Reviewer: Nagini Riddle
Date: 05/31/12 0:42
Chapter: A Rap

Spoilt produce.... What a nice phrase! Anyways, I bet this was fun to write! Although I can't imagine Regulus rapping to Voldemort, I think you really captured the essence of the youngest Black. He obviously saw the errors of his ways, quite like Percy (funny how similar they are) and I find it sad that Sirius didn't get the chance to know what his brother had found out. I still can't believe that Regulus actually did what he did when getting the horcrux.
Overall, this was a humorous tribute to the unsung hero ( although he did make it a little hard for Harry by hiding the horcrux himself)

Author's Response:

Actually, this was damned hard to write. The content itself was simple, but fitting it with the rhythm of the original song was a bear. It wasn't meant to be profound, really, but kind of a modern-ish spin on the subject. And just for funsies. :)

I always felt bad about Regulus. He gave up everything when he was so young and lost what he had left before he even had a chance to live his life. It was truly unfair.

At any rate, thanks for reading and finding such a randomly random piece on my author page. <3

~Jess

Author's Response:

Actually, this was damned hard to write. The content itself was simple, but fitting it with the rhythm of the original song was a bear. It wasn't meant to be profound, really, but kind of a modern-ish spin on the subject. And just for funsies. :)

I always felt bad about Regulus. He gave up everything when he was so young and lost what he had left before he even had a chance to live his life. It was truly unfair.

At any rate, thanks for reading and finding such a randomly random piece on my author page. <3

~Jess

Reviewer: Beavs
Date: 03/27/12 10:42
Chapter: A Rap

You know the best thing about this? [ apart from the fact its a rap, I can't write one, free verse, poems, they are easier to do for me]

"The blackest day in your existence was the day you met me." and "I never really had a clue, but tonight,
I’m making it a fair fight."- Regulus's pride and sense of personal responsibility for the mistakes he has made. Your characterization of Regulus, as I have noted in your stories and as well as in this, it is brilliant.
I love it. :)

Author's Response:

Hello!

Thanks for the visit and the review. It's always nice to see something unloved shown a little bit of TLC. :D

I can't tell you how much this broke my brain. Eminem's rapping is so airtight yet complex rhythmically that it is a challenge to parody badly, let alone with any sort of characterisation or quality. The fact that it's even readable, I think, was an achievement for me. That you enjoyed it makes the hard work I put into it so much more worth it.

I think, above all, Regulus wanted to do what was best for everyone. When he was the boy who joined the Death Eaters, he was so sure that Muggles were beasts and Mudbloods were inferior that he never really questioned what he was taught. However, I think he began to learn a lot about both himself and the Dark Lord, and his beliefs began to change. I personally think the straw the broke the camel's back for him was the maltreatment of Kreacher. Harmless Kreacher who only lived to serve, meant to die in a cave like roadkill on the motorway.

At any rate, thank you for the review, and I'm happy you enjoy this and my other stories.

~Jess

Reviewer: Gmariam
Date: 02/27/12 2:28
Chapter: A Rap

Jess! I don't know much Eminem and I don't know rap, so I really don't know how to comment here, other than to say you've definitely made it very, very Potter-centric and done it well. I also think it makes Regulus a very sympathetic character, and I like to think he was in JKR's eyes. I think it's great - you couldn't write a bad poem if you tried!
~Gina :)

Author's Response:

Gah, writing raps is a BEAR! A big, smelly, hiker-eating bear. I honestly thought writing this thing was going to eat my soul, and when I was done, I felt so...:/ I'm still not sure I like it all that much, but it is what it is, and I don't want to break my brain over it anymore, hehe.

I like the fact that Eminem's work is not all about bitches and hos and drugs and drive-by shootings. So I actually have a bit of his stuff in my collection. Then, one day I was at my Desk of Doom, doing some mundane modly stuff while trying to think of what I wanted to do for the PA challenge, and then Cleaning Out My Closet came on, and I was like...that's Regulus. Just so him. And it was lurve, hehe.

Anywho, thanks for the review, Twin o' Mine, and when the Cotillion stops eating my life, I so need to read your new story. :D

~Jess

Reviewer: Equinox Chick
Date: 02/26/12 10:03
Chapter: A Rap

How could I leave spoilt produce? This is far too good. Wow, Jess, you really got to the heart of not only the challenge, but the rap and Regulus, too. I enjoyed reading this very much and have the rhythm set in my head. I can hear Eminem as I read it - amazing.

There's something about Regulus that lends him to Eminem - don't you think? Ha - I wrote him and Sirius when I did my version of Stan and I was smiling at the parallels we had. However, i think this is far far superior to my rap. You really have worked at the rhythm, the beat and the story. It's as if I'm in Regulus' head and all the thoughts are hammering at my mind. It's relentless.

If only Sirius could see me now, how ironic. Who knows who is the real Gryffindor now.

Love love love that set of lines. Truly brilliant poem, Jess. ~Carole~

Author's Response:

Raps are haaaaaaaaaaaard. Writing fluffy, braindead pop songs, in comparison, is like doing basic maths. This, on the other hand, feels like calculus. I seriously thought that this would do my head in.

I know the point of the exercise wasn't to do a parody, but rather to use the rhythm. However, the original song just lent itself so well to not only Regulus, but to the overall mood I was going for in the first place.

Naturally, it was always going to be an Eminem song, as he's the only rapper save for maybe Will Smith who I can listen to on purpose. Of course, his lyrics are saturated with complex meaning and intense emotion, and it was so. damned. hard. to sustain that for as long as I did. I think the smartest thing I did was quit after the second non-hook verse. The third one was as long as the other two combined. >.<

At any rate, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for being one of twelve reads thus far, hehe. I lubs me some Croll action!

~Jess

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