about the two of them. It handles romance on another plane altogether-- we see simplicity and innocence, and that, in itself, attracted me so much.

Luna in a relationship, in stories I generally read, is very difficult to pull off while making it sound plausible as well as realistic, while also taking care not to make Luna sound OOC. I think you struck a very good balance as far as that aspect is concerned-- she still had a dreamy air to her, and was remarkably straightforward, which is very Luna, at least to me. The radiance in her smile that you describe when she sees Dean, her simple ways of communicating things which normal people find very difficult to, and her honesty in telling Dean what she thought so clearly. Beautifully described.

And Dean. I feel sorry for him on so many counts. Being rejected like that, that too, by a person you have feelings towards, is definitely very painful, and his pain is brought out so well when you say his heart shattered entirely. I liked his pondering self in the beginning, how he wondered about all that was Luna, and tried to figure out why he loved her. His efforts to impress, to charm, and that drawing-- all very understandable, especially when you see he really loved her. His emotions towards the end were more poignant, however, and I must say the ending line just left the reader contemplating on so many things. There's pain, yet, there's a small sort of understanding about Luna's decision, and then there's Dean and his current state. It weaves such a complex web of emotions and feelings.

Oh, and I must say this. Description of Luna's portrait brought about a really wonderful picture in my head that I can't get rid of now; it so totally reminds me of Luna. The lifeless eyes notwithstanding. But really, that was some good description there that draws the reader in-- especially when we see the description from Dean's perspective and what he thinks of it.

This was a gorgeous read, and I can only expect more of this kind. Thank you for writing this, and I so do hope I see more of your Luna-- I can't stop reading her wonderful characterisation.

Reviewer: the opaleye
Date: 06/01/09 0:49
Chapter: Differences Aside

this is a great little one-shot. well done. i feel like you really got the characters right, especially luna. i want to know more lol which is a good sign!!!

Author's Response: Aw, thanks so much :) I'm glad you liked my Luna. She's tricky to get right. - Cassie

Reviewer: beatlemanial
Date: 06/22/08 17:13
Chapter: Differences Aside

This is a really beautiful little story and it makes me really sad that they couldn't be together. Nice job, though, I was considering writing a Dean/Luna story just the other day.... you did it really well!

Author's Response: Thanks alot! You should write it, they're a fun pairing. ~ Cassie

Reviewer: Hermiones BFF
Date: 06/05/08 17:40
Chapter: Differences Aside

AWWWW!!!! That was so sad. I've been wondering about this ship since the second time I read Deathly Hallows.

Author's Response: Me too, they're a nice pairing dont you think? Unfortunately I couldn't keep them togetherrnThanks for reading!

Reviewer: beatlemanial
Date: 06/03/08 21:59
Chapter: Differences Aside

Nice job with a pairing that isn't explored a lot. It definitely makes it sound plausible, and I love how it continues the friendship that Dean and Luna started in DH.

Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.rn~ Cassie

Reviewer: A Magical Muggle
Date: 05/07/08 16:08
Chapter: Differences Aside

Wow! I really could see them as a couple, and its really well writen, but why can't they be together in the end?

Author's Response: Luna doesn't see them ever working out together, so she decides to end it sooner rather then later. I'm glad you enjoyed, thanks for reviewing.

Reviewer: A Magical Muggle
Date: 05/07/08 16:08
Chapter: Differences Aside

Wow! I really could see them as a couple, and its really well writen, but why can't they be together in the end?

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